Movie & Artwork Themes
Our 2016 Movie Themes:
* Weeks 1–3: “ZOO-PHORIA” June 20 – July 8 *
Our first DVD: Inspired by Disney’s personification of animals in Zootopia (and countless other movies over the years! Jungle Book, Lion King, and 101 Dalmatians to name a few…), our campers will find themselves in a place where animals rule! We might meet a slow-moving sloth, encounter an elephant named “Smalls,” or a dog who just wants to be friends with everyone — even the CAT! When a new and unfamiliar furry face comes along with big plans to “civilize” the town, the creatures realize they must set aside their differences and come together to save their home. Confronted by the clash of conflicting personalities (like the upcoming Secret Life of Pets), they’ll overcome stereotypes and discover unlikely friendships, and they might even find that not ALL change is bad…. some changes can be quite nice!
* Weeks 4–6: “GALAXY GAMES” July 11 – July 29 *
“Uuuuuuuuur ahhhrrrr aaaaarhg!” Let us translate: Chewbacca wants us to include him in our 2nd DVD this summer! Our campers will join up with Chewy and friends, such as Finn, Rey, and BB-8 (all from Star Wars, the Force Awakens), who find themselves down on their luck (much like Charlie Brown from The Peanuts Movie, or Alexander in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), and realize that they must join forces to save their planet? Their ship? Their treasure? Even in a galaxy far, far away, our characters will face obstacles that can be hurdled through the strength of their character. Bravery, compassion, and selflessness win, even as things don’t go according to plan….
* Weeks 7–9: “FINDING DOROTHY” August 1 – August 19 *
For our 3rd and final DVD of the summer, our adventures will take us under the sea! Our mission is to find what – or maybe even who – is lost… (like in the long-awaited Pixar sequel, Finding Dory and in The Wizard of Oz)… And the journey that enfolds will be exciting, silly, even a little scary at times… (We’ll search with an adventurous spirit like Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, or even the kids in Goonies!) What if we find ourselves like “fish out of water” in a quaint seaside town (remember when The Little Mermaid wanted to walk on land?)… We’ll find ourselves searching for what we’ve lost… and discover so much more than we’d bargained for… We’ll learn to appreciate both family and friends in this epic ocean adventure!
* Week 10: TALENT SHOW & CAST/BACKSTAGE CREW PARTY! Aug 22-26 *
Our final week of summer camp will be a celebration of all our talents & accomplishments, complete with live performances, bloopers, screenings, and ice cream sundaes!
Our 2016 Art Studio Themes:
Our art studio includes: mixed media techniques/texture, sculpture (including clay), printing, photography, collage, studying elements of art, painting with & without a brush (acrylics), pastels, architecture, Pop Art, watercolor techniques, fiber art, installations, & inspiration from the masters… Each week, we will have a theme as well as offering many visual artwork options!
WEEK 1: The Science of Art (June 20 – June 24) Roll up your sleeves & prepare to investigate the “Science of Art!” Get ready to explore color mixing & color theory, experiment with paper making (like Melissa Jay Craig, modern day artist), and discover how salt reacts to watercolor & oil resist!
WEEK 2: Spotlight Artist: Wayne Thiebaud (June 27 – July 1) Let’s talk about food! Wayne Theibaud’s yummy pieces of art focus on our favorite treats (such as pies, pastries, ice cream, even gumballs!) & his realistic style of painting will inspire us to create our own colorful renditions.
WEEK 3: Cultural Creativity: Native American Art (July 4 – July 8) This week will be filed with native patterns & design. We will focus on totem poles, tee pees, dream catchers & weavings, while also studying the art of the Navajo!
WEEK 4: Math Meets Art (July 11 – July 15) How does Math meet Art? We will discuss the works of “Dot-Dot Seurat” & Pennsylvania born Sculptor Alexander Calder. We will examine shapes &lines to create bigger pictures – like mandalas & tessellations – focusing on the amazing, sometimes impossible, works of M.C. Escher.
WEEK 5: Spotlight Artists: Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne (July 18 – July 22) While focusing on Monet we will explore his unique brush strokes & famous works of art, & discuss his well-known paintings of flowers, seascapes, & landscapes. We’ll also dabble in the art of Cézanne as we explore still life painting, textured landscapes, & we might surprise ourselves with another unique style of painting…
WEEK 6: Cultural Creativity: Celtic Art (July 25 – July 29) While visiting the countryside of Ireland, we will design ornate castles & create rolling hill landscapes like Irish Painter Paul Henry. And who can forget the shamrock, which might inspire an exploration of symmetry, line drawings, or even the many shades of the color green?
WEEK 7: I speak the Language of Art (August 1 – August 5) During this week, we will explore Art as it is expressed in books. We will discover the colorful art in the ever-popular books of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Lady Bug, & many more!) as well as author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds (The Dot & Ish, to name a few). Language plays a big role in Art in the form of illustration, & Language can even become Art through calligraphy & script, even monograms…
WEEK 8: Spotlight Artists: Henri Matisse and Dale Chihuly (August 8 – August 12) When we think of Matisse & Chihuly, we think of free-flowing shapes & forms. This week we’ll explore Art in both 2D & 3D. When focusing on Matisse, we will create layers & use bold colors to create 2D art works. When we switch to Chihuly, we can create vibrant, abstract sculptures, inspired by his incredible blown glass masterpieces.
WEEK 9: Cultural Creativity: Art of South America (August 15 – August 19) With brightly colored yarns and fabrics we can create traditional Molas, & try our hands at the Chilean stitching art called Arpilleras. We’ll take a look at the artistic stylings of Raúl Recio and Frida Kahlo, as well as the ancient South American Art of the Aztec & Mayan people.
WEEK 10: Celebration of Summer… (August 22 – August 26) Celebrate another summer gone by! It’s time for one final “hurrah” as we reflect on our summer of fun with autograph pages & scratch-art souvenirs to remember our fun & friendships. Let’s celebrate our unbounded creativity! Specially designed picture frames will be the perfect keepsakes to hold our special memories; beaded bracelets & sand-art make great gifts that say, “See you next summer!”