By: Abigail Alpern Fisch, Steinbruck Center Intern
Our last week of summer camp was full of energy despite the high temperatures that the city of D.C. reached. Noticing the environment of our city was key to the theme of our last week: exploring our city.
Campers created many new projects to illustrate the experience of living in the city while also finishing up any old projects before the end of camp. One project for the younger kids included drawing a background landscape of D.C. (with many kids including Luther Place Church as a designated landmark,) and adding a pop-out paper dinosaur. The 3rd-5th graders created their own shoe-box cities using card-stock paper for details such as helicopters and skyscrapers. The middle schoolers recreated parts of their city environment drawing with a fine-tip micron pen in a small altoid tin.
To explore the city further, we took a rescheduled trip to The National Zoo as a group, albeit on a very hot day. Later in the week the campers painted flower pots which they then filled with garden soil and seeds. Our last day together we had fun with water balloons and walked to the Kennedy Recreation Center to cool off. The Middle Schoolers enjoyed a field trip to Dave & Busters.
ArtSmart Summer 2017 was filled with new connections, artistic reflection, and exploration. It was a joy for all of us working with ArtSmart to spend our summer with this year’s campers! We hope to see many of them at our Soul Fiesta block party on July 29th from 4-7 pm at Luther Place!