Week two of Creative Clay's "Art Around the World" Summer Camp introduced students ages 6-12 to the art and culture of Japan. Lead camp instructor Patsy Lieberman, along with assistants, taught campers how to create Japanese letters and spell "Japan" and "Tokyo.
Throughout the week, they also participated in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and created Japanese tea bowls, as well as flower arrangements for Japanese tea ceremonies.
To bring it home, Lieberman shared with students the connection Japanese art has to Florida. Students were challenged to paint birds or fish native to Florida in the Japanese style. A highlight of the week was creating Koinobori Carp Streamers, which are akin to windsocks or carp banners. Students learned how the streamers are created to decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honor of Children's Day (originally Boys' festival) on May 5. In Japanese culture, the carp symbolizes courage and strength because of its ability to swim up a waterfall. The Boys' Festival was an event, expressing hope that each boy in the family will grow up healthy and strong like wild carps. During this festival, people set up a warrior doll or a yoroi armor set in the house, and Koinobori, huge carp-shaped windsocks, outside the house.
Also included in the art-making were sushi collages, paper plate fans, origami, fish crames and samurai hats, as well as Hokusai's Great Wave,
Capping off the week was the parent/friends reception, where campers proudly showed guests what they did in camp. Then, a piece of art from each student was selected for display for one week at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.