The art works made by campers during fine arts at Crestwood ranges from paintings and drawings to sculptures built from materials like cardboard and plaster band.
The subject matter depicted by Crestwood campers reflects their enjoyment of activities at the camp, as well as their personal interests. While making art, campers learned to tune into their own thoughts, powers of observations and persistence or patience following the steps needed to create artworks over time.
In addition to tapping into camper's intrinsic motivation, campers also learned to how ask what do you think about my artwork? This new question replaced their asking do you think this is good?
Responses to what do you think about my artwork included observations like... I see you made a flower, or tree, or your artwork used lots of colors, or you made a realistic looking animal, or your art work makes me feel happy.
These responses were always followed up by asking campers to please tell me about your art work and how does it makes you feel. Invariably campers offered lots of interesting background about the images they made and said their art works made them feel happy. So rather than being encouraged to seek approval, campers learned to ask for feedback and realize the enjoyment of sharing with others their thoughts and feelings about the art making process and the art works they created.
They also learned how to be resourceful, often using found material with which to make art, as well as turning little accidents or mistakes into an opportunity to show follow through and creativity. Congratulations to Crestwood's fine artists:)