Thinking about signing up your kiddos for SPARK! Summer Camps but want to know more about what they’ll be learning? Community Engagement Manager, Lori Carey breaks down how kids will be engaged in the creative process during each summer camp program.
Explain what a typical day at SPARK! Summer Camp might look light.
Whether they’re making recycled art or exploring artistic styles and techniques from different cultures – they’ll tap into each “Ation” of the creative process. (Inspiration, Iteration, Collaboration and Innovation.) Not to mention they’ll learn problem solving skills and be encouraged to expand their comfort level on our 6,000-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture.
What are some examples of things from which kids will draw inspiration?
They’ll have access to a “little library” where they can flip through pictures and pages for artistic inspiration. It’s also pretty hard not to be inspired by our fully-immersive creative environment. Every day our instructors will work hard to encourage kids to reflect on their own experiences as sources of inspiration. The more experiences they have at SPARK! the more inspired they’ll be and as the week progresses they’ll be more and more comfortable in expressing their creativity.
What types of activities are geared towards helping them diminish the fear of failure?
First of all, we don’t pick winners. Kids will work together, but never against one another. It’s definetly a self-pace program. During week six (Paint it BIG/Colorful Creatures) there is a major focus on how iteration plays a role in the creative process from start to finish. Kids will start with a blank slate as they work to develop their own original ideas in both painting and sculpture form. Because it’s instructor-lead, kids will constantly be encouraged to develop their own ideas rather than competing against their peers.
How will they experience collaboration?
Kids will be working on teams with other campers to collaborate on several projects. They’ll also be collaborating when they play on the Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture. It’s really neat to watch. You see them encourage each other to overcome fears, try new things and take risks.
What is the mission of SPARK! Summer Camps?
We want kids to leave with an understanding of how Inspiration, Iteration and Collaboration lead to Innovation, and that being innovative means they’ll be able to come up with brand new ideas at home and in school!
SPARK! Summer Camps run from 9am–4pm, June 6–August 5 in weeklong sessions. Camps are for ages 7–10 and 11–14. Visit sparkdallas.org/summercamps for more information and to register. Early bird registration is open until April 31.