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Summer Art Camps July 12-16: Welcome to Monument-Ville, Dinner Party Collages, and Insects of Prospect Park

Summer Art Camps return to Children’s Museum of the Arts! Read below to find out what the students learned this week. Want to join the fun? There’s still time to register for camp. Click here to check out the summer lineup and sign up!

Art of Painting

We kicked off the week experimenting with lines and shapes to create abstract paintings. Together, we read Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora — a wonderful story about community and the rewards of sharing meals with others. We used a variety of materials to build pattern and texture, then let our paintings dry overnight so we could use them the next day in our collages. The next day, we began building a collagethinking about a time we shared a delicious meal with friends or family. Students were encouraged reflect on fun events like birthday parties and family dinners, and add characters and food to their collages! View more photos

Tiny Worlds

We created a collaborative community of miniatures that represent places, people, and objects that are important to us. We kicked off the week with a scavenger hunt-esque walk around the neighborhood (sketchbook in hand!) to observe and sketch things we see in our community. Back at the museum, we created a map of our neighborhood and worked in pairs to sketch and sculpt our miniatures Together, we considered about what is important to us as individuals, as well as in a community. The next day, we introduced the idea of “Monument-Ville” and began brainstorming tiny monuments that represent something meaningful to us. Along the way, we looked at the incredible artwork of Yeon Ji Yoo, Joshua Smith, Sally Curcio, and Ana Penalba to spark our imaginations. View more photos

Art Explorers @ Lakeside in Prospect Park

This week was all about the wild and wonderful insects of Prospect Park! We kicked off the week decorating the cover of our sketchbooks and drawing bugs from memory. Students really enjoying playing “telephone,” where they traded their bug drawings with another student, who then added their own drawing. We also had a blast exploring the nearby fields and observing bugs in their natural habitat. Back in the classroom, we read Eric Carle‘s What’s Your Favorite Bug? to everyone’s delight. The next day, we focused our studies on local flowers such as milkweeds, and the insects that depend on them — namely monarch butterflies. We looked at the nature drawings of Gail Gibbons and learned how to make mixed media paintings, where we used sponges to add color on top of our drawings. View more photos

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