Creative Clay's 9th annual inclusive summer camp, "Art Around the World" welcomed new campers June 12 in their new space at 1846 First Ave. S, in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg.
"Art Around the World" is for children ages six through 12 of all abilities. This summer, campers will study the countries of Japan, Ireland, Greece, and Tanzania. Class size is limited to 12 students, professional teaching artist Patsy Lieberman and her assistants are able to offer personalized instruction in a classroom setting.
Lieberman, who will teach all eight weeks of camp, currently teaches in the Community Arts Program at Creative Clay. She graduated from Eckerd College with a Bachelor's Degree in Art and Human Development. Her artwork has been displayed in a variety of local businesses around St. Petersburg. Patsy previously worked at Lakeview Fundamental Elementary School, supervising and facilitating fun and educational activities for a group of children ages K-3rd grade.
The first week of camp brought the campers on a journey to Greece to learn about the country's art and culture. Campers began the week by viewing Greek sculptures and creating self portrait greek sculpture murals. They also created Greek pottery paper plate crafts, painted a Greek god somewhere in Florida or St Petersburg, created classic column designs with clay, made Olympic crowns and torches with cardboard paper and tissue paper
The week also challenged the kids to create a mixed media piece in the style of Greek artist, Yannis Gaitis, as well as Parthenons using toilet paper rolls.
Each week ends with a parent/friends reception at Creative Clay, when the campers get to proudly show what they created. One piece of art is then chosen to be exhibited for one week at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.