Great Explorations Summer Camps are going Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!

Mr. Steve and Mr. Paul (not pictured) from Giving Tree Music got our campers moving and grooving to the beat! 

Mr. Steve and Mr. Paul (not pictured) from Giving Tree Music got our campers moving and grooving to the beat! 

Camp this week may have been one day short (Happy 4th of July!), but it was long on fun, creativity and learning! This week's art activities combined with science and math explorations to create opportunities to discover new things and express ourselves in new ways.

What is this camper making in that salad spinner?

What is this camper making in that salad spinner?

Inertia art! Campers investigated art in motion with this simple but high-impact activity.

Inertia art! Campers investigated art in motion with this simple but high-impact activity.

This week's art exploration with artist Celia Colucci provided alternative ways of moving paint across paper individually and in small groups. "This week's exploration started with the idea that art is personal: one artist's tree will always be different than another artist's tree," explained Colucci. "This concept seemed to resonate with every camper; it was very rewarding to hear it reflected as they commented on each other's creations."

Campers painted trees by using straws to blow liquid watercolors around on their papers.

Campers painted trees by using straws to blow liquid watercolors around on their papers.

Each camper had a unique way of approaching this non-traditional method of painting.

Each camper had a unique way of approaching this non-traditional method of painting.

Campers also learned to identify realistic versus abstract art by studying paintings by artists such as Wyeth and Picasso. "Action Jackson" Pollock inspired the final project that campers did with Ms. Celia - collaborative shake painting!

Campers worked in small groups to select objects and move them around inside their art trays, creating a truly collaborative abstract painting.

Campers worked in small groups to select objects and move them around inside their art trays, creating a truly collaborative abstract painting.

With all of the energy and creative movement of this week's activities, it was a perfect week to invite Giving Tree Music to visit our campers and about 100 lucky museum guests!

Campers were all smiles while participating in a drum circle with Giving Tree Music!

Campers were all smiles while participating in a drum circle with Giving Tree Music!

Families visiting the museum really enjoyed the opportunity to learn something new together!

Mr. Steve and Mr. Paul made our campers and our museum visitors feel like rock stars!

All of these wonderful experiences are made possible with the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

Our campers will really "dig" next week when our theme is Dino Dig! Stay tuned!