All Abuzz about Art Camp

By: Jayna Hintz, curator of education on July 11th, 2012

Summer is in full bloom, as are summer art camps at the Woodson Art Museum

This year’s camps are inspired by three botanical exhibitions that fill the Museum’s galleries. Bees, bugs, and botanicals are this week’s camp focus as children create sculptures, paintings, and drawings.

I’ve planned each day’s art activities with specific age groups in mind, starting with the youngest, ages 5-6, and ending with the oldest, ages 9-11. Each group explores various mediums and processes: finger paint, acrylic paint, watercolors, and pastels, used to create assemblages, clay reliefs, kites, stabiles, or mobiles.

The excitement of the five- and six-year-olds is contagious. The teen camp counselors match their energy, and the time seems to fly by. On Tuesday, these youngest campers arrived at 9 am and by Noon they’d completed four art projects, explored the Museum, eaten a whole watermelon, and flown a kite. Yes, all that in three hours.

Right now, I’m gearing up for Wednesday’s group of seven- and eight-year-old campers. They’re set to arrive at 9 am to start their full day of art camp. With our brilliant group of camp counselors helping, I know every day will be buzzing with bees, bugs, and botanicals.

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