Creative Expression at Arts & Crafts
Tawonga encourages campers to embrace their individuality through creative expression. Just past the Farm on the southwestern side of Camp, the A&C (Arts and Crafts) space is a creative refuge – a converted garage with wall-to-wall murals painted by A&C staff throughout the ages.
The staff at A&C provide campers with a variety of activities that foster their unique imaginations. At Camp, we emphasize the process of creating rather than the end product. It is important campers don’t feel they have to be “artistic” to create things!
From sculpting clay on the pottery wheels and tie dying t-shirts, to collaging with old magazines, beading jewelry or dipping homemade candles, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
This morning, Arts and Crafts staff member Bea led a Project Runway block with campers in G-7. The cabin split into two teams to complete an unconventional materials challenge, making outfits from an assortment of crafting supplies: tissue paper, pipe cleaners, string and more! The teams worked to create an outfit that was not only stylish but that also made them feel confident.
After finishing their pieces, the whole bunk made a makeshift runway outside where the models catwalked down, showing off their designs. Even one of the camper’s water bottles got a makeover – tissue paper, gold crown and all!
Meanwhile, Chalutzim girls tie dyed shirts with their bunk. Campers scrunched and wrapped their white t-shirts to create designs (spiral, burst, etc.) and applied the colored dyes of their choice. The fun in tie-dye is that there’s no “right” way to make one. Each design is unique to the person.
Campers can literally “take Tawonga home with them” in the form of these fun, creative crafts. These small tokens remind them of their amazing summer at Camp and to keep expressing themselves creatively as often as possible.
Enjoy today’s gallery of campers showing off their artsy side!