CADC Session 3, Tuesday, Day 2

Day 2 of Session 3 provided a lot more excitement and variety of projects for campers of each age group. Check out the amazing projects below!

In Ms. Sam’s 7-9 class, campers are learning about the theme of their “empowered selves” by creating incredible life-size replicas of themselves out of packing tape and Saran Wrap! These bodies will be posed in positions that make the students feel empowered, and clothes may be added for extra pizzaz!


In Ms. Martin’s 3-4 class, students created an oil pastel transfer, in which they drew themselves as magical creatures! This is part of a larger theme about


Students in Ms. Thomas’ K-2 class looked at portions of the movie Inside Out to understand cartoons and emotions. Campers drew characters based on feelings that were colorful and playful. They are learning to express themselves through art.


5th and 6th graders in Ms. Olivia’s class today focused on the theme of activism, and discussed raising awareness of a global problem. They altered pictures in Photoshop, printed them out, cut them with X-acto, and will finally print them on t-shirts or fabric!


Check back with us as the week continues to see everyone’s progress!

CADC Session 3, Monday, Day 1

We are so pumped to be heading into our last week of camp and still having a blast! Campers are already exploring a variety of materials and themes. In Ms. Martin’s 5-6 grade class, students were focusing on environmentalism. Using fabric and cardboard as their mediums, students created recycled items in order to give them to friends. Ms. Martin discussed how much cheaper it is to MAKE gifts instead of buying them, and can provide an alternative to the consumerist culture.

IMG_3296IMG_3297IMG_3298IMG_3299IMG_3300IMG_3301IMG_3302IMG_3303Ms. Sam’s 3-4 class is focusing on the theme of empowerment this week by creating their “empowered selves.” Today they were tracing each others’ bodies, creating the basis of a week-long project in which they will explore their personalities. They will focus on different aspects of the body each day, from the heart (what you want to do for the world) to the head (what you think about), to the rest of themselves!IMG_3304IMG_3305IMG_3306IMG_3307IMG_3308IMG_3309IMG_3310IMG_3311IMG_3312

Ms. Sam’s K-2 class did a get-to-know you community building activity with string! What a creative way to help everyone feel comfortable and make friends on the first day!IMG_3313IMG_3314In Ms. Ilene’s 7-9 grade class, campers learned about Chihuly’s incredible glass sculptures, focusing on environmentalism, recycling, and how art installations can transform a space. They talked about spaces that they care about to make it relevant. Campers began to color the cups that they will later warp to imitate the look of glass. IMG_3315IMG_3316IMG_3317IMG_3318IMG_3319IMG_3321IMG_3322IMG_3323

In Ms. Erin’s class, students learned about Post-Impressionism and looked at Van Gogh’s paintings to study self-portraiture. Then they created their own self-portraits using chalk pastel in a slightly abstracted style.


Campers in K-2 also started on the body tracing empowerment project in Ms. Sam’s class. She gave an oil pastel demonstration and showed students how to draw what they care about to put in their hearts.IMG_3335IMG_3336IMG_3337IMG_3338

In Ms. Olivia’s 5th & 6th grade technology class, campers learned about Banksy and how he raises awareness through street art. They then researched their own social issues that they want to address through their projects this week.


Stay tuned for more in the days to come!

CADC Session 2, Friday, Exhibition Day!

Hello All! Sorry for the delay–we have been having some technical difficulties, but here are the photos from last Friday’s INCREDIBLE exhibition! Students created some amazing art last week and we are so proud of all the hard work that they have done. First, some in-process photos:


And finally, the virtual exhibit!

The campers also had a special surprise for the parents in the form of an interactive installation that they have been working on at lunch for the past week. Campers made over 1,000 pieces of origami, inspired by the Japanese legend that making 1,000 paper cranes can make a wish come true. Campers wrote wishes, then broke these down into individual kind deeds that they wrote on origami hearts. Parents could then take a heart with a kind deed and “complete the wish,” as well as write their own wish to leave. It was a wonderful experience of spreading joy to each other and the world, made possible by the efforts of campers and counselors!


CADC Session 2, Thursday, Day 4

It was really fun to see the evolution of the projects on this fourth day of camp! Everyone is really progressing and digging into the themes that the teachers have so thoughtfully planned. The work looks amazing!

In Ms. Sam’s 7-9 class, campers were working on finishing up photo selfie collages of that show monumental moments in their lives, with filters and variations added to further express emotion. They also continued working on gifs of people that inspire them, which they are creating using stop-motion.


In Ms. Ilene’s 3-4 class, the campers learned about the food industry, and made junk food out of cardboard and model magic because fast food has about the same nutritional value as these materials! They will finish this up tomorrow.


K-2 campers in Ms. Olivia’s class worked on painting their pinch pots, which they made to house their plants as part of their focus on environmentalism.


Ms. Ilene’s class was also focusing on the environment in 5th & 6th grade. Students made pillows out of recycled materials after learning sewing techniques. Reusing was a major theme!IMG_5159IMG_5160IMG_5161IMG_5162IMG_5163IMG_5164IMG_5166IMG_5167IMG_5169IMG_5170IMG_5172IMG_5173

7-9 grade campers in Ms. Olivia’s class were making BEAUTIFUL paper plants to put inside their homemade containers.IMG_5174IMG_5175IMG_5176IMG_5177IMG_5178IMG_5179IMG_5180IMG_5182IMG_5183

In Ms. Thomas’ class, students went outside to practice observational drawing en plein air before they returned to the classroom to learn about different ways to portray their environments, including options with more abstraction.IMG_5184IMG_5185IMG_5186IMG_5187IMG_5188IMG_5189IMG_5190

Sneak preview of Friday’s installation!IMG_5191

CADC Session 2, Wednesday, Day 3

In Ms. Erin’s 5 &6 class, students were creating self-portraits based on Van Gogh. They made backgrounds based on impressionism and then are layering portraits of themselves on top of these.


In Ms. Olivia’s 3-4 class today, the campers were creating coil pots in order to prepare them for the plants they will make later in the week! The theme in her class this week is environmentalism, so students are focusing on ways that they can help treat the earth with respect.


In Ms. Ilene’s K-2 class, students were creating compositions focusing on Dadaism. There was only one rule for these pieces: they CAN’T make sense!! The theme was that anything is possible in art. In their extra time, they created original works that are hung on a “rainbow wall” in the classroom, just for fun!


In Ms. Sam’s 7-9 class, students printed pictures of people that inspire them, and later they will create gifs based on this imagery. Get ready for some cool art pieces later in the week!!


Fifth graders in Ms. Ilene’s class created paper boxes. On the outside they drew how others see them, and on the inside they drew pictures that represented who they really are. The theme was that one cannot judge something just based on what is visible. Everyone else’s lives are as rich as complex as your own!






In Ms. Erin’s class, K-2nd graders created Impressionistic still lifes of fruit, also inspired by Van Gogh. They used a loose, dot-based style to capture the essence of the subject without being photorealistic.



Ms. Olivia’s theme for 7-9th grade was environmentalism. They are creating man-made plants as well, and they will be using paper for this. They looked at work by CorrieBeth Hogg (below) as well as Taylor McKimens as inspiration! Today, they created the bowls for the plants to be placed in, which they will decorate later in the week.




CADC Session 2, Tuesday, Day 2

In Ms. Olivia’s K-2 and 3-4 classes today, students worked on creating cyanotypes. They learned about the scientist John Herschel who invented them, and about the UV rays from the sun that make them possible! Then they went outside to print with objects from nature, exposing their papers to the sun. The final step was washing the papers out, at which point the designs turned white and were complete! These look AMAZING.


Ms. Ilene’s 5th & 6th grade class was creating their own stamps and printing them. The theme was creating their personal tags. They discussed how everyone has their own style and voice and no one can tell you your art is bad. Not even a TEACHER!


Campers in Ms. Erin’s 7-9 class looked at work by Mondrian as well as Frank Stella as they studied Minimalism. They then made prints inspired by these based on their interests. Today they each made a second patterned print that will be layered with the first to create additional depth.



Asher opted for some simple, yet realistic prints! Impressive.IMG_4937

Ms. Sam’s K-2 & 3-4 class  drew out superheroes  yesterday, and today they were taking selfies in order to transform themselves into their heroes. They created backgrounds as well as a situation in which their superhero selves can help others.


CADC Session 2, Monday, Day 1

The first day of Session 2 was action-packed with a variety of media, themes and fun to be had! I saw a lot of smiling faces as campers made digital selfie art, collaborated on group art, and investigated abstraction. The pictures below say it all!

In Ms. Sam’s class, 7-9th grade students explored monumental moments through selfies! Students are working on altering selfies of themselves in order to express important moments in their lives. Their theme for this week is “Everyone has a story to tell.”


In Ms. Martin’s class, 3rd-4th grade students learned about deep sea fish and then worked on designing their own unique fish that expressed their personalities. They talked about the concept “We can do more together than we can do alone.” They were able to create their sea creatures and then add them to the “sea,” showing that we are all part of a community!IMG_4820

A peacock-rainbow fish!IMG_4821IMG_4822Adding to the school…IMG_4824IMG_4825IMG_4826IMG_4827IMG_4829A picture of a picture of a picture….mind blown!!IMG_4832

In Ms. Olivia’s class, students in 7-9th and 5-6th grades learned about artist Judith Ann Braun, who creates stunning thumbprint art. After practicing on their own, students worked collaboratively to create charcoal thumbprint art that will reflect their own original designs.








In Ms. Erin’s class, 3rd & 4th graders explored memories of their favorite places through abstraction using chalk pastel. Students look at the Impressionist movement and worked to reimagine similar ideas and to create their own unique “impressions.” IMG_4843IMG_4844IMG_4845

Ayron wanted a before-and-after picture, showing the transformation of this bonus drawing he worked on throughout the day! It is neat to see the artistic process at work in the evolution of camper art each day.


K-2nd grade students in Ms. Sam’s room worked on ideas of how they could make the world a better place. Their theme for this week is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” After drawing and writing on their own, they worked on a group mural of a city. Later, they will incorporate the change they want to see into the mural. I’m excited to see it’s progress!IMG_4849IMG_4850IMG_4852IMG_4853IMG_4854IMG_4856IMG_4857IMG_4858IMG_4859IMG_4860