Summer Day Camp at the County Museum
The San Bernardino County Museum is offering Summer Day Camp in July and August. Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 will make and use traditional tools and play original games in the week-long camp session called “Growing Up Serrano.” Budding artists will practice using art elements such as shape, line and color, using nature as inspiration in the camp titled “Art in Nature.”
“Our camps are designed to keep campers busy while they learn traditional and practical skills,” said Jolene Redvale, education curator. “Each camp includes 12-15 projects, as well as a foundation from which campers can continue to learn.”
In “Growing up Serrano,” which is offered July 9 through 13 and again July 30 through August 3, campers will make their own walnut dice game, a toy that teaches hunting skills, and musical instruments that are used today in traditional activities. They will also have a chance to use traditional tools such as an atlatl and pump drill.
“Camp staff have learned the methods for making traditional California Indian tools and games from the Serrano people as well as from other southern California Indian people,” Redvale said. “We try to keep close to traditional methods, while using materials available to us. It’s an engaging way to learn about how the Indian people lived in our area in years past.”
“Art in Nature” is offered July 16 though 20, and again August 6 though 10. Campers will explore and create with various art media, using nature for inspiration and guidance. Art projects will range from line and color studies to complete compositions that consider texture, movement and balance. A variety of media will enhance the artistic experience.
Each camp week concludes with an afternoon reception for parents and siblings, with campers showing their work in a gallery-style exhibition in the Museum’s Education Center classroom.
For details on fees, hours and registration, visit the Museum’s web site at www.sbcountymuseum.org or call 909-307-2669 ext. 252.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.
The San Bernardino County Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.