Last week Sydney had her long awaited Art Extraordinaire Camp at the local private school, The Alexander Dawson School. She can’t decide if she wants to be a dancer, singer or artist when she grows up so she was hoping this might help the decision. Just for background, the Dawson Academy runs a mere $18,650 for the K-12 annual tuition. So we told her to learn a lot about art over the week but don’t like the school too much.
Of course each day was filled with various art projects including pottery, pastels, and several painting techniques including landscapes and self portraits. They also had lots of play time and swim lessons in their own private swimming pool. At the end of the day she would come home and tell me all about the awesome food choices in the cafeteria. She could choose from a salad bar, soup bar, hot lunch, sandwich bar, and all sorts of fruits. Apparently her teachers were always amazed by how much she could eat.
On the last day of camp the parents were invited to the art cabin for an art show. Sydney did a great job on her projects. My favorite was her self portrait. The teachers did a great job at teaching the kids how to first sketch their ideas in the notebook before moving on to the canvas. It taught Sydney to slow down and really think about her creations before she rushed into them too much. So, according to Sydney this was her favorite camp of the summer. And she came home with about a dozen great new masterpieces.
Oh, and on the drive home I would routinely ask Sydney about her new friends. She would tell me all about Daniel or Max or Drew. Noticing the trend I simply said “wow you really like to play with the boys now don’t you.” Her response, “Well duh Mom. I need to get myself a boyfriend but I’m still trying to figure out who I should pick.” Kill me now!