Week 8, day 1 – Aug 14th!

Here we are at the last week of camps! We’ve had a wonderful 7 weeks and can’t wait to see what final projects campers make this week. As always, we’ll be positing pictures and updates on the blog daily!

MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

Today Minis made beautiful botanical mobiles, painted with patterns inspired by colors and shapes seen in the Cranbrook Gardens. The group learned about PATTERN and REPETITION, both man-made and those occurring in nature.


EXPLORE: Art & Nature (1st-2nd)

Explore started the day printing nature etchings on paper bags which will hold treasures from the week’s nature walks. Campers also started on their paper mache cacti project, inspired by folk art cactus models in the Alexander Girard exhibit. After an afternoon nature walk, Explorers made silhouettes outdoors inspired by Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Series.


MOLD I: Ceramics & Clay (3rd-4th)

This morning Mini Molders visited the Cranbrook Institute of Science where campers looked at ceramic Egyptian jewelry before creating their own ceramic beads. The group also glazed lots (and lots!) of projects from last week, and create textured landscape paintings using colorful Plasticine clay.


MOLD II: Ceramics & Clay (5th-6th)

Mold II had a morning full of glazing – adding color to almost all of their pieces from last week. They also visited ceramic beads and pendents at the Institute of Science, sketching and getting ideas for their afternoon project, when Molders designed their own pendants for jewelry and magnets.


DESIGN: Spaces & Places (7th-9th, teen workshop)

Today Designers planned their own dream homes, drawing floor plans and elevations for their wildly imaginative spaces. Afterward, the group did a walking tour of campus looking at the shapes, colors, and narratives in leaded glass windows in Saarinen House, and the Cranbrook Dining Hall.