Sunday, 19 July 2015

Art Camp

Hey everyone - sorry it's been so long since my last post.  Life has been SUPER busy!  My younger crew are off for the summer which made room for my older crew to return.  It's been nice catching up with the 'big kids' and hearing about all their exciting adventures at school.  Our summer theme this year is A - Camp - A - Week.  I have broken the summer up into camps that typically run for elementary children during the summer - Art Camp, Sports Camp, Math - Computer - Science Camp, Nature Camp, and Drama Camp.

Our first week and a half was spent exploring and creating art projects.  The children had access to a variety of art materials for free crafting as well as participating in planned art projects.  Here are some of our creations.

Yarn Dolls - these were super easy to make and so cute!

Rubber Cement Painting
Because the fumes caused by rubber cement are toxic, I had the children sketch their drawing onto the canvas lightly with a pencil.  I then went over the lines with the rubber cement after they left for the day.  This is best done outdoors!  When the cement was dry, they used a mini roller and acrylic paint to paint the canvas.  Once the paint was dry, they simply rubbed with their fingers the rubber cement areas to remove it.  The white image of their drawing remained.  I think they turned out pretty cool!

I purchased air drying clay for the children to create whatever they wished.  Once dry, they painted their sculptures with acrylic paint.

Tye Dye T-Shirts
Definitely the high light of art week.  I really lucked out - I purchased the tye dye kit on sale for $10... it had a whopping 8 colours included!  My local Dollar Store had white t-shirts for $1.00.  It definitely pays off to look for bargains when planning big projects.  A project like this can break the bank, but with some savvy  shopping, it was very budget friendly.

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