Just in time for spring break, Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation and Scottsdale Public Art will present a virtual art camp for kids.
Filled with adventurous activities for families, participants in the Camp Dreamtree Spring Break Experience will travel to a parallel universe known as Crystal Burn with their DreamScout Kit full of art supplies, various online components, augmented reality (AR) interaction, and a live Jamboree with Fireweather Studio, the founding artists of the original Camp Dreamtree art installation and experience.
The art camp runs March 8–21. During that time, DreamScouts (ages 5 and older) can participate in a five-day session, along with the online Jamboree at 3pm, Saturday, March 13. It is recommended to purchase the DreamScout kit before March 1 to allow sufficient time for shipping.
The kits cost $15 and come with enough supplies for three DreamScouts, including materials for three different art activities. Instructional videos and new AR experiences will be released throughout each week for those activities. It is also possible to access the activities for free online while using everyday household items to create the projects.
“The Camp Dreamtree Spring Break Experience is an innovative way for families to connect with the bright and imaginative world of Crystal Burn from their very own backyard,” said Brittany Arnold, teen and family coordinator for Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation. “Camp Dreamtree can be accessed from around the world by anyone with a love of ingenuity, curiosity and wonder.”
Camp Dreamtree is all about being kind and practicing respect for wonder, encouraging DreamScouts of all ages to be present in their environment and to develop resilience and ingenuity in problem solving.
Fireweather Studio has previously presented Camp Dreamtree as a physical installation, including a popular run at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library in 2014, but the Spring Break Experience marks the debut of the art camp’s augmented reality features, created in conjunction with Scottsdale Public Art and Hoverlay, the app that hosts the AR components. Scottsdale Arts previously worked with Hoverlay to create AR experiences for Canal Convergence in November and for various works in the Scottsdale Public Art Permanent Collection.
Learn more about Camp Dreamtree at scottsdaleartslearning.org and click on the event link.