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Wednesday afternoon art students explored new methods of painting recently.

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Students investigated painting with paint scrapers.

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The focus was on using the primary colors of paint along with a layer of crayon.

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Everyone had the opportunity to use many different tools in the process.

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Everyone had fun exploring the limits of the tools, paint and their new techniques.

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“If you could say it with words there would be no need for painting.” Through this project students were given an opportunity to understand this idea from Edward Hopper.

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Here are some examples of the students’ work.

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Art Camp -day 3


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The final day of Art Camp was about tye-dye.

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Everyone learned about the process from preparing the shirts in soda ash…

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to tying the shirts in certain patterns for the various dyed designs.

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Everyone picked a color pattern for their shirts and began the process of adding color.

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Tye-dye is always lots of work and much fun, and it’s a great thing to be able to wear the art you make in the end.  What a great Art Camp this summer!

Art Camp -day 1


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This year Art Camp focused on the theme of color.

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We began with a warm-up exercise to work together combining small amounts of color and lines with other media.

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This fun little exercise has some wonderful results.

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Campers discussed color, images, and shapes, and we talked about how we combined these elements in our last little exercise.

100_4647Campers worked as a team incorporating their ideas on two large outdoor paintings.

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Everyone had fun exploring how to cover the large white areas.

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It was a little intimidating at first, but eventually everyone jumped into the creative experience!

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Splattering the paint was lots of fun!

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Using the brush and mixing colors had several creative challenges that were soon overcome.

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The introduction of spray paint and learning how to use it gave the paintings a whole new level of fun and new layers of color.

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By the close of day one campers were covered with paint and creative expression.

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Campers were tired after a full morning of color exploration and painting.

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But everyone was looking forward to day 2 and continuing the creative process of Art Camp.

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Art Camp Jr.


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Art Camp Jr. was held this past week, and all of the kids enjoyed our theme of bugs.

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On the first day of camp everyone explored building their own imaginary bug out of found objects in the Art Junction.  The second day, campers worked on painting and designing their bugs.

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Campers also created chalk art bugs using many new techniques.

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Campers also used watercolor paint to begin a bug painting.

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Adding marker to the watercolor design, campers defined their images with strong lines.

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Examples of some wonderfully fun bugs.

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Picasso said that “every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.”  I think I know the answer: continue to make art with kids.

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Finally we explored mixing primary and secondary colors with paint scrapers.

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Everyone enjoyed the action and texture created with scrapers and paints.

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Art Camp Jr. was a wonderful time of exploration, creativity and plain old fun!

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