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Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camps — V. Disappointing To Say The Least.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, there is a difference, IF you CARE.


This should be the correct labeling.


Teischan’s (13) own work, on her own initiative
— because she was bored and fed up.

She is the ‘queen’ of mandalas as a quick search of this blog will testify.


What she did create at ‘Camp’.


Yes, we are profoundly disappointed. It was a waste of her time and she resents it being squandered. We feel bad that we subjected her to this charade.

I am hoping that this post will help other parents.

Yes, we accept some of the blame. It never occurred to us that this might be mainly Day Care as opposed to a bona fide Art Camp. Mea culpa, and yes, of course, I am kicking myself.


The July 22 – 26, 2019, Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camp that Teischan (13) attended was but common or garden Summer Day Care with the thinnest and haphazardly applied veneer of art.

That was the problem. Basically gloried day care, run in the main by a group of energetic and enthusiastic teenage volunteers and miniscule adult instruction — and zero adult inspiration.

Yes, we (both) went in Tuesday morning and tried to tell Ryan Linehan, Managing Director, that we were expecting MORE art instruction — given that she had had zero on Monday. He and another ‘adult’ assured us that this would change and that the first day was different. Not so. Well, it rained on Tuesday, and in addition to their lengthy recess and lunch breaks they had to watch Ratatouille (the 2007 movie) for 90 minutes! Well, I can assure you, that Teischan did not learn any art per se from watching that movie. She was bored out of her mind!


Yes, let’s get time mismanagement out of the way because that too tells a sorry tale. It clearly says 9am to 3pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday we were already in Chichester (well on our way back home) by 3pm! They were letting the kids out at 2:40pm. On Friday, I was told, that they sat outside, doing nothing — NADA — since noon. This is inexcusable. I am, as you might have worked out by now, livid. I don’t care about the money. I like supporting the arts. So, I can think of it as a donation to Kimball Jenkins. But, as some of you know, money is not what I (nor Teischan) value the most. It is time.

Money you can make, money you can get, money you can borrow. Not so with time. And that is what Kimball Jenkins robbed from Teischan. Luckily, for all, my time was not wasted. I had a ball exploring disused railway tracks, visiting museums, climbing Mt. Kearsarge and exploring lakes. If Kimball Jenkins had wasted my time, as they did with Teischan’s, I would be picketing the place with a huge sign that said “This Place Is A Scam“.


Here is my thinking. If you send a kid to ‘Computer Camp‘, ‘Archery Camp‘, ‘Destination Imagination (DI) Camp‘, ‘Swim Camp‘, or ‘Math Camp‘, you have a EXPECTATION that they are going to get some meaningful instruction on computers, archery, DI methodology, swimming or math. So, with ‘Art Camp’, especially a ‘Multimedia Studio Week’, we expected that she would receive some instruction and some INSPIRATION. That she would meet some artists that would inspire her.

NO!

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I do NOT want to be unkind. So, I will not even paraphrase the descriptions of what we heard and, to be fair, what I also saw.

Let’s just say that the MINIMAL adult exposure Teischan received at Kimball Jenkins mirrored the Estate — old, faded and sprawling. There was no inspiration, no motivation, no joie de vivre. Bluntly put it was depressing! A shame.

Though I have never lived in Concord, I have actually done a fair amount of volunteering in Concord, first at the Planetarium (ages ago), at the State House, and more recently for the ‘Multicultural Day‘. There is one thing I know about Concord. Concord (and surroundings) is full of very talented, very committed, very decent folk who love to help others. I am sure if Kimball Jenkins could have found a ton of great adult volunteers who mesmerized the kids and inspired them to greatness — and it would not have cost them a cent and they could have held onto the $12,000 or MORE they were making a week to pay the inhouse staff.

I spoke to a lady whose daughter attended ‘Art Camp’ 14-years ago. She lives in Concord. Without me even getting a chance to say anything, she said: “I hear things are very different now. They used to get artists from all over to come and show the kids various new forms. They even had a lady from Afghanistan that showed them embroidery. I hear that they don’t do anything like that anymore”. Damn right. Damn straight. They don’t do anything like that … anymore.

Enough said.

We learnt our lesson.

It was a sham. C’est la vie.

I feel BAD for the kids that need Day Care right through the Summer.


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by Anura Guruge


 

Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camps — V. Disappointing To Say The Least.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, there is a difference, IF you CARE.


This should be the correct labeling.


Teischan’s (13) own work, on her own initiative
— because she was bored and fed up.

She is the ‘queen’ of mandalas as a quick search of this blog will testify.


What she did create at ‘Camp’.


Yes, we are profoundly disappointed. It was a waste of her time and she resents it being squandered. We feel bad that we subjected her to this charade.

I am hoping that this post will help other parents.

Yes, we accept some of the blame. It never occurred to us that this might be mainly Day Care as opposed to a bona fide Art Camp. Mea culpa, and yes, of course, I am kicking myself.


The July 22 – 26, 2019, Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camp that Teischan (13) attended was but common or garden Summer Day Care with the thinnest and haphazardly applied veneer of art.

That was the problem. Basically gloried day care, run in the main by a group of energetic and enthusiastic teenage volunteers and miniscule adult instruction — and zero adult inspiration.

Yes, we (both) went in Tuesday morning and tried to tell Ryan Linehan, Managing Director, that we were expecting MORE art instruction — given that she had had zero on Monday. He and another ‘adult’ assured us that this would change and that the first day was different. Not so. Well, it rained on Tuesday, and in addition to their lengthy recess and lunch breaks they had to watch Ratatouille (the 2007 movie) for 90 minutes! Well, I can assure you, that Teischan did not learn any art per se from watching that movie. She was bored out of her mind!


Yes, let’s get time mismanagement out of the way because that too tells a sorry tale. It clearly says 9am to 3pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday we were already in Chichester (well on our way back home) by 3pm! They were letting the kids out at 2:40pm. On Friday, I was told, that they sat outside, doing nothing — NADA — since noon. This is inexcusable. I am, as you might have worked out by now, livid. I don’t care about the money. I like supporting the arts. So, I can think of it as a donation to Kimball Jenkins. But, as some of you know, money is not what I (nor Teischan) value the most. It is time.

Money you can make, money you can get, money you can borrow. Not so with time. And that is what Kimball Jenkins robbed from Teischan. Luckily, for all, my time was not wasted. I had a ball exploring disused railway tracks, visiting museums, climbing Mt. Kearsarge and exploring lakes. If Kimball Jenkins had wasted my time, as they did with Teischan’s, I would be picketing the place with a huge sign that said “This Place Is A Scam“.


Here is my thinking. If you send a kid to ‘Computer Camp‘, ‘Archery Camp‘, ‘Destination Imagination (DI) Camp‘, ‘Swim Camp‘, or ‘Math Camp‘, you have a EXPECTATION that they are going to get some meaningful instruction on computers, archery, DI methodology, swimming or math. So, with ‘Art Camp’, especially a ‘Multimedia Studio Week’, we expected that she would receive some instruction and some INSPIRATION. That she would meet some artists that would inspire her.

NO!

Click to ENLARGE.

I do NOT want to be unkind. So, I will not even paraphrase the descriptions of what we heard and, to be fair, what I also saw.

Let’s just say that the MINIMAL adult exposure Teischan received at Kimball Jenkins mirrored the Estate — old, faded and large. There was no inspiration, no motivation, no joie de vivre. Bluntly put it was depressing! A shame.

Though I have never lived in Concord, I have actually done a fair amount of volunteering in Concord, first at the Planetarium (ages ago) and more recently for the ‘Multicultural Day’. There is one thing I know about Concord. Concord (and surroundings) is full of very talented, very committed, very decent folk who love to help others. I am sure if Kimball Jenkins could have found a ton of great adult volunteers who mesmerized the kids and inspired them to greatness — and it would not have cost them a cent and they could have held onto the $12,000 or MORE they were making a week to pay the inhouse staff.

I spoke to a lady whose daughter attended ‘Art Camp’ 14-years ago. She lives in Concord. Without me even getting a chance to say anything, she said: “I hear things are very different now. They used to get artists from all over to come and show the kids various new forms. They even had a lady from Afghanistan that showed them embroidery. I hear that they don’t do anything like that anymore”. Damn right. Damn straight. They don’t do anything like that … anymore.

Enough said.

We learnt our lesson.

It was a sham. C’est la vie.

I feel BAD for the kids that need Day Care right through the Summer.


Related posts:
Check Category ‘Art’.


by Anura Guruge


 

Hiking ‘Mount Kearsarge’, Rollins State Park — July 26, 2019, Warner, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. My GPS track from ‘Garmin Connect’. Check the elevation.


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A YouTube video. You really should watch.


Alas and alack, the last day of my mini, 6-hours a day vacation in and around Concord, N.H. while Teischan was attending a one-week Summer ‘Art Camp’ at ‘Kimball Jenkins‘ in Concord. Rather than coming home after dropping her off (which would take me ~40 minutes), I opted to hang around the area, explore and get my usual exercise done. It has been awfully rewarding and I am so glad I am doing this rather than spending an additional 80-minutes driving back-and-forth.

Discovered ‘Rollings State Park’, in Warner, when we visited the excellent ‘Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum‘ (on the same road, maybe 5-miles apart) on Tuesday. Didn’t have time to explore it Tuesday, so I went back today — and am I glad I did.

Quite the place. Not ‘Cadillac Mountain‘ (in terms of the views) BUT not bad at all, at all. I enjoyed it immensely.

Hiking to the summit (at 2,937′) from the parking lot, via the Rollins Trail, isn’t difficult (~0.6 mile and 300’ elevation gain). It is NOT, however, a walk in the park. Very rockey and, though it has been bone dry for 2.5 days, muddy. They need to get ATVs up there to service the cell tower. So, they have various mats and wooden bridges to facilitate this.

Once I did the summit, in order to get my 4-miles for the day, I hiked 1.5 miles down the auto road and then hiked back. That felt good.

Highly recommend this. Plan to go back. Probably spectacular in the fall with foliage.


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Walking ‘Stickney Bike Path’ — July 25, 2019, Concord, N.H.

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A YouTube video. You really should watch.


My mini, 6-hours a day vacation in and around Concord, N.H. while Teischan is attending a one-week Summer ‘Art Camp’ at ‘Kimball Jenkins‘ in Concord. Rather than coming home after dropping her off (which would take me ~40 minutes), I opted to hang around the area, explore and get my usual exercise done. It has been awfully rewarding and I am so glad I am doing this rather than spending an additional 80-minutes driving back-and-forth.

As one of the pictures above shows you can see the ‘footbridge’ at the start of this trail from I-89. I have seen it hundreds of times but this was the first time I got off at Exit 3 (on I-89) and headed towards it. Until I checked my GPS map I had not realized, at all (at all), that this was two ponds connected by a large waterway. I thought it was a river. Not being a river explains why it was so, so still first thing when I got there.

Nice walk, but alas you heard the rumble from I-89 80% of the time until you get way down. But, still fun. I enjoyed it. Will be going back.

Didn’t see that many people. Just four walkers and maybe 5-bikes. But, this was mid-week, and unlike I most people go to work.

Check out the video. You should like it.

I felt privileged and blessed.


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Ultrasound For Trees — To Check Their Internal Integrity.

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Saw this at ‘Kimball Jenkins‘ today (in Concord, N.H.).

Using ultrasound to see if the inside of a big, old tree is sound (i.e., not rotting). Pretty cool. Just have to place a number of probes around the circumference of the tree, at various points, measure the circumference so that the software knows how far apart the probes are … press a button (which activates the probes and Bluetooth … and Bob’s your uncle. Image (shown above) comes up on a tablet. Green is GOOD. So, this tree is sound bar some slight damage at one edge.

Pretty cool. I was very impressed.


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Walking Disused Railway Track In Serene, Pastoral, Concord, N.H. — July 24, 2019.

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A YouTube video. You really should watch.

I didn’t put any sound because it was basically QUIET and STILL — just birds.


As I related in an earlier post today, Teischan’s attending a one-week Summer ‘Art Camp’ at ‘Kimball Jenkins‘ in Concord. Rather than coming home after dropping her off (which would take me ~40 minutes), I have opted to spend 6-hours a day in Concord and explore. And it has been amply rewarding. WOW. Well, I have to get my walk in and I might as well, quite literally, walk on pastures new than coming home.

I discovered these railway tracks, basically right behind Kimball Jenkins, on Monday. I walked them then. But, I had not taken by phone or camera and I was GLAD. Allowed me to explore and enjoy without distraction. Today, I went back with my phone. It was too hot to carry my camera and I was going to be carrying another load of stuff anyway.

Tranquil, serene, scenic and totally desolate. Nobody but nobody around other than birds (lots of them) and a solitary turtle. I loved it.

Check out the video.

I felt privileged and blessed.


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‘Kimball Jenkins’ ‘School Of Art’ (Concord, NH) — 20th Birthday Open House.

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See separate post on Master Embroiderist Robert Dorr.


Click to access their Website.


Sure glad we went for this ‘Open House’ on Saturday. We had seen it on Facebook — on a homeschooling related page. Inexplicably, this was our first time visiting this ENCHANTED place though we drive by it at least two to three times a month, and have been doing so for over ten years! I don’t know. I guess we kind of assumed it was a private school. Well we now know differently and hope to make it a regular destination. The plan is to get Teischan, the artist, to take some classes there. But, right now, her artist’s temperament does not seem conducive. But, that is a different matter.

A wonderful place with super talented and extremely friendly folk. A real oasis of art. The ‘Mansion’ is an architectural and artistic treasure and brought to mind ‘Castle in the Clouds‘. I will do a separate post on the Mansion — given that I have some great pictures.

They were offering complimentary classes and Teischan and Deanna took one on painting with acrylics. It was very good. I was impressed. I just took pictures. I think my painting days are long gone.

They had done a real nice job for the Open House. They had gone all out. Their enthusiasm was infectious. I could have easily spent another couple of hours there — camera in hand — but it Teischan wanted lunch. I will be going back.

Highly recommended. If you have not been, swing by. You will be glad you did.


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“Robert Dorr”, The Concord Embroiderist — A Modern Artistic Master.

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That I named my daughter after the Italian Great ‘Titian’ might be a clue that I am ‘into’ art. I, furthermore, have been lucky enough to know quite a few artists, of varied ilk, from around the world, over my long life — with at least one of them, David Shepherd (1931 – 2017), quite famous (with astounding commercial success to boot).

So, it was a tremendous, serendipitous, joy to meet an undoubted master — deservedly famous and successful — in Concord, New Hampshire yesterday, at the ‘Kimball Jenkins’ School of Art, 20th Birthday, Open House. That Master was Robert Dorr — Master Embroiderist who also does mixed media, pottery and weaving.

Though I have lived with inveterate embroiders, some of whom were quite proficient, until I had the honor of meeting Robert yesterday I had never thought of it as a bona fide PURE ART — up there among the best. I was blown away. Some of his pieces involve thousands (or more) hours of work. Though it crossed my mind that it may be sacrilegious, his talent, labor and dedication reminded me of my idol Michelangelo! Da Vinci never had the patience.

Yes, I was delighted to hear that his work, deservedly, commands good prices from museums – and I also learnt that there are embroidery-specific museums. Wow. Made my week!

Though he was new to us, he is well known and celebrated in New Hampshire — a longstanding member of the ‘NH League of Craftsman‘. You really need to check out his work. He is on Facebook too — with quite a large following.

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — September 15, 2018.

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yellow daisy close up macro Anura Guruge Sony a7 II


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