In the "Pleinair Class" we made several field trips for on location painting and reference photos. Finished work was executed in acrylics and also watercolor. This class was truly for the serious art student!
The "Colonial America" Campers had a field trip to "New Bridge Crossing", where there is a collection of Colonial-era restored homes and garden, with a personal tour guide who happened to be the Director of the Bergen County Historical Society!
We made our own hand-dipped candles and tin-punch night lights in addition to weaving and making a patchwork pillow and other items! The Colonial Campers also learned how to play games that children would have played many years ago and learned that some of these simple games still exist and are challenging. When we cam to the end of the two weeks, the Campers decided they wanted to do a play, so yours truly hurriedly found and adapted "A Revolutionary Play" from a simple play written at the turn of the century (1900) by school teacher, Blanche Shoemaker. I have posted the best edited version for you to see in the newly created Video Section of this website.
"Medieval Times" Campers designed and created their own unique coat of arms on a paper mache shield; built a castle; made a Knights helmet Princess Hat, Jester Hat and staff and much more. We also had a field trip to the
"Lambert Castle" in Clifton which houses many beautiful works of art! As a proper conclusion to our adventure to the Middle Ages we put on a puppet show, "The Princess and the Dragon", which can also be seen in the Video Section.
Looking forward to a great year!