Week 7, Wednesday, August 7th

This Wednesday Kept us on our Toes-

creative processes, innovative designs, & magical materials!


 

Daily Snapshots of Life @ CAM Create Camps

 


 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) words of the day were: mobile and sculpture! They talked about kinetic and static energy and created magical wire sculptures using clay, pipe cleaners, and other decorative embellishments. They went outside to look at the Mark di suvero sculpture. This inspired their making in the Art Lab. Ask you mini what they enjoyed most about today!

Questions for your artist:

What artwork did you see today at camp?

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain how you played the game “Kinentic, Static” with Ms. Ellie!

Continue the creativity:

Now that you know how to create a 3D kinentic sculpture, use sticks, toothpicks, pipe cleaners and beads at home to imagine an additional form. Think about how it might move, sway, and bend in the wind!

 


 

Printmaking (Grades 1-2) artists went outside in the morning to adventure and find objects for collagraph printing. Back in the studio, they positioned these objects on cardboard to act as a texture plate to be inked for printing. In the afternoon, printers went to the Art Lab for screen printing. They used their new knowledge of silk screen printing- a process that uses a stencil method- to create 3 layer artworks.

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Questions for your artist:

What is a collagraph?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of finding natural objects and attaching them to cardboard for printing. What was your favorite part?

 

Continue the creativity:

Make a nature collage at home! Hunt for natural objects around your house and arrange them on the back of recycled cardboard- an old cereal box perhaps! You can even add paint on top of these objects to emphasize the texture.  

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) artists were busy at work all morning. They marbled clay to create more forms, and practiced coil + slab methods. In the afternoon, artists worked diligently on their soft/hard project. They had to think of objects for both categories, and decide on building a ceramic form of each. Dog bones, cat collars, and bowls were all in the conversation. What a great group of artists with amazing ideas to be bought to life!

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Questions for your artist:

What was your favorite part of the day?

Share with your grown up:

Share about your soft/hard project. Why did you choose those forms? What was your inspiration?

 

Continue the creativity:

Practice sketching ceramic forms at home. Take 5-10 minutes on each drawing. Think about what those forms may be used for. Are they functional or not functional?

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): artists had a fun-filled day spent mostly outside. In the morning they went on a walk to collect natural objects for their cyanotypes. This form of image transfer happens when the sun hits a special, photo surface. The spaces blocked out by the natural objects will show through and a lovely pattern will emerge. In the afternoon they learned the process of shibori dyeing. This indigo dye is quite dynamic + bold when applied to fabric. They twisted and folded the fabric before dipping in the dye to create traditional + modern designs. Once they dry, they will make amazing wearables!

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Questions for your artist:

What a cyanotype? Explain the process you took to create today.

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of shibori dyeing. 

 

Continue the creativity:

Have you ever dyed old fabric with food coloring or fabric dye? Take old clothes, and dye them with color. Once they dry, cut them into pieces of all sizes and shapes. Use these as material for a weaving, wall hanging, or tapestry.

Week 7, Tuesday August 6th

We love seeing your smiling faces back @ CAM Create Camps!


 

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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) word of the day was FIGURES! They talked about different positions, movements, and placements of people! For inspiration, they looked to Keith Haring dishes in the For the Record: Artists on Vinyl Exhibition at the museum. Back in the studio, mini makers used spray bottles filled with watercolor paint to create graffiti artwork on paper. The colors blended and dripped to create beautiful masterpieces! After snack, the artists created collages inspired by Keith Haring’s figures. The movin’ collages are so much fun!

Questions for your artist:

Who is Keith Haring? What does his art look like?

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain how you “spray painted” today. What did you create? What colors are in your painting?

Continue the creativity:

Now that you know how to create a collage, find images in old magazines or books that you can cut out and glue to a new paper. Add drawings with markers or crayons to fill the space!

 


 

Printmaking (Grades 1-2) artists stamped on top of their line drawings this morning, creating whimsical and rhythmic pieces! Next, they made relief prints out of melty beads! For inspiration today (correction from yesterday’s blog post: Campers didn’t have time for this project yesterday, so they worked in it today!): Kathe Kollwitz, The Mothers Print and the Harry Bertoia mono prints. They used black paper scraps to create artwork in the style of The German Expressionists! Their prompt? Think of something that you care about- something that your think ALOT about! Cats, snacks, friends, family- so many good collages were made today!

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Questions for your artist:

What techniques in printmaking did you use today? What did you see in the vault today?

Share with your grown up:

Explain how you created a relief print with melty beads. What was the hardest part about today?

 

Continue the creativity:

Do you have paper scraps, old envelopes, magazines etc. at home? Try to make a collage- even adding textural elements + objects that represent a printmaking style or movement in history!

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) were inspired by a trip to the ceramic vault today. Looking at all these ceramic forms- up close- is such a treat! This inspired their studio projects in the morning and afternoon. Campers used their knowledge of  form, texture, and hand-building techniques to create coil pots in the morning. They rolled many small “snakes” of clay, and built up and up and up until a vase formed! In the afternoon, clay artists ideated a spirit animal. First, they drew their idea out on paper with clay-making to follow. These animal really came to life towards the end of the day!

Questions for your artist:

What is a pinch pot? What are four fun facts you learned about clay today.

Share with your grown up:

Share about your experience in the vault? Was it fun? What was your favorite part?

 

Continue the creativity:

When you get home, gather a piece of paper, a pencil, and some coloring tools. Design a set of dishes, or a series of clay pots. Draw these out and include patterns + color + texture. Imagine if there were 10 pieces in the set? 20 pieces? 100?!

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): artists took a magical trip to The Saarinen House on Cranbrook’s campus today! They looked closely at the weavings, rugs, fiber work and materials for inspiration in the studio. In the morning, they learned some embroidery skills for sewing on fabric. These pieces showcase such attention to detail and intricate patterning. They spent the afternoon practicing their stitches, and starting a paper weaving which will turn into a basket later on this week!

Photos: Balthazar Korab, © Balthazar Korab/Cranbrook Archives

 

Questions for your artist:

What is embroidery and how is it accomplished?

Share with your grown up:

Explain your favorite part of The Saarinen House tour. Give as many details as possible about your tour- maybe your grown up can imagine they are there!

 

Continue the creativity:

When you go home, get some thread from your grown up’s sewing kit. See if you can sew a patch, or a design on some old pants. Maybe you have a shirt that needs up-cycling? Use your skills to give new life to something old!

Week 7, Monday, August 5th

Welcome to Create Camps at Cranbrook Art Museum!


 

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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) talked about “States of matter and melting sculptures” today! Wow- what a topic for these mini artists. They looked at Myra Mimlitsch- Gray’s piece, “Candelabrum, Seven Fragments”. This inspired them to create with unique processes in the studio AND outside! First, they adventured to the Cranbrook campus to create ice melting paintings with frozen paint. It was a perfect opportunity since the sun was shining bright. Then, they traveled back to the studio to create melting sculptures with clay. Spiders, dogs, trees- you name it! These interpretations are quite intuitive.

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Questions for your artist:

What is clay? What does something look like when it is melting?

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the process of molding with the colorful clay? Explain what you used to make your paintings outside today!

Continue the creativity:

When you go home, ask your grown up to make some ice paint! Take an old ice tray and fill with water and food coloring. Make a couple cubes of each  color. Stick a toothpick or popsicle stick in each cube before you freeze. Now go outside, and paint away!

 


 

Printmaking (Grades 1-2) artists were inspired by two artworks today: Kathe Kollwitz, The Mothers Print and the Harry Bertoia mono prints. They used shaving cream and colored paint to created paper marbled prints in the morning. They rocked through this so quickly that printmakers had time to design and start carving their artist stamps before heading to lunch. In the afternoon, printmakers created foam blocks for printing- these stamps are so creative and abstract!

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Questions for your artist:

What is printmaking? What may a printmaker do?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process printing with shaving cream!

 

Continue the creativity:

When you get home, try creating a stamp of your own out of rubber bands and cardboard. Arrange and glue a design with rubber bands on to a cardboard piece. Ink up and stamp on paper! Repeat for a fun pattern!

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) started camp learning the basics of clay, and how to utilize your hands as the best tool for molding this material. They created pinch pots in the morning that will later turn into rattles! In order to make this magic work, they created two pinch pots and multiple small clay beads. Next, they smooshed these pinch pots together to created a closed dome that will rattle! In the afternoon, clay artists created coil plates- another clay technique for hand-building forms. 

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Questions for your artist:

What is a pinch pot? What are four fun facts you learned about clay today.

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of creating the rattle. How did you construct these forms?

 

Continue the creativity:

Look around at the dishes, decorations, or jewelry you have at home. Can you find any that are made from clay? If so, how or why do you conclude this? Explain some characteristics or clues that led you to believe the object is made from clay!

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): artists were so busy on their first day of camp! They started strong with a flat weaving using found fabric and a plastic fence-like base. They learned how to create yarn pom poms- decorative additions to a weaving. In the afternoon, they learned about warp and weft- and how to create using the cricket looms! Stay tuned to see how these turn out!

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Questions for your artist: 

What is warp and weft?

Share with your grown up:

Explain how you used the loom today. What about the weaving you created in the morning?

 

Continue the creativity:

When you go home, you can create a mini weaving to practice your skills. Using the cardboard from an old cereal box, you can create a loom with scissors and thread. Gather colored yarn and start weaving: over under, over under!

 

Week 6, Friday, August 2nd

Feelin’ this Fantastic Friday @ CAM Camps!


 

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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) learned about the process of printmaking today. They used Styrofoam plates + pencils to create a mini relief print! For inspiration, the minis went on a nature walk to collect leaves + flowers to be used back in the studio for stamping printing. Things were a little messy but all in the name of creativity! Have a magical weekend and we hope to see you next week!

Questions for your artist:

What is printmaking?

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the process of stamping with leaves.

Continue the creativity:

When you go home, hunt for some leaves + sticks in your yard or on the way to the car. When you’ve gathered your items, try to stamp these in a pattern. Better yet- glue the leaves right on the paper for a textural effect!

 


 

Clay (Grade 1 and Grade 2) artists finished strong today! These campers worked so hard these past two weeks and they have SO MUCH good artwork to prove for it! Everything has been fired and is ready to ship home. First and second graders decorated boxes to carry their artwork home in. They were busy practicing techniques from this week using model magic, packing their ceramic work, and finishing the painting of their totem poles! But, perhaps the most exciting event of the day was the ‘Monster Clay Relay”! Teams were assigned with the task of running up to a piece of clay and adding something to that form- relay style! What a fun way to get this Friday energy out. We hope to see you next week – or next summer!

Questions for your artist: 

What was your favorite project of the last two weeks? Why so?

Share with your grown up:

Explain how you’ve grown as an artist during clay camp? What have you improved on? What was the best moment of clay camp 2019?

 

Continue the creativity:

If you loved clay camp, keep practicing with clay! Sculpey polymer clay or Crayola model magic are great alternatives for sculpting at home! Try to create different forms- both functional and non-functional. Experiment with mixing colors and textures!


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 3-5): artists started the day with paper plate circular weavings. the attention to detail and color choices are so admirable. They were hard at work all morning! In the afternoon, third through fifth graders finally screen printed. Learning this process was new and exciting. We are so proud of all the new techniques these campers conquered this week. We hope to see you back again this summer- or next!

 

Questions for your artist:

What was your favorite project of the week? Why so?

Share with your grown up:

Explain how you’ve grown as an artist during fiber + textile camp? What have you improved on? What was the best moment of the week?

 

Continue the creativity:

Now that you have gained new techniques of creating with yarn, thread, fabric and dye, see if you can pass this information along to a family member or friend! Can you teach them these unique techniques that you’ve been practicing all week?

 


 

Architects (Grades 6-8): adventured to The Architecture Studios this morning- what a behind the scenes treat! This was a lovely opportunity to understand what it takes to be an architecture student- and eventually – a practicing architect in the field! Back in the studio, they built their last model of the camp- a space design!! Wait until you see these finished pieces. They ended they day with a reflection and group critique!

 

Questions for your artist: 

What was your favorite project of the last two weeks? Why so?

Share with your grown up:

Explain how you’ve grown as an artist + architect during camp? What have you improved on? What was the best moment of Architecture Camp 2019?

 

Continue the creativity:

When you go home, continue perfecting your skills as an architect!! Remember to bring your sketchbook along for all your errands, adventures, and experiences- you never know when you might have to capture a magical view! We hope to see you again soon!

Week 6, Thursday, August 1st

A Thrilling Thursday in the books!


 

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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) enjoyed a trip to the vault this morning to learn about portraiture + warm versus cool colors. They looked at pieces by multiple artists including: Andy Warhol, Karen Kain, and Edson Pele. This visit inspired them to create self portraits in the studio- both big and small. The large canvases were created using mirror while they drew, and an added layer of paint on top of their marks. The small frames + mini portraits are of someone important to them. What a great day to be a mini maker!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a self-portrait? What are examples of warm colors? What are examples of cool colors?

Share with you grown-up:

Explain your favorite piece that you looked at in the vault today. Why was that artwork your favorite piece?

Continue the creativity:

Think about the color scheme you chose to paint on your frame today. Use the opposite color scheme to draw a portrait of a very important family member or friend. Use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to create this artwork.

 


 

Clay (Grade 1 and Grade 2) started layering their totem pole pieces with the paper mache technique. Slowly but surely, they began to build up on the surface of their cardboard. They ventured outside to sketch different landscapes and brush up their drawing skills! In the afternoon, clay artists continued on their totem pole journey so that these will be ready to paint and install tomorrow!

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Questions for your artist: 

What is paper mache? How many layers of newspaper did you apply to your totem animal?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of paper mache today. What colors are you planning on adding to the surface of your animal totem pole?

 

Continue the creativity:

Think about the animal you created for your totem pole project. What is the animal’s story? Where does the animal live? What food does the animal eat? Where does the animal adventure? Create an illustrative story about this animal! Use markers or colored pencils to illustrate.

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 3-5): artists wandered outside to create their artwork in the morning. They splatter- painted a collaborative piece of fabric that would later be cut into strips for an Al Loving inspired wall hanging! On and off, throughout the day, textile artists made progress on their embroidery hoops. In the afternoon, artists silk-screen printed on fabric- a unique process of stencil + ink. Ask your camper about their screen print on fabric!

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Questions for your artist:

Who is Al Loving?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of painting the fabric outside. Share your opinion of the artist Al Loving’s artwork in the museum.

 

Continue the creativity:

At home, practice your pattern-making skills! Use textures, wallpaper, magazine images and color for inspiration. Create 10-20 patterns in your sketchbook using markers, colored pencils, and crayons.

 


 

Architects (Grades 6-8): adventured to The Cranbrook House this morning to sketch ideas for designing today. This observational sketch time is crucial to their growth in scale, proportion, and perspective skills. Once they returned to the studio, architects continued to build their art museum models- having gained more ideas for décor and interior spaces. What an amazing week- we can’t wait to show you all of their diligent work on the last day- tomorrow!

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Questions for your artist:

What are 3-5 fun facts you learned about The Cranbrook House?

Share with your grown up:

Think back to your tour and share about your experience at Cranbrook House- did you enjoy this time? Do you feel like you’ve grown in drawing skills this week at camp?

 

Continue the creativity:

At home, gather a pencil + your sketchbook or paper. Think back to your favorite room at Cranbrook House and recreate the space in a drawing. See how much you can draw from memory. Add in some symbols that represent the history + stories that your tour guide share with you!

Week 6, Wednesday, July 31st

We’ve Got the Middle of the Week Feels on this Wednesday at CAM Camps!

 


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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) enjoyed a day of FLOWERS! They talked about floral elements in art and wallpaper. The mini makers took a campus nature walk to be inspired by the flowers + growth all around campus. Back in the studio, the mini artists used flowers to create their own paintbrushes! After snack, they cut flower shapes to create wall paper designs.

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Questions for your artist:

What are some characteristics of a flower?

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the process of making a paintbrush out of flowers.

Continue the creativity:

At home, hunt around your backyard for sticks the size of a pencil. Using your knowledge of making a paintbrush, gather blades of grass, parts of bushes, etc. to create an art tool out of natural objects. Use the tool to create an original piece to hang on the fridge!

 


 

Clay (Grade 1 and Grade 2) started their morning with polymer clay of all colors. They squished and swirled colors together to create marbled beads! After all that hard morning work, the first and second graders got to work on phase 3 of their totem pole projects. They have completed the construction of these animal, and will begin adding paper mache to the surface very soon!

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Questions for your artist:

What is ceramic glaze? How does it work?

Share with your grown up:

Explain phase 3 of your totem pole project.

 

Continue the creativity:

When you go home today, look around at some vessels, plates, vases, or any pottery you might have at home. Ask your grown up if it okay to sit that object on a table for you to observe and sketch! Add color with pencils, crayons, or markers.

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 3-5): artists went outside this morning to begin their shibori dye technique-  a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns on fabric. They twisted, turned, folded, and wrapped t-shirts to create these whimsical patterns that produce indigo + white designs. Third- fifth graders continued to work diligently on their looms- weaving away to complete these tapestries! In the afternoon, fiber artists learned to embroider with burlap + embroidery hoops + thread. These projects are perfect for the living room wall!!

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Questions for your artist:

What is shibori dyeing?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of preparing your t-shirt for the dyeing method this morning. Explain your successes in embroidering today.

 

Continue the creativity:

Have you ever dyed fabric naturally? If you have one of the following at home, bring these to a boil on the stove to create a natural dye in which you can soak the (cotton works best) fabric!

  • Orange: carrots, gold lichen, onion skins
  • Brown: dandelion roots, oak bark, walnut hulls, tea, coffee, acorns
  • Pink: berries, cherries, red and pink roses, avocado skins and seeds (really!)
  • Blue: red cabbage, elderberries, red mulberries, blueberries, purple grapes, dogwood bark
  • Red-brown: pomegranates, beets, bamboo, hibiscus (reddish color flowers), bloodroot
  • Grey-black: Blackberries, walnut hulls, iris root
  • Red-purple: red sumac berries, basil leaves, daylilies, pokeweed berries, huckleberries
  • Green: artichokes, sorrel roots, spinach, peppermint leaves, snapdragons, lilacs, grass, nettles, plantain, peach leaves
  • Yellow: bay leaves, marigolds, sunflower petals, St John’s Wort, dandelion flowers, paprika, turmeric, celery leaves, lilac twigs, Queen Anne’s Lace roots, mahonia roots, barberry roots, yellowroot roots, yellow dock roots

(taken from https://www.diynatural.com/natural-fabric-dyes/)

 


 

Architects (Grades 6-8): continued to understand and model architectural processes + techniques. Today, they focused on working within boundaries. After viewing the museum’s architecture in the morning, they constructing forms for a museum model. Once they had the idea for this form, they were not allowed to change it. The next step was to work within this form to create a floor plan. This process of working is important to understand when creating a floor plan for a building that you did not personally design. These artists are working to impress- we are so proud of the progress they have made within the past week and a half!

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Questions for your artist:

What did you look at in the gallery today?

Share with your grown up:

Explain your creative process for the project today? What steps did you take to be successful and reach your goal?

 

Continue the creativity:

Go outside and look around, bring your sketchbook in the car on a drive, grab a pencil and paper before you head to a concert, or dinner, or perhaps the grocery store! Wherever you may be headed, think about doing some observational sketches of places. Take only 30-60 seconds to complete one sketch, then move onto the next one. Look at your paper for some, then look only at the subject and NOT at the paper for others. These exercises will help your eyes and brain communicate better next time you sit down to draw!

Week 6, Tuesday, July 30th

We’re Jumping with Joy to See some Familiar Faces Back Again!

Don’t forget to pick up your free camp t-shirt if this is your first week at CAM Create Camps!


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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) learned about the 5 senses today. They looked at Dora Economou’s piece “The dark, the dark” for inspiration. Back in the studio, mini makers created paintings on popsicle stick canvases and lemon stamped artworks on paper. What a fruity day!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a stamp?

Share with you grown-up:

Explain how you used the lemon as an art tool.

Continue the creativity:

When you go home, use an old fruit or vegetable to created an artwork on paper, an old bag, or an envelope!

 


 

Clay (Grade 1 and Grade 2) artists got their hands dirty by glazing away today! They glazed their hard/soft project, their beads, and the small treasure container- whew, what a day. In the afternoon, they began phase 2 of their totem pole project. Ask your camper about their animal!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a totem pole? 

Share with your grown up:

Explain the glazing process to your grown-up.

 

Continue the creativity:

Create a 2D version of a totem pole. Think of this exercise as a time to practice mark-making of texture for your chosen animal! This will help you when you paint your animal totem pole later this week!

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 3-5): artists looked at real weavings in the vault today– one of them by Marianne Strengell. These examples inspired them to get started on their own tapestries! They broke out the cricket looms, learning all about terms such as weft and warp. The 3rd through 5th graders took to this weaving technique quickly! In the afternoon, artists created cyanotypes using sunlight and natural objects. The magic process of printing using the sun is definitely one to remember!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a weaving? What is a loom?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of weft and warp.

 

Continue the creativity:

When you go home, make a weaving out of paper strips! This will help you practice for using a loom.

 


 

Architects (Grades 6-8): continued on their models today, adding multiple perspectives, details, layers, and textures. Then they had a design competition inspired by the di Suvero sculpture on the Cranbrook campus! Talk to your camper about their experience so far. We are so impressed with the skill and talent in this class! We can’t wait to show you all of our hard work at the end of the week.

 

Questions for your artist:

What is one think that surprised you about today? What was one think you overcame today?

Share with your grown up:

Explain your favorite project that you created this week. Explain your favorite process that you partook in this week.

 

Continue the creativity:

Create 2-5 quick sketches of different exterior views around or outside of your house. Show Ms. Kapish when you get to camp on Wednesday. Use pencil, colored pencil, or pen!