I love to bring ART to summer camps!
Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to the Okanagan, BC and facilitated an art workshop at a summer camp. The atmosphere at the camp site was incredible and seeing the free-spirited children made me happy. It was my first time spending a summer at the Okanagan and it took me a while adjusting to the high temperatures. The camp site was beautiful and the art room was packed with art supplies for the children.
The director and I met last March and we agreed that I will join camp for the first time and will facilitate an art workshop for 45 campers. I went home and thought which project I should facilitate. When I need to chose the right art project, the decision always comes with many challenges and things to take into consideration such as: age range of the children, which in this case was 7-15, that the project should appeal boys and girls, that the project has a build-up time frame of a week, that is interesting enough to most of the children, that is easy to facilitate and that the end result would allow all children to be proud of their work. Well, the art project I decided on was very ambitious. A cradle panel cover in modelling clay, painted, stamped and embellished! This project answered all the requirements needed.
On the first day at camp, children kept coming to the art room and by the end of the morning, I had met more than 50 campers that were ready and anxious to create! Many of them I already knew and it was nice seeing them so happy to see me too!
First step, covering the cradle panels with modelling clay.<