It’s 9am and the creative campers arrive at the Scribble studio greeted by their teachers and counselors who are eagerly awaiting their arrival after readying explorative art activities to start the day. The 3 and 4 year olds get quickly immersed in sensory play, meeting new friends in pools filled with colored rice or at the drawing wall (it is what it sounds like) or over a heaping tray of rainbow shaving cream, filled with hidden treasures to find. Older campers (grades K-4) enter their summer studio filled with professional-grade materials and collectively get to work on a group piece. Their problem solving abilities at the ready, they’re faced with new materials and a guiding prompt each day…one that helps them work together to solve creative challenges, make beautiful artwork, and best of all, become fast friends! This is art camp. And it rocks.
The days diverge from there. The pre-scribblers (aka artistic pre-schoolers) spend the morning in sensory play, then go for a guided walk on the Aqueduct trail (usually with butterfly nets to collect objects for future projects) and return to the studio for art-making. They end their day with a community lunch and storytime. The younger campers greatly benefit from the small size of Scribble’s program and the expertise of their early childhood teachers and counselors. There is a focus on open-ended projects to help them to feel safe exploring new materials. Artistic language is introduced to help them learn to properly communicate their creative endeavors. At 1pm, the early childhood studio is marked with a calm circle of young artists wearing smocks with gorgeous evidence of the colors and types of materials they used that day. Teachers smile at each other as they hear campers leave the studio explaining how they built a stable sculpture or made a monochromatic collage or completed a tripytch painting.
Older campers (grades K-4) get a great amount of time to explore outside in the morning and afternoon but also get 3 and 1/2 hours of art-making throughout their day. This time allows them to work intensively in the studio on multi-layered complex projects within specific mediums. Each week has a different (and amazing) focus including: Architecture, Earthworks, Inventions & Machines, Experimental Art, Printmaking, Collaboration and more! After a day filled with art-making, by 4pm, campers end the day extremely proud (and pooped). Working on one piece of artwork for that amount of time elicits a sense of pride and ownership that is unique to the Scribble summer camp experience.
Think it can’t get any better? Every Wednesday there is a field trip to a farm because the Scribble team believes that the outdoors, food, culture and art-making are all connected. Encouraging Scribblers to observe their natural world inspires their campers (and themselves)!
Scribble’s summer camp runs for 8 weeks (you can sign up for 1 or all 8) from the week of 6/26 to the week of 8/21 in the Dobbs Ferry studio at 63 Main Street. THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS THIS FRIDAY 4/21! Space is very limited as groups are kept small. For more information, visit their website or call the studio at (914)693-3110.
*Photo Credit: Monica Shulman Photography