Adios Mexico and later will be greater Trinidad because we have to say olá Brazil (or oi as we say to our friends)! That's right boys and girls... the language of Brazil is Portuguese, not Spanish! There are lots of fun facts about this amazing home of the Amazon so we took a look at a little video to help us launch into our discussion and get us all familiar with this new territory!
For our art project I turned to iconic Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto! Britto is from Recife Brazil and his art has taken the world by storm! His style is extremely recognizable and many different companies have commissioned him to create pieces for their various brands. The Imaginators looked at a few examples of his work (featured below) and then I explained that they will be creating their very own Britto-inspired pencil cases as their souvenir from our Brazil 'trip'!
I even found a Britto dress which of course I knew I had to buy and wear today so the campers could have a good example of his work! Forgive the goofy pose folks... I am by no stretch of the imagination a model :/
I chose a project where they could have an actual useful take-away and not something purely ornamental because a lot of Britto's work is on items that we use or placed in large public spaces! They were all eager to get down to designing their pencil cases. The older campers drew everything from scratch and made their own designs. The younger kiddos got pre-drawn center images for them to colour and they added Britto-style shapes in the sections provided.
Take a look at them in action and how they turned out!
Check out what they did at The Reading Garden.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)