Galileo Summer Quest
This week, campers will make art that dazzles. They’ll experiment with paint mixing, composition and expressive brushstrokes, then learn to wire LEDs through series circuits behind the scenes. They’ll test their painting and circuitry skills on a pair of small pieces, then translate their bright ideas to larger canvases. At the end of the week, they’ll host a gallery show to share their illuminated collections: light-up cards, exploratory paintings and large-scale masterpieces wired with LEDs that light up with the flip of a switch.
Campers will explore the vibrant world of painting and light. They’ll need to be reflective, taking the time to evaluate their progress and carefully wire and light their masterpieces.
Campers will be courageous as they share their ideas for designing Getting-To-Know-You cards. They’ll embrace challenges as they learn how to light up their cards with a basic circuit using wire, tape, a battery and an LED.
Campers will practice being visionary as they create thumbnail compositions for their first painting, coming up with specific and unique images, and developing a color scheme for their painting.
Ask your camper: How did you push yourself to try different ideas? What were some techniques you used to create different compositions?
Campers will begin the day with a gallery walk, observing each other’s work. They’ll need to be collaborative to incorporate at least one new idea inspired by a fellow artist into their own painting.
Campers will practice being determined as they set two different types of goals for themselves: task goals and design goals. They’ll learn how to attach a battery plate and holder to their final canvas, before settling in to manifest their masterpieces.
Ask your camper: How did your goals help you prioritize what to spend time on in your final painting? Did your goals change the way you ended up spending your time?
Campers will be reflective as they stop to evaluate their progress and carefully wire and light their masterpieces. They’ll participate in another gallery walk and reflect on everyone’s work before preparing the studio for their debut opening.
Innovation At Home
- Take your circuitry skills from the canvas and venture into the realm of wearable technology. Check out the guides at Conductive Thread to explore electronics in a new medium.
- Explore an existing passion – or try something new – at DIY.org, an online community for kids to challenge their inner artists, makers, and so much more.
- BAY AREA: Try out an art class at The Crucible in Oakland, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, or All Art Studio in Redwood City.
- SOCAL: Try out an art class at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Paint: Lab in Santa Monica, or The Art Studio in Westminster.
Galileo Innovation Approach
The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.
1. The Innovator's Mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world
I am Visionary
I am Courageous
I am Collaborative
I am Determined
I am Reflective
2. The Innovator’s Knowledge:What Galileo innovators need to understand
Concepts and Facts
Skills and Techniques
Audience and Environment
3. The Innovator’s Process:How Galileo innovators innovate