Under the Sea at Great Explorations!

Great Ex campers take in the sights under the sea at the Florida Aquarium.

Great Ex campers take in the sights under the sea at the Florida Aquarium.

Campers at Great Explorations Summer Camp this week went down under - Under the Sea, that is!

Campers explored patterns, color and texture in art activities this week.

Campers created their own "sand" made out of colored chalk and then layered different colors to fill their starfish.

Collage is always a popular activity for our campers - so many colorful and fun objects to add to the sticky sea shapes!

Campers showing off their unique sea animal collages.

Campers showing off their unique sea animal collages.

Colorful foam shapes and markers allowed campers to create beautiful and useful bookmarks!

Colorful foam shapes and markers allowed campers to create beautiful and useful bookmarks!

Shake painting provided an opportunity to investigate how different objects move through paint and what colors can be created when primary colors collide. 

Shaking is a really fun painting technique!

Shaking is a really fun painting technique!

Some activities require a calmer approach. Don't you love the colors and designs of these scratch art seals?

Artist Celia Colucci led an exploration of colors and patterns inspired by the book Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris.

Campers enthusiastically choose the colors for their pattern jellyfish!

Campers enthusiastically choose the colors for their pattern jellyfish!

Pink, blue, pink, blue - can you make a pattern too?

Pink, blue, pink, blue - can you make a pattern too?

In this project, campers used tissue paper, strips of paper, and sticker shapes to create a variety of patterns on their jellyfish.

The finished product was a combination of art and math that was also a lot of fun to make!

How many different patterns can you spot on these fanciful, funny-face jellyfish?

How many different patterns can you spot on these fanciful, funny-face jellyfish?

"This week the campers were given very specific guidelines to create their projects," explained Colucci. "I was so pleased to see their unique approaches and creative expression within the parameters they were given."

Counselors and other museum staff enjoyed discovering all of the different patterns created by the campers!

"The shape and placement of the eye stickers along with the campers' added touches gave each jellyfish a unique personality that was really fun to see," observed Camp Director Lauren Leavine while looking at the finished project.

"I love how expressive the faces of the jellyfish are!" exclaimed one parent.

"I love how expressive the faces of the jellyfish are!" exclaimed one parent.

Art explorations at Great Explorations Summer Camp are possible with the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

Join us next week as we go Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!