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Art Camp at Summer School helps kids “release their inner Picasso”

“Summer is the time to create and explore. I want summer camp to be hands-on, and both indoor and outdoor, I want it to be a kind of creative learning adventure, action-packed and incredibly fun. I want kids to leave our creative camp with new skills and more confidence so they can take risks and try new creative ideas. I love to inspire them to release their inner Picasso! I can let them be free, flicking paint, getting messy with plaster, paper cutting, glueing, collage and fast air drying clay. I’ll also teach them watercolor techniques and life drawing skills. I always do a demonstration first, so they’ll learn something first and then they can use what they just learned to let their imaginations run freely.”

Age 8 to 12, that’s quite a range – how will that work?
“Yes, the age range between 8 and12 is quite vast, both in terms of the length of the kids’ engagement and also in terms of what can be achieved. Younger students can really only work in fairly short bursts, whereas older students can focus for much longer periods, so we’ll set up many different creative stations plus some quicker warm-up projects. The great thing about stations is that if the kids get frustrated, they can move on and try something else and then come back to it later.”

That sounds good.
“Thank you. I want to give the kids an opportunity to feel like they have achieved something creative, I want them to feel like creators. We also try to get outside to draw or work on a creative project depending on the weather, this really engages all ages. It unlocks a lot of creativity.”

What works really well in your experience?
“There are so many creative projects that work well during summer camp, but kids normally really like the projects that allow them to get messy and really let their imaginations run wild. Pop art is really popular. And kids love creating a fun face mask. Not a corona mask, a real mask! The days are mixed up with both smaller and larger activities, along with some group games. And all kids between 8 and 12 love building things. I have never come across a child who hasn’t been really engaged when we built something Picasso-inspired.”

Well, it sounds like you know what you’re doing, Fiona. Is there anything else you want us to know about?
“I would like to stress that we really encourage social awareness and social responsibility, also during our creative camp. We want to keep everyone's experience respectful and positive and we work very hard to make that happen.”

What do you mean, Fiona?
“I guess what I am trying to say is that in the past, Art Camp’s been really popular with the kids, even though there were big differences between the oldest and the youngest kids and how talented they were in terms of artistic abilities. I think we really managed to make everyone have a good time and learn new things.”

It sounds like Art Camp is the place to be this summer, Fiona.
Check out our Summer School program here.