This week, the Urban Ink writers were inspired by features of Boise and art pieces downtown. They wrote love stories inspired by Alan Heathcock's, "Streetlamps," a public art piece on the exterior walls of the downtown Oliver Russell building (commonly called the "I Love You building").
They interacted with Patrick Zentz's sound art piece on The Grove "Homage to the Pedestrian," and wrote sound poems inspired by their experience. They wrote fantastical narratives in the Julia Davis rose garden.
However, none of these activities captured the number of lines, giggles, or jokes that a small sticker of a cartoon pickle on a wall downtown inspired. The student affectiately named him Dillard.
As many of you already know, each year The Cabin publishes an anthology of the stories, poems, and art created by campers during the summer. Last year, due to the growth of the program, we expanded that into two anthologies. One was dedicated to the Writing Wild, Word Play, Cabin Writers, Urban Ink and Picture This camps, serving young-writers in grades 3–9. The second was dedicated to The Workshop camp, which features work from young-writers in grades 10-12, and adult programs such as Writing Life.
This year, things will be a little different. We’re proud to announce plans for a three publications thanks in large part to the Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction!
The Cabin was chosen as a winner for one of those generous grants this year! The funding will be dedicated to the production of a full color publication featuring the work of our young-artists from the Picture This camp. In addition, this third publication will feature works from our aspiring journalists participating in the NEW News Flash camp.
Previously, the artwork from Picture This was published in black and white and the hard work and creativity could not shine through in that format. Now, thanks to the Weekly, it will be showcased in a manner befitting the artists' original creations.
Each Picture This and News Flash camp participant will be provided with a copy of the new publication.
We are currently mulling over a title for this new anthology. We would like the creative and exuberant minds of
our campers to weigh in on the decision, but the working title in the office is THE CABINET.
The Cabin’s office is bustling with staff, interns and instructors as we make this morning's preparations. It is a new summer and everyone is excited. Pencils are sharpened, notebooks tucked under arms, and hats tugged on as the first week of camp kicks off. Imagination and enthusiasm is in the air and it is almost tangible.
Also, we are so pleased to report a tremendous turn out for this first week of camps. Not only do we have two groups beginning here at The Cabin itself, but we also have three more at our Foothills Learning Center and two others at our Twin Falls location. In addition our new camp, offered to students at the Garden City Boys and Girls Club, will start this afternoon. Let the adventure begin!
We are so lucky to be right on the Greenbelt so that our campers can just walk over to the Art Museum, Historical Museum, Zoo and more for inspiration.
The Boise Zoo provided lots of inspiration for our Word Play and Cabin Writers students this week. Being around the animals allows the students to think outside of the classroom. These students found a table at the zoo to write about the animals using similes, the five senses and personification.
Here the students pose for a picture while in the prairie dog tunnels. They went in there to closely observe the animals and their actions. Their observations were great material for poems and stories.
At the end of the trip, the campers got together for a group photo.
Camp is a great place for kids who love to write to meet other kids who love to write. It provides an opportunity to create a unique and special community of young writers.
Things to Do at Summer Writing Camp: A collaborative poem by 5th & 6th graders Isabel Kiiha, Amanda Hon, Naomi Priddy, Brittany Coffman, Angeline Silva, Madelyn Davidson, and Josie Pape
Go places around town
Visit museums and be inspired
Write funny things
Make up an imaginary guy named Bob
Laugh your head off
Explore the Rose Garden
Recite romantic poems to a tree
Write about the emotional lives of pineapples
Watch the green river speed by
Use alliteration, personification, imagination, observation, repetition,
and 5 of your 1,000 senses.
Here are just a few more pictures from last week's 4th-6th grade Writing Wild camp. Daniel's group had a wonderful experience writing in the foothills - a great, quiet place to focus on nature and writing together.
Daniel and the campers spent the week at the Foothills Learning Center using outdoor Idaho as their writing inspiration.
Writers worked hard to make their pieces just how they wanted them.
Poetry was a camp favorite!
Everyone was excited to get outside and explore both the foothills and their writing abilities.
With one week of camp down and another off to a fantastic start, we have the pleasure of reading many wonderful pieces of writing that have been created by campers. The following piece was written by Raegan, Grade 5, who attended one of our camps in Twin Falls last week. Thank you, Raegan, for sharing your words with us!
Life in a New Way
The cat wants to be a lion,
that strikes the final blow.
A girl wants to be a flower,
dancing in the breeze.
The flower wants to be a baby,
so people can admire its beauty.
The tree wants to be the fire,
that eats its brothers and sisters.
The dog wants to be its master,
to give every command
The mushroom wants to be a tree,
reaching out toward the sun.
A caterpillar wants to be a feather,
drifting in the breeze.
The horse wants to be the wind,
that travels on forever.
A pencil wants to be the hand,
that can bend anything to its command.
The sun wants to be a dragon,
engulfing everything in flames.
If you could choose to be anything, what would you be?
The first week of camp is coming to an end today. With it comes end-of-camp readings and a lot of looking back at the amazing experiences of the week.
Here is a picture of one of them, students at the Writing Wild Camp, getting inspiration from the landscape.