Travel the globe in only five days during Art Around the World Camp! Celebrate each day as we create art pieces that are part of holidays and festivals from five different countries. Using the museum’s We Are Maine multi-cultural exhibit, unique collections and storybooks we will meet Maine families that celebrate these holidays and see examples of the crafts we will create. During our journey we will learn how art can teach us about other cultures and how they are similar and different from our own.
Sail down to Mexico to celebrate Dia de los Muertos and see how art weaves its way into games and food. This is an exciting and meaningful holiday that celebrates all of the loved ones who are no longer with us. We will decorate sugar skulls and start our weeklong project to make our own piñatas!
Our journey continues in Asia, where we discover a whole day devoted to celebrating children—Joyful Children’s Day! We will make carp kites and origami creatures that remind us of the strong people we are growing up to be.
Next, we travel across the ocean to India where we will find a harvest festival called Sankranthi, which is similar to our Thanksgiving. We will make intricate drawings called rangoli and get the opportunity to make our hands a work of art using henna designs.
One of the biggest celebrations we will learn about is China’s Lunar New Year’s Festival. Like the New Year festival we celebrate in the United States, it is a time to get together with family and prepare for a good year ahead. We will create block printed art and calligraphy like what is made and displayed on China’s Lunar New Year’s Festival. We will also make our own red lanterns, which signify good luck in Chinese culture!
Lastly, we travel to the Middle East to celebrate Norooz, the Persian New Year. Get ready to get a little messy as we paint eggs to welcome in the New Year.
Come join us on this exciting adventure as we discover other cultures and the beautiful and fun art that is shared through their special celebrations.