Murals ‘Round the World
The Amazing Arts Race summer camp is a cross-cultural arts-based curriculum that “travels” throughout various global cultures to experience visual arts, dance, theater, and other traditions while building teamwork with group challenges and physical activities. This is a two-week summer camp for children ages 7-10 co-organized with Girls First afterschool program of Norristown. Campers will work individually and collaboratively on short and long-term art projects and a dance performance, which will culminate in an exhibit and presentation on the last day of camp. In 2021, our socially-distanced camp will be more spread out in the art center, take more advantage of our natural surroundings and base our art activities around murals of the world.
Ages: 7 to 10
Location: Fine Arts Center at the Blue Bell Campus
Dates: July 12-23
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will my child learn from this experience?
- Develop an appreciation of and confidence in creative self-expression
- Gain awareness of global cultures and exposure to diversity of art
- Gain proficiency communicating an original idea through various artistic media
- Create collaboratively with other participants
- Develop an understanding of the effects and use of technology in the arts and as a form of expression
- Grow and sustain friendships by demonstrating behaviors that reflect kindness and respect for ourselves, each other, and the environment
What will be my child's schedule?
|9-9:30 a.m.||Community campers arrive and get ready for the day’s activities|
|9:30 a.m.||Introduction to the day’s lesson, break into pre-assigned groups|
|10-11 a.m.||Cohort 1 works on art lesson; Cohort 2 begins dance lesson|
|11 a.m. to noon||Switch cohorts|
|Noon to 1:20 p.m.||Lunch and free time|
|1:30-2:30 p.m.||Team challenge|
|2:30 p.m.||Girls First dismissal|
|2:30-4:30 p.m.||Campus field trips and games for community participants|
|4:30 p.m.||Dismissal at Fine Arts Center|
Will my child be outside during the day?
Will you take any field trips?
Yes! This year we will take a field trip to Philadelphia by bus on July 16. We will visit Isaiah Zagar’s amazing mural installations at Magic Gardens on South Street and have fun at Smith Playground in Fairmount Park! The tentative schedule is below:
|9 a.m.||Community campers arrive|
|9:30 a.m.||Girls First campers arrive. Morning snack for all.|
|10 a.m.||Board bus to drive to Magic Gardens|
|11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.||Tour Magic Gardens|
|12:30 p.m.||Board bus for Smith Playground|
|1:30-3 p.m.||Lunch and playtime at Smith|
|3 p.m.||Depart for Montco|
|4 p.m.||Arrive at Fine Arts Center|
|4-4:30 p.m.||Girls First campers board their bus; other campers dismissed at 4:30 p.m.|
What should I pack for my child?
- At least 2 clean face masks: one to wear, one for backup (we will also have extra masks on hand)
- Please pack your camper a lunch and snacks. A refrigerator is available
- Your creativity and sense of adventure
- Clothing that is comfortable, cool, and can withstand messy art and outdoor activities (we strongly recommend providing a smock or apron for your camper)
- Sneakers or other closed-toed shoes (please no flip flops or sandals)
- Books and sketch pads for quiet moments
- Prescribed EpiPens and inhalers
- You are welcome to send bug repellent and sunscreen, but children must be able to self-administer it if needed
Do not bring:
- Electronics (phones, iPads, gaming devices)
- Valuables (jewelry, toys)
What time can I drop my child off? Do you have a late pick-up policy?
Drop off is between 9-9:30 a.m. Please do not bring your child earlier before 9 a.m. as supervision will not be provided.
Arrangements should be made for children to be picked up promptly at 4:30 p.m. A late fee will be assessed in 15 minute increments thereafter.
What is the camper-to-teacher ratio?
Campers will be divided into teams of 10 children. With our 3-4 group leaders our ratio is about 1:5.
What qualifications does your teacher possess?
Girls First and Montco began the Amazing Arts Race summer camp in 2018. Our camp leaders are experienced teachers and practicing artists; all having received or are working through degrees in their chosen art fields. Girls First Director of Education Amy Grebe has overseen dozens of summer camps for hundreds of children. Galleries Director Patrick Rodgers has worked as a museum educator and has experience running summer camps at Montco. All adults participating in the camp experience are in possession of current background clearances.