WARREN, NJ - The Summer Fun camp experience continues in Warren Township where students are passionate about the Arts.
Students in Kara Miletic’s enrichment Painting course have been studying famous artists like Dürer, Lichtenstein and Monet. Like many artists do, the students first focused on sketching their works to help produce more accurate paintings. Then they tried their hand using the grid method. By taking a small picture, students created a one inch grid, which was enlarged to maintain correct proportions. In a following project to celebrate pop art, students incorporated the use of Ben-Day dots, spacing colors close, wide, or overlapping, to create a variety of effects and optical illusions. Students love discussing the artists’ lives, backgrounds and influences. Learning paint theory and techniques are inspiring these young artists to practice beyond the classroom.
Just Dance is a class offered by Cristina Ulloa. It combines current popular music with jazz and hip-hop . The students experiment with movement and method to prepare for their dance performances, which occur every Friday for invited family members and friends. Students danced to the Kidz Bop 26's version of "Timber" bringing forth country and folk in a dance-pop song. This past week, performers enjoyed “Applause” which was a high energy mix of jazz and hip hop, ultimately wowing the audience.
In Summer Fun’s Reading and Writing Explorations course, students revel in literacy. They have explored different topics, such as animals and fairy tales. They read and discuss multiple books weekly. A number of students commented that one of their favorite projects was getting to write their own stories using imagination and creativity. They were able to share their writing and offer praise and feedback to their peers. Another week, the children enjoyed creating an original puppet show. As an added component, teacher Fran Perlman also connects art projects with the given theme of the week. One activity was making simple, yet healthy and delicious, peacock sculptures out of fresh summer fruit.
For many students, their summer has taken them around the globe, while never leaving the cozy tree-lined streets of Warren. Connie Leuenberger planned her Arts and Crafts class to take students on many journeys. They visited Arizona and created cacti out of paper mache. Following that, they jetted to Scandinavia where they decorated with colored and textured fabric to create a patchwork masterpiece. Learning interesting background information on each region enhances the different experiences. Students found that in Asian cultures, the dragonfly is revered and associated with luck, prosperity, strength, courage, happiness and harmony. Students crafted amazingly detailed dragonfly mobiles. Currently, they are immersed in the Caribbean where they are fashioning geckos atop philodendron leaves using unique materials such as aluminum foil, tissue paper, and brown wrap.