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RoCA Takes a Voyage this Summer by Antonia Edelstein

As Rockland Center for the Arts commences its artistic journey towards a new and different use of space and time, campers at the Summer Arts Day Camp will begin to discover things about both themselves and their surroundings as artists. The journey begins on the newly cleared nature trail, featuring sculptures from twelve different artists. Campers will explore the trail, while exploring contemporary art and creating their own sculptural installations.

Through individualized instruction with teaching artists, children will learn about places around the world, and in the process explore their own identities as growing artists. With new, integrative activities like art and nature, sculpture, construction and contemporary fine arts, the campers will have the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop exciting, complex works. Some of the projects planned include wood constructions, site specific installations, large scale paintings, ceramic sculptures and cyanotypes. The teaching artists plan to collaborate with one another to present multi-disciplinary art programs that build off of each other.

The performing arts curriculum changes too, as they explore different types of dance and music, and teach children specific techniques to develop as individual performing artists. The guidance of the talented and experienced art instructors will help campers begin their trek through different types of homes and habitats around the world. The campers will work towards creating an innovative fine and performing arts display of both individual and group projects at the new arts festivals, which take place at the completion of each four-week session.

In connection with the theme of exploration of space and time, RoCA has added the concept of ‘adaptable sessions’, where every group will have the opportunity to move to another short activity or art station for the remainder of a given period, or continue working on their projects. The available stations will change weekly and involve crafts like art cards, art journals and lanyard and beads, as well as group-wide games, creative dance and music exploration and rest periods. RoCA expects that younger groups will be able to use this time to break up longer periods and allow for more active or relaxation periods, while older groups will be able to use the time to work more intensively on polishing their projects in the scheduled classes.

RoCA’s new direction is exciting and innovative. With their new additions and changes, children will be able to express themselves more freely and explore their artistic abilities, while working both independently and collaboratively with one another.

Antonia Edelstein has been a part of Rockland Center for the Arts for over 15 years as a camper, a counselor and now as the Assistant Camp Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts and Psychology, and just recently completed her master’s degree in School Psychology. For more information, contact Camp Director, Amy Alinkofsky at 358-0877 x 18 or visit RocklandArtCenter.org.

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