Category: Children Classes

Summer Camp Schedule is Finalized

Stepping stones and clay flower art for your gardenThe summer camp program at CREATE with Bogate has expanded this year. I am offering 11 weeks of camps and each day will now be four hours long.  The camp day will run from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm.  Last year’s camp was 3 hours each day and it was hard to fit in all the fun activities I had planned for the week!!  Now we will have more time to create, design, explore and play!!     Yahoo!!  Also, while the prices are a bit higher, the per hour cost of camp is reduced from last year. I am also offering an Early Enrollment registration discount this year in addition to my sibling discount.  If you sign up for camp prior to May 1, you will receive $10 off the price of each camp. I will be making up a brochure with more detailed description of what each camp will be about.  But, in the meantime, you can click on theTrying on their new handmade skirts

following link to go to this year’s registration form which has all the dates, age groups, and camp topics. Here’s the link:  Registration form -Summer camp 2014.  The camp’s enrollments range from 6 – 10 kids so you may want to reserve your spot now!! If you want to see an example of what types of activities we offer, take a look at some pictures from last year’s camps.  Click here to see the pictures. Your kids are guaranteed to have a great time!!


Summer Camps Update

Being the first of August, I thought it was high time that I write about the five weeks of camp that have already happened this summer. I think I can fairly say that they have been an overwhelming success!!  The projects have been awesome, we’ve had lots of fun playing outside (especially with the new slip and slide)  and snack time is always a favorite. The feedback from campers and parents has been fantastic. I, also, have had a great time teaching them and am so happy to be able to do them here at my home and studio.  It has added  a real special aspect to the camps that isn’t possible when the camp is held at a school or non-profit institution.

2013-06-18_15-42-13_534The first camp of the summer was my Recycled/Nature Art Camp.

Here are some pictures of the lanterns we made from recycled water bottles.  We cut off the top and painted them with glass paint.  Then we made a handle with wire and beads.  To finish, we put in about an inch of sand and an electric candle.

Here, the kids all tried to cram into the windowless studio bathroom to see what the lanterns would look like in the dark.





Nature mandalas

We also learned about plants and symmetry while making beautiful nature mandalas







Taylor made glasses from the packing peanuts

…and one of my favorite recycled projects is making sculptures with the cornstarch based packing peanuts.  Stick the end of one onto a damp paper towel and then you can stick it to another one.  Here, Taylor has made a cool pair of glasses with them.

Art Explorations Summer Camp – Fairy Houses

It was so hot the week of camp, it was tough to go out searching for material for their fairy houses. The kids had to alternate between gathering supplies and getting wet under the sprinkler. I also supplemented with some potpourri from our Dollar Store. It had some very exotic looking pods, seeds and other natural materials. The kids are always begging to do fairy houses.  They even started making one outside in the well of one of our trees in the yard while waiting to do the “real” ones.  While pictures are nice, it is best to take a video of the children explaining what the various things are in their fairy houses and fairy yards.  In any case, here are some pictures from this project.

Art Explorations Summer Camp – Kandinsky Circles Extraordinaire!

I love the art of Wassily Kandinsky and frequently do projects based on his artwork. His color studies with circles are a favorite, but this is the first time I have done this project with the kids. It was inspired by a post on Pamela Holderman’s blog.  We first painted a large dot on the center of the paper and then continued to add circles until we filled the page. At this age, it is great for gaining painting skills – not getting too much paint on the brush and paper and learning to properly clean the brush between colors.  It also helps them practice the circle shape. After finishing their circles, the kids were asked to fill in the background anyway they desired.

On the next day, the fun began.   I had different stations set up and the kids were allowed to embellish their circles in any way they wanted.  They could add paint or marker designs, they could use paper punches to cut out paper shapes to glue on, they could use stamps and ink to make designs, and  they could add sequins and rhinestones….. yeah,  bling!!!    This was a great learning experience in using tools such as paper punches and stamps and we also talked about technique and cleaning up for the next person.  The kids and I both absolutely loved this additional part of the project and it took the projects from nice to amazing!   Here are several finished paintings on the drying line.

Art Exploration Summer Camp – Mexican Tin Art

I have three camps scheduled at my studio this summer.  The first one was in late June and I had 10 kids ages 5-7 participate. I am going to be doing several blogs about some  highlights and descriptions of projects that we did that week.

On Monday, we did several projects.  The first one was inspired by Mexican tin art. We took squares of cardboard,  cut slits along all four edges, wrapped yarn around the cardboard, covered in aluminum foil and then etched the foil between the yarn lines.

Here’s a picture of  wrapping the yarn around the cardboard and putting it the slits to hold it in place. The second pictures shows the cardboard covered in foil and after we have started to press down on the areas between the yarn.  I found the using two layers of heavy duty aluminum foil worked best over the yarn.  One layer tended to rip as you were doing the etching process.  I also found Q-tips a great tool for the etching process with the little ones.

After this point, we then colored the different depressed sections with Sharpies.

Here’s several pictures of kids working on their pieces  and another one showing everyone’s  Mexican tin Art.   I love how some of the kids did solid colors and others made patterns. Make sure to click on the second picture to see everyone’s art up close.  Thanks to Pi’ikea Street’s blog for the inspiration.

Drawing with Melted Crayons

We had so much fun in my Exploring Art class today that I thought I would share. I originally read about this technique on the blog, Paint Cut Paste. I took out my tag sale warming tray, covered the top with aluminum foil, heated it up and then we drew with crayons.  The heat from the tray caused the crayons to melt and it was so much fun. Here’s the set up.

The wax would ooze around the page and blend beautifully with the other colors. They seemed more like oil pastels and looked like liquid watercolors on the page.

After the page was filled up, we used a square stencil to find areas that we especially liked the color and composition.  We outlined the square with pencil and then cut them out.  I used the exacto knife. The students used scissors.

We then glued them on to some cardstock to make some cute cards.

I don’t have any pictures, but we also drew directly on the aluminum foil and then placed our paper on top. These created some really neat monoprint.

This was so much fun that I really want to do this activity with some teens or a girls night out.  Let me know if you want to give it a try sometime.