Monday, July 17, 2017

Art Camp: Asian Exploration

The theme of last week's art camp was Asian Exploration.  We had a smaller group of only 7 campers, but it was okay because they were on the young side.  Usually we get 5 and 6-year-olds, but last week there were three 4-year olds.  4-year-olds are charming and cute, but they need a lot more help.  So the smaller number of campers combined with the younger age all evened out pretty well.

One day we learned Chinese brush painting.  This is a great lesson to start off the week because the campers learn a bit of brush technique.


Look at this adorable cat!


Another day we mixed collage and origami to make kimonos.



Printmaking can be a bit of a challenge with younger campers.  For starters, they sometimes have a more difficult time pressing deeply into the foam.  But because there were so few of them, my assistant Grace and I were able to make sure everyone had good, deep impressions.  And it's so much fun to pull prints!



On our final day we painted monkeys.  Some do better than others handling the wet watercolors, but all of their monkeys were lively and charming!



What a wonderful week!  This week the theme is African Adventure.  I'll post the pics when the week is through.

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Have a great week -
Julie

Monday, July 3, 2017

Art Camp: Creating Creatures

The West Hartford Art League's summer art camp program has begun.  This past week we kicked it off with a new theme: Creating Creatures!  I read stories and did art projects about mythical and imaginary creatures such as mermaids, dragons, and unicorns.  Here are some pics.


On Day 1, I read the campers a story about the Loch Ness Monster and we made collage sea serpents. This is the kind of project I love because it's a lovely combination of lesson and freedom.  I always try to find a way for the kids to have some choice and to make their projects their own.


On Day 2, we made clay monsters.  This is the first time I've worked with polymer clay with campers.  Since there's no oven in the School House, I had to take the projects home to bake.  But we had success!  All the monsters made it home and back without catastrophe and the kids did a great job with the clay.


Day 3 was mermaids & mermen.  This project took longer than I'd anticipated, so we had to finish it on Day 4, but that's okay.  It's all part of the process when I do new projects.  I assess the time things take and make tweaks for next year.


Look at that sweet mermaid!


Day 4 was Dragon Eggs.  This was a project that I found on Pinterest and it looked really cool.  But, in retrospect, I think this is a better craft for older kids.  The prep for this was time consuming since I have to paint bases on all the plastic eggs and cut and paint holders so they wouldn't roll.  Then, if you really want the egg to look good, you need to be able to work with hot glue and paint some texture.  My campers weren't ready for that, but they did a great job with metallic paint and glitter glue.


Day 5 was Unicorn Day.  This was a mixed media project.  I taught them how to draw a unicorn, then we covered that unicorn in tissue paper squares.  We cut it.  Pasted it to another sheet of white paper. And then finished it off by drawing rainbow manes and tails.  So we had pencil drawing, cutting, collage, and some marker work.  They did a fantastic job with it!


Here I am with most of my crew.  They were awesome and it was a wonderful first week!


Thanks so much for stopping in!
Hope you're all having a great summer!
Julie