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Summer Camp Samuel -S3

Collage Art

This week my campers were given the creative challenge to design a collage tissue box. Collages are art that is comprised of differnt materials such as, newspaper and magazine clippings, material, or ribbon, that is added to a flat surface to form a new piece of art. The idea for this project came from my mom who did a similar project using elbow maccoroni with her Scouts many years ago. Today, I revamped it by expanding the materials from just pasta to anything small that could fit on box.

To begin this project, each child brought in their own tissue boxes. I provided each table with an assortment of small items that included, pasta, mixed sizes of buttons, ponytail beads, beads, and letter pieces, puzzle and Lego pieces, small toys, bark ribbon and small polymer clay pieces that I had on hand.

Each camper was allowed the creative freedom to design their own boxes. There were no right or wrong decisions. No two tissue boxes were alike. Some campers chose a more scattered design, while others were more precise in their selection of items and placed these items in a pattern or design.

After each tissue box was throughly dried, I spray painted each with a metallic gold or silver. Some tissue boxes, especially if they had a lot of ponytail beads, required more coats of paint than the plain maccoroni tissue boxes.

The campers and their parents were extremely impressed with the results of the tissue boxes. The concept of the end result was hard for some campers to foresee, but I think the awe and delight on their faces made me happy and remember why I enjoy teaching.

If you decide to make this project with your campers or kids, please share the picture with my page, and if you reblog please send them here. Enjoy!



Summer Samuel Craft Camp – 01

Summer Samuel Craft Camp – 01

Project 1: Extra Soft Pastels on Black Paper

Each Thursday during the summer months, I am hosting weekly crafting classes. My campers range from the ages of 5 to 9 and includes both girls and boys. My first activity taught the campers how to draw and use soft chalk pastels.

Picture drawn by 8 y/o camper. Dried, glittered and sealed with acrylic sealer.

  • Extra Soft Pastels (I used Hardtmuth brand)
  • Black drawing paper
  • White glue
  • Glitter glue
  • Twinklets Diamond Dust – optional
  • Adhesive spray glue
  • Plaid Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer

Age 13, picture still wet


The campers were asked to pick 3 colors from the chalks. By using three colors, the campers were able to isolate their design choices while keeping the picture simple. This exercise taught the campers about the color wheel and utilizing contrasting and/or complimentary colors.

Age 5


Step 1:
  • Draw simple picture.
  • Fill with pastel colors.
  • Add glue, glitter glue or puffy paint.
  • Let dry.
  • Optional- spray with adhesive glue and sprinkle on Twinkle Diamond Dust or glitter. Shake excess off.
  • Spray sheets with Acrylic Sealer. This keeps the chalk from fading or coming off the paper.


Summer Colors

Oil patel drawing from art journal

The Summer was great, probably my best one in years. It was bright and filled with vivid colors. This was my first summer that did not require summer classes so on the good days, we had a lot of fun. I have always like the summer. The summer heat feels great on my body and I don’t feel sick. I feel like I can conquer the world.

My daughter and I had a lot of bonding time this summer, and it was actually not too bad. This gave us time to better understand each other, our moods and tempers. Most of all this summer gave us time to just talk to each and understand how to communicate with each other. Of course there were the disagreements, her not washing the dishes, leaving her clothes on the bed, you know the normal stuff. I’m sure if you asked her a similar question, I am sure she would have an equal list of complaints. A great example of our disagreements, occurred one summer morning when we missed the bus to take my daughter to her summer theater arts camp at the college. I told my 11 y/o to go to the bus stop and I would meet her there. Five minutes later, I see the bus pass, she was crying and I was yelling. When I thought about it, my daughter did follow my directions. I did not give her directions of what if the bus came or what to tell the bus driver. I get angry with her for what I think she should of done, for her acting childish and a host of other things. I forget that she is only 11 y/o and not me when I was younger (something I will talk about in another blog).

I think I need to relocate to a warmer climate, so I can be invincible all year long.