Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The "Art and History of Treasure Island" Exhibit
We are so proud of what the children accomplished in just a few short days that we post their final works here.
How can children today best appreciate museums, history, and the heritage-rich world around them? One approach is to make it relevant to them and to the stories that matter to them.
My approach this year to island history was not only to expose the campers to many artifacts at the museum, historic sites on the island, and the life histories of our elders, but to allow them to express their place in it artistically.
On Monday, they learned that museums were once called “treasure houses” and that artifacts are a form of treasure that takes many forms – sea glass, sea pottery (old crockery), scraps of newspapers and maps, postcards, and so on. Throughout the week they identified what they consider to be treasures on the island. They incorporated some of these treasures in their collages.
The campers first produced a “practice collage” where they learned vocabulary such as “collage,” “focal point,” “composition,” and “background.” After mastering a practice collage, they produced a final one using sand paper that they created from island sand. They also chose background papers, some of which they created using crayons and pastels, to represent the Fifth Maine’s garden.