We had a wonderful 3 days filled with loads of art making, laughter, and friendship! Children had opportunities to engage in sensory and creative play as well as experiment with a variety of media and tools as they embraced the creative process!
Watercolor paint and salt provided a new way to experience a familiar medium and predict and hypothesize on "what will happen". The effects were sparkling and stunning. Campers were invited to cut and tear their experiments to create a wintery landscape collage!
We examined snowflakes and children were asked, "what facts do you know about snowflakes?" They shared their ideas on how they form, their uniqueness, and what they are made of...and what fun they are to catch on one's tongue! We then talked about symmetry, finding symmetrical objects and noticing the symmetry within snowflake patterns. We also introduced positive and negative space within this project. Campers worked with multiple stencils, sponges, brushes, and brayers to explore these basic elements of design.
We started the day by practicing with sketching pencils and learning how to control our pencils in order to draw light sketching lines. After children were invited to chose an item from a variety of winter themed objects placed around the studio. Campers were encouraged to draw "what they see" noticing details, and filling their page. They enjoyed putting objects together to create their own still life!
The children were so excited to paint on the easels! They were invited to chose their subject matter, approach, and tools to use on their canvas painting. It was so much fun walking around seeing this hightened level of engagement and each canvas so individual and unique. A few students kept coming back to this project....spending a total of 3 hours on their canvas! One of our students had the idea to wrap his canvas to give as a gift! We followed his lead and each child designed their own wrapping paper, wrapped up their paintings, and left with the most precious gifts to give to their loved ones!
Enjoy more moments from our winter art camp in the slideshow below!