Summer Art Camp reached new heights of enrollment in 2015. With 87 students attending twelve classes, the 13th Annual Summer Art Camp was a hub of activity at the Cannon Beach Community Church over the week of July 13.
This year, in addition to an amazing line-up of classes, we were fortunate to have a sneak peek at a new product called Fort Boards invented by August Graube, the son of art camp instructor, Ireta Sitts-Graube. Fort Boards are a system of interlocking panels that can be used to build pretty much any type structure you can imagine, from rockets and delivery trucks to oversized sea creatures and tunnels. Students had a blast playing in the structures and reconfiguring the shapes to their own imaging.
Once everyone got the wiggles out playing with Fort Boards, students settled in to create some fabulous art work that wowed parents and stunned our adult students at the abilities they discovered. Creative Kid Explorers for ages 3-5 had an undersea adventure and created fun octopi and ocean scenes while 5-8 year olds travelled to the far reaches of the galaxy to design Space Creatures with Watercolor. As usual, Kids Yoga was downward-dog room only. Every morning, howling coyotes would compete with a chorus of hammers in Jewelry Design, where special words of Hope and Love were being pounded into the copper charms. Students in Watercolor Techniques for ages ten to adult finished the week with portfolios of new work that incorporated a variety of methods for achieving special effects in painting.
Our afternoon class, Painting with Pastels was bursting at the seams with students learning the 7 elements of art. How many can you name? This group created landscapes, visited an art gallery, and made T-shirts. The ever-popular Canvas Creations was indoor and outdoor, working on a variety of projects using pre-stretched canvases as well as canvas fabric as a backdrop for their creations. Sketch Book Making incorporated a variety of fun techniques, learning ancient Japanese bookbinding methods and using bubble solution to make decorative paper for their covers. Down the hall in Beautiful Surfaces, students were painting from tin cans with dry pigment and applying layers of melted beeswax before using heat guns and blow torches to “set” their paintings. Students created a still life with fruits and vegetables, a scene with small houses, and incorporated live flower petals into an arrangement to be preserved in the wax. CBAA Board Member and landscape designer, Beth Holland, brought a variety of specimens with vibrant colors from her private garden to share with students to use in their projects. Getting to interact with the diverse patterns of the flowers inspired students to create a variety of works that resembled mandalas.
Several three-day workshops rounded out the week, with a morning Printmaking class that incorporated use of a printing press. This large machine enabled students to make copies of collages they assembled on paper before running them through the press. Students in World Art Adventure let their imaginations travel to ancient ruins and studied world alphabets to render surreal yet familiar compositions. Blueprint to Cyanotypes harnessed the power of summer sun to make beautiful blue and white prints of collected leaves and flowers as well as a t-shirt project that was a huge success with students.
Dates are set for next year, so don’t miss the fun and save the date for July 11-15, 2016! Join us in Cannon Beach to expand your creative horizon.