Saturday, July 6, 2024

Art Camp with Guest Artist and Author Mavis Stevens: A Day to Remember!

We had an incredible day at Art Camp with our special guest, Mavis Stevens, author and artist of "Last Chance Trailer Park." The day was packed with hands-on activities, creativity, and lots of fun!

Photo Shoot Fun: Next, we had a fantastic photo shoot. We borrowed a painted insulation board from Maclay Fine Arts' Celebration of the Arts, where Mavis was the highlighted artist (She was our artist in residence for the day). The board had holes cut out for our faces, and we had a blast taking silly and fun photos. After the photo shoot, we laminated the pictures so everyone could keep their memories safe and sound.

Hands-On Experience: Making Ornaments We started our day by making unique ornaments. Using pony beads and pipe cleaners, the children created beautiful keepsakes to take home. It was amazing to see their creativity shine through in each piece they made. Mavis joined us, sharing her tips and tricks and making the experience even more special.

Dance Party Brain Break After all the crafting and photo fun, it was time for a brain break. What better way to unwind than with a dance party? Mavis led the way, and we all danced our hearts out. It was a great way to recharge and enjoy some laughs together.

Making Memories and Being Present: Throughout the day, we focused on being present in the moment and making lasting memories. The children had a wonderful time engaging in hands-on activities, expressing their creativity, and enjoying the company of Mavis Stevens. It was a day filled with laughter, learning, and lots of fun.

This Art Camp experience with Mavis Stevens was truly one to remember. The ornaments, photos, and memories made will be cherished for a long time. Thank you to everyone who joined us and made the day so special!

Check out the link below to see the Clay project we base off of The Last Chance Trailer Park's main character, Lucy. We created some of Lucy's friends and they all had some original looks. 

Clay Chickens at Art Camp (Lucy's friends from Last Chance Trailer Park)

1969 & 1965

Friday, July 5, 2024

Our Take on Jasper Johns’ Numbers!

Love this Jasper Johns’ project!  It has been around awhile, but real good for a quick project.  We have posted on Jasper Johns, Click HERE for Jasper Johns’ posts!

How did it go down?

Kids write the numbers 1-9 on top of each other.
Kids paint!



Thursday, July 4, 2024

Art Camp Adventure: Chihuly-Inspired Paper Art Bowls

Our campers had an exciting adventure creating Chihuly-inspired paper art bowls. We explored new art mediums and focused on enjoying the process. check out below and see the fun we had!

What We Did

We started with simple materials:

  • Plastic cups (solo cups)
  • Large coffee filters
  • Water-based markers
  • Rubber bands
  • Liquid starch

First, each camper colored their coffee filters with water-based markers. They used bright, beautiful colors to make their filters look amazing.

Next, we placed the colored filters on top of plastic cups and secured them with rubber bands. Then, we sprayed the filters with liquid starch. This helped set the colors and gave the filters a unique texture.

The Process and Experience

Creating these Chihuly-inspired bowls was all about the process. Our campers enjoyed experimenting with different colors and patterns. They loved seeing how the liquid starch made the colors blend and spread on the filters.

We let the filters set up overnight on the cups. The next morning, we carefully removed the filters from the cups and revealed the beautiful paper art bowls. Each bowl was unique and colorful, just like the campers who made them!

Displaying Our Art

After making the bowls, we took photos to display our beautiful creations. It was a proud moment for all the campers to see their hard work showcased.

What We Learned

Creating these Chihuly-inspired bowls taught us:

  • How to use different art materials
  • The joy of experimenting with colors and techniques
  • Patience and creativity in the art-making process

Each bowl was a unique masterpiece, reflecting the creativity and imagination of its creator.

Final Thoughts

Art Camp is all about trying new things and having fun. Creating these Chihuly-inspired paper art bowls was a fantastic experience for everyone. We are so proud of our campers and their beautiful creations.

Stay tuned for more exciting art adventures at Art Camp!

Remember: Art is about exploring new techniques and enjoying the process. Keep creating and having fun!

1969 and 1965