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Lunch is included for full-day camps. Before-and after-camp care will be available at an additional cost for most camps.

Week of June 24

Portfolio Bootcamp

Would you like to begin assembling an art portfolio for college, impressing your art teacher with five finished pieces of artwork at the start of the school year? This camp is the place for you to be! We will work on one piece of art a day, creating five finished pieces of work in a week. Using AP Studio Art examples and portfolio-ready pieces, we will talk about what it takes to be prepared for art-oriented college applications. For those interested, we will do a slide room demo to help you learn how to submit your images. Get ready for the next step at this dynamic camp!

Week of July 8

 

 

Ceramics "Week 1 of 2"

Explore the medium of clay on the both the potter's wheel and by using a variety of hand-building techniques. Students will learn how to throw a cup and a bowl on the potter's wheel using durable stoneware clay. These wares will be fully functional and able to be used for years to come. Students will also construct personal statements during our two weeks together through a variety of conceptional projects, including: a story plate, a tree-of-life tile, a personal impressions vase and a sculptural container. Students will construct all projects from raw clay and finish each ware with professional glazes. Parents and friends are invited during the afternoon session of the last day to an art show in the Silva Gallery of Art featuring all the work created during this course.

 

Week of July 15

 

Ceramics "Week 2 of 2"

 

Explore the medium of clay on the both the potter's wheel and by using a variety of hand-building techniques. Students will learn how to throw a cup and a bowl on the potter's wheel using durable stoneware clay. These wares will be fully functional and able to be used for years to come. Students will also construct personal statements during our two weeks together through a variety of conceptional projects, including: a story plate, a tree-of-life tile, a personal impressions vase and a sculptural container. Students will construct all projects from raw clay and finish each ware with professional glazes. Parents and friends are invited during the afternoon session of the last day to an art show in the Silva Gallery of Art featuring all the work created during this course.

 

 

Week of July 22

Drawing and Painting

Study history's great painters while improving your own painting skills. We will help you strengthen your skills in: mixing paint, applying paint, color theory, perspective, abstraction and looking. Like to draw? Always doodle? Do you see your life through the lens of a composition, with a picture frame decorating the edges of your world? If so, drawing camp is the place for you. We will help you learn how to look and express what you see through skills such as: line, volume, shading, and other drawing techniques. Beyond techniques and mediums, we will also help campers develop the habits of perseverance, confidence in expression, good craftsmanship, and critical thinking. An experience sketchbook and a portfolio of your artwork will be produced over the course of the week.

Week of July 29

Drama Workshop "Week 1"

A two-week drama program where middle school students will have the opportunity to work as collaborative theatre artists. This program encourages students to create a strong ensemble through introductory workshops and games that will help them stage a short show at the end of the program. The first week of camp will focus on: common theatre vocabulary, basic theatre techniques and physical and verbal storytelling. At the end of the first week, when students have grown as an ensemble and have an understanding of each other and the work, they will begin to work on an ensemble-based show. Students will experience an actual rehearsal process from the read-through to blocking to tech runs. In addition to rehearsals, the students will take part in creating parts of the set and props as to get experience on- and off-stage. The camp will conclude with the performance of the play.

Photography

Campers will improve their photography skills, learn how to get the most out of their cameras to take the pictures they envision, and discover ways to edit photos to improve color, contrast, and sharpness. More importantly, through discussion, students will learn to think critically about what constitutes a successful photo composition. In addition, you will learn how to: use Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, critique your own images and the importance of lighting for a successful photograph.

Week of August 5

Drama Workshop "Week 2"

A two-week drama program where middle school students will have the opportunity to work as collaborative theatre artists. This program encourages students to create a strong ensemble through introductory workshops and games that will help them stage a short show at the end of the program. The first week of camp will focus on: common theatre vocabulary, basic theatre techniques and physical and verbal storytelling. At the end of the first week, when students have grown as an ensemble and have an understanding of each other and the work, they will begin to work on an ensemble-based show. Students will experience an actual rehearsal process from the read-through to blocking to tech runs. In addition to rehearsals, the students will take part in creating parts of the set and props as to get experience on- and off-stage. The camp will conclude with the performance of the play.