Every year at the Amazing Arts Race summer camp we explore world cultures, art forms, dance, and team building challenges. This year was no exception, though we went big for 2021: murals! We studied various types of wall paintings/installations with our campers, from Neolithic cave paintings to projected silhouette portraits, and street installations to pixel art. Here are some of the creative, amazing pieces by our campers this year...
Inspired by recently-discovered Neolithic paintings in Colombia's Amazon and Indonesia, as well as the Lascaux cave paintings, our teams used earth-toned pastels and some very painty hands to imagine the daily activities and dramas that ancient peoples might have witnessed.
Silhouette Portrait Mural
For this mural campers worked in teams to project and draw each other's silhouettes onto canvas and paper. The hardest part was keeping still while someone drew your shadow! Those silhouettes were then defined on an 18-foot canvas and inpainted, with some select color accents added. Each silhouette definitely captures the personality of each artist!
"Street" art installations
Taking inspiration from the works of Banksy and other street art, campers were tasked with developing an installation somewhere in our Fine Arts Center. After finding a location that sparked their imagination, campers came up with their own designs, which camp leaders helped cut out and spray paint. Here are some of their genius ideas!
There's something ironic in thinking of a large art form like a mural as a set of enlarged pixels, those tiny digital dots that we see by the billions every day but never notice. Campers took to the challenge with relish, and worked in amazingly efficient teams of 5-6 to complete these pixelated animals and characters.