Art Classes

Art Camp Summer 2016!

July 25th-29th 9am-12pm

Cost: $100 per student, includes all supplies!

The theme of this summer’s art camp will be “Finding the self-portrait within me”.  Students will work on a different project each day.  The focus will be on rounding out the young artist through a variety of media to explore many ways of interpreting and creating “self-portraits”.  Not just a literal self-portrait, but each piece will tell a story, show a side to each child’s personality, memory mapping, color abstractions, etc.  These projects can go in many directions as we concentrate on making meaning in art.  At the completion of this week, there will be an art exhibit showcasing each child’s works done throughout the week!

This summer’s art camp will be taught by visiting artist Catie Russo.  Catie is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Catie has 10 years experience teaching art education in Maryland to artists ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade in both a public school setting and college studio art courses for youth. Catie is focused on inspiring artists of all ages to unlock their potential, and celebrates diversity of vision and creativity in the arts.

 2016 Art Classes

The art classes at Between Friends will provide students with the opportunity to learn about art styles, art history, and art techniques through a variety of experiences with materials; from chalk and colored pencils, to painting, and sculpture. The lessons are curricular based and taught with an educational purpose in mind.


Below are the different art lessons that will be taught for the first few weeks:

Beginner/Intermediate: Tuesdays 4:00-5:15pm

  1. Students will look at the work of Georgia O’keeffe and will emulate her style, using optical tools to compose a closeup image of a plant or flower. They will then use paint and color mixing techniques to render the image onto paper.
  2. Students will learn about some of the many and varied cultures which have made masks and will view imagery of the same. As a class, we will discuss why people have made masks throughout history, and why we might want to do the same. Then, students will trace their own head onto paper with the help of a friend and will use air-drying clay to create a mask of their own. Students will focus on building different parts of the face in three dimensions and accentuating parts for various effect. After these have dried, students will paint, draw, or attach other components to their masks.
  3. Students will learn about Monarch butterflies, a species beautiful and local, and how these creatures migrate thousands of miles to get to Mexico in the fall. We will study the patterns that Monarch butterflies’ wings show and create our own on one side of a piece of paper. Then, students will print thi20160209_170207s pattern onto the other side of their paper to capture the same symmetry of the butterflies. As this part dries, students will build a body for their butterfly, attach wings and antennae, and then cut out the pattern printed and glue this onto the body, creating a 3-d butterfly.
  4. Sticking with the autumn theme, students will be inspired by the abstract art of the Kandinsky, a Russian artist from the turn of the 20th century. This project will involve creating abstract patterned art which will be used as kernels of a large ear of corn, creating an ear of “Corndinsky”.
  5. This week, students will look at the art of American artist Wayne Thiebaud, famous for his rich, textured paintings of Americana, especially cakes, cupcakes, and pies. Students will learn about drawing with texture and creating the impression of three-dimensionality on a flat surface using line, color, value, and shadow.
  6. Pending finding supplies, students will create fairy houses, using assemblage techniques to create and decorate homes for fairies or gnomes, attaching natural materials onto man-made objects to build beautiful and whimsical fairy homes.

Intermediate/Advanced: Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm

  1. Students will view the art of Van Gogh, a post-Impressionist artist famous for the texture and markmaking techniques he employed. They will then paint a still life of some sunflowers, a common subject for the painter. Students will focus on texture and value being created through mixed colors and mark-making.
  2. Students will build wire armatures and will use these to help support sculptures made from air-drying clay. These sculptures will be of animals, real or imagined, and will focus on creating form, texture, and negative space around the animal.
  3. This week, students will learn about the Indonesian art form of batik, a technique using wax on fabric to resist dyes, dying the whole fabric except for the parts which are drawn on using wax.
  4. Students will learn about the whimsical, nature-inspired artwork of Henri Rousseau, a French painter known for his portrayals of natural and jungle scenes, including representations of many different animals and flowers.
  5. Students will use paper and cardboard as well as paint to create a low-relief art project. Each student will choose their own subject for this project, witha  focus on creating a background, a middle ground, and a foreground, with the middle ground raised off the page and the foreground raised even further to give the illusion of space.
  6. Students will use ink as a painting medium and will study the Japanese art form emaki, painted scrolls often paired with haiku poetry. In this art form, the poem and the image are related, so that they strengthen one another, and often depict a natural scene. This type of painting effectively uses value changes in order to create an impression of distance, an effect known as “atmospheric perspective”.

Fee is $10 per week paid monthly and includes all materials

If you are interested in signing your child up for an art class or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call the arts center at: (207) 989-7100