BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Adirondack Great Camps
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Grade: 9 - 12th
Class: Studio in Art
Author: Marsha LaPointe
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsHuman History
Performance Indicators:

Commencement- General Education - 1. Students will make works of art that explore different kinds of subject matter, topics, themes, and metaphors.

Keywords: Great camps, Adirondack style, architecture, proportion
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How do Adirondack Great Camps reflect the social and natural environment in which they were built?
Context:

Students as a class will view the video "Adirondack Great Camps - Part 1" as an introduction to this topic. Students may also take a field trip to the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, or visit Great Camp Sagamore, or access other resources with the help and guidance of their teacher.

In a group of 2 or 3, select one of the 50 ADK Great Camps that is of interest to you. As a group collect information about the camps from the resources that are made available to you. At a minimum find out the following information about your camp:

  • Where is the camp located and when was it built?
  • What is the architecture of the camp?
  • What is the family history of those for whom the camp was built?
  • What are some of the special characteristics of the camp?
  • What was the camp used for?
The Challenge:

Small Group - Model

Upon completion of your research, collaborate with your group members to design and create a three-dimensional model of a camp of your own. Generate ideas for your camp by individually drawing in your art journal first. Your drawings should use 1 and 2 point perspective in views from different directions. Make sure your design reflects the essential elements of the ADK Great Camp style you researched.

When  ready to construct the model of your camp, use base materials of cardboard or small boxes held together with hot glue and tape. Then cover the outside using found materials that appropriately reflect the tradition of the ADK camp style. Consider the following as you construct your camp:

  • Your model must be manageable size - approximately 12x6x10'.
  • Strucural elements must be proportional
  • Windows, doors, porches must be in the Adirondack style
  • The entire outside surface should be '"natural" in texture and materials

Individual - Brochure

Individually create a brochure that would convince someone to come and stay at your camp for a vacation or retreat.  Use the research information you found when starting the project.  Use the history, as the history of your camp.  Be sure to include:

  • A name for your camp
  • History of your camp
  • A map of camp location that is easy to follow
  • A description of facilities
  • Activities available
  • A photo and/or drawing of the camp you constructed
  • Other photos or drawings of the area if appropriately

Class - Exhibit  

As a class, plan and exhibit the your model camps and brochures for the school and/or community.

Examples of Student Work

Arts Forever Wild

Quality Standards:

Small Group - Model

  • Base materials are cardboard or
  • small boxes our model must be manageable size - approximately 12x6x10'
  • Structural elements are proportional
  • Windows, doors, porches must be in the Adirondack style
  • The entire outside surface should be '"natural" in texture and materials
  • Style is typical of Adirondack Great Camp

Individual - Brochure

  • Language of contents intended to  "sell" audience on a visit/vacation at camp
  • Camp is named
  • Brief history of camp described
  • Contains easy to follow map of camp location
  • Camp facilities are described
  • A photo and/or drawing of the camp is included
  • Other photos or drawings of the area are included appropriately
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Small Group - Model

  • Manageable size - approximately 12x6x10'
  • Structural elements are proportional
  • Windows, doors, porches must be in the Adirondack style
  • The entire outside surface should be '"natural" in texture and materials
  • Style is typical of Adirondack Great Camp
  • Base materials are cardboard or small boxes

Individual - Brochure

  • Language of contents intended to  "sell" audience on a visit/vacation at camp
  • Camp is named & brief history described
  • Contains easy to follow map of camp location
  • Camp facilities are described
  • A photo and/or drawing of the camp is included
  • Other photos or drawings of the area are included appropriately

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