SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Everson Museum of Art Museum is providing local kids ages 5-12 with an opportunity to learn about different forms of art this week.
The museum offers three different sessions for kids to complete the camp: morning (9 a.m.-noon), afternoon (1:00-4:00 p.m.) or all-day (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.). One class is centered around fabrics, and the other class is focused on mindfulness.
The camp combines teachers who have large amounts of teaching experience at the Syracuse City and Liverpool school districts with experienced artists in the area such as Tina Dillman.
Dillman is teaching the mindfulness class that goes through different themes such as color and what is mindfulness; concepts of joy, happiness and confidence; and kindness, empathy and how to be grateful. Students will have the opportunity to write and also explore the museum.
“Some of the plans include creating journals with students, but then also walking around our gallery spaces and trying to figure out which work of art is really building confidence for students or invoking joy,” said Learning and Engagement Coordinator Shari Merten.
Yoga is incorporated to the mindfulness section of art to provide the kids with perhaps their first yoga experience. The Everson Museum of Art is working with Sky Yoga to accomplish their goals.
The museum incorporates technology into art through the use of iPads as a way of combining the two worlds of through the Adobe Illustrator app.
Creativity is an essential component to art, something that young kids may struggle with at times. However, there are a variety of ways for the kids to embrace their creative side at the camp.
“Art, it’s not just painting,” said Merten. “It’s also dancing, and it’s also creating videos. There’s so much that goes into creativity and our camp really tries to do that.”
While learning about art is important for the kids, Merten added that the kids having fun is the most important part of this week.