Sunday, June 18, 2017

Photos from the First Week of Camp

We are having a great time! Here are some photos from the first week of camp. Click on any picture to enlarge it and scroll through the entire series:

the frozen fossil excavation animals... ready for gelatin

lemon volcanoes

the molten earth:  water-soluble oil pastels

warping the hula hoop loom for the layers of the earth weaving

stenciling clouds for the endless rains as the Earth cooled

smashing geodes

wet felted wool geodes

ooh!  looking at the colors revealed when we cut into them

pony beads for classification activity

no two bracelets were alike

our "naked eggs" sitting in vinegar

yeast balloon experiments

needle felting sponges

planning the background for the Precambrian Time poster

squeezing blobs of ocean colored paints

letting the colors drip... spraying them with water to create more rivulets

sewing on the sponges and crochet bacteria to the poster

the gel plate, a thin even layer of acrylic paint, and a cotton swab

printing algae

so easy to clean afterwards... just use a baby wipe

hot glue squiggles of bacteria


holding up the paper to let the tentacle-drips run 
(you can add more squiggles later with chalk pastel)

drawing trilobites

covering the lines with black glue

adding some fun texture to the Cambrian Period title...
this is to emulate the spikes of the Hallucigenia

 the Silurian Period and the evolution of vascular tissue in plants

we observed that the wax paper didn't work for the "walking water" experiment, but the paper towel strips did

a few of the microbe plushies which our guest scientist brought to show us (this one is E. coli)

the Big Inflation... formerly known as the Big Bang
a tiny dot labled everything (before it was anything)

welcome sign for the Expo:  Welcome to "From Lava to Life"

adding pastel details to our trilobite outlines

rock classification activity

The Silurian Period poster



the Devonian Period:  fish printing

the Carboniferous Period:  fern forests, giant insects

pen & ink insects, fern stencil, Sweet Mint acrylic paint

adding artwork to calendars

finished trilobites


the empty ocean

the building blocks of life

the endless rain

the molten Earth

outer space

I shared with my dear friend Leslie some of the artwork we made using her donated art supplies and she actually teared up with joy... she was so happy to see them used and loved. She especially admired the gel plate printed algae and the stenciled fern forest scenes. And so she brought us one last set of donations!

    Gelli Printing Plate 6 inch square

    500 sheets of interfolded waxed paper (6 x 10 3/4 inches)

    lots more colors of acrylic paint:

    plus "lamp black" and four more greens: "chromium oxide green," "kale smoothie," "green gold," "festive green"

    and four storage bins!

Thanks to everyone for an awesome week! And families of campers, and well as community members, are invited to the Expo / Museum Walk this Friday afternoon from 3 to 7 pm.

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