CADC Session 3: The Exhibition!

Before I post photos from the final and incredible 2015 exhibition– I just want to say a huge thank you to all of our CADC teachers.  Teachers worked so incredibly hard this summer to make camp a success from the first day to the last.  They are so so so amazing!  Also an enormous thank you to our counselors who volunteer their time with us to ensure that camp runs smoothly and campers have all the support they need in the classroom.  THANK YOU.

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On behalf of our whole team, THANK YOU parents and families for your never-ending encouragement and support for our program.  It’s been the most amazing summer yet, and we can’t wait to see what next year has in store for Creative Arts Day Camp!

Hope to see you there!

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Some highlights of the Session 3 exhibition below:

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Creating the hand-torched plates and cups, safety first!IMG_2007

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Check out the incredible masks from Ms. Symone’s class this week:IMG_1997

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…and some beautiful collages dedicated to the Tour de France!IMG_1970

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Computer arts: students respond to their favorite songs!  So good!

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Group photo with our crowns on in Mr. Curley’s class!  Students learned about clothing styles from around the world and different time periods, then they painted their own paper strips and cut them into personalized crowns.  Students made jewels based on traits they admire in their classmates and traded throughout the day!  IMG_1995

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Creating suits of wearable armor art!

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Finished memory paintings and books!IMG_1927

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So many incredible works of art have been produced this week!  We are so proud of all of our students for their patience and amazingly hard work throughout the summer and this week!  Letting go of the fear that prevents creation and learning how to build and create art alongside your friends is POWERFUL.  Thank you for everything, see you soon!  Don’t hesitate to get in touch.  -VCU Art Ed CADC

Session 3: Thursday, Day 4!

Mr. Curley’s students learned about the elements of a story and created their own books.  Students used their imaginations to develop a Setting, a Main Character, a Plot, and a Resolution for their stories.

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Yesterday, Ms. Angela’s K-2 class had the exciting pleasure of creating an expressive dance mural!  Students below are waiting patiently for instructions!

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When the music started, students took turns dancing on the paint!

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And then observing and discussing…

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And more observing and discussing… Students were split into two groups, so two murals were made.  Students were able to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the two murals!

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Dancing action shots!

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Some full body dancing going on!

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You’ll see these two big dance murals in the hall on Friday!

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Ms. Symone’s students sit in a sewing circle and work on self-designed patterns on fabric squares.  These are so amazing, and you could actually hear a pin drop in this room, students were so engaged in the sewing!

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In Lauren’s classroom, the oldest students created custum art projects and journals out of discarded books and repurposed materials, like fabric and sequins.  These are looking really amazing.  How could you upcycle something old and turn it into art?

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In Mr. Curley’s class, students are also working on paper crafts.  Students are inspired by their visit to the library special collections and are using paper to create flip books, accordion books, delicately painted books and much more.

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Session 3: Wednesday, Day 3!

After lunch, Symone’s students continued working on their Diverse Houses project.  Students observed different types of contemporary buildings and architecture, and were tasked with creating their own unique structures!  These are coming along beautifully!

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In Alex Curley’s class earlier in the day, the 3rd-4th grade students constructed intricate and detailed board games in small groups.  Their games were required to have some form of positive outcome, but were otherwise self-directed.  They came up with the most inredible ideas!

Working on designing the rules:

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This board is really coming along with the addition of mixed media!  Can’t wait to see it completed!

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In the Garden Game, players can win seeds to grow their own fruits and vegetables!

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Playing pieces from The Garden Game are made from recycled bottle caps:

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Benton and Jack work on a game in which police people protect an art museum from bandits trying to steal the artwork, super creative! IMG_1782

Here’s a close up of their game board and some rules of the game!

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This game is called Artastic!  All players end up in the Art Castle at the end of the board and receive an honor for playing, very diplomatic!  These boards are looking so cool–

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Reading the rules:

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Working on the board:

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In another group, the girls are constructing a game in which players move through a city, even including 3D hotels and buildings that will be attached to the board!  Gabriela made an animal for the pet-store!

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Check out this super amazing spinner they made!

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Rules for another game: Have fun!  Good luck!  We hope you know how to play Pokemon!

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Really, really amazing progress is getting made on these grid self-portraits from Mr. Curley’s afternoon class.  Students are doing an incredible job and really improving their drawing skills.

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Angela’s students selected songs yesterday and have been illustrating their choices with digital paint tools.  These beautifully expressive.

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Lauren’s 5th-6th grade group is working on a collaborative tile mural!  Students are writing about and illustrating a time in their lives when they helped someone.  Below are photos of their inital sketches.  They will be painting these designs on ceramic tiles and the tiles will be displayed as a collaborative mural on Friday!

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In Symone’s room students contined constructing the armatures, or skeletons, of their masks.  These are going to look amazing once they are completely paper mached and painted!  Happy and messy!

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Meanwhile, another class was making incredible accordion books!  Here is a sneak peek:

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Can’t wait to see all of this incredible work, finished and hung up on Friday!

Session 3: Tuesday, Day 2!

Lots of in-progress shots today as students continue to build on projects they started yesterday!

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Students make associations between color and emotion, so many amazing connections made in this class discussion.  Later, students look at the artwork of a painter who experiences synesthesia with music and color!

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Painting below by Melissa McKraken, made based on her experience listening to the song Imagine, by John Lennon.

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Symone’s students learn about perspective and use new tools to imagine their own buildings!

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Students using tools in creative ways to stamping and designing their structures.

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Alex’s 7th-9th grade students learn how to use grids to create realistic drawings.  They are practicing with roses, but will be moving on to self-portraits as well!

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In Lauren’s class, students continue working on the award jerseys they designed yesterday.  Students chose one person in their lives that they feel deserves an award!  They came up with some incredibly thoughtful ideas.  These designs are coming to life as students recreate them with fabric and ribbon!  What a cool project!

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In Symone’s room, students start to construct and build their identity masks.  These are going to be incredible— their structures are getting built up with armatures of cardboard and will be paper mached and painted later this week.

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Lauren’s class continued working on their community unity mural and added an additional collaborative layer to each piece!

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Alex’s students finished their memory drawings and using wax resist techniques, began filling in their backgrounds with watercolor.  Seeing these memories unfold is truly amazing.

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Thanks for stopping by our blog today, come back again tomorrow for more updates!

CADC Session 3: Day 1!

Session 3 is here and it’s so very exciting to see how these projects start out on Monday and progress throughout the week!

Angela’s first class of the day started by analyzing popular songs and identifying components of music.  Students investigated the lyrics of a Nico & Vinz song called Am I Wrong.  Students thought about what the artists meant by their lyrics and thought about times in their lives when they personally made choices that may be outside of the norm, or perhaps stood up for something they believe in.

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Angela’s younger students think about how lines can be expressive and show emotion.  Students recorded emotions they have felt in the past and designed lines to correspond with these feelings.

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Mr. Curley’s 3rd and 4th graders started by looking at the artwork of Carmen Lomas Garza, a Mexican American artist who paints her memories of her family and community.  Students explore their personal histories and work on illustrating a memory.  The class discusses the idea that community is like your family, in that you don’t have to be related to them in order to love them.  Students closed their eyes and remembered the best day of their life.  See their initial sketches below.

Carmen Lomas Garza (painting, below)

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Breaking the human form into smaller shapes helps students practice figure drawing!

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In Symone’s class, students look at examples of Nick Cave’s Soundsuits.  Students discuss the purpose of masks, and what happens when we conceal part of our faces or bodies.  This week, students will be designing a mask representative of personal characteristics.  I can’t wait to see these finished!

Today, students made small books identifying traits that represent who they are.

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In Lauren’s class, Group 1 (K-2nd graders) learned the word MURAL and talked about murals present in Richmond.  Students made their own unity murals and learned that the circle is a symbol that represents unity because it is continuous.  Students will continue working on these beautiful murals tomorrow morning!

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With Group 2 (3rd-4th) Lauren showed a video clip about the Richmond Bike Race coming up this September with community members perceptions of the race.  Next her students learned about the Tour de France and the significance of the different jerseys that riders wear.  The jerseys represent different levels of achievement throughout the race.  Students were asked to design a jersey for someone they believe deserves and award.  Their projects are extremely thoughtful!

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Students outline their jerseys.

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I am LOVING the exquisite corpse drawings done in Mr. Curley’s class this morning!  How incredible are these collaborative drawings?

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Yesssss, they did the wave.

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Toward the end of the day, 5th-6th grade students got a super special experience in the Special Collections section of the VCU library.  Students had the opportunity to walk to the library and investigate different types of handmade books and zines in the incredible special collection.  Students saw accordion books, zines made by students, incredible pop up books and much much more.  Later this week, students will be designing and creating their own amazing books, so stay tuned!

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Just a fraction of the amazing books we saw below:

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Can’t wait to see what students make now that they have all this inspiration.

What a first day!  See you tomorrow.

CADC Session 2: Exhibition Day (FRIDAY)!

WOW.  Today was a first in Creative Arts Day Camp history!  We had an incredible visiting artist, Christine Lin, come and teach students a special lesson on Chinese Ink Painting.  It was a huge hit and students created some incredible works of art!  Students learned about rice paper, calligraphy and how visual artists and poets work together to create one complete work of art.  Students painted scenes from nature and had the opportunity to use real Chinese ink brushes and rice paper!  What a cool lesson, thanks Christine!

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The exhibition is in the process of getting hung up and it’s evident how hard everyone has worked this week.

Check out some of the amazing cardboard sculptures made by students in Mr. Curley’s class!

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Another group of Mr. Curley’s students did still life watercolor paintings.  They produced some really impressive paintings this week!  Check out their amazing use of color, shading and blending!

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Ms. Angela’s students finished their incredible paper creations earlier this week, but what a clever way of installing them!  The whole room looked so bright and beautiful with these hanging from the ceiling!  IMG_1529

A collection of prints and projects from Ms. Lauren’s class!  Students cardboard sculptures are inventions that they think would make the world a better place.  Also shown is a collection of Prints for a Better World– prints showing examples of how students think the world can be improved.

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Ms. Symone’s class built ‘Safe Havens.

The safe-haven below has a guard to protect the space.  Students thought about what it means to feel safe and protected and created their own small, personal places of refuge.

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Some examples of students Found Poetry project are below!  Students did this exercise in Ms. Lauren’s class and manipulated existing text to create new, personal messages. This project is intended to help students exercise their voices, and think about how we can use words and text in order to author their own messages.

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Ms. Symone’s 7th-9th grade class did a photography project in which they told a story with a series of still images!  These came out so cool, and they are all so different!  Some students chose to use illustration to show change in nature and others took a totally different approach with actors and stunts!!  Examples of both are below:

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Ms. Lauren’s group of Kindergarten to Second Graders made some amazing, bright and beautiful nature prints this week!  Students foraged for natural materials around Franklin Terrace and in Monroe park.  Students used a combination of stamping, printing, wax resist and painting techniques to give these prints all their bright character.

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Another amazing project idea, students created illustrated and expressive stories without using any words!

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Ms. Lauren’s students did some really amazing found and recycled material collages!  I love seeing how different these are!  Every student’s personality comes through.

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In Ms. Angela’s class, students learn how to paint online with a program called Tux Paint.  If students finish projects a few minutes early, they illustrate imaginitive monsters for Angela’s monster wall!       IMG_1561

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Angela’s students did something SO amazing this week!  Not only did they make their very own 3D glasses, they learned how to make their own 3D images in Photoshop!!  Some incredible examples below.  Students learned how to layer images and changes the colors in the image to Red and Cyan.  Nice job!

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Ms. Angela’s students also talked about extinction and animals.  Her K-2nd grade students made watercolor paintings of endangered animals!  These are so expressive!

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In Ms. Symone’s class, here are some pictures of student’s completed power animals, made with layers of paper, paper mache, masking tape, aluminum foil and much more.  Students worked so hard on these projects and they look amazing.

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Here’s one photo of a small corner of our exhibition!

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Mr. Curley is ready!

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One more section of hallway from the exhibition this evening!  So much amazing work. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support!  Next week we move into our final session of Creative Arts Day Camp 2015!  We are energized, excited and cannot wait to see more of the amazing artwork produced by your incredible campers, students and children.  Thanks again, and we hope to see you next week (or next year)!

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CADC Session 2: Day 3!

The pace hasn’t slowed down yet and this week teachers and students continue to do amazing work!  Check out some of todays events below!

Some sculpture pieces from Mr. Curley’s class below!  This student created a pig-boat out of paper mache, followed by more amazing creations!

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Students in Group 1 worked on following step-by-step instructions to create amazing self-portraits!  They will be painting these tomorrow.IMG_1416

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Lauren’s students are working on inventing and  building creations that will make a difference in the world!  This is a robot that picks up trash!

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A second incredible trash-collecting robot is below!

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Some boys have finished their projects and take a break in a hand-crafted fort built in the classroom!

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Grace Anne created this sculpture to help cure sick animals!

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Claire built a tool that will let you know when to repair a fence!

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AND they still had time to do some print-making…

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Angela’s class made their very own 3D glasses AND learned some incredible paper-folding techniques.

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Later this afternoon Angela took Group 1 outside to create a collaborative stop motion illustration with the entire group!  Here’s how she did it!

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Students each drew for 5 seconds and then switched!  A photo was taken in the intermission.  You will get to see the amazing final product in our exhibition this Friday!

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Jack takes a little break..

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Amazing side-walk chalk creations!!  Students waiting to draw on the collaborative mural used side walk chalk outside.

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A final peek into Ms. Lauren’s room finds her Group 4 students using hot glue guns to create beautiful collaged works out of found and recycled materials.  Margaret’s use of color here is amazing!  Can’t wait to see how these turn out..

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WOW!  It’s been a busy, and amazing day!