It has been such a wonderful summer so far and I am so grateful for all the families that have sent their children to the Wild at Art camp this summer. We have been having a wonderful week at the end of July. On Monday, we talked about going on journey this week looking for spectacular “things.” Here are a few highlights from the week with all our spectacular findings.
Highlight #1: A visit from the amazing Caterpillar Lab!
Highlight #2: Making spectacular wildlife discoveries with friends
Highlight #3: Exploring in the brook for aquatic critters
The first week of our 2017 summer camp season is off and running to a fantastic start. During the first week, the campers are learning about the ways birds and other animals fly, swim, and move. Here are a few of the highlights:
Highlight #1: Seeing larval salamanders and wood frog tadpoles at the vernal pool
Highlight #2: Creating Amazing Art with Lindsey Caputo (Art Educator)
Highlight #3: Making Animal Themed Hats
Highlight #4: Hiking to the pine forest to see our “eagle’s nest”
Our first week of summer camp has been off to a fantastic start, with lots of art, nature, science, and fun built in. Check back in during the week as this post will be updated each day or two.
Here are some of the top moments from camp this week!
Going on a dragonfly hunt!
All the campers from the Animal Acrobatics and Art groups were thrilled to learn about and hunt for dragonflies in our meadow. One highlight for everybody was getting to hold onto a dragonfly and feel it’s Velcro like feet (tarsi).
Top Moment #2
Learning about and building nests
Top Moment #3
Pin the stinger on the bee
Top Moment #4
Exploring movement with charcoal
Top Moment #5
Having fun with our amazing staff
Top Moment #6
Printmaking with linoleum tiles
On Thursday, we were very excited to learn how to sketch out a print onto linoleum tile and learn how to safely use linocutting tools. The prints came out exquisite and everybody loved what they made. The detail and care taken into each art project was remarkable and inspiring.
We have been having a fantastic week during our Natural Connections week at Camp. All the campers have been creating amazing art, learning about caterpillars, butterflies, and the process of metamorphosis. Come see all their amazing art displayed on Friday at 2:30 at our weekly art show. Here are some of the top moments from the week!
Top Moment #1: Making and painting masks
Top Moment #2: Making butterfly wings
Top Moment #3: Exploring the brook and catching crayfish
Top Moment #4: Catching Butterflies
Top Moment #5: Being excited about nature and creating art inspired by nature (and also catching cicadas!)
All the campers have been having a fantastic time this week, playing games, creating art inspired by our natural landscape, and exploring the sanctuary…with many special trips to the brook to catch crayfish and check on their crayfish houses. Here are some of the top moments from the week:
Moment #1: Weaving in the trees with natural materials
Moment #2: Building with natural materials
Moment #3: Exploring the brook and putting out crayfish houses
Here at the Wild at Art Camp, everybody has been having a lot of fun learning about pollinators, playing nature games (pin the antenna on the butterfly and the pollinator game created by counselor Amanda), and creating art inspired by nature. We have a few spots open for our last two sessions of camp. Check out some of the top moments from the week:
Moment #1: Creating nature journals
Moment #2: Creating an Eric Carle inspired basket of fruits that need pollinators
Moment #3: Using water and dye (sumagashi) to create amazing swirling paintings
Moment #4: Exploring in the sanctuary
Moment #5: Playing lots of games and cooling off on hot days
Moment #6: Learning watercolor techniques by painting an apple (needs pollinators)!
Moment #7: Being collaborative like bees and painting!!!!
Campers have been having a great week during the Wild Photography Camp session. We’ve been having lots of fun learning about photography, creating art, and exploring the sanctuary. Check out our post on the campers building the cameras. Here are the top moments from the week:
Moment #1: Painting with light (seriously)
Moment #3: Silkscreen and watercolor of an Audubon Owl Print
Learn, Create, and Express! Today, we kicked off our Wild Photography week at the Wild at Art Summer Camp. Campers spent the morning building their own digital camera, which they will use during the week to learn more about the art of photography. Camper build and use a bigshot camera, which was developed by Shree Nayar, a computer science professor at Columbia University.
By building the camera, they will learn about how gears work, how power is generated, and the physics behind digital photography. Check out this gallery of the cameras being put together: