Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – A Trip to the Louvre…sort of

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was for this specific day of Camp for the girls in 2012.


Shopping at Sur La Table (swooooon) with my friend, Susie, I saw a pack of darling french cupcake liners, napkins and other fun french fripperie.  While I was a little concerned that camp was becoming a little too girly I was seduced by the French Poodles, the Eiffel Tower, Pink and White everything, Croissants, Crepes and the decadence of Versailles.

I bought the frippery.

I was hooked (le hooked?).

I’ll have more to say about French Day over the next few days, but let’s start with our visit to the Musee de Louvre.

I can remember the first (well, only) time I went to the Louvre and my complete awe at the masterpieces on display.  I was specifically interested in seeing the Mona Lisa, and was surprised to see how relatively small the painting was.   Naturally, I wanted the girls to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Louvre, but I just couldn’t swing the tickets (le sigh).

So, what do you do if you can’t bring Camp to the Louvre?  You bring the Louvre to Camp.

Our first painting is striking in the light filtered Louvre.  It is a haunting picture of a darling girl with a darling pearl dangling from her darling ear.

The Girl With a Pearl Earring
Inspired by Johannes Vermeer (1452-1519)
Modeled by Mackenzie

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This spot of red is particularly appealing.  Who can resist the charm of a sweet little girl in a red floppy hat?

Little Girl in a Large Red Hat
Inspired by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)
Modeled by Sophie

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Let’s go a little farther to a roped off section of the museum.   Although this is a relatively small painting it commands the room.   Just look at that beautiful, cryptic smile.  The beautiful eyes that stare …  and follow you…..

Mona Luci
Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1452-1519)
Modeled by Luci

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Through special arrangement, the iconic American Gothic was also on display in our Louvre.  While this painting represents Iowa farmland, this could just as easily be the Wisconsin heartland.  Hearty and stoic folk.  Just look at the joy in their faces.

American Gothic
Inspired by Grant Wood (1452-1519)
Modeled by Grandmama and Grumpy

They must really love the Louvre…


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  1. Heather | November 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply

    This is amazing. I’m a fan of your camps, and haven’t decided yet whether I want to do this with my someday grandchildren, or build a time machine and be the kid. Both are wonderful places to be, I suspect. May I ask how you did this with the paintings?

    • jill | November 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply

      I have to say, being with the kids at Camp pretty much throws you into a time machine. My husband and I are usually whipped after Camp, but we sure have fun while Camp is going on!! For the pictures, I used Photoshop Elements and layered the girls faces on top of the paintings (pulled form Wikipedia) Then I “erased” the parts of the girls heads that shouldn’t be in the painting. On the edges, I made it a little transparent so the edges bled together. I’m not particularly good, but I am a bit of a geek so I noodle around until I get the effect I want. I’d be happy to help you figure out how to use whatever program you might have to do this if you want. Just drop me a line. Thanks for dropping by!

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