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It was quite the busy Saturday at Appel Farm today! Painters were practicing pointillism and made even more self-portraits. Campers in ceramics were helping each other trim their pots and cups to avoid having excess clay. Our guitar students were learning new chords, our dancers new moves and choreography. In one of our improve classes they played a game called “Help Desk”, where every person has to go around and ask the same question but embody a completely new character than has been done before, and it was hilarious to watch and even participate in!


It’s department trip day here at Appel Farm! All of our campers were out and about learning, and having new experiences! Our music department headed to Bridgeton, New Jersey and performed at the farmer’s market and brought joy to so many people passing by! Our photography department headed to Philadelphia and did a photo scavenger hunt at Penn’s landing. Sports and Swim headed to Parvin State Park and went on a huge canoeing adventure! Our 2D art’s program also went to Philadelphia, but they went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and got to take in so many incredible works.


Things are in full swing at camp 4 days in to our second session! In the Art Barn, painting and drawing classes were finishing their self-portraits. Multimedia/screen printing made printing boards, while ceramics began throwing their first pots! Comics worked on perspective of their characters, and our campers studying sculpture worked on their wire based animals. The recording arts trailer was full of campers mixing music and sounds for their first time on a computer. Our photo students got a darkroom lesson and practiced put film on to a reel!


Self Portrait Appreciation Blog Post! I assume the majority of you all have an idea of an image in your head when you hear the word #selfie of young people pulling and pushing their faces in to strange shapes for a picture of themselves to get a few laughs. But the term has much more artistic and personal meaning to it than a catchy song on the radio or a mobile phone application ridden with “hashtags” … Or as I learned them, the pound key, “#”.


Today was a very busy day at camp! Everyone is beginning to settle in to our new schedules and enjoying their classes. All of our campers, who were strangers two days ago, are now friends. A few of our Southies at lunch alerted me that they are “BFFL”s now, not just friends. (Best friends for life) 


It’s our first full day of camp for Session II and everything is going splendidly! Majors and minors consisted of introduction games and bonding activities and even talent shares! The photo department played a name-game with yarn that involved memorizing each other’s names. 2D art had to untangle a knot created from all of the campers latching hands. Sculpture captured their spirit animal in the form of Styrofoam sculpting peanuts and gave incredible explanations for why they chose which animal to represent them.


It’s the arrival day for Session II of Appel Farm Arts and Music Camp 2014  and we are so excited you all have chosen to have campers here with us! The first day  is always full of so many things; campers arriving and checking in, meeting counselors and bunkmates and signing up for classes. Everyone was making new friends, and some were reuniting with old ones while taking their tours of camp. We ate our first meal together, spent some time bonding with our bunk areas and then headed to our theatre for our Welcome Extravaganza!


Today is our last full day of summer camp for session 1 and it’s full of performances, art shows and memories! Our morning was full of shows “teching” in our theatre and a bit of free time. Then we progressed on to view the Photography, Ceramics and 2D/3D art exhibitions. It’s truly amazing to see the work that our campers can produce in this short amount of time!


The morning here was different than most other days as we didn’t have majors or minors but we were either preparing for our 4 week showcase or having a bit of free time to relax after 4 very busy weeks. While here at camp we may have missed on the majority of the FIFA World Cup, we held our very own soccer or Futbol game here in our field. It was the Internationals versus the Americans, and what a game it was! For the first time ever, the Americans beat the Internationals with a score of 3-1. Right after the game, we had a shaving cream fight in the same field!


While it may have been a lazy dreary day outside, inside department rooms and classrooms kids were rushing to prepare and perfect everything for the last few days of our showcase. But a few of our campers braved the rain to have a little fun outside during free times!

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