Between a new name, moving to 2 weeks and our art camp dates being set for the summer, there has been a lot of summer art camp talk going on around here. This is the 6th year that Holli Luther and I will be hosting a fun-filled camp for elementary kids. We are always working to make it the best it can be. Since there has consistently been a waiting list for camp spots, we talked, debated and prayed over if and when we should add a second week. We decided that back-to-back weeks would work perfectly. There are a few reasons for this decision. This first is so that I don't have to stock pile art supplies and project boxes in my kitchen all summer long. As the camp has grown, we've had to get good and organized with purchasing and storing the supplies in the months of May and June. The days leading up to camp, colorful materials and different mediums are bursting out of the corners of our home art studios.
The second factor that went into the decision, was that I like to have some time off in the summer to just hang with my kids. Last year, I took July mostly off and it was a great decision. We were able to plan family vacations for that month. As my teen's summers get busier and busier, I need to make sure I schedule in some fun, family time. Down time to be spontaneous with them is important to me so I'm trying to be intentional about having open spaces in my days. I hope to plan my commissioned art projects around taking July off again this summer. I don't want to miss the opportunities tucked within the days I have left with them.
Because some of the kids will most likely do both weeks, there was much debate about if each week should have different projects. Since planning the projects and shopping for supplies is such a big part of making art camp happen, we decided that both weeks will have the same projects but with different themes and twists. For example, if we teach sculpture shaping with modeling clay one week, we might do a plate of food first and clay cities the second week. This way, parents would feel free to sign up their campers for one or both weeks.
Now to explain a little bit about the new name. As the camp has grown, we've worked hard to still keep the same level of individual attention per child. We've been able to accomplish this by having wonderful helpers at each table distributing supplies and assisting the children with their projects when needed. Since the camp has started, we've given 10% of proceeds away. This year, I'm so excited to say that we'll be giving that money back to the art departments of local schools. Our first school will be Lawton Elementary in Oviedo. It is our pleasure to be able to put money back into their art department for art supplies. The hope is to help kids be boldly creative, feel inspired and understand more about viable careers available to them in the arts. Our new name is more inclusive and better communicates the mission of encouraging creativity and inspiring good character traits in our children.
Although its only January and summer seems far away, we're releasing the art camp dates ahead of time for everyone to start praying over and thinking about their summer plans. The first camp week will be June 17th through 21st, and the second week is June 24th through 28th, 2019. Both camps are Monday through Friday, 9am to noon and are held at The Foundry Church in Winter Springs, just off of the 417 overpass.
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