During our 2020 Summer Camp series, Art and the Ologies, we paired up two fields of scientific inquiry and explored the various ways that artwork illustrates and aids human understanding in those particular fields. From our week with "Entomology and Botany," we offer this particularly successful lesson about how, why, and with whom trees communicate. This is a fascinating topic that held the attention of our 6-9 year olds, as well as our 10-12 year old cohort. At the heart of this lesson is learning, appreciation, discussion, and something akin to shared wonderment.
Paper bag luminaries are a beautiful tradition in the southwestern United States. Kids will learn about the tradition of bringing light into holiday celebrations the world over and then make their very own set of luminarias, decorated with graphic and colorful woodland creatures.
Students will learn a little about the extraordinary phenomenon of polar lights and some of the myths and legends associated with them. Then they will learn a fun technique to create a magical snowy landscape that includes the aurora borealis (or australis), using oil pastels and acrylic paint.