Grace took 10 little girls under her wing this week to teach them cake and cookie decorating skills, fill them with sugar, and send them home! Sorry if they were a little wired, moms & dads, but we hope you enjoyed their delightful handiwork!
The themes included Galaxy Day, Succulent Day, Animal Day, and a final layered cake with a melted ice cream cone theme. Everyone learned new skills such as making multi-colored frosting, cake balls, rainbow filling, and homemade cream cheese frosting and ganache, cake leveling, and experimenting with tips and royal frosting.
The finished the week with a cake boss-type contest. My neighbor came over as a judge to choose the winning cake, and Ella received a Flapdoodles gift card for her 1st place creation. All the girls did a great job on their 2 layer cakes.
They all had a sugary blast and made lots of gorgeous creations. Here's the slideshow to prove it!
This is my 3rd summer of offering Crazy Art Camps, and all year long I am on the look-out for art projects that are going to WOW my campers! I think this year's projects were a hit. I had 16 talented, enthusiastic kids, ages 7-12, ready to try anything!
Projects 1, 2, & 3: When the kids arrived, they stained and beaded wooden name tags, which my husband and I designed and etched on our Glowforge. They also colored two big Crazy Art banners. Then we went into the studio and viewed a slideshow of the work of artist Peter Anton, who makes giant, hyper-realistic food art. We made pinch pot cupcakes with coiled frosting out of air-dry clay, then painted them a few days later and boxed them in adorable bakery cupcake boxes. I have a policy that I won't do for the kids what they can do for themselves, so I let them figure out on their own without instructions how to fold the origami-style boxes. Some of the kids loved the challenge and figured it out quickly and others had to persevere and get a little assistance from their neighbors. It's definitely a spacial skill.
The kids also enjoyed some outside play time in my WonderYard each day! Here is a slideshow of our first few projects...
Projects 4 & 5: We watched a slideshow of the Pop Art prints of Andy Warhol and then proceeded to make our own using gelli plates, texture items, and acrylic paints to pull our mono prints. The kids printed on black & white photos of themselves that I had snapped on Day 1, then put them all together on black paper to make them POP!
We also learned about artist Georgia O'Keefe, who is known for her giant, close-up flowers. The kids sketched their own designs, outlined them with India ink-filled bingo daubers, then painted them with acrylics. They even sawed a piece of trim with a miter saw to use as a stylish hanger. Here is the slideshow...
Projects 6-7: Friday was the BIG DAY! We blacked-out the studio, turned on the blacklights, and painted with fluorescent paints. There were lots of oohs and ahhh! The kids loved how my wall mural and their Crazy Art poster glowed under the blacklight. We designed and painted mad scientists in a cartoon style, with chalked bubbles in the background, and then I let them draw their own design and fill it in with glowing ice cream salt that I dyed with fluorescent paint. They also had a chance to paint their faces and made fluorescent balloon hats. Such a sensory experience for the kids! We invited families into the studio for a Glow Show at the end. Here is the slideshow...
My 16-year-old daughter, Grace, led 8 lovely girls on a sweet adventure of learning how to use decorator tips, frost a cake with a crumb coat, get a rainbow effect in the cake layers, work with royal frosting, and more! She even arranged a little Cake Boss-style contest for the "Top Ice Cream Cake," for which our neighbor came to judge. A Flapdoodles gift card was awarded to Kelsey Dickie, and all the girls enjoyed some Flapdoodles ice cream at the end!
Day 1: Galaxy-themed cupcakes and cookies, with triple color bagged frosting on the cupcakes and swirled royal frosting on the cookies
Day 2: Animal-themed cupcakes
Day 3: Succulent-themed cupcakes
Day 4: Cake prep with cake leveling, rainbow frosting filling, and crumb coat and flower cookies
Day 5: Dropped Ice-cream cone cake with chocolate ganache drips, rainbow filling, decorative border, and cake ball with a sugar cone on top
For those of you in the camp, here are links to her frosting recipes:
Cream cheese frosting for the cupcakes
Buttercream frosting for the cake
For the royal frosting on the cookies, she used a royal icing powder mix from Walmart
Here are photo highlights from the week!
My campers were wonderfully enthusiastic and adventurous as we "traveled" around the world, learning about 5 countries, listening to the music of each culture, making a piece of art inspired by the country, and trying foreign foods. I loved every minute!
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 Babushka's Doll by Patricia Polocco. 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 read the story Strega Nona by Tommie de Paola. 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 got some special information from MaiLa, one of the campers whose grandparents are from Thailand. We 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 with the option of sweet/sour sauce or Thai peanut sauce. We topped it off with Pocky candy sticks and watermelon slushies. The kids enjoyed shopping at the studio store, too!
Recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2014/05/24/watermelon-slush/ (I skipped the sugar)
Jill Pearson, owner & instructor at Riverwood Studio, Oronoco, Minnesota