Join me for a glorious summer of art
>>>> Click here to register and you can bring a friend for free!
Starting July 1st I’m hosting an online, international summer camp called Art Spark. I’ll guide you through four weeks of beautiful and fun art projects that you can enjoy with your children, wherever you’re spending the summer. At home, in the forest, at the beach… these process art projects will give you an interesting framework of activities that you can weave into your summer, so your children are engaged, creating and enjoying themselves throughout the season.
The projects include painting, printing, and sculpture, along with science, sensory and messy play, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
I’ll guide you through the four week programme, so everything is carefully thought out for you, with each week building on the others. You can pick as few or as many projects to try each week, so the summer camp fits perfectly around your other holiday plans.
There’ll be interesting reads for you too. We’ll talk about why art is important for our children, and how we can use it to develop creativity and make connections across the curriculum. I’ll show you how to use growth mindset techniques to really support your children’s adventures, but most of all the camp will be super fun!
The projects work for all ages, so your whole family and friends can take part. It’s the perfect way to provide a summer of fun and really connect with your kids. And at $59.99 for the whole family, for the four week camp, it’s a great budget option compared to other camps. Plus, you can bring a friend for free!
Art Spark Summer Camp Programme
You have until Saturday 25th June 2016 to register, and then on July 4th the fun begins!
Here’s what we’ll be exploring each week:
Week One: Exploring Paint
* We’ll begin by exploring colourful process art using paint. Projects to choose from include experiments using watercolors with salt, rice, plastic wrap, tissue paper, glue, pipettes, and even making your own paint. The projects are fun and include sensory, messy play and science explorations. They’re good for indoors or outdoors, so you can join in whatever the weather.
* We’ll meet some famous art works including pieces by Paul Klee, JWM Turner, Henri Matisse, and Franz Marc. And your kids will get a surprise when they see what one artist uses to paint with!
* There’ll be interesting reads for you too. We’ll look at how to talk with your children about art, and discover why NBC’s ER holds the key to creativity. You’ll also explore how to connect with and support your child using growth mindset techniques and visual thinking strategies.
Week Two: Art That Doesn’t Last
* This week we’re going to try projects that are transient and ephemeral. It’s a great week to try some art outdoors. Projects to choose from this week will include shaving foam paint, milk and dish soap art, painting with ice, marbling, land art, flower mandalas, shell art, stone cairns, and clay faces.
* Andy Goldsworthy will be our virtual mentor this week. There’ll be videos to watch where you can hear his thoughts about art and see how he creates installations in rivers and forests. And you can try out his land art style of art yourself. I’ll also show you some very cool snow art.
* We’ll think about the value and interesting application of art to learning and life, and share ideas for how to document our art practice.
Week Three: No Paper, No Brushes
* This week we’ll set aside paper and paint brushes and explore all the other things you can paint with and paint on. Projects to choose from include using foil, bubble wrap, sandpaper, the bathtub, tree bark, thick card, leaves, wooden boards, a tree trunk, a wall, pinecones, sticks, leaves, toy cars, toy dinosaurs, potato mashers, feathers, feet, hands… anything goes!
* I’ll be sharing lots of ideas on how to set up your art space and how to source materials – both with a focus on creativity and affordability.
* Jackson Pollock will be our mentor of the week, along with a group of artists who make art using toys.
Week Four: Build It Up
* This week we’ll extend our art explorations on from painting and try our hand at sculpture. Projects to choose from will include sculpting using sticks and a glue gun, kitchen foil, mobiles, air-drying clay, salt dough, LEGO or wooden blocks, pipecleaners, junk modelling, drinking straws or toothpicks with playdough, and stones.
* Three artists and sculptors who all work in three dimensions, all in very different ways, will be our inspiration this week: Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Alberto Giacometti.
* We’ll also talk about how we find inspiration for future projects. And there’ll be an online/real-life field trip to an art gallery.
Week Five: Celebration
* A bonus week to wrap-up, and to share what we’ve learnt and what’s next.
* the Art Spark Summer Camp private Facebook group will remain open until the end of September 2016 to give you plenty of time to complete all the projects you want to, to suit your own summer timetable.
Along with the guided summer camp you’ll also receive:
:: my Nurture Art ebook, value $10. This ebook is full of ideas and practical tips that will help you easily set up your art space, be inspired to begin, and show you how to develop a rich art practice with your children. You’ll develop skills to positively nurture your children’s creativity, using supportive language, growth mindset techniques, and visual thinking strategies. And there’ll be interesting personal development for you, as you think more about arts education and your own creativity.
:: my Art Spark ebook, value $14.99. This ebook is packed with gorgeous photographs and art ideas that you’ll be excited to try with your children. It includes 30 art projects, with lots of extension ideas, that make it easy for you to explore creative techniques with your children – lots of ideas which you can keep using long after the summer camp is over.
You’ll receive the ebooks as soon as you register, and they’re yours to keep, so you’ll have the resources to use over the years as your children grow. You can see some sample pages here.
:: you’ll also be invited to join the Art Spark Summer Camp private Facebook group. You’ll be able to connect with the other families taking part, and share projects. I’ll be available in the group throughout the four week summer camp to answer any questions and help you get the most from the camp.
:: and you can bring a friend for free. Making it half the price and double the fun!
Why do an online Summer Camp?
Do you know what you’re going to do with your children all summer long?
If you’ve already started thinking about it, it can feel like it’s going to be a summer full of work. You know what it’s like when you’re leading an activity: so much of the thinking, organising, and prep falls to you. With this Art Spark Summer Camp, I’ve done this work for you. So you can just enjoy!
Art Spark Summer Camp is full of easy, fun, creative projects. I’ve structured the four weeks to build on one another, matched up videos and famous art examples for your children to discover, composed questions and discussion points for them to consider, and broadened the ideas out so there’s also the opportunity to explore what art means, to them and society. They’ll know a lot more about art and themselves at the end of the four weeks.
As a parent/teacher you’ll find interesting reads for you, and I encourage you to try the art projects too.
This summer camp makes summer easy for you. You can relax, knowing you’ll get an email from me each day: open, read, watch, chat, make art – easy!
Great price – and bring a friend for free!
If you’ve looked at some local summer camps, you’ll know how expensive they are. The Art Spark Summer Camp is a great affordable choice, giving you four weeks full of activities for just $59.99, for the whole family. Even better, you can bring a friend for free.
Pair up with your spouse, your friend, your neighbour, your sister, or a grandparent, gather all your kids and join the camp together.
Click and register yourself, and then when you receive the email from me confirming your booking, just email me back with your friend’s name and email address and I’ll add them in to the camp too.
The Summer Camp starts on July 4th 2016 and runs until July 31st 2016 – with access available until the end of September.
Registration closes on Saturday 25th June 2016, so reserve your place now.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do course participants think of the Art Spark programme?
Here’s the feedback from past Art Spark attendees.
“My kids actually enjoyed art for the first time. I have an 8 and a 6 year old. Usually when I put out art projects, I spend a lot of time setting up, and they are done in 2 minutes flat. But through this class I learned how to talk to them about the process and not encourage or discourage how they were taking part in the art process. Which was a VERY difficult challenge for this mom. But I did not even know I was doing that to my kids, until I took this class.”
“Loved the introductions to famous artists – an entry into the mind and world of an artist.”
“Having so much fun with this week! I feel like the unconventional projects are opening up my perfectionist to doing art without it needing to be ‘right’.”
“It was so nice and relaxing to spend time with my son and just create together.”
“The boys are really into this! I’m so glad I signed up.”
Can I join the Summer Camp if I live in America, the U.K., Australia, anywhere…..?
Yes. This is an online summer camp and ebooks which means you can buy them and join in wherever you live in the world. PayPal will take care of any currency conversion for you. All the materials are delivered in English.
What age children is the Summer Camp suitable for?
The great thing about process art is that it is suitable for all ages. Toddlers through to adults can join in with the adventure and explore the projects in the ways that suit their experience and interests. This means this summer camp is great for toddlers, preschoolers, elementary and middle school-aged children, even teens. Parents and teachers can engage with the summer camp just as much as the children. Creative mamas and papas might even like to join the course just for themselves!
How much is the Art Spark Summer Camp?
The Art Spark Summer Camp costs $59.99. This includes four weeks of a guided online workshop, membership of the private Facebook community, two detailed resource ebooks which are yours to keep after the course ends, and daily support from Cathy throughout the four week adventure. Reserve your place here.
You can bring a friend for free. Click and register yourself, and then when you receive the email from me confirming your booking, just email me back with your friend’s name and email address and I’ll add them in to the camp too.
What previous art experience do I/my children need to join in?
No previous art experience is needed. If you have enjoyed art before you will find plenty of ideas for extending your practice and diving deeper. You can take a look inside the ebooks here.
Can I do the Summer Camp at home?
Yes, you can. The course can be done daily, after school, at the weekend, or as part of a homeschool programme.
Can I do the Summer Camp with my class / community group?
Yes, you can. All the projects have material lists to help you organise your art sessions. There are links to works by famous artists, so you can incorporate a deeper study of art and artists, and suggestions for including arts-based learning through the wider curriculum. You can also use the course for your own professional development as it will encourage you to think about how to best deliver an art-based programme in your classroom, using growth-mindset techniques and visual thinking strategies. You can make a group booking for you and your colleagues so you can work through the camp together. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can arrange to invoice your school/community group directly.
Do I need any special art materials to join in?
The projects have been designed to use basic art supplies. It’s likely that you will have many of the materials already on your craft shelves. All the projects come with supply lists, so you can get organised in advance. You will need watercolor paints and paper or a sketch book, and also your choice from a list of basic art supplies to fit the projects you decide to concentrate on.
How is the Summer Camp delivered?
The Summer Camp is delivered through the NurtureStore website. You can also choose to use the private Facebook group and Instagram. You will receive Joining Instructions and the two ebook downloads as soon as you purchase the camp. Once the course commences you will receive a daily email to access that day’s materials.
When does the Summer Camp start?
The Summer Cammp starts on Monday 4th July 2016 and runs until Sunday 31st July 2016. Entry to the course closes on Saturday 25th June 2016, so you must make your purchase before this date. The Facebook group will open to welcome you the week before the course starts, and will stay open until the end of September 2016. Join now here.
Do I need to join the classes at a certain time of day?
No, you can do the Summer Camp to suit your own timetable. It has been designed to work throughout the time zones. You’ll receive a daily email from Cathy, and she will be available through the four weeks in the private Facebook group. You can use the daily materials to fit your own reading and projects to your personal timetable, joining in with the community on Facebook and Instagram throughout the four weeks whenever you want to.
How much time each week will I need to devote to the Summer Camp?
You can take part in as much of the Summer Camp as you want to. You might like to do an art project for an hour or so each day, Monday to Friday. You might devote an afternoon each week, or enjoy art time at the weekend. It’s flexible so you can make it work with your summer plans, and dive as deep into the materials as you like.
I can’t make the dates – will the Summer Camp be available at another time?
The Summer Camp materials will be delivered between July 4th and 31st but you can join in whenever you want to. The Facebook community group and access to the online materials will stay open until the end of September 2016, so you can plan your Summer Camp to suit your summer plans. Cathy will be available throughout the summer for support and to answer any questions.
How long will I have access to the Summer Camp materials?
Once purchased, the course ebooks are yours to keep. The main course materials are available to you throughout the duration of the course (July 4th 2016 through July 31st 2016) and until the end of September 2016.
What technology do I need to join in with the Summer Camp?
You will need a device and internet connection so that you can read emails and this, and other, websites. The video content is via YouTube and Vimeo. The Summer Camp community will be hosted on Facebook and Instagram. We recommend you use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app to view your ebooks. Other PDF reader apps may work for you, but we have tested all our ebooks in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Do I need to be on Facebook to join in?
No, but the community aspect of the Summer Camp will be hosted there so you will get the most out of the adventure if you join in with the private Facebook group.
Can I share the materials with my friend/colleague?
Your friends and colleagues are welcome to join us but they will need to purchase their own summer camp registration. You can take advantage of the ‘Bring a friend for free’ offer: let us know the name and email address of one person you are bringing and we will add them to the camp. All the materials are copyright protected and can not be shared with others. Access to the Facebook group, daily emails and passwords will only be given to people who have purchased the Summer Camp or been registered by a full fee-paying attendee as their ‘friend’. Please email email@example.com if you would like to make a group booking for you and your colleagues as we can arrange for one invoice to be sent directly to your school.
Can I buy the ebooks separately?
Any other questions?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and Cathy or Sean will be happy to help.
All ebooks and other digital products are subject to copyright and may not be shared or distributed in any way or form.
The Art Spark Summer Camp is run my me, Cathy James. I’m the creator of this NurtureStore website, and the author of several books including The Garden Classroom and Super Sensory Invitations to Play. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree and have over twenty years experience working in the field of education. I’ve worked in a wide variety of settings and with all age groups: from babies, toddlers and preschoolers; through the school ages; to adult learners. I now homeschool my two daughters using my arts-based, child-centred curriculum. I’m really looking forward to hosting the Art Spark Summer Camp, and I welcome you to join us for a glorious, colorful exploration of art and community.