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for ages 7 – 9

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2022 Summer Program

The world is an Open Studio

If you want to find yourself, you will have to travel. This week: Five adventures to discover arts, customs and materials of the world....and to make them your own.

Museum Director and Ceramics Curator, Ryan Paxton, will take you to civilization's beginning: hand shaped clay prepared for pit firing. He will add small projects to introduce clay arts from around the world.

Boats are nature's invention. Construct and design mini boats from around the world and experiment with them in our water lab.

Games begin with pieces: bits, checkers, chips, counters, discs, movers, pawns, or stones. Play some traditional games from around the world. Invent your own.

Wood, cloth, paper, clay, found materials, sticks and shells. Every culture has found stuff and tricks to make companions or characters to share and tell stories with. Make one from tradition; one from your imagination.

Inspired by castles in the United Kingdom from the 14th century, design and build your own castle complete with moat, tower, drawbridge and mini catapult. Add knights and horses to make your piece come alive.

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