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Spotlight: Art Shack


Art Shack is the perfect place for imagination and exploration here at Catalina Sea Camp. To exert the body in adventures out on the water is one thing – to work out your mind, getting creative and imaginative, is another! Art Shack is a place where Junior Sea Campers can become superheroes and warriors, and where senior sea campers can connect through crafting together.

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At the helm of the Art Shack, and part of this week’s spotlight, is Keira, an instructor truly fit for the ideas that spring from the canvas, construction paper, glitter and paint that find their home on the art Shack’s packed shelves. During the year, Keira is busy working as a costume designer in Massachusetts and New York City, but when summer comes around, she heads to Sea Camp to lead campers in bringing to life their most creative ideas.art k

Art Shack has a long history at Sea Camp, as art has always been a part of camp curriculum. The current Art Shack has been a haven for students on the hill for the past 20 or so years. And in that time, instructors like Keira have been guiding students in their creative endeavors. Every lesson starts with a creative idea, perhaps imagining what superpowers one might choose, or who and what one would defend as a knight in the Middle Ages. What is awesome about Art Shack, though, is the reflective takeaways Keira works into the lessons. Superheroes defend those in harm’s way, and knights represent gallantry and chivalry, and these ideas are turned into food for thought for the campers. Questions can be powerful in these times of reflection. Often these activities spur questions like, “what kind of knight’s ideals do I want to live out in my own life? Who can I defend on a day to day basis?” Or, “what is important to me to work towards in life?” These ideas are massive subjects for anyone to take on, but when they are packaged in the form of a creative activity, campers and counselors alike both have great fun in crafting and take away something deeper.


Art Shack is part and parcel of the balance we strive to seek here at Sea Camp of pushing our bodies to adventure and encouraging our minds to grow. Keira also strives for Art Shack to be a place of reflection and rest in the midst of the packed schedule that encourages campers to make the most of every moment. In doing so, she ensures campers are refreshed and ready to take on new challenges when they step onto the deck of the Art Shack.

We do believe in Neverland!

At Sea Camp, we love to get creative! We delight in imagination! And we celebrate originality! But what do all those words mean? Creativity is the catalyst of everything we construct, from the architecture of our homes, to the gripping stories we immortalize in books and movies, to the unique way we choose to shape our own lives. Creativity is the ability to be inventive – to brainstorm new ideas and bring them to life. The creative world is one free from restrictive rules, full of wonder and strangeness, where anything goes and all you need is a little faith in your own potential. It’s a little like Neverland. And where does the creative spirit come from? It’s hard to say exactly. It’s a mysterious and powerful force, a little like fairy dust. But we do know some ingredients that can help get those creative juices flowing, and the fact that you can find all of them at summer camp – well, it’s a little like magic.

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Neuroscientists have been studying the magic of creativity for a long time. They’ve determined that there are many different ways to be creative: a good creative “insight” – a flash of an original idea – can be planned or spontaneous, and be processed logically, emotionally, or both. They’ve also learned that an inventor needs different types of fuel. First comes inspiration: fresh raw material like clay to sculpt an idea; and then motivation: the skill, drive, and tools to sculpt it into a masterpiece. Finally, a creator must not be afraid of failure – maybe even rejoice in it a little – because it’s often only through trial and error that great ideas come to be.

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What better way to play with imagination, celebrate creativity, and rejoice in the weird and wonderful than in our very own Neverland on Catalina? At SeaCamp, we have everything we need to think outside the box. Here, inspiration floats as freely as Captain Hook’s pirate ship on the island breeze. That’s because it’s born from new experiences and sensations, like meeting new people (hello cabinmates!), traveling to a new place (hello orange cliffs and blue water!), or trying a new activity (hello snorkeling for the first time!). And motivation can be developed by practicing a new skill (hello ice cream sundae art!), pushing your comfort zone (hello sailing!) or learning new facts (hello hands-on marine science!). We don’t take ourselves too seriously at camp, which creates the perfect environment to try new things, be silly, and be yourself.

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So grab your wings, your face paint, and your pirate hat, and join us on our journey to a seriously enchanted place. Let your imagination romp with laughter, new friends, and new skills – only here, the magic is all about growing up.


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