Week 1 – The Journey Begins

Salom! This week campers have learned that “salom” is one way to say “hi” along the many trades routes through out Central Asia. No matter how this word is spelled or the particular language the spelling and sounds are from, everyone understands its meaning – connection! Art Camp […]

Springful Joy Recap!

This past Spring Break Camp we embraced The Empty Pot (a Chinese fairy tale), the Spring Equinox, and all its joy from lengthening days of light to seeds sprouting into all kinds of lovely and joyous communities. Animating stories, songs, movement, mindfulness practice, and wishing strips for The Coat of […]

SPRING BREAK CAMP 2018

BLOSSOM WITH CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY, & JOY! Celebrate the renewal of the earth this spring with a story about growth and integrity  known in China as “The Empty Pot.” Art projects using up-cycled materials for projects in fibre arts, ceramics, theatre & storytelling, and visual arts will grow and […]

WINTER PEACE CAMP 2017

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”   – Thich Nhat Hanh SHARING COMPASSION WITH COMMUNITY Universal stories of compassion in action lead the way into welcoming, discovering, and celebrating the many ways we can cultivate peace and loving kindness, individually and together. Alongside […]

week 7 has begun!

    terday returning campers recalled, and shared with new campers, the many things we do at Art Camp together each year — make art, listen to stories, dance together, be “dramatic”, sing — lots of singing, and just being together while doing all these things. We sang […]

week 6 – the week of wishes

Thursday and Friday were chock full of Star Festival activity — miniature shoji screens, glass furin, koi ponds, fishing poles, sumi painted scrolls, hanko (stamps with designed and personalized signature), clay olympics, accessories inspired by Japanese streetwear known as “fruits”, polka dotted collages and giant block printing of […]

week 6 – taiko wednesday

    Sashiko literally means “little stabs” and is a kind of embroidery campers have been learning in the fibre arts studio. Taiko is the word for “drum” and Portland Taiko graced Art Camp today with many kids of Japanese style drums in the Music & Dance Studio […]

tuesday week 6

We started the day with a singing medley of our top morning songs followed by  the beginning of Tanabata, the ancient legend behind the Star Festival celebrated in Sendai (in August according to the lunar calendar). Storyteller Anne introduced us to a set of twins and two stars […]