For the past five years, I have been running full day Visual Arts summer camps for elementary school students, in and around Vienna VA. They are process oriented camps that focus on critical skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, teamwork and negotiation, in addition to teaching art and design skills.
I am a firm believer in learning through play and discovery, and so the camps focus as much on play as they do on art. We spend a lot of time outdoors, and have a very flexible day that is driven by the students’ needs. Kids don’t get enough unscheduled recess during the school year, so I encourage as much time outdoors as possible, and let students make independent decisions about their work and day as much as possible.
The camp caters to different learning styles and abilities, and is a safe and friendly environment to explore ideas.
This has been very successful so far, and I see the same students return year after year with friends in tow.
Please scroll down to see pictures from each camp…
This summer’s camp was held at Cocoa Vienna, in the Town of Vienna. Each of the four weeks had a separate theme. Owing to our unique venue, the theme of the first week was…
Week 1: Food and Color
Week 2: Cartography and Town Planning
Week 3: Graphic Design and Transit Maps
Week 4: Cartoons and Clay Modeling
Summer 2016 –
Held at the UUCF in Oakton for five consecutive weeks in July and August.
Week 1: Printmaking and mark making
Week 2: Typography, illustration and illumination
Week 3: Street Art, public art and Parkour
Week 4: Patterns and Polka Dots
Week 5: When Picasso met Matisse
This year, I ran six weeks of Summer camp at Mosby Woods Elementary School. Each week had it’s own theme, ie: Street art and Pop Art, Balance and movement, Bauhaus design, Games and Chance, Myths and Legends, Storytelling and Illustration. As usual, we spend as much time outdoors as indoors, and the curriculum often spilled into play/break time.
This camp was held at the Vienna Seventh Day Adventist Academy. A short, week long camp, it focused on color theory. We looked at artists Alma Thomas, and Henri Matisse; painted, block printed, and made paper cuts. And, of course, there was still plenty of time left to play!
Check out the pictures below of the 2014 Noctiluna Summer Camps. Unlike previous years, the camp was split into week-long blocks, each exploring a different theme. The themes were: Colorful Illustrators, Art and the Five Senses, Artists and Food, Portraiture, and Architecture and Built Environments. We looked at a lot of artists and designers, including Eric Carle, Wayne Thiebaud, Barbara Kruger, and Frank Gehry, and still had time to ride our bikes, and play games!
In this week long camp, students looked at Spring, and Spring traditions and celebrations from various cultures. Students learned about Holi, Easter, Passover, and Japanese Springtime festivals, went on nature walks, and collected leaves to use for gelatin prints. We marbled paper, bound books, wrote Haikus, splattered acrylic paint over hand cut stencils, and designed T-shirts, amongst other things.