Summer Community Project
Children's Community Art Program/Curiosities: Wonders in the Garden
For six years, Woodmere’s Summer Arts Community Program has collaborated with children from differing ages, ethnicities and neighborhoods to construct a major work of art.
2015 – Trees and Forest Dwellers: Enchanted Lands and Creatures
Every summer, kids from different neighborhoods meet at Woodmere to celebrate art and community. This year’s theme will come alive as students design and construct imaginary trees and forest creatures. Projects will be inspired by enchanted forests such as the Hundred-Acre Wood of Winnie the Pooh, the lands of Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings, the forests of the Brothers Grimm, the “Forbidden Forest” of The Princess Bride, and others. The finished artworks will be installed in Woodmere’s Children’s Garden. Woodmere is grateful to the generous supporters who have helped underwrite expenses for this program.
2014 – Kids in Toyland
Every summer, children from different neighborhoods meet at Woodmere to celebrate art and community. In keeping with this year’s theme, Kids in Toyland, we’ll design and construct oversize alphabet blocks, a magical hopscotch grid, and more. The finished artwork will be installed in the Museum’s Children’s Garden, adjacent to the George D. Widener studio building. Woodmere is grateful to generous supporters who have helped underwrite the expenses for this program.
2013 – Fanciful Tales
The project is organized into four weekly programs that use diverse materials to interpret a variety of Fanciful Tales. Each week, a new story will be the genesis of a collaborative project culminating in unique outdoor sculptures that will be installed in Woodmere’s Children’s Garden.
The following describes each week’s focus:
Week 1: July 8-12: Alice in Wonderland will inspire a massive deck of cards
Week 2: July 15-19: Giant plants and flowers from Gulliver’s Travels
Week 3: July 29-August 2: E.S. Nesbit’s The Book of Dragons, will inspire an enchanted book in huge proportions
Woodmere is grateful to generous supporters who have helped underwrite the expenses for this program. To apply for this program, contact the Education Department at 215-247-0948.
2012 – Between Earth and Sky: Roots, Wings, and Other Things
Woodmere offers opportunities for children with an aptitude for and interest in art to work alongside artists in a real studio setting to create amazing installations. Children will design and build a major outdoor sculptural installation that will be incorporated into Woodmere’s Children’s Garden. This year’s theme will allow our young artists to make art inspired by the elements of earth and air. To apply, contact the Education Department at 215-247-0948.
2011 – Monsters, Myths, and Magic
The 2011 project Monsters, Myths, and Magic brought together 29 children and young adults, ages 8-22, for two weeks, to create mythical creatures and monsters. Under the direction of Woodmere educator and artist Hildy Tow students designed and built fanciful wooden creatures, a giant bird’s nest, jeweled stepping stones, birds, birdhouses and butterflies, all installed amongst the flower beds in the Children’s Garden.