Summer Recap 2015 - KIDS ART CAMPS! / by LIZA SNYDER

Three weeks of hosting both local and traveling children this Summer of 2015 proved to be the highlight of the entire Summer! There are three rules at Art Camp:

1. Embrace Messiness.

2. No Erasing.

3. Be kind and Share.

4. Play and Have Fun.

5. Clean Up.

If there was one word to describe the weeks and the kids' experience, it would be FREEDOM. Paint, pencils, papers, markers, glue, gesso, glitter, canvases, brushes, q tips, tapes, stickers, and oil pastels are absolutely everywhere all week. I wouldn't have it any other way. Art supplies are the language of "making..." and I encourage each student to remember they can make art out of ANYTHING once camp has ended and they are home. Camp at the studio, I hope, is the opportunity for each child to experiment, play, and walk away encouraged and more open to developing their own creativity. I love seeing their faces light up as I share "art secrets" with them and I love being a part of their creative journey. 

Each week had a different "theme" this Summer, and each week provided so many different personalities and talents. As each day passed, the kids grew more and more apt to throw out their perfectionism and what they "wanted" their art to look like - and simply play and have fun. Laughter is a huge part of art camp.

I owe a tremendous thanks to each parent of the kids... thank you for allowing me to be a part of their road -  giving them a week of opportunity to overcome fear and build their own confidence not just in art skills, but in life and who they are. Praise to each of you for encouraging them.

Art camp would also not happen without the fearless middle school and high school "helpers" that are on board to encourage, direct and clean up...this summer it was Kate, Ellis, Clay, Lawson, Madison, and Ellee. Each of them brought a spark to art camp, and it was a great chance for me to get to know each of them better. They rock.

What a was short but so sweet, due in part to the group of amazing kids who ventured through the doors of the studio by the bay.