Summer campers at the Cherry Creek Train had a fantastic week getting “inspired by nature!” On Monday, all of our nature art projects were about color. First, we made natural dyes and painted pictures with them. One set was made with plants and spices like turmeric, blueberries, and strawberries! Another we made with mud and food coloring! Another color project we worked on was swirled colors made from household objects. We made one picture with swirled colors made of vegetable oil and food coloring. Another was made with shaving cream! We wrapped up our colorful day with tie dye!
We had a special guest artist join us on Tuesday! Local artist Michele Brown came to work with the campers to paint our HQ supply closet doors that were in need of a bit of a facelift! She’s done many great works around Denver- and plenty at SPREE camp with our campers, including the outside of the SPREE HQ buildin, the fish mural over the whiteboard, and the mural inside the Train! Learn more about Michele’s art here! Our other projects of the day were about all about paper. We made our own paper with recycled paper scraps from camp, sun paper prints, and animal collages!
Campers enjoyed another great guest artist on Wednesday! Paul from Originateve came and worked with campers to make homemade felt from sheeps wool! Our other projects of the day were focused on making art outside and art with found materials. We made animal sculptures with items from nature, and rock mandalas near the river.
Thursday was field trip day! We trekked to the Denver Art Museum and saw many awesome pieces of art that were inspired by nature! Campers especially enjoyed making art at the many creation stations throughout the museum.
Campers brought art to life on Friday with movement and performance! We made puppets, put on a puppet show, and we made our own musical instruments! Then, we celebrated our wonderful week with a graduation ceremony!