April 15, 2013


Posted by A.D. Newcomer, Expressive Arts Director at Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

It seems like only yesterday it was June 2012 as I embarked on the journey through my first P Dunes summer as the new Expressive Arts Program Director. And now, another summer is fast approaching! Here at the Arts Department, some exciting new things are happening. We'll be changing locations on campus, into EArtH (otherwise known as the Expressive Arts House), complete with a resource library, photo and video editing rooms, an art studio, and some wonderful outside spaces to work in.

Art Commercial - Week 5 from Peconic Dunes on Vimeo.

Also changing and growing is our curriculum. During the off season, we have been improving existing programs such as Videography, Photography and Music, and creating new ones such as Art & Design and Environmental Sculpture. In Video, we will begin to use the Adobe Creative Suite software for the first time, and learn even more great editing techniques, as well as begin to implement the Adobe Youth Voices curriculum and become part of an international online community of youth artists working in digital media. For more about Adobe Youth Voices, click here http://youthvoices.adobe.com/.

Potential Project for 2013 Environmental Sculpture?

Our new Environmental Sculpture Challenge, based on Cornell University's Garden-Based Learning program, involves the creation of Land Art, Garden Art and Environmental Art, immersing campers in a collaboration with nature. As we go into our first summer with this new program, we are excited to explore the potential opportunities to create exciting collaborations between the Arts and STEM programs. We are looking forward to having some awesome Arts instructors returning this summer, as well as some new instructors from Long Island, England and Scotland we can't wait to join us! Bring on the summer, and a wonderful season of creative self expression!

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