This week in art, our Adventures campers looked at famous European landmarks and figured out their shapes. They made pop ups of castles, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Parthenon, and the Coliseum. They also created self-portraits in front of these iconic landmarks.
Discoveries campers made a Medieval castle play-set, including a castle, characters to live in the castle, animals to live outside, a horse, and a dragon. Aside from having a lot of fun expressing themselves creatively, the children are developing skills and gaining confidence in their abilities in STEM projects.
A common theme in all these artistic endeavors is how the children are developing fine motor skills! Campers are learning and practicing proper pincer grip, cutting techniques with scissors, hand-eye coordination in wrapping cylindrical objects and placing tape and yarn in strategic paces.
They are also exposed to age-appropriate engineering and math concepts. For instance, they learn how a simple 2D shape can turn into a 3D shape and experience perpendicular and parallel structure. They also learn mechanics in the creation of a functional drawbridge as well as measuring by determining appropriate sizes and lengths of chosen materials.