This is the third year that I have held a small summer art camp at my home. Many of the lessons that I teach over the summer, I use the next year in the classroom. I love the opportunity to try out lessons for the first time and teach a few things that just aren't practical in a classroom setting.
My art camp runs for just a week with morning sessions from 9:00- 12:00. It's amazing how much we can accomplish in that small period of time! When we pack up portfolios at the end of the week, we have nearly a school year worth of artwork! This summer we made: watermelon painting, pattern painting tapestry, cup weaving, modeling clay sculptures, sketchbooks, new crayon shapes, cyanotypes, and 3D letter sculptures.
This is my second year teaching a summer art camp from home. It's a great opportunity to try out new materials or ideas and to teach lessons that I can't do in my classroom because of budget, time, or class size.
This year, I had students ranging from entering kindergarten to fourth grade. This is what kept us busy:
Sketchbooks, bingo dauber painting, washable glue batik, CD printing, sewing, color mixing with frosting, and LEGO printing.
This summer, I taught a week of art classes from home. A few girls (entering first grade through third grade) from my school attended and we made so much in just four days! Art camp ran from 9:00-3:00 Monday- Thursday.
Summer 2017 Lessons:
The most important thing I learned this summer was the routine! It was nice to get that down and figure out how much we can actually create in a day.
I will definitely continue to host art camps from home in the summers. It was so much fun to work with a small group and create things that we can't quite do in school because of budget, space, or larger classes. I also loved testing out a few lessons that I can take back to the classroom.
A few things that I learned this summer:
I am an eighth year art teacher with degrees in Art Education, living and working in northern Florida. Each week, I teach over six hundred students in grades PreK through fifth. Here you will find what we are learning in the art classroom!