SUMMER CAMPS 2017
AMAZING ANIMALS & BEAUTIFUL BOTANICALS
Improve your drawing, painting and printmaking skills while delving into the natural world. We will have excursions into the pocket parks of Harrisonburg where we will draw from life and our imaginations. Add washes of color to your drawings and make one of a kind watercolor prints from your sketches.
THE ART OF DESSERTS
Malea Gascho & Erin Rheinheimer
Take the cake with our art all about desserts! We have great art recipes ready, for creating clay cupcakes, painting cakes, and designing bakeries. Get your sweet tooth ready to make every day a "Sundae"!
This class will explore into the sea and on the beach. Surf boards, sea creatures and seascapes are just a start to this splash of fun!
Looking at the artist Paul Klee’s imaginative paintings, we will create stamps of fun shapes and then apply these to our own layered paintings on two and three-dimensional surfaces from cards to flower pots!
CERAMICS & MODELING
Play with clay! Learn about the differences between several different modeling compounds and mix your own colors. We'll use real clay and glaze and fire it in a kiln. We’ll also use Model Magic, Sculpey and other modeling clays!
COLORFUL INKS & PAINTS
This class will explore all types of printmaking techniques, from geli prints, to monoprints and block printing. We will dive into exciting and colorful inks and paint as we explore!
Join us for a fun-filled 4 days of creative energy! We will learn about the tools of printmaking and mixed media techniques, creating our own layered and stamped treasures on cards, boxes and t-shirts.
GRAPHITE & CLAY
Join us for a super fun drawing and ceramic experience! We’ll make a sketchbook, use graphite pencils and charcoal to draw realistic and abstract images, and then create clay slab sculptures!
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
Let your creativity fly in this class! We will be inspired by things with wings-- butterflies, birds, dragons, hot air balloons and more. Experience this class with a variety of media including drawing, painting, and collage.
JOURNEY UNDER THE SEA
Explore the massiveness of the ocean through drawing, painting, sculpture, and more! Learn about countless water dwellers and their habitats through your own creations. We’ll use make watercolor paintings, paper mosaics/collages, shoebox habitats and more! Join us as we take an imaginative dive under the sea.
JUMP IN WITH THE MIX
In this class we will be jumping into different types of media, where every day is a new and exciting challenge. Students will gain new experiences with drawing, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional art. We will bring it all together on the last day with a fully-loaded mixed media piece. Each class will have a theme, not only focusing on a different media, but also different artists. By the end of the week, students will have splashed into many facets of art and art history while creating one-of-a-kind art!
Valerie L. Smith
Make art that can sing! We will listen to our favorite music as we create musical instruments, album covers, and art inspired by sound.
OH THE PLACES WE'LL GO
Let’s travel together! We’ll use our imaginations and a variety of media to make art with maps, landscapes, animals, and plants that depict many places around the world. We’ll even travel outside to explore our dynamic home here in the Valley!
Have fun while learning to trick the eyes in this class. We will be drawing and painting several illusions that are sure to impress.
PAINTING THE SEASONS
The best thing about valley life is experiencing the beautiful seasons. In this class we will take inspiration from the varying weather and landscapes. From the sting of cold winter air on our cheeks to the warm summer light, we will discuss and paint our interpretations of these transitions, as so many artists before us have. The class will blend experimentation and exploration with learning techniques used by the masters. Be prepared to paint with acrylic and watercolors to create both abstract and realistic landscapes.
Valerie L. Smith
Take field trips around downtown to discover the art we walk by every day! Together, we will paint a mural, make temporary public sculptures, and design art for our city. We’ll also play some games at Ruby’s Arcade while we explore the murals there!
Do you feel like you have a story to tell? Ever wanted to write and illustrate your own book? Now is your chance to explore the art of storytelling as you write and illustrate your own novel. Throughout the week we will work on developing a well-written story through character development, scene development, and descriptive writing techniques while also creating illustrated pages. By the end of the week, students will have a completed document that they can be proud to share!
Malea Gascho & Erin Rheinheimer
There are "sew" many ways to make art! Sewing and weaving are two of the oldest art forms, but are still widely used in creative ways today. We'll explore these art forms and join the long line of textile artists before us!
Books aren’t just for reading! Sometimes artists create books that are works of art – and you can, too! We’ll explore funky paper-folding, design unique covers, add secret pockets, and tie it all together to create books that stay together forever.
TO INFINITY & BEYOND!
Join us for an imaginative adventure through the galaxy as we make our own planets, stars, and space critters. Bring home some souvenirs as we work with painting, sculpture, and crafts. It will be an art adventure out of this world.
Instead of hanging our artwork on the wall or placing it on a pedestal, let’s wear it! In this class we will explore wearable sculpture. We will use recycled objects, paper mache, and other art materials to create body armor and decorative additions to our bodies. We will enjoy taking our favorite corrections on a romp around court square when we finish. We will take inspiration from monsters, aliens, super heroes, robots, and much more! All are welcome!
Let’s dive into pop art and see what makes it crackle! We’ll learn about Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein while we make comics and repeat pictures of things that are super POPular! We’ll draw, paint and print in this super fun class.
This year we are again offering FUN FRIDAYS, an optional addition to your camp week. Instructors and projects will vary, but you will have opportunities to make art in all sorts of media, go on field trips and, of course, HAVE FUN!
JUNE 16, 30
JULY 14, 21, 28
AUGUST 4, 11
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