Summer of STEM: Art 2D/3D

This summer we’re hearing from our amazing camp staff. Our Hope College students do the heavy lifting of planning, prepping, and teaching our hands-on camps all summer long! Each week, 2-3 student staff members will recap a camp they’ve led and share tips on how to keep the fun going at home!

Welcome back to the ExploreHope blog! My name is Haley Galloway and I’m so excited to share part of my summer at ExploreHope with you all. I am a recent graduate of Hope College and as an alumna, nothing makes me happier than to see all of the great learning opportunities that Hope provides for our campers!

This week I had the honor of teaching one of ExploreHope’s fine arts oriented camps, Art 2D/3D. This camp allows our campers to explore different mediums of art, both two dimensional and three dimensional, and hopefully discover new techniques and skills. This camp is one of my favorites that ExploreHope offers because it allows our campers to nourish their creativity and participate in types of art that they haven’t had exposure to before.

One of my favorite activities this week was doing shaving cream marbling with our campers. This was our last activity on our first day of camp and I think it totally summed up how the rest of the week was going to go: messy, colorful, and a whole lot of fun! It was amazing to see all of the campers’ creations because every one of the pieces came out so unique. If you picked your camper up on Monday and wondered why their hands were stained, this activity was why! 

The campers got to create a wide variety of art this week, but I think one of everyone’s favorite activities were our collages. I loved seeing how creative this activity inspired our campers to be, and the best part is that it is super simple to recreate at home! The only supplies needed are an old newspaper or magazine, a pair of scissors, some paper, and some glue. Challenge your kiddos to create something creative out of your old magazines and newspapers!

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