Clay Explorations

Every week at the Decorative and Fine Arts Camp we start off the week with painting in the mornings and clay in the afternoon! It’s always a big hit. We have a clay tile relief sculpture project with more specific instructions and then campers also have the freedom to do free experimentation and sculpture making. These small sculptures usually reflect their own interests, such as foods, animals or fictional characters!

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Bart Simpson

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A villager? (If you’re familiar with Minecraft you’ll understand.)

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Rolling into Summer with Color Wheels!

I couldn’t be more proud/happy/excited/nervous/ecstatic/ready to be back at the Decorative and Fine Arts Camp, and this time as the camp owner. Since my amazing mentor and talented sculptor Sinclair Hamilton retired I will now be running the Decorative and Fine Arts Camp under Emma Teaches Art LLC. and in partnership with Glen Echo.

So far the first two weeks were full, and full of fun. If you have been following me for years you’ve seen this project before, but here we have our first and signature camp project. The DFAC covers all sorts of art-making, and we start our week with painting. The color wheel project is also differentiated by campers ages and weeks of experience at the camp. This means that campers who have never been at DFAC before and are 7 and under start with “color wheel A”.

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Those campers who have never been at DFAC before and are 8 and up start with “color wheel B” a slightly more complicated version of the color wheel.

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The black Background is how we finish off the wheels!

Those campers who have been at DFAC before and have completed “color wheel B” move on to “color wheel C” a slightly more complicated version of “color wheel B,” but with the challenge of choosing their own colors, and this trend continues in color wheels “D,E,F”. (You get the idea)

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Finally, campers who have returned enough times to get to F then get to invent their own color wheel, shapes and all!

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Blossom Festival!

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IMG_20150411_114309So I work two jobs. It’s great to earn extra money when you are saving for a house!

My weekend work involves being a teaching artist at Glen Echo Park Partnership Park for the Arts and Culture, at Glen Echo National Park, in Glen Echo Maryland. (long enough?) I occasionally gallery sit and manage events, but every Saturday, from 10am-12pm I set up a family art activity in the Candy Corner. The Candy Corner used to be a candy store way back when Glen Echo was an amusement park. Now it is a small classroom and art studio meant for younger children.

This past weekend and the one before, I designed a lesson inspired by the Washington DC cherry blossom festival, and just the range of blossoms we have blooming in the DC Metro area.

For this project I decided I would collect sticks, and have children paint them and then glue on bits of white and pink paper. My ideal age range for this art activity was 14 months-14 years old. Art has a way of differentiating itself based on the child’s needs and age.

It was totally fun and fabulous, and if you are around the DC area May 2nd, and you have a small child I highly recommend you join me for a day of family fun at Glen Echo! More information here:  http://www.glenechopark.org/family-day-2015

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