HBMH Summer Camp 6: Natural, Environmentlly-Friendly Art

Our primary friends are thoroughly enjoying this week’s new Summer Camp 6 theme “Discovering and Creating Natural Art Projects: Good Earth Art“. Several friends are using their creativity to make natural art by incorporating items such as rocks, leaves, sticks, and other environmental resources. Our hope is that they will learn to recycle and use natural materials for art, while developing an awareness of the environment and a caring attitude towards the earth.

Our camp themes were designed to feature creative hands-on activities that build skills, bodies, and excitement. We offer an environment that fits the needs and interests of all our children, incorporating Montessori principles that foster independence and freedom with responsibility. I’m hoping to update our blog all summer long to show the children as they progress through the different themes.
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Nature collages made with items found in our outdoor environmentGood Earth Art_10Hand-made stained glass mobiles created from twigs, leaves, grass, flowers and other items gathered from outside. Of course, these were gathered after they had fallen to the ground and were no longer a part of the plant/tree. Remember, nature stays in nature!
Good Earth Art_8Good Earth Art_9Natural “ice paint” art! We added a few drops of paint to an ice cube tray, placed popsicle sticks into each ice cube and put in the freezer overnight. The results were pretty cool! (pun intended) 
Good Earth Art_3Good Earth Art_1Good Earth Art_4Leaf tracing was a great way to draw and compare leaves to the ones found outside.
Good Earth Art_5Sand was also incorporated into many of our art projects. The children absolutely love working with sand as it stimulates their senses in several different ways; touching the soft grains and manipulating different shapes, they’re able to challenge their visual senses as they dig for shells in the sensorial discovery box, or even just enjoying the sound of the soft grains sifting through their fingers. Using glue and sand, we created nature scenes, including flowers, trees, sunshine, and so forth. 
Good Earth Art_2Good Earth Art_6Next week we will be exploring “art appreciation” and discovering new, great artists…stay tuned for updates!

Diwali Celebration

Our primary community celebrated Diwali today, India’s “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is celebrated in many different ways, depending on where one lives. This festival marks the last harvest of the year before winter, and also represents the victory of good over evil.

In our community, we celebrate the Festival of Lights. There is no religious affiliation to the celebration, however we do embrace the culture and historical importance of the holiday itself. Many of our families celebrate this holiday in their homes, in their own personal way. The children read books and look at pictures of the Festival of Lights, light candles, and often times make a symbolic Rangoli, which is a type of folk art from India made of sand, flower petals, etc., and is produced on the floor.

"Diwali works" were added to our art shelf to help celebrate the occasion.

“Diwali works” were added to our art shelf to help celebrate the occasion.

One of our friends brought hand-made candles with a special note to share with all our friends - thank you!

One of our friends brought hand-made candles with a special note to share with all our friends – thank you!

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Ms. Geetha shows everyone how to make their own Rangoli.

Ms. Geetha shows everyone how to make their own Rangoli.

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"Lamp Tracing" was available at the light box. Children could trace and color or paint their new art.

“Lamp Tracing” was available at the light box. Children could trace and color or paint their new art.

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We lit candles around the rangoli to commemorate the "Festival of Lights".

We lit candles around the rangoli to commemorate the “Festival of Lights”.

For a brief look into the history of Diwali, I would invite you to explore the links provided below: