Durham Arts Council: Summer Cultural Camps
I spent a few weeks teaching art at DAC this summer. They introduce new cultural themes every year, and this July our country study was Sri Lanka!
This time I spent two weeks with Creative Kids, ages 5-6.
Our first project was this Bodhi Tree. These little guys used sponges to paint a background and brown construction paper for the tree. My lovely volunteers made Bodhi leaf stamps using foam and cardboard, and the class used different shades of green acrylic paint to add leaves to their trees.
This little one didn’t exactly follow the directions,
but her tree right here below, is my favorite!
Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl
Did you know that the Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl was the national bird of Sri Lanka? Well, me neither! This time we looked to Clare Youngs for inspiration. The kiddos painted and doodled papers to cut up for their jungle fowl collages, just like Clare.
Make sure to check out Clare Youngs instagram feed for some incredible animal collages!
Sri Lankan Elephant
These guided drawings of Sri Lankan Elephants were created using bright colored card stock, construction paper crayons, self-adhesive paper cut outs, and black oil pastel.
How cute are these blue whales?! We used air dry clay and pipe cleaners to create these whimsical little guys. We worked on this project early on to make sure the clay dried completely (about four days). Then we painted them using a combination of blue, green and white acrylic paint. Then we let them dry for another day. (I used this youtube tutorial on how-to model the whales body.)
Our last big project were these Hamsa hands. Bright colored card stock, bubble wrap, paint, yarn, and beads were used to make these.
It was a full two weeks of art making, singing, dancing, and loads of fun!