CLASS DETAILS

Summer 2020: Virtual Summer Art Camp Classes

Monday – Thursday Lessons

Monday – Thursday of each session will consist of pre-recorded video lessons that can be accessed on-demand by your camper through a private YouTube channel. Each day’s lesson will be roughly 30 minutes. Some teachers will break their videos up into multiple shorter lessons, and some may have one video for the whole lesson. How long it takes your child to work on the projects each day will vary. They may want to watch the video multiple times, or pause the video to complete parts of the project before moving on to the next phase. 

All video links will be shared to your account on CampDoc and will become available each morning. You can also subscribe to the private YouTube channel to be notified when new videos are posted. 

The Teaching Artists will be available by email throughout each session. Their contact information is posted in your CampDoc account under “Virtual Camp Links” tab. If you have any questions about the lessons or want to connect, please reach out to them! 

Friday – Zoom Day!

The Friday of each session will culminate with a final live gathering on Zoom. Zoom meetings will happen at either 10a or 2p (additional times will be added as necessary to accomodate all campers). We will email you on Tuesday each week to assign you a time and provide the meeting link.  Zoom meetings will be about 45 minutes, so please arrive on time! 

We will be following all of Zoom’s recommended security protocols for schools to keep our meetings secure. When logging into a meeting, please use your camper’s full name in Zoom. We can only allow participants to enter meetings if we recognize their name. 

Session 1: June 1 – June 5

Younger (6 - 10): Fantastic Found Objects

Transform reused and recycled fabrics, textiles and fibers into beautiful woven art! Using non-traditional, hand-decorated cardboard looms, we will create one of a kind circular weaving. We’ll also explore fruit and veggie print-making and make found object sculptures from items around your house!

Materials

Old fabrics
Yarn and ribbons for weaving
Cardboard
Scissors
Box cutter/Exacto knife (younger campers will need help from an adult to use these)
Elmer’s glue
8×10 or 11×15 paper (white or construction)
Crayons
Markers
Pencils
Washable acrylic paint (3-4 colors) and paintbrush
Fruit & veggies for stamp-making (carrot, bell pepper, celery, potato, mushroom, citrus, cabbage, etc.)
Old objects (i.e. old plastic toys, jewelry, etc) and recycled plastic items (i.e. bottles, cans, etc.) for found object sculptures

Older (10 - 14): Fantastic Found Objects

Transform reused and recycled fabrics, textiles and fibers into beautiful woven art! Using non-traditional, hand-decorated cardboard looms, we will create one of a kind circular weaving. We’ll also explore fruit and veggie print-making and make found object sculptures from items around your house!

Materials

Old fabrics
Yarn and ribbons for weaving
Cardboard
Scissors
Box cutter/Exacto knife (younger campers will need help from an adult to use these)
Elmer’s glue
8×10 or 11×15 paper (white or construction)
Crayons
Markers
Pencils
Washable acrylic paint (3-4 colors) and paintbrush
Fruit & veggies for stamp-making (carrot, bell pepper, celery, potato, mushroom, citrus, cabbage, etc.)
Old objects (i.e. old plastic toys, jewelry, etc) and recycled plastic items (i.e. bottles, cans, etc.) for found object sculptures

Session 2: June 8 – June 12

Younger (6 - 10): Comic Book Crazy!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a superhero and have superpowers? In this class, we will explore the stories comics tell and the beauty of illustrations. We will create our own stories in the style of comics and create action figures.

Materials List

Paper
Pencil
Sharpies
Markers
Colored pencils
Crayons
Found objects (things around the home)
Model magic (optional)

Older (10 - 14): Interactive Paper Characters

In this class, we will explore character design, storytelling, and technical drawing skills through creating movable paper characters. Students will first invent and build their characters, then elaborate on their world through making clothing, pets, and environments, all on paper. 

 

Materials
  • Thick drawing paper or cardstock
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Fine-tipped drawing pen
  • Scissors or craft knife (with permission)
  • Light colored thread
  • Masking tape
  • Any coloring materials of your choice

Session 3: June 15 – June 19

Younger (6 - 10): Rockin' Friends
In this class, we’ll bring our very own pet rocks to life with whatever mediums we can find around the house! We’ll also delve into DIY relief printmaking through building and decorating their homes out of recycled containers. We’ll finish with making shrinky dink foods for our rock-friends!

Materials Needed

1 or a few rocks (size, shape, etc is personal preference for pet rocks)
Paint (acrylic or tempura)
Black sharpie marker
Paintbrush (1/2″ recommended)
Surface to paint on (like. drop cloth, collapsed cardboard box, etc)
Paper towels or rags for mess
Cup for paintbrush water
Scissors
Masking tape
Pencil
Two empty cereal boxes (ideally the same dimensions) or some other recycled container to be made into a house 
Styrofoam takeout box or plate or other flat styrofoam surface
DIY stamp materials that can get covered in paint (Q-tips, fruits, vegetables, leaves, toilet paper rolls…) 
Type 6 plastic (plastic containers marked with a 6 inside of a triangle, usually clamshell containers for cookies)
Cookie sheet
Aluminum foil
An adult to help with an oven
2-3 inches of embroidery floss, or string 

Additional Reccomended Supplies

1 sheet of ~8.5×11″ drawing paper (can substitute with watercolor paper or notebook paper, but the drawing paper is a better weight)
Pencil and eraser
Hot glue gun
Scotch tape
Colored pencils or markers
Hairspray
Box cutter

Older (10 - 14): Explorations in Photography
In this class, students will learn how to use any digital camera available to create exciting works of photographic art. Using found objects from, in, and around the home, students will create photos for an online blog, concluding into a final collaborative photo book by the end of the course.

Materials List

Any digital camera (Smartphone, DSLR, etc.)
Access to email and computer for each class
Scissors
Glue Stick, Clear Tape, Masking Tape* (*black tape preferably)
Craft Paper/Colored Papers
Markers/Colored Pencils
Used Paper Towel Rolls/Toilet Paper Rolls
Wax or Parchment Paper
Aluminum Foil
Save all “Junk” Mail or items for collaging material
Desk Lamps, or “moveable” light sources preferable for still life photo exercises.
*Sewing needle and thread (for final book binding if applicable to those who want to or can print the final PDF of book)

Session 4: June 22 – June 26

Younger (6 - 10): Storytelling
In this class we will be exploring the ancient art form of storytelling. Students will hear and create their own oral tales and have the ability to explore what makes a good told story. 

Materials List

Found objects in the household

Paper Mechanisim & Simple Machines

Paper is a powerful, versatile material. Let’s learn how to turn it into simple machines and mechanisms that we can interact with, through origami and paper crafting techniques. 

Materials List

Paper – various kinds
Scissors, glue, tape
Drawing materials
Not necessary, but useful – origami paper
Downloadable templates

Session 5: June 29 – July 3

 

Younger (6 - 10): Garden Art (no garden required!)
This class will remake your recycling as well as natural materials into beautiful garden ornaments. We will make soda can floral garlands, painted garden stones to label your plants, a sundial and a birdhouse sure to make you popular among  feathered friends!
Materials

Wire, thin
Hammer and nail and wood block for hammering into
Pencil or chopstick
Assorted pebbles and rocks of various sizes, appropriately sized for your garden (bigger stones for big plants, small stones for small plants) plus at least 12 for the sundial
Acrylic or craft paint, glow in the dark is extra fun!
Paint brushes (at least one small brush)
Cloth gloves to protect hands when working with aluminum cans
7 aluminum cans
7 buttons with holes big enough to accommodate wire
Milk (or juice) type carton
Scissors or craft knife (depending on age)
Wood slice for game board, alternatively could be a log or stump, large enough to accommodate 9 rocks of students choice similar size
Jute
Twigs, pine cones
Tacky or Elmer’s glue (not washable)
Birdseed
Dowel or straight stick about 2′ long

Older (10 - 14): Animation Exploration

We will explore animation techniques by taking a “kitchen sink” approach to creating animation under the camera. That is, creating the illusion of movement, one frame at a time, through the use of household materials and a smartphone.

Materials

Household art supplies
Household found objects
Paper and drawing/coloring materials
Cardstock a plus, but not necessary
A Smart Phone – free app download
Downloadable templates

Session 6: July 6 – July 10

Younger (6 - 10): Dancing

In this class, we will look briefly at a part of skeletal anatomy (such as the shoulder blade) in ways that are fun and engaging. Then, we will move our bodies, letting our skeletons inform our movement. We will learn some dances and create our own. 

Materials

Around 6 ft x 6 ft space, made safe for movement
(ie. no sharp objects, nothing to trip on, furniture moved out of the way if necessary) 

Older (10 - 14): Create Colors with Food, Flowers, and Soil

Have you ever made your own paint with natural materials? Throughout history people have used soil, minerals, plants and even insects to create color. Students will learn how to create color using food, flowers, and soil. We will practice  contour drawings and will color the drawings with handmade ink.

Materials

Tupperware, jars, or recycled containers with lids
Paintbrush
Mixing bowls
Paper
Pencil and pen
Vinegar
Salt
Turmeric
Berries
Coffee
Green leaves
Purple Cabbage
Lemon
Dandelion flowers (or any flowers students can find)
Collected Soil or Dirt

Session 7: July 13 – July 17

Younger (6 - 10): Mixed-Media Character Masks

In this class, we will study masks from around the world & from different types of theatre to create our own artistic masks! We’ll use a mixed-media approach to add art elements and principles to your masks.

Materials

Paper Plates
Cardboard
Paper
Scissors
Glue (glue stick)
Magazines
Old Books
Pen
Pencil
Markers
Paint
Paint Pens
Brushes
Water
Rinse Cup for brushes
Paper towel or old rag for cleaning brushes
Clothes to wear while painting
Stick or ruler
Stapler
Ribbon or String
Hole Punch
Optional extras: feathers, glitter, beads, buttons, fabric, and stronger glue for heavier items

Older (10 - 14): Playing with Light

In this photography class we will explore inventive ways to make photographs through more tangible means. We will build pinhole camera “terrariums” out of cardboard boxes, we will make photographs from leaves, reimagine how to photoshop at home, and alter photographs whatever interesting, inspiring medium you can find around the home!

Necessary Materials: 

Paper (drawing paper is best, but something sturdy and pliable is good)
Tape (masking tape, scotch tape, or any tape that can hold aluminum foil to paper)
Tracing paper (can substitute with parchment paper)
A push pin (or safety pin or sharp earring)
Dark cloth (a dark colored blanket or towel)
2-5 cups of spinach
Watercolor paper (or some heavy paper)
Foam brush (or paint brush)
Objects with cool silhouettes
A “work surface” (like a dropcloth or old piece of cardboard to do messy processes on)
Something to make spinach juice (pestle and mortar, two rocks, food processor, juicer, etc)
Photographs (family photos, magazines, your own photos, etc)
Photographs THAT CAN BE “RUINED” (duplicates of photos, unwanted magazines,
your own photos, etc)
A phone camera or digital camera
Tiny collected objects (flowers, rocks, racecars, seashells, etc)
A desired background (plain white paper, patterned blanket, etc)
Whatever you have around the house to alter a photograph: glue, tape, paint, tracing paper, pencil, markers, thread and needle–these are only examples, and you are not limited to this list!!

Additional Materials:
Ruler
Cheesecloth
An old picture frame (the glass and backing)
Clothes pins (4-8)
Gloves

 

 

Session 8: July 20 – July 24

Younger (6 - 10): Giant Mask / Puppet Making

This easy step by step process takes papier mache to another level! Get together a group of family or friends and work collaboratively! Using basic household materials you can make a huge mask head (3 feet? more?) with all kids of features (horns? bushy eyebrows? huge noses?) and with a bit more work you can turn it into a giant stick puppet requiring 3 people to control and move it! These creations are so fun for festivals, parades, Halloween, or just walking down the street. 

Materials

Trash bag
Cardboard
Masking Tape
Newspaper
brown paper bags
Flour or Playbox wheat paste
Paint
large scissors or x-acto knife

Optional Materials (needed only for puppet making part)

heavy duty stapler
old sheet or large piece of fabric
1″ x 2″ x 4′ wood
Hand saw or way to cut wood
Drill
Screws
(2) 3 or 4′ wood strips or poles for arms
hot glue gun and glue sticks (for adding yarn foamy etc)
yarn, foamy, popsicle sticks etc. for decorating puppet head

 

 

Older (10 - 14): Giant Mask / Puppet Making

This easy step by step process takes papier mache to another level! Get together a group of family or friends and work collaboratively! Using basic household materials you can make a huge mask head (3 feet? more?) with all kids of features (horns? bushy eyebrows? huge noses?) and with a bit more work you can turn it into a giant stick puppet requiring 3 people to control and move it! These creations are so fun for festivals, parades, Halloween, or just walking down the street. 

Materials

Trash bag
Cardboard
Masking Tape
Newspaper
brown paper bags
Flour or Playbox wheat paste
Paint
large scissors or x-acto knife

Optional Materials (needed only for puppet making part)

heavy duty stapler
old sheet or large piece of fabric
1″ x 2″ x 4′ wood 
Hand saw or way to cut wood
Drill
Screws
(2) 3 or 4′ wood strips or poles for arms
hot glue gun and glue sticks (for adding yarn foamy etc)
yarn, foamy, popsicle sticks etc. for decorating puppet head