Day 1: Argentina
When campers arrived, they painted and beaded wooden name tags that my husband made on our Glowforge, then they colored in a giant welcome banner. We learned information about Argentina, made clay llama sculptures, and wove tiny blankets for them with a straw loom and yarn. Later in the week we painted the llamas. For food, we made homemade alfajores cookies by rolling out the dough and filling them with dulce la leche. Yum!
Day 2: Russia
We talked about the vast country of Russia and then read a story called The Littlest Mastryoshka. The campers painted wooden matryoshka nesting dolls and then we made blini, a thin pancake, which we filled with strawberries and whip cream!
Day 3: Italy
After watching a video about Italy, one of the students dressed up like Leonardo da Vinci and "painted" the Mona Lisa. We spread wet plaster on burlap to make our own frescoes. When they dried, we drew fruit still lifes with chalk pastels. We also made margherita pizza with sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and basil. Yummy!
Recipe: https://www.thekitchn.com/easy-recipe-classic-margherita-pizza-recipes-from-the-kitchn-174103 (we used refrigerator bistro pizza dough and jarred pizza sauce instead of homemade)
Day 4: Egypt
After watching a video about a tourist in Egypt, we made funny Pharaoh selfies with our names written in hieroglyphs. We cooked up some Egyptian Basbousa Semolina cake that was very interesting, like sweet, dense cornbread with syrup on top.
Day 5: Thailand
We enjoyed a video about a family who traveled to Thailand and then read a book called The Umbrella Queen and painted with liquid watercolors on paper lanterns. We cooked up some veggie stir fry and rice noodles. We topped it off with watermelon slushies. The kids enjoyed shopping at the studio store, too!
Recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2014/05/24/watermelon-slush/ (I skipped the sugar)
One of the highlights of my summer was enjoying a break from art camps to run a 5-day drama camp. This week we performed an original mini-musical called "Unleashed," along with playing lots of drama games and learning some important stage skills. One of my favorite moments was playing the "compliment web game" on the last day, where we expressed what we appreciated and admired about each other.
Of course, there were many other fun moments, like playing the game "Family Portrait." Check out the cute slideshow.
Here are photos of our characters....
Click HERE to watch the performance on YouTube. We had a little glitch with the lights at the beginning, but after that it was smooth sailing! Thanks to everyone who participated and stopped in to watch the performance! Hope to see you all back again soon!
Jill Pearson, owner & instructor at Riverwood Studio, Oronoco, Minnesota