Nicole Seitz, southern author

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Around the World Art Camp 2013

Tahitian Landscape
Tahitian Black Pearl

Last year, we wrapped up our 4th annual Passport Kids Around the World Art Camp! Twenty kids in rising 2nd-5th grades spent a week exploring different countries through art, music, literature, folklore, architecture, culture, and food.

Day 1: Tahiti

Today, we visited this island nation of French Polynesia. We listened to the sounds of Tahitian music while we made our version of Tahitian pearls,

Tahitian tattooed banana

which later became necklaces and pins. Next we tattooed bananas! The kids loved this one. After a snack of dried mangoes, we studied Post-impressionist Paul Gauguin and were inspired to make our own Tahitian Landscapes with oil and chalk pastels. I think they turned out beautifully.

Greek vase

Day 2: Greece

Today we went to gorgeous Greece. We listened to some music inspired by Greek mythology and spent some time going over the Greek gods and mythology. The kids loved the story of Prince Theseus and the minotaur!

Mythical creature in mosaic frame

We made our own mosaic frames and while they dried, we explored Greek pottery and made our own Greek vases on Kraft paper using patterns and line designs. After a snack of Greek olives, the kids came up with their own myths and illustrated unique mythical creatures!

Albrecht Durer-inspired

scratch art engraving

Day 3: Germany

Today, we went to Europe and visited Germany. We learned a lot about the history of Germany, including its involvement in World War II as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall. The children were very interested and hands were up all over the place, asking questions. We listened to the beautiful music of Beethoven while we created Albrecht Durer-inspired animal etchings with lots of visual texture.

After a snack of German butter biscuits and gingerbread, we visited the Black Forest and created cuckoo clock collages. I love them!

 

Cuckoo clock collage

 

Elijah’s cups and Stars of David

Day 4: Israel

Learning about the Holocaust yesterday helped us to appreciate the rich history of the nation of Israel, where we visited today. We listened to the sometimes sad but lovely music of Itzhak Perlman while we made our own versions of Elijah’s cup used in the Passover feast of Seder. Next we made colorful stars of David, and after a snack of tea biscuits from Israel, we were inspired by the Dead Sea to experiment with watercolor and Kosher salt. It’s amazing the visual texture you can create!

Antique cars in

Old Havana

Day 5: Cuba

Cuban Sugar pots

Today, we went to the island nation of Cuba, our neighbor just off of Florida. We learned of the Spanish and African influences on this country as well as its history of slavery. Some kids had already heard the name Castro, so we had some interesting conversations about communism and the Cuban missile crisis. You never know what children are ready to understand! While listening to Cuban drums, guitars, and voices, we made our own sugar pots (az’ucar) with flower pots and wooden beads. After a delicious snack of rice and beans, we drew wonderful pictures of 1940s and 50s cars in colorful Old Havana. I love these!

This camp is truly a labor of love. I love to expose children to other places and other cultures as it whets their appetite for travel, but also creates empathy and understanding that we all share the same amazing Earth. If we begin to think about and pray for other people, we’ll begin to care about them. I think that’s what it’s all about. Not to mention, children’s artwork rocks!

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 3
Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

 

Tahitian Landscape

 

Tahitian Landscape

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 3

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 5

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

 

Tahitian Landscape

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 4

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

 

Tahitian Landscape, rising grade 2

 

Bottle-cap necklace with “Tahitian pearl”

 

“Tahitian pearl” pin

 

“Tahitian pearl” necklace

 

“Tahitian pearls”

 

Making cuckoo clock collages

 

Albrecht Durer-inspired scratch art animal etchings

 

Elijah’s cups

 

wearing her Tahitian pearl necklace

 

Greek vase, rising grade 2

 

Greek vases

 

Making cuckoo clock collages

 

Mythical creature in mosaic frame, rising grade 4

 

Mythical creature in mosaic frame, rising grade 2

 

Mythical creature in mosaic frame, rising grade 2

 

Textured animal etching, rising grade 4

 

Textured animal etching, rising grade 5

 

Textured animal etching, rising grade 4

 

Textured animal etching, rising grade 2

 

Cuckoo Clock collage
Cuckoo Clock collage, rising grade 3

 

Cuckoo Clock collage, rising grade 5

 

Cuckoo Clock collage, rising grade 4

 

Cuckoo Clock collage

 

Elijah’s cups

 

Stars of David

 

Stars of David and Elijah’s cups

 

Cuban sugar pot

 

Cuban sugar pot, rising grade 5

 

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 2

 

Antique car in Old Havana

 

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 2

 

Antique car in Old Havana

 

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 3

 

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 4

 

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 4

 

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 2

 

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 4

 

Antique car in Old Havana, rising grade 2

 

Tahitian tattoo on banana

 

Tahitian tattoo on banana, rising grade 3

 

Tahitian tattoo on banana

 

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