Saturday, July 09, 2011

Around the World Art Camp!

What a week we had in Around the World Art Camp! With ages 6-9, we traveled to a different country every day, finding it on the map, sampling the culture, learning facts, playing games, and of course, creating art! This week-long camp was held at Palmetto Christian Academy in my very own lower school art room. I think the room was happy to have some artwork being made in it again, and I was thrilled to watch these gifted and talented kids become immersed in different cultures.

Aboriginal Dot Painting - Emu, Age 9
Day one - Australia
Today we went "down under" and learned about Aborigines. The kids loved the chanting CD we listened to while imitating aboriginal dot paintings. Then we made and played our own digderoos with traditional aboriginal symbols. The kids couldn't get enough of our Aussie snack for the day, Fairy Bread. It's easy to make -- just put margarine on white bread, cover with rainbow sprinkles and cut on a diagonal. Simple!

Celtic letter A from The Book of Kells, age 7

Day Two - Ireland
Ah, the Enchanted Isle. Did you know there are no snakes in Ireland? Today, we learned about Saint Patrick, the shamrock and the Trinity. We read Irish blessings, watched Irish dancers and listened to traditional music. For artwork, we learned about illuminated manuscripts and created our own illustrated Celtic letters inspired by The Book of Kells. The best part of the day might have been the Celtic knots and crosses made out of pizza pans...or maybe it was the Irish Jaffa cakes!

Gyodan breakfast, age 8

Day Three - Japan
Did you know the round circle on the Japanese flag is a symbol of the sun? Or that it's considered rude to blow your nose in public in Japan? We had a blast learning about this amazing country. We listened to the music, ate edamame, and then created our own gyodan (Japanese art of making fake food). Don't they look good enough to eat?

Fish haiku and sumi-e, age 7
Next we wrote haiku poems about animals and painted them in sumi-e fashion. Beautiful! The Japanese word search was extra hard and extra fun today.

Learning about Picasso, sculpture, age 8

Day Four - Spain
Spain is home to bullfighting, flamenco dancing, and some truly interesting artists. Today we emulated Picasso, Dali, and Miro. The artwork was surreal. Personally, I enjoyed listening to the Spanish flamenco guitar and eating the Manzanilla olives for snack. I find myself longing for more tapas. Ole!

Learning about Joan Miro, "Landscape", age 8
Please enjoy some more photos below. Looks like I'm done with summer to jury duty next week!

Aboriginal dot painting

Time for play!

Playing the didgeroo

Aboriginal dot painting, Kookaburra, age 8

Aboriginal dot painting, Platapus, age 7

Aboriginal dot painting, Kookaburra, age 6

Aboriginal dot painting, Sugar glider, age 9


Word search!

Celtic letter B, age 9
Celtic letter C, age 6

Celtic letter J, age 6

Celtic letter A, age 9

Celtic letter L, age 6

Celtic letter Z, age 6
Celtic Cross, age 9

Celtic Cross, age 8

Celtic Cross, age 6
Gyodan fruit, age 6

Gyodan pizza and parmesan, age 9

Gyodan burger, age 6

Gyodan taco, donut, grapes and purple onion, age 6

Gyodan grapes, age 6

Gyodan grapes, age 7
Panda haiku and sumi-e, age 9

Penguin haiku and sumi-e, age 6

Cat haiku and sumi-e, age 8

Cat and mouse haiku and sumi-e, age 6

Bird haiku and sumi-e, age 6

Crab haiku and sumi-e, age 6

Making Picasso-inspired sculpture

Picasso-inspired sculpture, age 6

Picasso-inspired sculpture, age 9

Inspired by Miro, "Dog", age 6

Painting surreal landscapes


Shellie Tomlinson said...

How fortunate these kids are to have you as an art teacher. If I were closer I do believe I'd pay my dues and come with 'em! :)) Their work is too cool.

Karen said...

Makes me wish I could have gone. Beautiful work. And what a gift you are imparting to another generation.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting these!
You are a wonderful teacher, one both my boys adore.