Purls of Wisdom

Art Camp Helps Develop Life Long Skills

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

            People of all skill levels can attend art camp. There are entry-level introduction camps and camps for experienced artists. Whether your camper is new or experienced, they will see the benefits regardless. While art camps are a great place to hone your skills, whether it’s in painting, sewing, or pottery, it is also a great place to develop life long skills outside of the studio. Campers will learn practical skills, test their patience, and learn to appreciate different perspectives.

 

Practical Skills

            Art camp is a great place to practice and improve your skills but the techniques you learn there can also be applied outside of art. Painting at art camps usually focuses on figures and landscapes but now that you have developed an understanding of painting and the use of colors, that might translate to the color you use in your home. While at painting camp, if you find that a certain color makes you happy, that might be a good one to use when painting your house. Sewing camp will also give you the ability to make or fix your own clothes. Most sewing camps teach either hand or machine sewing, if not both. This will give you a creative outlet and an easy way to save money.

 

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Patience

            No art project can be finished in five minutes. It takes a lot of time and patience to complete any art project, whether it is waiting for paint to dry, clay to harden, or ripping out seems in a garment you are sewing. Due to this, art camp is a great place to learn patience. If you want your project to turn out well, you need to give it time to finish so nothing gets smudged, cracked, or when sewing, you can wear it with pride. In this day and age of media gratification, patience you learn in art camp will be applicable for your whole life. Whether it is in work, with your family, or with friends, there will always be times when you need to exercise that patience. Being able to develop patience early on will make it that much easier when you get older.

 

Respect

            One of the great things about art is that it is subjective. Any one piece of art can be interpreted in many different ways and there is no right answer. While, at art camp, most campers will all be making the same project, every project will look different. Even if you don’t understand another person’s project or how it fits the theme, you will understand the effort that it took to make that creation. Each camper spends a lot of time on their projects and deserves to be proud of it when they are finished. Understanding the time and effort that goes into an art piece will give you an appreciation whether you like a style or not. Be respectful of how other people put their own, unique spin on a project even if you don’t agree with it.

 

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            There is so much more to art camp then just coming home with creative projects. While you are in the process of making these, you will learn practical skills, such as painting and sewing that will be useful as you grow up. You will also learn patience and respect, which will benefit you in every part of life, whether its work, family, friends, or hobbies.

 

            The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp that teach kids practical skills that can help them through out life. If you think your child would be interested visit The Handwork Studio website or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

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5 Ways Summer Camp Instills Independence

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important for young children to develop a sense of independence early in their lives. This sense of independence will give them confidence in what they do and the courage to go out on their own to try new things. Summer camp is a great place for children of all ages to become more independent. The new setting they will be in and the new people they will be surrounded by will force them to speak up for him or herself and to make decisions on their own. The sense of independence they develop at summer camp will serve them for the rest of their lives.

 

You’re away from home- either all day or sometimes for weeks

            For a lot of young campers, going to camp is the first time they are away from home. Whether it’s just for the day or if it’s for a few weeks, it is a big adjustment for children. By starting camp at a young age children will be more comfortable being away from home, as they get older. This comfort in new places will allow children to be themselves no matter where they are. It will really benefit them when they are leaving for college. Your child will feel confident beginning a new experience in a new place.

 

You’re with new people

Similar to being in a new place, first time campers will also be surrounded by new people, both campers and counselors. They will learn how to interact with others, make new friends, and how to be civil with people they do not get along with. The last point is extremely useful because all through a person’s life, they maybe faced with people with whom they don’t get along. Being able to be civil and respectful of those people will show a sense of maturity. Surrounding yourself with new people helps instill independence because you have to learn how to communicate with others and be confident that you’ll be able to make new friends.

 

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You have to try new activities

            It’s easy to only do activities that you know you are good at but trying new activities will help you become more independent. For example, if you attend a specialty camp you may get to focus on a skill that you may not be exposed to in a more traditional camp setting. These specialty camps can include machine sewing, theatre, or science. In a traditional camp setting, campers will be going to and from different activities all day. These can include different sports, arts, swimming, and more. Trying new activities will get you comfortable with trying new things later in life. You will meet new people and have to test yourself with these new activities and while it may be daunting at first, trying new activities will help you become more independent, which will benefit you through out your life.

 

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You have to speak up for yourself

            To be independent, you have to be able to get by on your own. An important part of this is being able to speak up for yourself. As young children, we are dependent on our parents to meet our needs. However, at camp, without their support, you have to be able to ask for things yourself. This will ensure that you have what you need and are taken care of, which is important once you are living on your own.

 

You have to make decisions for yourself

            Learning to make smart decisions is an important part of growing up. We are constantly learning from our mistakes and learning what decisions will give us the best outcome. At summer camp, without parents there to help, campers have to make decisions on their own. They can be minor things, such as what you should have for dinner; to larger ones like what is the risk of sneaking out of your bunk. Being able to make your own decision and to tell the difference between right and wrong is an important aspect of independence. It shows that you can be trusted to do the right thing.

 

            If your looking for a great camp experience where your child can become more independent, The Handwork Studio offers a bunch of unique classes where campers learn new and useful skills.

Tags: Summer, Summer Camp, Kids Camp, Sewing, Machine Sewing

Why summer is the perfect opportunity to learn things you don't in school:

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Through out the school year, students are required to follow a set curriculum. They will cover math, english, science, history, art, and P.E. during the day and with afternoons focused on homework, there is little time to dedicate to learning something new. Whether that is sports, arts, theatre, or cooking, in the summer children have the free time needed to devote to life-enriching activities. Summer is a great time for your child to learn things that they don’t have the opportunity to learn during the school year.

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Plenty of Free Time

            Spending the entire day at school and usually a few hours in the afternoon doing homework and participating in a sport, it’s hard to find the time to pick up a new hobby. However, with summer comes a lot of free time that can be dedicated to picking up a new hobby. Besides going to camp during the day, children have the opportunity to take advantage of their free time to pick up a new activity. Whether they are interested in art, cooking, or learning a new language, it is easy to schedule in time either on the Internet, at camp, or in books.

 

Warm Weather Puts You In A Better Mood

            There are many studies that prove good weather improves your mood. So, what better time to learn something new than when you’re feeling good? Trying something new is always nerve-wracking. You don’t know if you will be good at it or if you will like it but with a positive attitude due to the warm weather, you will be more open to giving it a try. This will keep you optimistic when it gets difficult and you get frustrated. Keeping a positive attitude when trying something new is extremely important. It will encourage you to not give up and look on the bright side even when you are feeling discouraged.

 

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Stress Free Environment

            Summer is a time to have fun! There are no tests, quizzes, or homework to worry about so taking the time during the summer to learn something new should be stress free. If you can, get outside to do your new activity. The fresh air will inspire and increase creativity. It is also important to only focus on learning one new thing at a time. Besides the fact that you need to focus on the new activity if you want a genuine understanding of it, multi-tasking is also a big cause of stress. If you take the time to dedicate your focus to one activity at a time, not only will you be better at it, but you will also be able to enjoy it more. Take advantage of your stress free summer by learning a new activity and possibly finding a new passion.

 

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            It’s important to take time during the summer doing something you’re passionate about or to explore a new activity. It can be draining during the school year when you only focus on what you have to, rather than something that excites you. Spend your summer learning something new that you don’t have to opportunity to learn during the school year. The stress free, open schedule, and good weather of summer makes it the perfect time to do so!

 

If your children are not already signed up for a camp, you can look into specialty camps. These camps will focus on one specific activity so that campers can really perfect new skills. The Handwork Studio is a specialty camp with a focus in kids’ needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion. With multiple classes offered through out the summer and school year, The Handwork Studio works to instill a love of handwork arts in your children and teaches them skills that will last a lifetime.

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Why Working At Summer Camp is a Great Place to Learn Leadership Skills

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important for young adults to develop leadership skills before they head off to work or college. These skills will teach them communication skills, to be hard working, dedicated, and able to be assertive in their workplace. One of the best ways to develop these skills is to look into counselor-in-training (CIT) programs at local summer camps. To be a part of the CIT program, you are usually a few years older than the oldest age group at the camp. You will assist the lead and junior counselors with the campers, usually picking up their lunches or taking them to the bathroom or to different activities through out the day. However, the responsibility and assertiveness you must have to be respected in this position will teach you great leadership skills that can be applicable in every stage of life.

 

You are responsible for children

            Although, as a CIT you are not solely in charge of a group of campers, there will be times where you have to take the campers from activity to activity without an older supervisor. Due to this, you need to have a sense of responsibility. You’ll have to know how many campers you have and where they are. Parents and lead counselors are leaving these campers in your care so you need to show that you are responsible enough for this position. Probably the biggest responsibility a CIT will have is their campers’ safety. Since they are in your care, you have to ensure that they are returned to their parents happy and healthy at the end of the day. Once in the workplace, leaders take responsibility for their actions and manage their own time and work.

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You have to set an example for your campers

At camp, you are one of the leaders of the group and due to this, you have to set an example for what is acceptable behavior. Young campers are extremely impressionable and will look to you for clues on how they are meant to act in certain situations. If you are setting a bad example through your language or behavior, they will mimic that. This teaches all CITs to be aware of their surroundings and who is listening. This awareness will be beneficial once you begin working in an office environment. Knowing how to behave in different environments will make you an attractive employee.

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You have to work with others

            In a camp setting, you are constantly surrounded by people, both counselors and campers, who need your attention. This will require you to not only create a balance between where you are needed but also to learn how to communicate effectively. While being in charge of young children, it will be crucial for you to communicate with lead counselors to let them know what you are doing. Lead counselors are in a position of authority, so you cannot speak to them as if they are one of your friends. Learning how to communicate with lead counselors will be good practice for when you have to communicate with your boss. Learning how to differentiate who you are talking whether it’s a supervisors and camper is a valuable skill to have.

            If you are interested in gaining these leadership skills, visit The Handwork Studio’s job listings page to see what is available or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

 

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