Wild about Art at Great Explorations!

Read on for more information about this week's art project!

Read on for more information about this week's art project!

This week the rainy weather helped set the mood for our Radical Rainforest theme. Luckily, we had a lot of activities to help us explore the theme through art projects and creative movement. 

Young campers explored how different animals move in a creative movement activity in Sunken Gardens.

Young campers explored how different animals move in a creative movement activity in Sunken Gardens.

After learning about habitats and the frog life cycle, our young campers drew and colored ponds.

Studying the photos in the book to make sure they create a perfect habitat for construction paper frogs.

Studying the photos in the book to make sure they create a perfect habitat for construction paper frogs.

Campers created birdhouses and decorated flower pots.

Campers created birdhouses and decorated flower pots.

The snakes from the Great Ex Critter Cave exhibit inspired our campers to explore colors and patterns in this springy snake project.

The elusive smiley-face snake and a camper who is all smiles.

The elusive smiley-face snake and a camper who is all smiles.

 

To add to the investigation of the connection between what animals look like and where they live and seek shelter, artist Celia Colucci led campers through a camouflage art project. First, campers drew shapes and colored them in using oil pastels.

"The campers were excited to use oil pastels as it was a new medium for most of them," said Colucci. "It was enjoyable to see all of the different techniques they used with this unfamiliar medium: some colored, some mixed the colors using smudging, and some simply did not like the texture. I was happy to introduce them to something new!"

"The campers were excited to use oil pastels as it was a new medium for most of them," said Colucci. "It was enjoyable to see all of the different techniques they used with this unfamiliar medium: some colored, some mixed the colors using smudging, and some simply did not like the texture. I was happy to introduce them to something new!"

Can you spot a teacher in this group or is she camouflaged?

Can you spot a teacher in this group or is she camouflaged?

Then campers "hid" a chameleon in their drawings, using the same colors and patterns as the background and using small foam squares for a 3-D element.

You have to look really carefully to spot the chameleons hiding in this camouflage art!

You have to look really carefully to spot the chameleons hiding in this camouflage art!

For their field trip this week, we walked across the street to Practically Pikasso and glazed plates.

Circles and stripes and everything nice!

Circles and stripes and everything nice!

The wonderful art activities at Great Ex Summer Camp are made possible by the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.