Our first day of color camp got us thinking about how we see, mix and name colors. We played human color wheel and then went on a walk to find our mystery animal, a turtle. We saw rescue box turtles in the fenced area and a few wild turtles in the pond.
On our walk to the meadow, CIT Gavin Allvine helped us identify a Red-winged Blackbird. Then we found a Southern Magnolia flower low enough to smell. It smelled like lemons and sunscreen! We sprayed water into the sunlight and some of us saw a rainbow.
We learned how to make a thumbnail drawing both with our hands and on paper, and CIT Emma Goldman led us on a brand new path to get back to the building.
We spent time drawing and painting in the studio and playing some story games led by CIT Megan Marshall.
Today we made sun crayons with cool colors to melt in the summer heat. Then our CIT's created a mystery animal hunt for us outside.
We learned about Coyotes and ended our hunt at the creek where colorful chalk was our paint on smooth rock canvases! Some artists named their colors such as blue sky, more orange, and white magic, and some rocks looked cool when wet and had sparkly mica in them.
Kadisha helped us build a large nature color wheel with lots of our painted rocks put together. Inside at the art studio, we worked with warm colors such as Tuesday Tomato and Sunny Orange.
We also blew ink onto our photo paper drawings using paper straws that are better for the environment than plastic ones. We ended our day by acting to the story: Coyote Places the Stars.
Wednesday was all about child and CIT led projects involving color. We made triangles on the light table and learned to mix complementary colors to make neutral colors.
We invented our own color wheel game as a team and followed a mystery animal hunt the CIT's prepared for us to the Great Blue Heron.
Artists collected sticks and plants from the meadow to use in our nature paintbrushes and look forward to painting with them on Thursday.
We also saw our Critter Camp friends outside and got to meet a frog they had found before it hopped away! We learned how to draw a Blue Heron, painted with watercolor and salt, and added cool color dyes to our photo paper art.
Our act to story time was based on the book, The Lion and the Gypsy, inspired by the painting, The Sleeping Gypsy, by Henri Rousseau that has strong complementary colors as well as neutrals.
CIT's worked hard today leading us in activities they had prepared: Emma Goldman led us in nature games as well as in using our natural paintbrushes we had made to paint; Megan Marshall added glitter to our paint as artists mixed analogous colors; Gavin Allvine helped us identify plants as we collected greens for our color wheel; and all created our mystery animal clues for our outdoor hunt.
A mouse was the creature that inspired our color mixing and then poems from Leo Leoni's, Frederick. Our photo paper and ink art is ready to hang for tomorrow's show at the end of camp. See you then!
Paintbox Mystery Campers enjoyed surprising their counselors with the day's mystery animal hunt! The Bearded Dragon, Beast, who lives in our classroom, was the answer, and one of the clues was, "It lives in the desert," which we learned after walking to a sandy place at the Preserve. Ms. Knight brought in some tiny eggs she had found in her fountain at home and Ryan from Amphibian Foundation identified them as belonging to a type of Gray Tree Frog. We put them in our classroom aquarium and will see if we get some tadpoles soon!
We also enjoyed the Green Game, making collage from the painted papers we had worked on all week, and putting our art pieces together in portfolios to take home. Our colorful photo paper and ink studies were displayed in the Board Room before going home too. To end the day, we made frozen lemonade and acted to a story of choice: The Lorax. Special thanks to Emma, Megan and Gavin who made this week extra special with their fresh ideas, leadership, and enthusiasm!