Traveling Artist Summer STEM Camp Kit for Grades 4-6

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This 12+ hour Enrichment Program, developed by PCS Edventures in collaboration with an artist and art educator, ignites creative thinking and cultural awareness in young learners. Through STEAM-based activities, students delve into the fascinating world of art, understanding the processes that bring masterpieces to life.


  • Carving majestic totem poles like those found in the Pacific Northwest, their intricate designs whispering ancient stories.
  • Shaping clay into vibrant Aztec masks, channeling the powerful spirits of a bygone era.
  • Experimenting with delicate Japanese Suminagashi paper marbling, each pattern as unique as a snowflake.

Traveling Artist offers…

  • A multi-sensory exploration:Dive deep into the history, legacy, and art of 12 diverse cultures – from the intricate Russian Matryoshka dolls to the soaring Australian boomerangs.
  • Creative expression through STEAM: Each activity blends science, technology, engineering, art, and math, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Developing cultural awareness: Students gain appreciation for the beauty and diversity of human expression, promoting empathy and understanding of different ways of life.

Each engaging session includes:

  • Topic background information: Immerse yourselves in the cultural context of each art form, understanding its significance and symbolism.
  • Opening and closing discussions: Spark curiosity and reflection, sharing thoughts and insights about the artistic journey.
  • Detailed schedule and materials list: Ensure smooth transitions and equip students with everything they need to create their own masterpieces.
  • Optional extension activities: Go beyond the basics and delve deeper into specific art forms or cultural aspects.

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Russian Matryoshka Dolls: Uncover the secrets of these nesting dolls, exploring their symbolism and traditional painting techniques.
  • Greek Pottery: Discover the timeless beauty of ancient Greek pottery, learning about its forms, functions, and mythological motifs.
  • Peruvian Blankets: Weave intricate designs inspired by traditional Peruvian textiles, understanding the cultural significance of patterns and colors.
  • Chinese Paper Dragons: Celebrate the Lunar New Year by crafting your own dazzling dragon, learning about their cultural importance and symbolism.
  • Indonesian Batik: Experiment with the intricate wax-resist dyeing technique of batik, creating vibrant and unique patterns.
  • Aztec Masks: Channel the spirits of ancient Mesoamerica by crafting your own expressive Aztec masks, exploring their ceremonial significance.
  • Japanese Suminagashi Paper: Unleash your inner zen master with the mesmerizing art of Suminagashi paper marbling, creating organic and flowing patterns.
  • North American Tipis: Construct miniature replicas of traditional Native American tipis, learning about their nomadic lifestyle and symbolic designs.
  • European Intaglio Prints: Explore the delicate art of printmaking with European Intaglio techniques, understanding the power of lines and textures.
  • Australian Boomerangs: Discover the science and skill behind throwing boomerangs, learning about their cultural significance and hunting use.
  • Ghanaian Clothes: Craft vibrant fabric collages inspired by traditional Ghanaian textiles, appreciating their bold patterns and cultural symbolism.
  • Alaskan Totem Poles: Carve miniature totem poles, understanding their role in storytelling and ancestral reverence in Alaskan cultures.

Traveling Artist provides the perfect platform for young learners to:

  • Expand their artistic horizons: Experiment with diverse art forms and discover their own creative voices.
  • Develop cultural understanding: Appreciate the beauty and richness of different cultures, fostering empathy and global awareness.
  • Connect with history: Travel through time, exploring the stories and traditions woven into each artistic masterpiece.
  • Embrace STEAM learning: Blend creativity with science, technology, engineering, and math, unlocking new ways of thinking and problem-solving.

Join us on this incredible journey as we explore the world, one brushstroke, one clay mold, one rhythmic beat at a time!


  • Sterilite tub to store reusable materials - 1
  • Acrylic paint, black (1 pt) - 1
  • Acrylic paint, green (1 pt) - 1
  • Aluminum pan - 5
  • Calligraphy paper (100 ct) - 1
  • Cardboard sheets - 15
  • Clear tape with dispensers - 5
  • Colored pencils (12 pk) - 10
  • Construction paper, assorted colors (50 ct) - 12
  • Crayons (24 pk) - 10
  • Cups - 10
  • Dry erase pockets - 10
  • Foam board - 100
  • Glue bottles - 10
  • Marbling ink set (6 colors) - 1
  • Masking tape (60 yd) - 5
  • Paint palettes - 12
  • Paintbrushes - 30
  • Pencils (12 pk) - 3
  • Pencil sharpeners - 5
  • Rulers - 30
  • Scissors - 30
  • Toothpicks - 100
  • Yarn, assorted colors (120 yd) - 5

 Daily Lesson Outline

  • Day 1 - Russian Matryoshka Dolls
  • Day 2 - Greek Pottery
  • Day 3 - Peruvian Blankets
  • Day 4 - Chinese Paper Dragons
  • Day 5 - Indonesian Batik
  • Day 6 - Aztec Masks
  • Day 7 - Japanese Suminagashi Paper
  • Day 8 - North American Tipis
  • Day 9 - European Intaglio Prints
  • Day 10 - Australian Boomerangs
  • Day 11 - Ghanaian Clothes
  • Day 12 - Alaskan Totem Poles


Customer Quotes

“Great of the best curriculum's out there, great help for teaching our video class”

- Christine R., Principal, Trinity Lutheran School, Kalispell, MT

“Screenwriting was awesome, our kids really loved these activities. It was also really nice to provide such a creative curriculum that addresses the standards in such a fun way.”

- Heather S., Director, After School, City of Fairfield, CA

“Having taught at the high school and college level, I was impressed with this curriculum. The materials and guidance were well put together and very thoughtful.”

- Michael L., Artist, Shea After School, Syracuse, NY

“This amazing program has enabled my students to comprehend the process of forensic science as well as the sophisticated vocabulary encompassed in the program's lessons.”

- Erica T., Freehold Public Schools, Freehold, NJ

“This is a well organized course that I would highly recommend to other programs.”

- Chad S., Teacher, School #18, Buffalo, NY

“The program is awesome! I’m doing it as part of an after school enrichment time. Our kids really enjoy the projects and it’s wonderful to use as everything is provided.”

- Karen S.,Teacher, Olympic Middle School, WA

“This is the perfect kind of activity for afterschool. It’s fun; students learn by getting involved. Everybody wants to be a part of it!”

- Kim L., Program Leader, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Buffalo NY

“They love it…it’s awesome. Kids are dying to get in it!”

- Audrey A., Teacher, Clifford Marshall Elementary School, Quincy, MA

“The Missing Money Mystery was very easy to follow. The children had such a great time at it, we even allowed our group to re-enact the entire mystery. This mystery was fantastic, and we are looking forward to our next exercise!”

- Jackie. J., Director/Detective, Hempstead P.A.L., Hempstead, NY

“The students were engaged and enjoyed the experiments. The story keeps the activities meaningful and provided an interested way to connect Florida Standards. The teacher’s manual was easy to follow and materials in the kits made it very convenient for set up. Overall, this is a great thing to do in afterschool and during the summer!”

- Betty C., Teacher, Genesis Center, Leesburg FL

“Playing with Percussion offers an exciting doorway to exploring percussion, communication skills and learning about different cultures.”

- Sheila K., Site Leader, Accord Corp, Youth Services Division, Belfast NY

“Our kids enjoyed making their own instruments, especially sanding. Playing all those grooves at the end was a lot of fun!”

- Nina P., Music teacher, Napa, CA

“The Cookie Jar Mystery was such a big hit at the middle school…which has been tough.”

- Charlie E., Teacher, Lexington County Schools, SC

“The Cookie Jar Mystery went really well, the kids talked about it for weeks. They were very excited and intrigued with the hands-on activities and I really enjoyed teaching it!”

- Brook T.,Teacher, Lincoln Middle Schools, TN