Summer Camp Anywhere
Summer Camp Anywhere took place over the course of a week in August, 2020. Each day that week, we posted an activity, prompt, or video. The activities ranged from hands-on art-making projects inspired by Storm King’s exhibitions and permanent collection, to explorations of your local landscape, to an introduction to some fundamental outdoor skills. All of that content is available here and we hope you will follow along, create, and explore in a way that is most meaningful to you. Visit and revisit this page at your convenience and share your creations on Instagram @stormkingartcenter or send directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTINUING YOUR SCIENCE JOURNAL
Even though our week together has ended, we encourage you to keep using your science journal. Challenge yourself to fill all of the pages. Experiment with lots of different materials and bring your journal along with you on a walk, hike, trip to the beach, or even in the car. Download the instructional PDF for tips on continuing your science journal. And be sure to send us photos of your journals or artwork!
DAY FIVE: DRAWING / TRACING THE SUN
Use your senses and powers of investigation to learn about the sun’s path. Follow Evan’s instructions as he sets up sticks, string, and even rock cairns to measure the movement of the sun. Hannah shows us another way to capture the sun’s path over the course of a day using a flat surface, paper, tape, and a drawing utensil. Watch her draw the shadows and capture time on paper. You can also download the instructional PDF here.
DAY FOUR: TREE / LEAF ID
Gather leaves and make sketches in your journal. Learn about the different parts of a leaf and try to identify from what kind of tree it might have come from. Download the instructional PDF and watch the video.
DAY FOUR: MAKING PHOTOS WITH THE SUN
Download the instructional PDF and follow along with Hannah’s instructions for making your own cyanotype flag or anthotype. Gather materials from your home or neighborhood (or use some of the leaves that you collected for Tree ID) and make prints without a camera!
DAY THREE: KNOT-TYING
Watch the video and download the instructional PDF to learn how to tie three basic knots: square knot, bowline, and clove hitch. Use these knots to create a sculpture, fort, or tripod using sticks and branches.
DAY THREE: NATURE MOBILES
Download the instructional PDF and watch Storm King Educator Rebecca show you how to create a nature mobile. Collect your natural objects from a nearby hiking trail, pond or river, or in your own backyard, and create an artwork that moves in the wind.
DAY TWO: ORIENTEERING
Follow along as Evan demonstrates how to use a compass in this video and instructional PDF. Use your compass to create your own map of what’s outside your front door.
DAY TWO: CLAIMING YOUR VIEW
Learn about artist John Knight’s conceptual artwork, 87º, and make your own viewfinder. Download the instructional PDF for tips on how to make a few different kinds of viewfinders and use Rebecca’s prompts and questions to claim your own viewpoint.
DAY ONE: HOW TO KEEP A SCIENCE JOURNAL
Download the instructional PDF for tips on how to document and record your observations of the natural world. Watch camp instructor Evan investigate a flower from his garden and record what he finds in his science journal.
DAY ONE: WHAT DOES A STONE THINK ABOUT?
Download the instructional PDF and uncover the rocks and stones wherever you are. Taking inspiration from the current exhibition Outlooks: Martha Tuttle, Storm King Educator Hannah leads you through exercises in observation, sketching, writing, and cairn-making.