Into Africa via Tanzania

Creative Clay's Art Around the World summer camp brought students ages 6 to 12 to a faraway place many may have never heard of, much less ventured to: Tanzania. This country in Eastern Africa, populated by more than 51-million residents, is situated within the African Great Lakes region, and is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.

Campers were treated for a first-hand account from special guest Adam, a friend of Creative Clay's Community Arts Program Manager Emily Turnage. Adam talked with the kids about the time he spent in African studying anthropology, which netted many native pieces that he brought to share.

Artmaking throughout the week included making Maasai-style necklaces using paper plates; creating masks using modeling clay that resembled those worn by the Makonde Tribe; painting images of Mt. Kilimanjaro, drawing African animals, creating safari sunsets, and making rain sticks by putting beans into decorated paper towel rolls and painting the sides.

Campers also learned about Tanzanian life by watching videos shared by guest Adam, and painted Florida wild life in the Tinga Tinga style, to be exhibited at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.