Open Hands Art Camp -
a place where children create art and community together
Each morning we begin our day with a community circle on blankets in the yard. During this time we share our ideas and art work from the previous day, talk about our individual and group ideas, draw in our sketchbooks, read aloud a poem or story, play a game or just gently wake up our creative selves by watching the clouds float by. Often we munch on sweet peas from the garden or pit cherries from the cherry tree to be baked into a cobbler at some point during the week.
After circle we break into two groups. One will work with paint and mixed media (wood, fabric, whatever is called for) with Page and the other will work in hand built clay with Sue. We come together at midday for lunch and free time. Lunch is picnic style on a blanket in the yard, in the tree house or in the apple tree. During this time we also play games and share our work with each other.
After lunch we return to our two groups. Those who painted in the morning switch to clay and those who worked with clay in the morning switch to paint. As the week progresses and ideas and creations develop, our groups become more flexible to accommodate any unfinished projects.
We end each day with a closing circle and a chance to share all that we have worked on.