Bowdoin Summer Art Camp
The Bowdoin Summer Art Camp is a fully-supervised day in the art studios at the Edwards Center for Art and Dance which nurtures seeing, exploration, and creativity in young people, ages 5-15. No experience or expertise is necessary, just enthusiasm for the process of making art and a willingness to experiment with new ways of seeing.
Art Camp will run for four weeks from late June to mid July (dates TBD.) Each of the sessions are broken up into age groups, and are each designed to work as a separate unit, but a child may enroll in more than one session as long as he or she is the appropriate age. On the last day of each session, campers will host their family and friends at an artist's reception!
Tuition and Materials Fee
All art supply and reception costs are included in the tuition fee charged for any given week. Fees may vary for each session to accommodate the length of session, guest artists, and materials needed. Campers would need to bring their own snacks and/or a bagged lunch.
A limited number of printed t-shirts will be available for purchase during Art Camp.
Classes Offered (2016 details are listed--2017 is TBD. All items are subject to change.)
Explore the world of your imagination! Construct a fantastic work with invented critters, plants, beings, and buildings. We will work two and three dimensionally to construct our fictional stories. Wacky, fantastical, whimsical, or adventurous, there is no limit to what you can create. Parents are invited to visit and experience our imagined worlds on the last day of camp!
Where can you find fairies, gnomes, dragons, and unicorns? They will all be living in our very own enchanted forest on Bowdoin's campus this summer! Campers will imagine an enchanted, magical world through two and three dimensional art projects. We will be experimenting with clay, collage, tempera paint, drawing materials, and magic wands! Friends and family are invited on the last day of camp for a celebration.
Three-two-one....blast-off! Campers: prepare to launch your imaginations into outer space! In this week-long, space-themed session, young artists will construct robots, paint planets, invent aliens, and maybe even ride a shooting star. The week will culminate in a celestial celebration of art on the last day--family and friends are invited to an art show that is sure to be out-of-this-world!
Ahoy mateys! Campers are invited to come aboard a ship full of artistic adventure as we explore deserted islands, seek out treasure chests, and discover fantastical sea creatures. Young pirates can expect to paint, print, collage, construct, and draw during this week-long voyage into uncharted waters. Come discover with us! Family and friends are invited on the last day of camp to a rowdy celebration of art---Aaarrrgh!
Using the 'MakerSpace' model, the Bowdoin art studio is transformed into a place to wonder, tinker, explore, create, invent, and construct. Campers will be able to ask, "What if?" Next, the art studio will let their curiosity guide an open-ended exploration using a variety of materials. Each day in this week-long session, campers will be introduced to an exciting new art concept or technique in the morning, followed by project-based exploration. In the afternoon, campers will follow their own curiosity using the MakerSpace materials
Come join the Bowdoin Big Top! The circus can be many things--jugglers and acrobats defying gravity with their tricks, elephants dancing and horses prancing, clowns asking us to be amazed--all of them requiring imagination. During this week, we will brainstorm different types of circuses and then create our own using painting, drawing, sculpture, and maybe a little bit of acting. But, ladies and gentlemen, our greatest show on earth will be a week filled with fun!
In this workshop, campers will integrate painting, collage, songs, poetry, and games into a week of creativity. Young artists will make hand-painted, textured paper with watercolor on wet paper. They will use salt, sponges, Plexiglas, plastic wrap, straws, and marbleizing techniques to create a variety of nature settings illustrating water, sky, various lands, and times of day. These papers will be the raw materials for creating collages that tell picture stories. Collage themes will be self-directed, but the collage illustrations of Leo Lionni, Lois Ehlert, Steve Jenkins, and Eric Carle will be shared for inspiration.
This workshop will utilize the same techniques as those in Color and Collage, but will offer an opportunity for further exploration. Using the papers and collage techniques, students will fashion functional items such as journals, refrigerator magnets, bookmarks, and illustrated wooden boxes for family or personal keepsakes.
Ever wonder what a piece of art is trying to say? In this workshop, campers will consider the connections between words and images, poetry and pictures, stories and illustrations. We'll create posters, small books, narrative illustrations and more using pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, and a number of exciting mixed media materials. A trip to Bowdoin's Art Museum will spark our imaginations and generate ideas to help us create art that expresses how we see the world with our own characters, stories, myths, and drawings. The week will culminate in an art show open to family and friends on the last day.
Enjoy a week chock full of (non-toxic) Printmaking and Drawing fun! Young artists will explore the natural environment on the Bowdoin campus and learn to make drawings and prints from their discoveries and observations from the out-of-doors. We will travel outside to draw from the natural setting, and also take some specimens inside to work with. Campers will learn to use a professional printing press and make transfers, etchings, and monoprints. No drawing skills are necessary--just bring your imagination and we will scratch the surface of our environment and make magic with print!
Explore the Bowdoin College campus grounds including gardens, foliage, and the Bowdoin Museum of Art to experience the wonders of nature. See how artists, such as Andy Goldsworthy, use natural materials to create artwork or have depicted natural environments. Then, spend time creating your own works of art that include natural materials. Identify patterns and designs found in nature and create your own. Paint, draw, and sculpt works of art inspired by nature. Family and friends are invited to join us on the last day of camp to see our creations!
Step into our time travel machine each day of Art Camp. We will arrive at a new place in art history and create works inspired by various artists. Each day will focus on a new artist. From Calder to Mondrian, O'Keefe to Nevelson, campers will explore new artistic styles and mediums. We will create both two and three dimensional works using both traditional and unconventional art materials. Family and friends are invited on the last day to an artist's reception.
Look inward and project outward! In this camp, we will explore the self-portrait though pencil, print, and collage. Working directly from the portrait both indoors and outdoors, we will discuss various artist media and how to use those materials to create dynamic work from the heart. Artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their finished portraits on the last day to friends and family.