Category Archives: Young Masters

The Great Outdoors

Whether through canoeing, hiking, or camping, Frederic Remington was a man who loved the outdoors. The artist once wrote a friend, “if I had money enough I would live in a bark camp the year round.” The artworks on display in our current exhibit, Another Frontier: Frederic Remington’s East, depict landscapes with which the artist was familiar and personally enjoyed, from forested fields to choppy river waters. Thus the theme for this year’s Summer Camp @ The Sid: The Great Outdoors.

During Summer Camp, our junior campers explored the many facets of our collection and special exhibition: looking for all of the wildlife in the various landscapes represented in our paintings, how the colors of landscapes affect our mood, taking a ride through the water scenes on display, and more. Each day includes a sketchbook activity, time “sightseeing” in the galleries, and several hands-on art projects. What kind of art projects you ask? Take a look!

Making Art Journals
Sketching in the galleries.
Animal Pinch Pots
Wildlife Watercolors
Canoe portraits

Happy Campers

What is summer without summer camp? Did you know the first summer camps in the US originated in the 1860s? Then and now, summer camps present themselves as an escape from our every day life and as an opportunity to have fun while learning something new.

Gunnery Camp,1861, the first organized American summer camp. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

While traditional summer camp was presented as a way to build character in the “great outdoors,” at The Sid, we like to develop knowledge and skills in our gallery and studio.

SRM Children’s Summer Camp 2018

Why is art good for your child? For one, looking at art helps kids learn how to analyze and synthesize information. Also, making art is more than painting pretty pictures; it involves math, science and experimentation. Additionally, children who feel free to experiment often feel free to find new ways of thinking, both inside and outside the art studio.

Above all, when kids feel good while they are creating art, which helps boost self-confidence. And who doesn’t want more happy kids?

So what kind of activities did our summer campers at The Sid get to explore? See for yourself!

Learning a new way to make sculptures by using molds!

Painting plaster cast sculptures

Painted hand casts.

Learning different ways to make sculpture.

Posing for cowboy portraits.

Cowboy portraits completed.

Learning how to make sunsets using color gradation.

Cowboy sunsets and animal portraits.

Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My!

*Well, maybe more like antelope, bears, horses, and cattle. This year’s Summer Camp theme was Animals in the West!

This summer we hosted two weeks of Summer Camps: one for children between the ages of 6-9 years old and the other for tweens – children between the ages of 10-12 years old. What fun we had exploring the animals found within our collection and learning about other native animals of the West!

Each day campers began with a still life warm up to get their creative juices flowing. Campers then spent time with our collection participating in gallery activities and various animal themed tours with our talented docent team. Students asked themselves questions like, “What would the skunk say?” and asked our docents questions like, “How did he get that big bronze statue to stay glued together?!”

Following their time in the gallery, campers spent time in the studio art room creating their own masterpieces. Throughout the week our young artists worked with air dry clay, acrylic paints on canvas, watercolors, permanent markers, chalk pastels, colored pencils, and printmaking materials.

On the final day of each week-long camp, campers went through our Junior Docent Training….basically a crash course for kids, teaching them how to lead a tour for their friends and families. At the end of the last day, campers hosted their very own ART SHOW! Campers proudly took to their role as Junior Docents and led their friends and family on a tour of our galleries and then to the studio art room. While showing off their artworks they spent all week creating, campers enjoyed some Art Show refreshments. Bear cupcakes and animal cookies seemed totally appropriate!

What a delight it was to have each and every child participate in our Summer Art Camps! Campers impressed us with their creative thinking, intriguing questions, and unbelievable talent. Thank you to all of our campers and their families, our Summer Art Camp Intern (Aaron McBride), and our Docent Team! You brought the animals in our collection to life. We hope to see you again next summer!

*Written by Andrea Hassenteuffel, Director of School & Family Programs