RAM Talks Art: RAM, Discovery Center, Dance Company offer Superhero Training Camp Aug. 9-13

By Carrie Breitbach
Education Director, Rockford Art Museum

My goal in life has consistently been to become a superhero. In my youth, I wore Wonder Woman Underoos and used my jump rope as the Lasso of Truth. My latest excursion found me on the roof of my house attempting to see if my magic cape would catapult me over my Honda, parked in the driveway. Needless to say, it didn’t. So, I was over the moon when we decided to host a Superhero Training Camp at Riverfront Museum Park for the Arts and Sciences.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM), Discovery Center Museum (DC) and Rockford Dance Company collaborate to offer a brand-new weeklong camp that is specifically designed to train kids in the art of becoming a superhero.

During this week, kids will get creative designing costumes and creating logos to distinguish their superhero (or supervillian) persona. Then, it’s time to learn what special powers they have by experimenting with X-ray vision, laser powers and invisibility. Then, the kids get to train their bodies to use fierce moves and poses that will round out their own personal superhero. At the end of the week, kids will get to demonstrate their new skills and show off their cool new duds for friends and family by putting on a performance.

As for myself, I have had the pleasure of making the samples for these programs. The museum staff now knows me as Leopard Girl. I created the superhero because of my love of all things leopard (including my husband’s leopard print tattoo). I really got into all of the projects—making the cape, creating a detonator gadget, wristbands, a headband, my own comic page, the list goes on…and this is only the art portion of the camp! The kids get to make slime with DC and play fight with Rockford Dance Company! What could be more fun?

Superhero Training Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 9-13, with the final performance at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13. Registration ends Aug. 4, cost is $100 per child. Call RAM at (815) 972-2874 to reserve your spot!

Contact RAM Education Director Carrie Breitbach at cbreitbach@rockfordartmuseum.org.

From the July 28-Aug 3, 2010 issue

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