It's summer and time for fun in the sun, so you, of course, want to know your child will have a great time and enjoy what they're doing, but the best camps are the ones that can be a blast while also teaching campers valuable skills they may not even know they're learning.
Art camps are not only creative and colorful fun, but can also be a great way to keep your child's brain fresh and exercised during those long summer months. Let's take a look at all the things your child learns while making their beautiful works of art at camp.
1. Artistic Skills and Techniques
We’re sure you were hoping that by sending your child to an ART camp that they’d actually pick up some artistic skills and techniques. Not to fear, that’s first on our list!
Our art camps are like intensives in each discipline. While we seek to create curriculum that is fun and exciting for kids, we also want to make sure our campers are receiving the best in visual art instruction.
In Drawing and Painting camps, campers learn observational skills - how to take what they see in real life and transfer it to their paper. They’ll learn about perspective, about using simple shapes to outline objects, they’ll learn about lighting, and how to add values for depth, they’ll learn about color theory, how to mix colors, and how to use color to hide or enhance objects in their work.
In Mixed Media camp, campers have opportunities to really extend their skills by working with a little bit of everything. Here, we take mediums from different artistic areas and give campers exposure to a variety of learning and skill building in those areas. Campers may discuss color theory and spatial awareness while creating found-object collages, they may practice painting skills and brush control in the same piece that they also learn best practices for using chalk pastels. They may learn how drawing techniques can assist with creating a rubber block prints and how color mixing may determine which colors they choose for inking their prints.
In whichever camp your child chooses to attend at Museo Art Academy, you can be sure they are learning and practicing a variety of real artistic skills and techniques – skills and techniques some of our instructors didn’t even learn in their art classes until college.
What if they’ve “done this before”?
Even if your child has learned and practiced some of these techniques before, our instructors challenge them to take their skills to the next level, expanding their abilities to create more challenging and rewarding works of art.
2. Creative Problem Solving
Any time you’re creating art, you start with a problem: how do you use these materials to depict what you want to depict? The solution to that problem involves using a combination of creativity, skills, and techniques. In our art camps, we pose “problems” for our campers to solve all day long. We give campers techniques that they’re learning for the day, say, pen and ink, and then students have to learn how to use the medium and how to create something with it.
We, of course, don’t just throw these artists-in-training into this challenge without any assistance. Our instructors do take campers step by step through what they need to know to create the art, but we also encourage campers to take what they are learning and put their own creative spin on it, and when campers find something hard and difficult in the project, we teach them how to apply their knowledge to overcome their hurdles.
Adobe, the company that creates the Adobe Suite, says that according to their survey on creative problem solving to educators and policy makers, “Almost 90 percent of respondents believe students who excel at creative problem solving will have higher-earning job opportunities in the future, and 85 percent agreed that these same skills are in high demand by today’s employers for senior-level and higher-paying careers.”
Our camps teach creative problem solving by teaching students to value creativity and to harness its use in problem solving when approaching challenges.
3. How to Take Constructive Feedback
Ah, yes, everyone’s favorite skill to cultivate: taking constructive criticism! Okay, so it may not be our favorite skill to actually practice, but we can certainly agree that it’s an incredible important life skill to have, since in order to develop ourselves in anyway, we have to be able to take feedback and learn how to apply it to our situation.
Our job as instructors is to help campers understand how to apply the skills they’re learning correctly, and how to make adjustments to their work to make sure those skills are being applied in the right way. We keep our campers to instructor ratio small so that we can give individualized instruction when needed in a helpful and empowering way.
4. To Try New Things
Our camps seek to give campers new experiences in a safe and supportive environment – whether it’s learning how to draw an animal from a picture, or it’s carving a woodblock for print, or it’s manipulating wire to create a wire sculpture portrait, campers are being exposed to new materials and techniques.
The more exposure to learning new activities not only creates and strengthens neuron pathways in the brain, but also builds confidence and helps lessen the intimidation of trying new things in other areas of life. The more positive experiences children have with trying new things, the more open to trying something new they will be in the future.
5. Confidence in Themselves and Their Abilities
Confidence comes when children realize they can have successes in what they attempt. Art camps present a safe place to successfully problem solve and develop new skills, activities that directly correlate to building self-esteem and developing confidence.
In creating art, campers have no choice but to find solutions in order to move forward. The instructors can’t draw their projects for them – campers have to step up, apply what they’re learning, and do their best to create on their own. Our instructors can assist where they can, but it really comes down to the campers putting what they are learning into their work.
This process can be scary, but it’s also rewarding and confidence-boosting when you can see the results of your own skills and decision-making processes; you learn to trust yourself.
Art camps are a great opportunity for children to push themselves and grow in many different ways over the summer months. Here at Museo Art Academy, we seek to cultivate a love and appreciation of art in each of the students and campers that come through our doors, through making art fun and approachable.
Museo Art Academy offers a wide range of art camps at our Issaquah studio for campers to choose from – drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and pottery, with a new project every week. Learn more about our art camps here.
Sources not already directly linked in article:
- Robertson, K. O. (2012, May 16). The Arts and Creative Problem Solving. Retrieved March 14, 2018, from http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-arts-and-creative-problem-solving/
- Trowbridge, Tacy. “What Is Creative Problem Solving and Why Is It Important?” Adobe Blog, Adobe Systems Inc., 24 Jan. 2018, theblog.adobe.com/creative-problem-solving-important/.