Here are a few fun projects which can be mixed in and relate to the topics covered in the summer art camp curriculum.
Mini Impressionist/Color Mixing - Have students draw a picture on heavier card stock with washable markers. Fill up the entire page with color. After the drawing is complete, have students use a tooth brush dipped in water or spray bottle to get their drawings wet, just until colors begin to run. Lay flat and let dry.
Animal Pinata - Using balloons, newspaper strips, flour, cardboard and paint, students will create a pinata of an animal, fish, or reptile. They build the pinata with the newspaper strips and when it's dry, use cardboard to create appendages like ears and teeth. Students can paint and use other materials like streamers, feathers, glitter, etc. to decorate.
Tangle Texture Drawings - Using a black pen, Sharpie, or ink, students will draw a continuous line that fills the paper, weaving in and out across the page. They will create separate sections with interesting shapes and fill the sections with patterns of lines, shapes, or both. Students should try to fill each section with a unique pattern. Color can be added.
Scratchboard Drawings from Scratch - Students will use oil pastels to fill an entire page of heavy cardstock paper with blobs of varying color. When their paper is filled, they will paint over the surface with acrylic paint. When the paint dries students can use toothpicks or skewers to scratch in a design. This is a great summer art camp lesson to practice texture or to draw a still life or leaves.