As families transition from remote learning to summer vacation,
ArtsQuest is offering them a new way to learn, explore the arts and
“travel” the globe with its weekly Around the World Virtual Summer
Camps. Launching June 15, the Around the World art camps will explore a
different continent and theme each week through hands-on art activities
that can easily be done at home. Australia, North America, South
America, Asia, Europe and Africa will all be on the destination list
during the eight-week summer session.
Camp cost is $100 per week and includes access to all online instruction
and a Take-Home Art Kit that comes complete with supplies and
instructions for creating five arts projects based on the week’s theme.
Students will also connect daily via the ArtsQuest Virtual Cabin online
learning platform to engage with their camp teacher and other campers,
ensuring plenty of social interaction and fun. Each camp week will
include a special Wednesday workshop led by a Banana Factory Teaching
Artist and conclude on a Friday with a Zoom Art Party for students to
share their artwork with families and fellow campers.
To enhance the fun and theme, Banana Factory staff will offer a variety
of resources and other at-home activities children and families can
enjoy, including story times, recipes tied to the countries they are
learning about, scavenger hunts, virtual field trips and art history
lessons. Students’ artwork will also be showcased via a virtual
exhibition on the Banana Factory website.
ArtsQuest is also making its Take-Home Art Kits available “a la carte”
for families who prefer to learn at their own pace. The kit, which costs
$25, includes all supplies, instructions and a link to a video
tutorial. Each kit will provide 1.5 hours of hands-on activity plus
suggestions for extended learning.
Registrations for Banana Factory Virtual Summer Camps can be done online
starting May 26 at www.bananafactory.org
and the camp art kits can be
picked up at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, on the
Friday or Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., before your child’s camp week begins.
Pickup times for a la carte kits are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.