Out of this World and Into the Arts!

Campers at Great Explorations Children's Museum blasted off to learning during week 2 of our Summer Camp program!

Artist Celia Colucci facilitated an art project this week that tapped into the mysteries of space and allowed our explorers to discover the stars! 

Campers created or re-created constellations using a wax resist technique with white crayons and liquid watercolors. "It was really interesting to see how campers responded to drawing with white crayon on white paper," Celia said. "It was confusing to some but once they saw the process it was like drawing with invisible ink and they loved it," she observed. Campers studied and copied a real constellation or used their imaginations to create their own, allowing campers of all ages to engage in and benefit from this captivating art project!

Our youngest campers used a different process to explore constellations: they used white paint on black paper and loved the dramatic results!

Each camper used their own techniques on this project, from different hand holds on the cotton swabs used to paint to an ambidextrous approach!

Each camper used their own techniques on this project, from different hand holds on the cotton swabs used to paint to an ambidextrous approach!

Campers also explored "moon dust" made from salt colored with sidewalk chalk. They enjoyed the sensory experience of using their fingers and the chalk pieces to draw in this unique material. They extended the activity by creating a texture painting to simulate the moon's surface.

In addition to novel materials and surprising techniques, campers went back to basics and used crayons to draw solar systems on large paper. Once the drawings were complete, campers added small LED lights to really make the project shine!

Some campers even got down on the floor so they could spread out and use their whole bodies, making this gross motor art!

Some campers even got down on the floor so they could spread out and use their whole bodies, making this gross motor art!

Of course, you can't explore the solar system without a way to get around, so campers used funnels to fill rocket-shaped containers with our salt colored with chalk dust.

Campers loved blending and mixing colors to make their fanciful rockets!

Campers loved blending and mixing colors to make their fanciful rockets!

All of our out of this world art explorations are possible with the Support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

Join Great Ex campers next week as we set off into Radical Rainforests!