This summer I worked at two different art camps, one at an elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona, and the other at a studio in Dumbo. Each summer, these places host a day camp for kids to make art. At the Awakening Seed School in Phoenix, I worked as a teacher’s assistant, organizing activities and helping a class of 5-year-olds with their art projects. At the AWE studio in Dumbo, I helped kids of all ages with their art projects and the teacher in preparing the studio for each day of classes.
These two service experiences were really memorable and fun, as I got to participate in a side of school and art that I’ve never taken part in before. It was interesting to see what it’s like to handle a large group of children armed with messy art supplies (there’s no escape from the glitter). I learned a lot about dealing with kids and helping them out with their problems, be they art-related or not. It was also great to hang out with kids much younger than me and see their more innocent views on the world.