This year’s Camp Blue Sky at State Fair Community College challenged the creative side of young campers with an exploration into the literary, visual and performance arts from Asia.
During a class on decorating plates, Joey Weller, 12, dismisses using bright colors and other large picturesque symbols and instead concentrates on a small repetitive pattern to adorn his plate. He said he will decorate the center with a Chinese design.
Zach Allison, 12, takes his inspiration for a puppet from the animated movie "9" to create the head of one of the characters.
This year’s Camp Blue Sky at State Fair Community College challenged the creative side of young campers with an exploration into the literary, visual and performance arts from Asia. Chelsea Smith forms the head of what she says will be a Japanese sumo wrestler during a puppetry class taught by Jeremy Fry, a reading teacher at the Sedalia Middle School. The students use an inflated balloon as a starting point to fashion a head. Later the kids will paint the heads and add papier mâché hands and a fabric costume to a wire armature to complete the project.
Camp Blue Sky student counselor Ragin Dillon, left, helps Emilee Simon, 9, diagram a memory diamond. The students had three minutes to complete the exercise. In the background is Chloe Buckley.
Camp Blue Sky staff member Sherri Osborn helps Preston Carr, 14, smooth the wet surface of a papier mâché head that Carr will transform into the head of a tiger.
Pettis County children’s author Vicki Grove shows kids one of her methods for brainstorming for past experiences, which could be described through feelings, hearing, seeing, smelling or tasting. She starts by creating a diagram on paper, which she calls the “memory diamond.” The children will use this material to create a haiku, a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, Grove said.