I had a fabulous group of artsy, enthusiastic campers for my first week of 2019 summer camps. Here is a recap of all of our fun projects and learning.
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 in a big Crazy Art banner. When those were complete, we went into the studio and viewed a slideshow of the work of artist Paul 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. They were a hit! Bonus: my daughter, Grace, made fancy cupcakes for us all to enjoy at the end of the first day!
Project 4: 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!
Project 5: After looking at the beautiful close-up floral art of Georgia O'Keefe, we drew and painted these wonderful extra-large paintings of flowers. I taped down the edges to produce a nice white frame. For the outlines, I introduced the kids to India ink in bingo daubers. They work beautifully! Then we practiced mixing the acrylic paint right on the paper to get lovely blends of colors. They added tiny insects and a butterfly magnet to finish the piece. A couple of the kids ventured in their own direction when I mentioned that Georgia O'Keefe also liked to paint animal skulls!
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 mural glowed under the blacklight. We designed and painted mad scientists in a cartoon style, with chalked bubbles in the background, and then we designed ice cream cones on foam core and filled them in with glowing ice cream salt that I dyed with fluorescent paint. I forgot to get pictures of these! Such a sensory experience for the kids! Of course, the paint ended up on their faces (and mine!) We invited the parents down for a Glow Show at the end.
Here are a few more pictures of the other ways kids had fun at camp, including petting the studio cat, Ginger, and playing on the rope swing, zip line, and slack line in my backyard. Thanks for a great week to my beautiful, talented new friends!
Jill Pearson, owner & instructor at Riverwood Studio, Oronoco, Minnesota