Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
Teaching a fiber lesson to five, six and seven year old boys and girls in art camp is a miracle happening in motion. Children at this young age, especially five generally don't want to be given a sharp needle. I'm thankful for plastic. If teaching a class of 25 students, do not attempt threading even a plastic needle. That is, unless you enjoy wondering where your hair has gone after the lesson is over.
In Nature Art Camp, Julia created over a dozen miniature forts in the forest floor through out the Blue Mountain School grounds. Julia's forts included small details like tiny camp fires: a circle made of tiny stones with small sticks stacked teepee style in the center. Little sleeping areas were detailed with cots made of sticks and leaves and leaf blankets. Some of the forts had canopies with leaf roofs and posts to hold them up.
Since writing this article I learned that Julia's grandfather, who she was staying with for the week, is a very prolific artist himself. Charlie Brouwer lives in Floyd, Va. and is most likely a huge influence on his grandchild. Julia told me that before camp she and her grandmother and father sat down and looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy.
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.