Recent Projects and Summer Highlights!

 In the summer camp Old Fashioned Crafts, we made pantins, a French paper doll similar to a jacking jack.  Digging through the big bin of recycled papers to choose our designs in half the fun!

In the summer camp Old Fashioned Crafts, we made pantins, a French paper doll similar to a jacking jack. Digging through the big bin of recycled papers to choose our designs in half the fun!

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Borrowing from an “old fashioned” type of game, we played Pin the Ear On Van Gogh on the patio during our break.  It didn’t matter where the ear ended up, we were all in stitches!

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These gentlemen are sporting their King Tut hats, made from recycled grocery sacks in Egyptian Camp.

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In addition to creating lots of art with Egyptian themes, another hightlight was excavating hidden treasures from ancient rocks.

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This camper leaves Egyptian Summer Camp with enough projects to fill a pyramid including a treasure map, a scarab necklace, a mummy and more!

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In Asian Art, we studied what one student called the “calm nature” of the art and images.  We used water colors to make beautiful paper kimonos.

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We often noticed that the colors in our kimonos were the same colors we were wearing in our clothes!

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In Found Objects camp we used fallen palm fronds to create animal faces; the shape lends itself to an awesome elephant, but we had a few giraffes and one rhino to boot!  The garden patio provides a nice alternative to inside; we stay cool and the paint dries fast!

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Another studio favorite is the postage stamp art; using cancelled postage stamps as the muse, students create a scene based on the image.  In this case, this second grade student used a 1970’s stamp of the moon landing  and shuttle lauch to create a space scene.

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Found Objects camp included these odd birds made from recycled plastic bottles.

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In Intermediate Art Skills, students in grades 5th-7th worked on the elements of art and design by drawing from a still life.  It’s hard to tell the difference between the real objects and this student’s amazing rendering.  I think Cezanne would approve.

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Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s take on the forest, Intermediate Art Skills students did their own versions, choosing which season and corresponding colors was best for them.  We also chose from faux wood paneling scraps to make our trees; notice one student’s idea of placing a Klimt figure in their spring forest (below).

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For our middle school camp we took students to San Francisco for 5 days.  On day one we took in the amazing murals of the Mission District; this student is looking at a mural of an alley of murals while standing in an actual alley of murals….upon our return we created murals and many other aspects of our trip to San Francisco.  After the one week trip we spent a week creating the Living Map of San Francisco in the studio showing the different neighborhoods and points of interest.