If your child longs for more hands-on art experiences, the Art Camps offer the luxury of time, materials, and instruction to guide the creative mind and spirit. Some kids stay all day!
Instructor: Liz Demas, WCS Art Teacher
Bio: Liz has a degree in Fine Art and has taught at WCS for 31 years, the last 17 years teaching Visual Arts.
Eight different camps offered. Morning and afternoon camps offered each week.
WEEK 1: June 24-28
8:30a-12:00p- BOOKARTS! HANDMADE BOOKS - EXTRAORDINARY ALTERED BOOKS
Enticing papers become wonderful books for gifts, journals, or sketching! Kick off the summer learning to marbleize and make paste paper. Create beautiful, useful books- sew a sketchbook, a nature journal, learn Japanese Stab bindings, accordion fold books, and a real hard cover book. Middle level art campers may explore ideas for creating an altered book or journal using collage, paint, stamps, folding, sewing, cutting, gluing, drawing, and coloring to transform the original book into an extraordinary and unique work of art.
1:00p-4:30p- FAIRY AND GNOME WOODLAND HOUSES
Build a magical deep woods dwelling using all natural materials such as stones, wood, plants, mosses, sticks and bark. Create furniture and accessories for the enchanting little characters you will make to inhabit your house. This camp stimulates wonderful extensions at home for endless hours of creative and imaginative play! Start gathering pinecones, shells, branches and stones from your walks in the woods.
WEEK 2: July 1-5 (No Camp July 4)
8:30a-12:00p- MUDFLAT CITY: CLAY Monsters, Robots, houses, and Leaves
Everyone loves to play with clay! Mud season oozes over into summer as the art studio becomes ready for lots of messy fun. We will roll, coil, pinch, and slip several interesting clay pieces. Create a pot that tells a story or looks like a monster, a clay house, a lighthouse, and gorgeous clay leaves shaped into bowls. ***Glazing will be on Monday, July 22, 8:30-12:00 after pieces dry and are fired. Final projects will need to be picked up later.
1:00p-4:30p- ’MAZING MOSAIC MIRRORS
Come learn about one of the oldest and most lasting of art forms, then design a project using the ancient decorative art of mosaic tile work on a wooden frame. Create patterns using colored glass, ceramic tiles and other interesting materials, set the pieces with mastic glue, then grout to produce a professional finish! Project choices will include various sizes and shapes of mirror or picture frames, as well as a small, decorated wooden box.
WEEK 3: July 8-12
8:30a-12:00p- PAINT and PRINT
Painting explorations for pleasure and play! Watercolors will start to flow, exploring landscapes and abstract painting. Tempera and acrylics will be blended and mixed for larger works on canvas. Paint a mini canvas that comes with an easel. Be an action painter dripping, and splattering like Jackson Pollock. Explore favorite painting methods, play with a variety of new tools and techniques, and learn ways to combine them. Play and experiment with printmaking techniques: Relief prints using cut foam, Easy-cut, and Gelli blocks will be used to learn interesting printmaking techniques.
1:00p-4:30p- JAZZY JEWELRY
Jewelry projects to adorn the creator and give as gifts include: wild wire art, clay beads, paper and glass beads, friendship and felted bracelets. Necklaces, bracelets, and earrings you can wear right away! Decorate shrink film with Sharpie Zentangle designs to make interesting jewelry pieces. Older campers may explore the design and skill involved in metal work using copper and brass, tools, and jewelry findings.
WEEK 4: July 29-August 2
8:30a-12:00p- PUPPET PARTY!
Dream up a character and make it come to life! Use your imagination to design and create a fantastic large rod puppet using papier-mâché. paint, fabric, dowels and accessories. Puppets can be people, animals or fantastic beasts. As puppets are completed, campers have the opportunity to work cooperatively writing a script for a short, informal production that includes all the puppet characters and is performed for families on the last day.
1:00p-4:30p- 3 D in 4 WAYS- Inside and Out!
Be an indoor sculptor using materials like polymer clay, wood, plaster, wire, and papier-mâché. Nails and wood glue will transform simple pine blocks into painted abstract forms or a small wooden fairy house. Create an armature and wrap it with plaster gauze for a figurative sculpture. Papier-mâché a mask and adorn with embellishments. Coil wrap a basket with yarn, design a lovely Chinese garden, or a Zen Garden. Wire can become a hanging mobile or animal sculpture. We may venture outside the studio to design environmental sculptures in the landscape using natural materials like stones, plants, sticks, sand, and bark.