Art Summer Camp – Ages 4-5 and 6-7, Hockessin DE

2019 Class Schedule and Descriptions

Your child (age 4-7) can take morning classes (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), afternoon classes (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or stay all day, taking both classes.   Although class names may be identical for both age groups, the content is adjusted to be age appropriate.  Some of the differences are noted in the descriptions for each age group below.

Have older children?  See the Class Schedule and Descriptions for 2019 Summer Camp for Ages 8-10 and Ages 11-14

Summer Camp Classes: Week 1 (June 10 to 14)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Adventures in 3D Look No Brushes!
Afternoon Look No Brushes! Adventures in 3D

ADVENTURES IN 3D

Instructor: Susie Steele

Stacks of wood! Bolts and washers! Coils of wire! Stack, twist, balance and glue a variety of materials to create masterpieces. Learn about balance while building a class structure that soars to the sky. Can structures stand on a tiny base? What gives a structure strength? Design an imaginary playground with endless shapes and sizes of wooden pieces. Add pizazz to the creation with watercolors, oil pastels, colored glue…and yes, even buttons, jewels, pom poms and yarn. Transform a canvas into a multi-stage work of art with warm or cool palettes, coils and squiggles of yarn, beads, glitter and more. Round out the adventure with wire sculptures that twist and turn, a 3-D collage, and more! What fun!

LOOK NO BRUSHES!

Instructor: Debbie Wilson

Toothpicks, combs, trucks! Spinning, spritzing, swirling! Paint masterpieces with everything but a brush! Paint with squirt guns, jars, and even toothpicks! Snap colorful rubber band prints, play with watercolors and salt, work on a Jackson Pollock collaborative mural and more. Fling, sponge, splatter and squish while having a ball! No brushes needed! Just painting clothes, an imagination, and lots of smiles! Come join the fun!


Summer Camp Classes: Week 2 (June 17 to 21)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Mary Poppins Comes to Art First Monster Mash
Afternoon Monster Mash Mary Poppins Comes to Art First

MARY POPPINS COMES TO ART FIRST

Instructor: Kelly Counsellor

Join the magical fun as Mary Poppins comes to Art First! Paint with bubbles, float rubber duckies, and collage penguins ready to dance and sing. Don’t forget their bow tie. Design colorful kites to fly at home. Be careful! Don’t catch a nanny! Visit “Bert’s “Bit O’ Magic” Sidewalk Art and take pics to frame. “Fly” with balloons, decorate umbrellas, sing songs, play games, and dance across the rooftops of London during this rip-roaring, magical adventure. So, kick your knees up and step in time. It’s going to be “practically perfect in every way!” *
*excerpt from Mary Poppins Returns.

MONSTER MASH

Instructor: Susie Steele

Purple fur, three eyes, spotted horns, big feet! Jump into the world of monsters…lovable and silly ones, that is. Listen to Hungry Monsters by Matt Mitter and create funny face block monsters embellished with colorful paints, beads, wire, googly eyes and more. Meet Sulley and Mike of Monsters, Inc. and create a painted paper collage full of color, texture and just plain fun. Shhh…don’t scare the monsters! Make “boo’ doors with air-dry clay, draw a self-portrait that shows the monster side, and create “roll a monsters”. Listen to monster books and design a monster pillow cute enough for snuggling. No scary monsters here! Just lovable, colorful ones!


Summer Camp Classes: Week 3 (June 24 to June 28)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Hello, Frida! CAMP IS FULL: Garden Treasures
Afternoon Garden Treasures CAMP IS FULL: Hello, Frida!

HELLO, FRIDA!

Instructor: Jen Wojnar

Experience the bright colors of Mexico and the popular Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Learn about her artist friends, her favorite colors, and the Frida style of painting. Discover Mexican folk art and create a folk art masterpiece using vibrant colors. Paint a self-portrait in Frida’s style and colors and learn about the animals found in her self-portraits. Discover her multitude of exotic pets. Would a deer, eagle and monkey make good pets? Choose a favorite exotic pet to draw as a pet still life, paint sugar skulls, collage a watermelon still life, and have fun exploring the art of Mexico so beloved by Frida.

GARDEN TREASURES

Instructor: Susie Steele

Red, yellow and orange blossoms! Ruffled, shiny and smooth leaves! Set off on a garden adventure full of colorful plants of all hues, shapes and sizes. Visit Gateway Garden Center on a scavenger hunt for blooms of all colors, plants that live in water, and even a fish, frog and kitty cat, too. Paint a collaborative mural of plants seen there and fashion a mixed media floral plaque adorned with Sculpey clay insects. Create crayon resist “monster” flowers with texture, color and pizazz. Weave natural materials in an outdoor loom and design an original flower pot to plant with colorful blossoms. Don’t miss this colorful, and fragrant, adventure!


Summer Camp Classes: Week 4 (July 1,2,3)

Note: This is a 3 day week.

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Crazy Concoctions CAMP IS FULL: We All Scream for Ice Cream
Afternoon We All Scream for Ice Cream CAMP IS FULL: Crazy Concoctions

CRAZY CONCOCTIONS

Instructor: Natalie Ferry

Get ready, get set, GO! Jump into crazy concoctions and have a blast! Mix bubble ooze and discover if bubbles can be blown with a straw and held. Make giant bubble solution and cover a friend with a bubble. Measure and mix fizzy bath dough for fun in the tub and try it out washing an Art First dinosaur. Explore hot ice….WHAT? Yes, hot ice! Who knew? Don’t forget old clothes. This is going to be crazy, messy fun!

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

Instructor: Susie Steele

Chocolate, Vanilla, Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate Chip! Everyone loves ice cream! Spend the week making ice cream art that’s delicious enough to eat. Paint a crayon resist watercolor cone with whimsical swirls and fashion an ice pop sculpture out of air dry clay. Don’t forget the glittery “sprinkles”. Paint with paper and design a super sized waffle cone collage embellished with sugar “sprinkles” of every color, “candies” and even a “cherry” adorning the top scoop. Top off the week with the pièce de résistance – an ice cream sundae party complete with sprinkles, cherries, fudge topping, whipped cream and more. Yummy!


Summer Camp Classes: Week 5 (July 8 to 12)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Total Shark Week! CAMP IS FULL: The Land Down Under
Afternoon The Land Down Under CAMP IS FULL: Total Shark Week!

TOTAL SHARK WEEK!

Instructor: Susie Steele

Whale sharks! Great Whites! Hammerhead sharks! Dive into the ocean and “swim” with the sharks! Don’t worry! It’s safe here! Read Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer and create an underwater mixed media collage complete with sharks, minnows, seaweed and more. Discover interesting facts about sharks while listening to books about sharks. Can sharks swim backwards? Do sharks see colors? How many teeth do they have? Do shark experiments, play shark games, build Lego® sharks, and play in the shark sensory table. Design Sculpey beads to add to the perfect shark necklace and create a whimsical new shark with air dry clay. Don’t forget to name it. Don’t miss this underwater adventure! It’s going to be incredible!

THE LAND DOWN UNDER

Instructor: Margaret Vidumsky

Kangaroos, Wombats, Kiwis! Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Outback! Venture down under to find the beauty and charm of Australia! “Snorkel” through the Great Barrier Reef to discover the amazing creatures living there. Create a mixed media masterpiece with colorful fish, coral, glistening water, plants and more! Sing Australian songs, play along with Aboriginal clapping sticks, and make story stones to tell of Australian adventures. Learn about kangaroos, frilled lizards, koalas, kookaburras and platypus. Then jump right in and hop like a kangaroo and bellow like a koala. What fun! Paint, make puppets, and dig into clay sculptures. Explore Aboriginal dot paintings and experiment on a boomerang. Don’t miss this adventure! It’s going to be an amazing week in “the land down under”.


Summer Camp Classes: Week 6 (July 15 to 19)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Birds of a Feather Down on the Farm
Afternoon Down on the Farm Birds of a Feather

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Instructor: Margaret Vidumsky

Cardinals, chickadees, blue jays! Tweety bird! Rainbow Crow! Donald Duck! Soar through the sky on a feathery adventure. Discover what makes a bird a bird, how they fly and where they live. Learn how to identify area birds at the Art First feeders and on the lake. Then design and paint a birdfeeder to take home. What bird will arrive first? Paint a watercolor resist bird with brilliant colors and create a scribble owl with glowing eyes. What fun! Listen to Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems and design a cartoon bird that will rival even Big Bird. Sculpt a goony bird from Sculpey clay and paint a mixed media gigantic feather full of lines, squiggles, dots and more! It’s going to be a high flying adventure!

DOWN ON THE FARM (Ages 4-5)

Instructor: Susie Steele

Cows! Pigs! Sheep! Chickens! Experience the fun of the farm! Learn about the animals living there, listen to farm books, sing songs and more. Paint a whimsical cow munching grass in the field, print with corn, and collage a brilliantly feathered chicken. Dig into clay and sculpt a farm piggy, create a watercolor resist scarecrow to protect the fields and learn to “milk” a cow. Discover how to make butter and shake, shake, shake a serving of yummy ice cream! Old MacDonald never had this much fun!

DOWN ON THE FARM (Ages 6-7)

Instructor: Susie Steele

Cows! Pigs! Sheep! Chickens! Experience the fun of the farm! Learn about the animals living there, listen to farm books, sing songs and more. Paint a whimsical cow dancing in the field, print with corn, and collage a brilliantly feathered chicken. Dig into clay and sculpt a farm piggy, create a watercolor resist scarecrow to protect the fields, and learn to “milk” a cow. Discover how to make butter and shake, shake, shake a serving of yummy ice cream! Old MacDonald never had this much fun!


Summer Camp Classes: Week 7 (July 22 to 26)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning CAMP IS FULL: Clay Capers CAMP IS FULL: Sweet Dreams Café
Afternoon Sweet Dreams Café CAMP IS FULL: Clay Capers

CLAY CAPERS

Instructor: Susie Steele

Squish, pound, roll! Have loads of fun with clay while learning tricks to make masterpieces. Have clay competitions and races while learning how to roll shapes. Texturize air dry clay to create “bug-eyed” fish with sass and personality. Don’t forget to name them! Shape neon coil pots with multi-colored Sculpey clay and use the clay rolling machine to create multicolored giant Sculpey beads. Add colorful wooden beads and baubles and Presto! a unique necklace! Play with cloud dough, incredible foam dough and make silly putty. How high will it bounce? It’s going to be an spectacular week! Don’t miss the fun!

SWEET DREAMS CAFÉ

Instructor: Margaret Vidumsky

Welcome to Sweet Dreams Café! Grab an apron and a chef’s hat and join the creative fun! Set up a pretend café complete with a kitchen and tables for customers to savor the food and drinks. Create menus with original illustrations of favorite sweets and decorate plates, cups and placemats to adorn the tables. Design a dream giant cookie and create a monstrous class “cake” painted in brilliant colors and decorated with pom poms, glitter, sprinkles and more. Sculpt air dry clay fruit and mini cupcakes to serve favorite customers. Design edible art fruit bouquets and decorative garnishes too. Bring a favorite stuffed animal or doll to the café on Friday for a day of creative play. Be the chef, take orders, and serve delicious creations to those favorite customers. Then join in the fun and partake of a delicious spread in the café. Take home the food creations and café props for hours of creative play. What fun!


Summer Camp Classes: Week 8 (July 29 to August 2)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Dino-mite! Creepy, Crawly Critters
Afternoon Creepy, Crawly Critters Dino-mite!

DINO-MITE!

Instructor: Susie Steele

What’s taller than a 4-story building and weighs more than 20 giraffes? Dinosaurs, of course! Travel back in time and meet the dinosaurs and their environments. Discover dinosaur facts, learn the latest dinosaur news, sing dinosaur songs and play dinosaur games. Read Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carole Diggory Shields and jump right in and paint with dino feet while swaying to the dinosaur stomp. Listen to If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most and collage colorful dinosaurs lumbering through the town. Go on a dig for dinosaur eggs, make Sculpey dinosaur eggs, and have fun with fizzing ones too. Sculpt imaginary dinosaurs and give them a name, make dinosaur fossils, paint watercolor resist dinosaurs and more. Let the imagination run wild in the world of the dinosaurs!

CREEPY, CRAWLY CRITTERS

Instructor: Staff

How many legs does a spider have? Can a ladybug “bug” you? Do butterflies like butter? Find out while examining these creatures up close. Take a stroll to Gateway Garden Center to find critters living there. Where do they live? What do they eat? Then sculpt glitter bugs from Sculpey clay that sparkle and shine, paint symmetrical beetles, and print ladybugs climbing in the grass. Collage an imaginary bug on a watercolor background and become a magnificent butterfly with amazingly vibrant wings. Nothing creepy here…just lots of fun!


Summer Camp Classes: Week 9 (August 5 to 9)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Action! Art! Winter Wonderland
Afternoon Winter Wonderland Action! Art!

ACTION! ART!

Instructor: Colleen Loughlin

Swing, Spin, Ride, Roll! Pound, Toss, Bounce, Squeeze! Get ready to move! Peddle fast on tricycles and hot wheels to create an action canvas and dance away to smoosh a mystery masterpiece. Shake an Action Art Christmas ornament in summer colors and pounce away with pool noodles and dabbers. Blow paint monsters in vivid colors, pound mallets and paint with feet for multicolored masterpieces. Help gravity paint, and create fireworks to the rhythm of popping music. Who knew paint could be so much fun! Leave the best clothes at home. Wear old ones that appreciate paint. This week is going to be rip-roaring fabulous!

WINTER WONDERLAND (Ages 4-5)

Instructor: Rachel Tallant

Snow! Snowmen! Cold! Icy! Explore the snowy frozen world! Listen to snowy, wintry books, sing songs and play snowy games. Create icy blue, giant snowflakes, paint penguins that love the cold, and create a loveable snowman from a gourd. Design a snowy landscape complete with wintry trees, create a frosty ornament from clay, and collage a cute fox playing in the snow. Play with “snow dough”, paint with ice, make a snowstorm in a jar, and have lots of snowy fun! It may be hot outside but it’s a sparkling, wintry wonderland at Art First.

WINTER WONDERLAND (Ages 6-7)

Instructor: Rachel Tallant

Snow! Snowmen! Cold! Icy! Explore the snowy frozen world! Listen to snowy, wintry books, sing songs and play snowy games. Create icy blue, giant snowflakes, paint penguins that love the cold, and create a loveable snowman from a gourd. Design a snowy landscape complete with wintry trees, create a frosty ornament from clay, and collage a snow covered tree with buttons, jewels, sequins, glitter and more. Play with “snow dough”, paint with ice, make a snowstorm in a jar, and have lots of snowy fun! It may be hot outside but it’s a sparkling, wintry wonderland at Art First.


Summer Camp Classes: Week 10 (August 12 to 16)

Ages 4-5 Ages 6-7
Morning Crazy, Colorful Collage Thunder Cakes, Lightning, Eggs… Oh My!
Afternoon Thunder Cakes, Lightning, Eggs… Oh My! Crazy, Colorful Collage

CRAZY COLORFUL COLLAGE (Ages 4-5)

Instructor: Rachel Tallant

Bowls of buttons! Mounds of string! Yards of ribbon! Create collages full of color, texture and fun! Make a class texture collage that grows throughout the week. Stupendous! Collage giant doughnuts with vivid colors and “ice” with straws, patterned papers and “sprinkles”. Create rainbow colored papers and design a cut paper collage full of zig zags and wavy, crazy lines. Read The Dot by Peter Reynolds and fashion a dot collage with bold colors and circles in all sizes. Take home a framed collage that will make people smile. So much stuff! So little time! Let’s get going!

CRAZY COLORFUL COLLAGE (Ages 6-7)

Instructor: Rachel Tallant

Bowls of buttons! Mounds of string! Yards of ribbon! Create collages full of color, texture and fun! Work in collaboration with classmates on a texture collage that grows throughout the week. Stupendous! Collage giant doughnuts with vivid colors and “ice” with straws, patterned papers and “sprinkles”. Use painted papers to make a circle collage come to life with squiggles, scratches, art marks and more. Then design an abstract collage in the style of Japanese artist Atsuko Tanaka with paint, oil pastels, dot markers, curvy lines, circles and printed shapes. Take home a framed collage that will make people smile. So much stuff! So little time! Let’s get going!

THUNDER CAKES, LIGHTNING, EGGS… OH MY! (Ages 4-5)

Instructor: Andrea Comiez

Get lost in the world of Patricia Polacco’s books, Thunder Cake, When Lightning Comes in a Jar, Chicken Sunday, and The Keeping Quilt. Bake, decorate and eat Thunder Cake cupcakes, make lightning strike resists, and play with a thunder tube. Fun! Make colorful sun catchers, fashion multicolored doily Easter eggs with watercolors, and design a “quilted” family tree collage. It’s going to be an amazing week of stories and art! Don’t miss the fun!

THUNDER CAKES, LIGHTNING, EGGS… OH MY! (Ages 6-7)

Instructor: Andrea Comiez

Get lost in the world of Patricia Polacco’s books, Thunder Cake, Rechenka’s Eggs, When Lightning Comes in a Jar, and The Keeping Quilt. Bake, decorate and eat Thunder Cake cupcakes, make tinfoil lightning paintings, and play with a thunder tube. Fun! Create Easter egg glue resist paintings, sew a circuit firefly, and print a colograph quilt with wooden blocks. It’s going to be an amazing week of stories and art! Don’t miss the fun!

Art First Inc, Summer Art Camp for Children, Hockessin Delaware

Photo: 2015 Camp: “Enchanted Forrest”