Trust camp takes in the National Gallery

Campers had lots of fun exploring the gallery.

A group of youngsters recently got a fun-filled sampling of art and heritage at the National Gallery.

The National Trust's Karie Bounds with one of the  young campers.
The National Trust’s Karie Bounds with one of the young campers.

More than 20 campers and camp councilors from the National Trust Summer Camp visited the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands on Thursday, July 28. Campers walked the gallery’s sculpture gardens, learning about ecosystems before heading into the upper gallery for a tour of the permanent collection to learn about the art history of the Cayman Islands.

Students also enjoyed creative worksheets based on the temporary exhibition in the lower gallery, “A Legacy of Light: Early Watercolours from the National Collection,” which runs until Sept. 16.

The National Gallery’s Education Department has produced the worksheets for children of all ages to support the exhibition, and they are available for free download from the gallery’s website. They will be made available during school tours and can be requested at reception throughout the duration the exhibition.

After a busy session at the gallery, students headed back to the National Trust headquarters at Dart Park for a watercolor painting session with artist John Broad.

Campers work on their activity sheets.
Campers work on their activity sheets.

“It was fantastic to see a group of enthusiastic campers engage with our cultural heritage through the works of art on display at the National Gallery,” said the gallery’s communications and public engagement manager Kaitlyn Elphinstone.

“Tours for school groups, campers and youth groups are always free, thanks to the generous support from National Gallery members and corporate patrons.”

Free guided tours of “A Legacy of Light” exhibition are available for students and summer camp groups of all ages at the National Gallery. Students will discuss the exhibition and get hands-on with interactive activity sheets. Topics covered include art, social studies, narratives, literacy and numeracy.

For information or to book a tour contact NGCI at (345) 945-8111 or [email protected]