Like last year, the monkeys kicked off their summer at Kristi Duckworth's studio, Garden Path. As you can see, it's like a dream come true--tons of materials and lots of places to work.
The monkeys were happy to have some of their best buddies there and they also made some new friends. Coincidentally most of their new friends just happen to be the children of some of my old friends, which is pretty cool.
They spent the week drawing, making pottery, doing mosaics, making robots, and all sorts of fun stuff. I thought Satchel's cat--inspired by Ms. Kristi's cat--was exceptional.
And look at this fun drawing.
The wood with his name burned in it was compliments of new friend, Sky. Or maybe it was Imani? Up until the last minute of camp, he was trying to teach everyone how he did it. (When the kids first told me about this trick I didn't believe them!)
I think my favorite craft again this year was the making of the robots from found objects. Jiro and Enrique worked on this one together.
As an added bonus, the kids had a little history lesson while at camp. Before lunch each day they walked down to Nathan Bedford Forrest Park to play and get their wiggles out. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He also served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The fact that we have a park named after him is kind of a big deal, and not really in a good way. Regardless, the park and what Ms. Kristi told them, inspired this picture by Jiro.
As you can see, Santi & Enrique are smacking the KKK in the face, and Jiro is on horseback ready to slice him open with his sword of justice. Ha!
Thanks to Kristi for a great week!
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