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Westbury Summer Arts Camp: Week 3

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We enjoyed quite a week at camp!

Our jewelry workshop, with Ms. Maureen, introduced us to wire wrapping, as the campers used 18 gauge wire to wrap beautiful pieces of sea glass. These will be completed this week so they can take their creations home. We also used jewelry pliers and cutters and will learn more about findings and finishes when we add a cord and closures to our necklaces.

In sculpture workshop, campers were excited to begin using clay! We used clay working tools and learned how to “cement” our air dry clay. The campers are making some really unique pots, bowls and free form containers.

Visual art lessons included single and two-point perspective; you can learn more about that here:

We will be working on finishing our two-point perspective “giants” this week.

The big project for the week was our printing studio. Campers learned to use a silkscreen with stencils, as we printed on cotton canvas. Our youngest campers were able to print on their cotton canvas using stencils and brushes. These canvases will now be used to sew together tote bags for each camper! Ms. Valerie, from 3R Sewing will be returning on Monday 7/30 to instruct the campers on how to use the sewing machine and they will each get to finish their own tote bags. We have been exploring printing since last week and everyone seems to really enjoy this particular medium and the different techniques.

Ms. Erin will begin printing photographs this week that the campers have been taking, including last week’s shadow portraits. You may not be seeing many photography projects coming home, that’s because we are saving them for our end of camp event. More info about that to come!

We continue to explore sounds, beats, movement, emotions and expressive language in our music and drama classes with call and response activities and stories like “Gorilla Thumps & Bear Hugs”. On 7/31, we will enjoy a visit from Casey Bond, a professional percussionist who will be performing for us and presenting an interactive workshop with percussion instruments. We are really excited about having Casey join us on Tuesday.

Upcoming workshops include a die-cut paper workshop and live musical performance.

This week we will be giving the campers the choice of switching to a different afternoon elective. Campers that wish to remain in their chosen afternoon classes, will stay in that same class until the end of camp.
We are also welcoming 3 new campers this week and look forward to introducing them to everyone.

Enjoy the photos and we look forward to a brand new week with new things to explore. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or changes to your schedule.


Lastly, I’d like to introduce you to to one of our amazing teaching artists:

BrianaMs. Briana

Briana is a Nebraska-Native turned city girl. She has been making music in New York City since 2016, right after she graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a degree in Vocal Performance. Her first album titled Walls is set to be released in June 2019.

When Briana is not performing or recording, she is teaching little ones (and big ones) the ukulele, voice, and general music. She is grateful to be part of Westbury Arts’ first summer camp!

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Patty was born in Colombia, S.A. and arrived in NY at the age of 3 with her mami. Embracing I Love Lucy, game shows, pop music and old school Hollywood, she’s more a child of Disney than Bolivar. Although her birth culture is sewn into the fabric of her everyday life, Patty’s American dream is still wrapped tightly around Frank Capra’s small town Utopia. Born into a family of artists and women inspires her to continue creating, in every way she can.