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Summer Art Camps August 2-6: Expressive Portraits and Prehistoric Creature Illustrations

From studying the essential components of film in Claymation to creating expressive portraits in Drawesome and illustrating prehistoric creatures in Drawing and Painting: Animal Kingdom, we had tons of fun in this week’s Summer Art Camps!


We kicked off the week learning about the three essential components of a short film — characters, story, and set. The first day was dedicated to collaborative character design, as students worked in groups to create a set or background for a different group’s character. We also had “movie time” as we studied Distortion by Guldies, Laika Studios, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Isle of Dogs. The next day, we created characters out of 3D materials and learned about the tools that we will use to film our claymations. Students are thrilled to debut their films for friends and family at the end of the week. View more photos


We kicked off with the week experimenting with abstract drawing and building stories in groups of four. We also reviewed the best way to hold pencils to achieve different outcomes! Next, we started on a group printmaking assignment where students printed their stories as a group and created names for them. A few students loved printmaking so much that they wanted to stay at the museum and print all night! We were also incredibly impressed with how well students worked together as a group. The following day, we studied the work of Mickalene Thomas as a introduction to our self portrait collage project. Students are very excited to show off their expressive portraits on the final day of camp. View more photos

Drawing and Painting: Animal Kingdom

This week is all about the wonderful world of animals! We started the week learning about animal taxonomy and studying the humble hermit crab. We also looked to the work of naturalist Carl Linnaeus to create our very own shadow puppet animals. The following day, we went back in time as we illustrated prehistoric creatures, sculpted megafauna inspired by the Ice Age, and created our own 3D stone tools. Students really impressed us with their knowledge of dinosaurs! View more photos

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