Westbury Summer Arts Camp: Week 1

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We completed our first week of camp – and it was great!

This week was our “sampler week”. Every camper was introduced to all of the different artistic disciplines that we will be exploring this summer. They enjoyed Music with Ms. Briana, Photography and Sculpture with Ms. Erin, Drama with Ms. Geeta and Visual Arts with Ms. Marie.

The Daily Schedule:

Campers will enjoy visual arts every morning from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. There is an outside play break at 10 a.m until 10:30 a.m.. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.. After lunch campers will break up into their chosen electives for intensive project work until 2 pm. On Monday and Tuesday they have chosen between Drama and Photography. On Wednesday and Thursday they have chosen between Sculpture and Music. We will give them the option to switch their electives after 2 weeks.

We feel that this schedule will give them the opportunity to work on process based projects that explore different materials and elements of art. Although the day is jam-packed with instructional activities, we also have open-ended projects available for the campers to enjoy throughout the day. The Camp Mural is available all day for campers to add to, the At Work Table will be supplied with materials for them to use and explore and there is always an opening activity every morning for the campers to collaborate on while Ms. Marie readies their morning project.

This week we explored 3 different ways to make image transfers, learned about lines as an element of art, designed our own cameras, created 3D paper sculptures, made our own stencils, worked on collages, were introduced to mindfulness practices, different musical exercises and used one of our transfer techniques to make a self-portrait. The most important thing we did was get to know each other and collaborate on all of these projects!

In the coming weeks, we will also be enjoying visits from guest artists who will introduce us to the many ways art is created.

Our first visiting artist is Valerie from 3R Sewing. She will be joining us on Monday 7/16 to demonstrate hand sewing and how a sewing machine works! The campers will be able to learn how to sew with a needle and thread and then watch how much easier it is with a machine. Young campers will be using plastic needles, yarn and plastic canvas. Ms. Marie will be completing a printing project with the campers and Ms. Valerie will be returning in 2 weeks to turn their printed cloth into a drawstring take home backpack for each camper! This is a great way to introduce textile design and show the campers how artisans are connected.

Upcoming guest artists include a jewelry maker and die cut artist. Please enjoy the photos attached of your amazing campers enjoying their week at Westbury Summer Arts Camp!