Soft Sculptures (Grades 3-8)*
Students will be guided through a series of multi-media projects to create different Soft Sculptures, including "Stuffies." Young artists will learn about the artistic traditions of cultures from around the world by using their hands and feet!
Campers will learn to make rugs, stuffies, jewelry and other soft sculptures. They will also learn traditional felting techniques and discover new ones that press and stomp wool into felt.
Students will engage all their senses as they work individually and together. All project work is centered around independent interests and abilities, while exploring different art mediums and skills. Upon completion of the camp, our kids will gain an appreciation for each other as artists and innovators as they transform “Fibers” into one-of-a-kind Soft Sculptures.
Day 1: WATER, SOAP, & FRICTION
Turn fluffy wool into felt using water, soap and alot of rubbing. Use your head, hands and feet! Make felt balls that bounce and coils that bend!
Day 2: CREATURES & ART
Turn those felt balls and coils into bendable creatures or use them as decoration on stuffie creatures that you can make out of felt, yarn, and burlap. Slip your felt shapes onto wire with a few beads and it becomes wearable art!
Day 3: OLD AND NEW TRADITIONS MASH-UP!
Asia has a long tradition of felt making. We will look at traditional felted design from Mongolia and Iran. We will also see how local designers use ancient felting techniques to make modern felt rugs.
Day 4: SPIN YARN AND PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Make a drop spindle and learn the ancient art of hand-spinning yarn. Spin with several kinds of fiber: bamboo, silk and even soy. Use the techniques you learned all week and create a container to hold a plant. Use the vessel or rug shapes and embellish with yarn, coils or balls!
Day 5: GALLERY SHOW
Setup our gallery presentation. Put words to your process: What is your favorite part of the project? What would you do differently the next time? What advice would you give another artist trying to use the same materials?
Parents, teachers, staff, and fellow campers get ready to feast your eyes on this incredible display of Soft Sculptures! Students are the tour guides for this gallery exhibit!
Planned Field Trips: San Francisco Zoo, de Young Museum, Parks/Playgrounds
- This course is taught in ENGLISH. Sky Kids reserves the right to change course content.
- Final field trip schedules will be communicated before the start of each camp week.