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Summer Art Colony 2018: July 16-20

103 Charlton

3D Printing This camp explores the ever expanding uses and technology behind 3D printing. Teens got the chance to take a two dimensional object and turn it into a three dimensional masterpiece. They also learned how a 3D printer works and what its purposes are in both the industrial and artistic workplaces looking at Jonathan Keep, Haruka Misawa and MIT’s Media Lab as a few key examples. Final Friday showcased their amazing 2D inspirations and 3D creations!


Claymation campers learned how to create different effects with techniques such as pixilation, growing and shrinking with clay, 2D and 3D puppeteering, and animating to sound! Classic claymations such as Wallace and Gromit were inspiration, as well as animated music videos by Tame Impala and Grizzly Bear. Students spent the week sketching, sculpting, and developing characters for their group film, as well as animating them with iStopMotion software.  The final film was screened for all friends and family to see on Final Friday!

Fashion Design students learned how to create their own patterns, cut fabric, and sew by hand and with machine. Working in small groups, students turned their fashion drawings into functional clothes! They got inspired with a field trip to the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  They presented their amazing finished creations at the fashion show on Final Friday for all friends and family to see and enjoy!

Governors Island

Art Adventurers Young artists worked with many mediums, including collage, found objects, clay sculpture, and drawing.  Island excursions included a trip to Liggett Arch to view Jacob Hashimoto’s hanging sculptural installation, as well as visiting the nearby lavender garden to make observational drawings of nature.  On their Final Friday show, the class created a world of their imagination that could exist right on Governors Island, complete with its own plants, animals, and surroundings!

Illustrated Stories campers learned about blind contour drawing, sequential storytelling, identifying character tropes and more to create a wonderful illustration portfolio. After looking at works from artists such as Derek Forjour, Frida Khalo and Rosanna Tasker students tried their hand at portraiture using mediums such as ink, watercolor, collage, pastel. Campers created some amazing work to inspire and share with family and friends! 


Photography Students got familiar with DSLR camera settings before jumping in and experimenting with framing, depth, negative space, and perspective.  They viewed works such as National Geographic photography, as well as the silhouette-inspired photographs of the artist Peja, to help illustrate these new concepts.  Notable excursions included a trip to Castle Williams, as well as the nearby lavender garden, to take pictures! For Final Friday, students’ work was displayed in a class slideshow, and each student showcased a booklet of their own photography to take home.  


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