Omanut (Arts & Crafts) at Camp Ramah New England

At Check in from our Rosh Omanut Amy! 

We have just started our second half of the first session in
Art.  We are firing the ceramic and
glass kiln as fast as we can load them up and cool them down.   Many silk painted pillows have
been designed, painted and sewn in time for campers to stuff them with fiber
fill before moving on to another choice of activity.  Beads in a rainbow assortment of colors, shapes and sizes
have been strung and wired into bracelets, earrings and necklaces.  Our extraordinary Israeli staff member,
Nitsan, has taught the campers how to cut, layer and arrange glass for
imaginative fusing projects.  These
include pendants, mezuzahs and dangle style earrings.  Campers are busy perfecting their skills on the potter’s
wheel or just having their first taste of forming clay as it spins on the
wheel.  Our clay hand-building
station is always filled with campers busily rolling, pinching and cajoling
clay into mugs, plates, bowls and small animal sculptures.  New this year is a wonderful teacher
working with the campers to soak, dye and weave round and flat reed into
baskets.  It is obvious the campers
are very proud of their completed baskets.  I am very excited to introduce you to our new painting
instructor, Bonnie.  She is a
graphic arts teacher at a local high school and comes to us with years of
experience teaching painting to all age levels.  The campers at her station sit at easels and are learning to
sketch and use acrylic paint.  The focus
of Bonnie’s lessons are on color mixing. 
The campers are sharpening their ability to recognize subtleties between
colors, model and shade with color to infuse their paintings with more realism.

So many exciting things happening in Omanut and we can’t wait to show
them to you on visiting day. 

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