Today was the start to our Oakland-based summer camp with the theme "Inside-Out". All week, our seven campers will be exploring who they are on the inside vs. who they are on the outside through creative writing activities and art.
Here are excerpts from lyrics written by Alistair and Sydney:
"I'm popular, I know it's true. No matter what they tell me, I won't be blue. I have friends, the friendship won't ever end. They always think I'm a geek, a nerd. But I tell you, I'm like a nest full of birds."
"I'm just a girl on a mission, I'm just being myself. You're not going to change my way. I love to sing and dance and you can't do anything about that."
Here are some examples:
Our Art afternoon started with a paint exploration: mixing , painting, rolling, stamping and scraping paint to make covers for our art sketchbooks. We later added pages, punch-holed them and used a twig and rubberband to attach.
We started our Mask project by going to the backyard where we blew up balloons, attached them to bases and used plaster tape and water to "paper mache" the balloons to create mask bases. Tomorrow I'll cut in half our balloon shapes to make a one half mask base where we'll add details to create our personal "persona" creation and by Wednesday, our masks will be dry enough to paint.
At the end of the day we talked about the writing exercise, "I AM NOT MY HAIR" song that was explored in the morning and drew a crazy hair-do in our sketchbooks.