Art Escape

ART. The word might make you think of hushed museums lined with Very Serious Paintings, or baffling splashes of color that look like something your little brother brought home from preschool. But the truth is, creating art is one of our most basic human instincts, and despite art's fancy-schmancy reputation, anybody can make it—including you!

This week at Camp Kinda, we'll explore why art is such a huge part of cultures throughout history, get a fresh look at some artists you think you know already, and check out a few artists and types of art you probably don't. You'll learn about the connection between art and other subjects like science, create your own watercolors, explore some of the most colorful and unique places in the world, and have fun making art out of things you never would have expected.

Support your local artists! The murals and other images that appear in this week's preview video are courtesy of B-Mike, Studio Be, BeLite and other incredible artists of the New Orleans community. Click here to learn more about Studio Be, and support creative people in your own community by visiting local galleries and studios, donating to arts organizations, and getting to know your local artists.

what you’ll need

  • Your Camp Kinda toolkit
  • Warm water
  • Bowls or containers
  • A spoon
  • Colorful spices or berries
  • A paintbrush or Q-tip
  • Natural materials like leaves, sticks, flowers, dried beans, etc.
  • Small found objects like paperclips, popcorn, coins, pen caps, etc.
  • Safe objects for an obstacle course (pillows, blankets, ropes, etc.)
  • Clothing and objects to recreate a famous masterpiece (whatever you've got!)
  • A phone or tablet with a camera
  • Someone to take a picture of you (optional)
  • A large, interestingly shaped object
  • A strong light source (sun or lamp)

weekly family activity

Have fun making art (kinda) with the whole family with a game of Pictionary. You'll need paper, something to draw with, a timer, and the Pictionary Word Generator. If you have two people, take turns using the Word Generator to generate a random word and draw that word in one minute or less. The other person will try to guess the word before the timer goes off. If you have more than two people, break yourselves up into two teams and take turns drawing and guessing. With teams, only the people on your team should guess your word for a point.

Remember, you can't use any letters or numbers in your drawings and you can't make any sounds or gestures to give your partner hints. Use your creativity to draw your word and have fun with it!

this week’s content builder:

Libby Minshall

Libby Minshall is originally from Little Rock, AR and now lives in New Orleans, LA. She has taught Visual Arts for five years and majored in Painting at the University of Arkansas.

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