Build It at Great Explorations Summer Camp!

This week, campers explored tools and techniques for designing and building their own cityscapes, birdhouses and more!

The campers came up with some cool exhibit ideas to share with the Great Explorations Exhibits Department!

The campers came up with some cool exhibit ideas to share with the Great Explorations Exhibits Department!

Nicole Morelli and Mark Fairweather design and build a lot of the amazing things you can see around Great Ex. They took time out of their schedules to show campers a museum floor plan and talk about designing exhibits. They then invited campers to draft plans for a new exhibit!

Campers were so proud to share their ideas for the next new exhibit at Great Ex!

Campers were so proud to share their ideas for the next new exhibit at Great Ex!

Reading the book My Apron by Eric Carle inspired our youngest campers to decorate their own tool aprons. Of course they needed some tools to put in their aprons, so they explored using real tools and safety equipment.

Our youngest campers love to look at books for inspiration, information and ideas! Reading How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons helped them decorate and build their own houses.

Campers took a break from building to do a chalk cityscape art project that presented some challenges and produced some amazing results!

The older kids designed their own skyline on cardstock and then cut them out to make a template.

"We had a lot of creative building ideas for our cities," said artist Celia Colucci. "I think we may have some future architects here!"

"We had a lot of creative building ideas for our cities," said artist Celia Colucci. "I think we may have some future architects here!"

Designing the skylines and cutting them out was a very lengthy process. "In hindsight, I think we should have used stencils to speed up the process, but it was really cool to see their building ideas," reflected Colucci after the project was completed.

Designing the skylines and cutting them out was a very lengthy process. "In hindsight, I think we should have used stencils to speed up the process, but it was really cool to see their building ideas," reflected Colucci after the project was completed.

Once the templates were cut, campers then outlines the skylines in colored chalk on black construction paper. For the final touch, they used a smudging technique to make it look like the buildings were lit up.

"Once we got to the last step, campers were pretty intrigued with the smudging of the chalk and the effect it had on our cityscapes," explained Colucci.

"Once we got to the last step, campers were pretty intrigued with the smudging of the chalk and the effect it had on our cityscapes," explained Colucci.

Once the chalk was smudged, campers loved the finished product - it looked like they were glowing!

This art project required time and focus as the campers did each step in the lengthy process.

This art project required time and focus as the campers did each step in the lengthy process.

After the hard work of exploring new building and art tools and techniques, campers needed to cut loose a little!

A field trip to a city park allowed campers to explore this unique playground....

A field trip to a city park allowed campers to explore this unique playground....

...and have some good old-fashioned fun!

...and have some good old-fashioned fun!

Summer camp art explorations are made possible with the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

Stay tuned next week as we go Under the Sea!