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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Mushy Maché

We are having so much fun with papier maché and recycled materials this summer at the Decorative and Fine Arts Camp! Students help us amass a selection of cool shaped recyclables like berry containers cans and paper towel rolls and transform them into papier maché sculptures.

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Summer Fun

I have the wonderful gift of being able to stay home with my daughter during the summer and we had an amazing time going down to the museums and making art together at home. However, I did let grandma take her for a week so that I could substitute for an old friend at the Decorative Fine Arts summer camp at Glen Echo. This is an art camp I worked at for many years during college and my early teaching years. It’s projects are dynamic, engaging, and colorful!

You can see in the pictures below that children get to work with a variety of media through-out the week.

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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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