SOLD OUT: DONATION ZOOM Summer Art Camp: WISH TREES (Recommended Ages 7-11): June 1-5th 10:30 - 11:30

COST BY DONATION - Regular classes $22/hour (will need to supply own art materials) VENMO: @Juliet-Whitsett

1. ZOOM Summer Art Camp: WISH TREES (Recommended Ages 7-11): June 1-5th  10:30 - 11:30

Summer Art Camp:Art making & Accompanying Audiobook: Wishtree is by Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate (Commonsense Media LINK: HERE)


  • Ages 7-11 (recommended)
  • Monday - Friday: 10:30-11:30am
  • June 1st - 5th
  • COST FOR 5 HOUR CAMP BY DONATION - Regular classes are $22/hour (Whatever you can pay is really OK! If you prefer an invoice reach out:
  • Must provide own supplies: SEE BASIC ART SUPPLY LIST
  • VENMO: @Juliet-Whitsett AND email for Zoom Code

ABOUT THE CAMP: "Making art just makes me feel better..." -My child.

“Making art just makes me feel better..." -My child.

Art & storytime have helped my girls get through this period. School is out soon and I want to continue to help them as well as others feel these benefits. I will be hosting a donation-based art & storytime camp delivered via ZOOM that is designed with arts-focused children in mind.

Each of the projects I'm including in this 1 hr /day week camp are intended to teach or remind children of an art skill or activity that they can go to when they get stressed, sad, or want a little quiet time. Artmaking can be a friend for life.

On top of the art making, I will pair these fun process-based art activities with an engaging and on-theme audio book- my children & I find it a great way to make!


  • Positive & quick greetings & reminder that artmaking can be a friend for life.
  • Videos & mics are turned off (except for teacher's).
  • Juliet's thorough introduction to our process-based art project for the session & how it might relate to the audio book.
  • All questions are clarified.
  • Art making while listening to Audiobook Wishtree is by Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan)
  • Students do not have to listen to the story if it doesn't interest them- it's their call! Making in silence (or with music) works, too!
  • Short check-in breaks will be taken and questions are always welcomed.

ABOUT THE ART: “Making others feel safe is a fine way to spend your days" -Red from WISHTREE”

  • All art supplies are chosen so that your child can continue making & exploring even after the class is over. I hope to teach skills as well as lead art projects. The point is PROCESS- not necessarily PRODUCT- though a nice product will often come of it as well!
  • WISH TREE SUMMER CAMP projects will focus on process-based arts themed around TREES & WISHES. We will learn about Wish Trees and wish trees in in art history.
  • PROCESS OVER PRODUCT: I believe there is a time and place for learning traditional art techniques (realism, shading, etc.) however, this camp is not about that- it is designed to allow for one hour of relaxation, and art play!
  • I will provide a list of materials required for participation. For those who are local to Austin, feel free to reach out to borrow/ check out art supplies.

REQUIRED ART SUPPLY LIST: I'm trying to focus on art supplies that are accessible to kids to use on their own (responsibly), any brands work, I have included some recommendations if you are interested in purchasing something:

  • SOMETHING TO PROTECT YOUR HOME SURFACE (I use tablecloths or lay down cardboard)
  • A SAFE PLACE to put your child's ZOOM device (away from watercolors etc.)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser - White Eraser Preferable
  • Pencil Sharpener - any or Prismacolor
  • Container for Water - I use large yogurt containers
  • Rag for blotting water - old washrag
  • Scissors - any
  • String (you don's need much- just a few feet max)
  • Straight Edge (ruler?)


Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .
Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree" - people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.
You might say Red has seen it all.
Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever. Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best - writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.


Is this book right for your child?

New York Times Review of Wishtree: "A Talking Tree, 200 Years Old and Fed up with Intolerance": HERE

Commonsense Media Review of Wishtree: HERE

Discussion guide to Wishtree by Macmillan: HERE