Saturday, July 20, 2013

Around the World Art Camp 2013

Tahitian Landscape
Tahitian Black Pearl
We just wrapped up our 4th annual Passport Kids Around the World Art Camp! Twenty kids in rising 2nd-5th grades spent a week exploring different countries through art, music, literature, folklore, architecture, culture, and food.

Day 1: Tahiti
Today, we visited this island nation of French Polynesia. We listened to the sounds of Tahitian music while we made our version of Tahitian pearls,
Tahitian tattooed banana
which later became necklaces and pins. Next we tattooed bananas! The kids loved this one. After a snack of dried mangoes, we studied Post-impressionist Paul Gauguin and were inspired to make our own Tahitian Landscapes with oil and chalk pastels. I think they turned out beautifully.
Greek vase

Day 2: Greece
Today we went to gorgeous Greece. We listened to some music inspired by Greek mythology and spent some time going over the Greek gods and mythology. The kids loved the story of Prince Theseus and the minotaur!
Mythical creature in mosaic frame
We made our own mosaic frames and while they dried, we explored Greek pottery and made our own Greek vases on Kraft paper using patterns and line designs. After a snack of Greek olives, the kids came up with their own myths and illustrated unique mythical creatures!

Albrecht Durer-inspired
scratch art engraving
Day 3: Germany
Today, we went to Europe and visited Germany. We learned a lot about the history of Germany, including its involvement in World War II as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall. The children were very interested and hands were up all over the place, asking questions. We listened to the beautiful music of Beethoven while we created Albrecht Durer-inspired animal etchings with lots of visual texture.
After a snack of German butter biscuits and gingerbread, we visited the Black Forest and created cuckoo clock collages. I love them!


Cuckoo clock collage


Elijah's cups and Stars of David
Day 4: Israel
Learning about the Holocaust yesterday helped us to appreciate the rich history of the nation of Israel, where we visited today. We listened to the sometimes sad but lovely music of Itzhak Perlman while we made our own versions of Elijah's cup used in the Passover feast of Seder. Next we made colorful stars of David, and after a snack of tea biscuits from Israel, we were inspired by the Dead Sea to experiment with watercolor and Kosher salt. It's amazing the visual texture you can create!

Antique cars in
Old Havana
Day 5: Cuba
Cuban Sugar pots
Today, we went to the island nation of Cuba, our neighbor just off of Florida. We learned of the Spanish and African influences on this country as well as its history of slavery. Some kids had already heard the name Castro, so we had some interesting conversations about communism and the Cuban missile crisis. You never know what children are ready to understand! While listening to Cuban drums, guitars, and voices, we made our own sugar pots (az'ucar) with flower pots and wooden beads. After a delicious snack of rice and beans, we drew wonderful pictures of 1940s and 50s cars in colorful Old Havana. I love these!

This camp is truly a labor of love. I love to expose children to other places and other cultures as it whets their appetite for travel, but also creates empathy and understanding that we all share the same amazing Earth. If we begin to think about and pray for other people, we'll begin to care about them. I think that's what it's all about. Not to mention, children's artwork rocks!
Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 3
 
Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

Tahitian Landscape

Tahitian Landscape

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 3

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 5

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

Tahitian Landscape

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

Bottle-cap necklace with "Tahitian pearl"

"Tahitian pearl" pin

"Tahitian pearl" necklace

"Tahitian pearls"

Making cuckoo clock collages

Albrecht Durer-inspired scratch art animal etchings

Elijah's cups
 

wearing her Tahitian pearl necklace

Greek vase, rising grade 2

Greek vases

Making cuckoo clock collages

Mythical creature in mosaic frame, rising grade 4

Mythical creature in mosaic frame, rising grade 2

Mythical creature in mosaic frame, rising grade 2

Textured animal etching, rising grade 4

Textured animal etching, rising grade 5

Textured animal etching, rising grade 4

Textured animal etching, rising grade 2

Cuckoo Clock collage


Cuckoo Clock collage, rising grade 3

Cuckoo Clock collage, rising grade 5

Cuckoo Clock collage, rising grade 4

Cuckoo Clock collage

Elijah's cups

Stars of David

Stars of David and Elijah's cups

Cuban sugar pot

Cuban sugar pot, rising grade 5

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 2

Antique car in Old Havana

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 2

Antique car in Old Havana

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 3

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 4

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 4

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 2

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 4

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 2

Tahitian tattoo on banana

Tahitian tattoo on banana, rising grade 3

Tahitian tattoo on banana

2 comments:

Patrick Hazard said...

I sent my kids to a kids art school weekly for years living in NOLA ... now that we've left it has been hard to find ppl that do what you do. My daughter (almost 11) can draw/paint amazing representative pictures and very impressive cartoons ... her spacial understanding and ability to comprehend point perspective(s) is way beyond her years and I completely attribute it to the classes ... it was in her .. it just took an artist to help nurture it out.

He pics prior to that (posted everywhere) looked more horrific than cute ... now, kids in her classes beg her to draw when a volunteer is called on.

My son, however, well ... we're still hoping ... baseball looks good though!

Loved the pics, keep doing what you do!

Nicole Seitz said...

Thank you, Patrick! I really enjoy teaching the kids, and it wasn't even on my radar. Funny how God works to get you in the right places! By the way, the book I'm writing now takes place in NOLA, and I'm looking forward to spending some time there soon. Blessings on your work and family.