Pollinators in Action – Sunflowers. Free Live ZOOM Art Workshop. Febr. 7th, 2024 at 5 PM.


February 7th at 5:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and password.


  • Black wax crayon (or any dark color crayon)
  • Watercolor or water-based paint
  • Sturdy white paper
  • Brush and container of water
  • Paper towel
  • Newspaper or table covering (optional but recommended)

Many sunflowers can self pollinate, as pollen is spread by wind between florets in a single disc. However, insect pollination is more beneficial, especially in times of stress. Bees could increase self pollination rate, spreading it while crawling between florets on a single disc.

The plant was first domesticated in the Americas. Sunflower seeds were brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. With time, the bulk of industrial-scale production has shifted to Eastern Europe, and (2020) Russia and Ukraine together produce over half of worldwide seed production.

The plant has an erect rough-hairy stem, reaching typical heights of 10 feet. Sunflower leaves are broad, coarsely toothed, rough and mostly alternate; those near the bottom are largest and commonly heart-shaped.

The plant flowers in summer. What is often called the “flower” of the sunflower is actually a “flower head” 3–5 in wide, of numerous small individual five-petaled flowers (“florets”). The outer flowers, which resemble petals, are called ray flowers. Each “petal” consists of a ligule composed of fused petals of an asymmetrical ray flower. They are sexually sterile and may be yellow, red, orange, or other colors. The spirally arranged flowers in the center of the head are called disk flowers. These mature into fruit (sunflower “seeds”).

Hummingbirds – Free Zoom art Workshop – Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024 at 5 PM


January 31st at 5:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and passwordClick HERE to watch some of our videos.

HUMMINGBIRDS: small but speedy. Tiny but aggressive. Little bodies, big appetites. Hummingbirds are a study in extremes. They are the lightest North American birds. Most weigh less than two pennies at 3 to 4 grams. They have the fastest wings and heartbeats, the most efficient metabolisms, and the most minuscule eggs. The list could go on. Watching these tiny marvels at a feeder, it’s hard not to wonder how hummingbirds zip around so quickly or keep their feathers so brilliant. Hummingbirds are tough survivalists. Many of the actions that help them persevere also make them fun to watch.  —www.birdsandblooms.com/

  • Art Materials:
    • Wax crayons in a variety of colors
      (optional – oil pastels)
    • Sturdy light plain paper (2 pages)
    • Scissors
    • Glue (or stapler)
    • Newspaper or table covering (optional but recommended)


Art Workshop Pollinators in Action – PAPER WASP – Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 5:00 PM


January 24th at 5:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and passwordClick HERE to watch some of our videos.

Paper wasps are considered pollinators because they feed on nectar and are often found around flowers, particularly goldenrod, woodlands, and fields. In addition to nectar, paper wasps will feed on other insects, such as aphids and scale insects. Paper wasp nests can be found in a variety of places in your home, including under furniture, in cracks and crevices in walls and ceilings, or in attics and crawl spaces.

Instructor: Bobbi Egan


  • White paper 8 1/2” x 11” (letter size)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Yellow and orange markers or crayons
  • Gray crayon/marker
  • Pencil, eraser and straight edge (ruler)
  • Also – for making background pattern – we will make a template using a business or index card. Any card stock weight paper will do.
  • Scissors

First International Christmas Carols Competition Results

The competition had four age categories. The ceremonial conclusion with the award ceremony took place at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland. The gala concert featured the laureates:

  • Manami Baba, 11 years old, Japan, with 362 points
  • Paula Kozicz, 11 years old, NJ, 360 points
  • Kamila Karpowicz, 16 years old, Brooklyn, NY, 285 points
  • Catherine Mary Karcz, 7 years old, Bronxville, NY, 274 points

For more info click HERE
Photos/videos coming soon.

The results of the Krakow Nativity Scene Competition 2023

For more info click HERE
Photos/videos coming soon.

Style 3D Models

Category 1: Individual children below 10 years old
1 place – Amelia Góra 9 yr
2 place – Jakub Przybylski 9 yr
3 place – Ex aequo – Oonma Kreitler 4 yr
3 place – Ex aequo – Elan Lesniak-Fong 3 yr
4 place – Skrzaty-Gromadka Krasnoludki 5-6 yr
Category 2: Individual children 10–18 years old
1 place – Cynita Sadowski 11 yr
2 place –Natalia Sokołowski 7 yr (w/parent)
3 place – Ex aequo – Sara Grygiel 15 yr
3 place – Ex aequo – Lończak 15 yr
4 place – Denis Vintonyak 10 yr
Category 3: Individual adults
1 place – Ex aequo – Małgorzata Czajkowski
1 place – Ex aequo – Jolanta Kret
Category 4: Family, group up to 10 years old
1 place – Zuchy-gromada Polskie Rydze i rodzice 7-11yr
2 place – Alek Orlicki-So, Klara Orlicki-So, Jeremy Orlicki-So 8,10,13
3 place – Ex aequo – David Górnicki, Ewelina Górnicki 9 yr
3 place – Ex aequo – Nikola Stelmach 10yr
Category 5: Family, group 10-18 years old
1 place – Amelia Korovae, Sara Korovae, Jackob Regent, Liliana Suś, Julia Korovae, Sophie Suś 8-14
2 place – Harcerki-Drużyna Górski Las 11-14yr

Style 2D: Drawing, painting, collage

Category 1: Children’s independent works up to 10 years old
1 place – Adam Kalinowski 8yr
2 place – Dominika Cieśluk 7yr
3 place – Adel Helena Pajda 8yr
Honorable mention – Grace Leverich 4yr
Honorable mention – Clara Leverich 6yr
Category 2: Children’s independent works up to 10-18 years old
1 place Ex aequo – Amelia Ginter 11
1 place Ex aequo – Yendrek Mądry 15
2 place  – Gabriela Szacka 12
3 place Ex aequo – Adam Prusaczyk 10
3 place Ex aequo – Maja Kłosowiak 10
Category 3: Individual adults
Honorable mention –  Anita Maksimiuk

POLLINATORS IN ACTION – Monarch Butterfly Greeting Card In-person Workshop – PHILIPSE MANOR HALL, December 16, 2023 at 1:00 PM

POLLINATORS IN ACTION Monarch Butterfly Greeting Card In-person Art Workshop PHILIPSE MANOR HALL

Saturday, December 16, 2023
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | FREE
Philipse Manor Hall
State Historic Site
29 Warburton Avenue Yonkers, NY 10701 
(directions: click HERE)

Are you curious about pollinators? Interested in learning how to draw them? In this free, family-friendly workshop, we will create greeting cards for any occasion to share with your loved ones. Learn to draw the Monarch butterfly at each stage of its life, from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to metamorphosis into a butterfly, plus learn how to draw its host plant, the milkweed. All materials are provided.

Instructor Bio: Amanda Konishi is a freelance illustrator and painter, born in Orange County, CA and now living and working in New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 from the Illustration and Cartooning program with a Bachelor of Arts. Her illustration clients include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, The New York Times, The Baffler, and Firewords Quarterly, amongst others.

See other art workshops at sitenf.org/online-art-class.

This workshop is part of Pollinators in Action, Empowering Community through Visual Art, which is sponsored by the Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, ArtsWestchester, Westchester County Government with the support of County Executive George Latimer and Nowodworski Foundation.


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