Sensory Hike - Environmental Painting with Gabrielle Rosenbacher and Eleanor Reagan
Tuesday, June 20 2017
Being able to participate in the children's camp at Bread and Butter Farm was incredibly rewarding. Since it was artisans week at camp, us interns were able to lead a creative exercise with the kids. We decided to lead a sensory hike that included aspects of environmental art. This would engage the kids by taking them on a small hike while concentrating on our sense of place. Using earth paint as the only medium for expression, we asked the kids to isolate a sense and observe all they can with the remaining senses. The goal of this activity was to get the kids thinking about not only being present but also being able to communicate their experience in the environment with a creative, artistic medium.
As our hour-long activity was approaching, so was a large storm. Fortunately, the leaders at Bread and Butter were prepared, so the activity was moved to inside the barn. Although we couldn’t go on a hike, we were able to have a storm passing which seemed to be an inspiration as it was strongly portrayed in the children's artwork.
Being able to share this activity with 7 to 10 year old kids was inspiring in itself. Hopefully we will be able to lead this activity at camp once a week!