School-age kids from around St. Petersburg wrapped up their summer at Creative Clay in our "Art Around the World" inclusive summer camp. The 8-week camp for kids ages 6 to 12 featured the art and culture of Japan, Ireland, Greece and Tanzania. The last week of camp saw kids making an array of items from rain sticks to paintings and necklaces, to clay figures, all to learn about Tanzania, a country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region.
Paper towel rolls, beads and tape were fashioned into homemade rain sticks. Campers learned about the tinga tinga style while painting Florida animals and wildlife; and Mt. Killmanjaro came to life when the class painted and drew patterns to represent this site.
Furthering their exploration into Tanzania, campers created massaii style necklaces with paper plates, Makonde-style masks with modeling clay and khangas, Tanzanian clothing, using white fabric and paint markers.
Animals are a significant population in Tanzania and important in the African culture. To reinforce their learning about native animals, students drew outlines of African animals and filled them in with abstract designs and patterns. They also painted sunsets, on which cut-out pictures of Tanzanian animals were glued to resemble silhouettes.
The week culminated with a family and friends reception and one piece of each camper's art was selected to be exhibited for one week at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.