Summer Art Camp 2014 - A Creative Whirlwind!

Summer 2014 has been so much fun at Freehand. We had an incredible time with our imaginative students, talented teachers and volunteers leading the way. We're now in September and I can't believe how quickly the summer went by. We wanted to share some photos of the wonderful work being produced this year. 

We started off the summer with Video Game Week. This was a great opportunity to use a popular medium to teach kids about drawing and design and to open them up to future career opportunities that are available to artists. We had a fabulous time designing characters, drawing landscapes for side-scrollers and creating 3D worlds. 

Miniature arcade games made by our students in Grades 3-5

Miniature arcade games made by our students in Grades 3-5

Space invader mosaic pixel art!

Space invader mosaic pixel art!

Our third theme was Stargazers and we took inspiration from all things space- real or imaginary. We painted solar systems, made clay spaceships and aliens and even created a "Field Guide to the Galaxy" to showcase the creatures we dreamed up. Check out some of the highlights:

Clay spaceships photographed in front of our solar system paintings

Clay spaceships photographed in front of our solar system paintings

Alien collagraph prints

Alien collagraph prints

Astronauts!

Astronauts!

Lunar landscapes

Lunar landscapes

 

Next up was Flights of Fantasy from July 7-11. The studio was filled with dragons, fairies and all things imaginary.  We started off the week designing and then building our own castles out of clay. These had to be fired and weren't all finished until Friday. Well worth the wait!

Clay castles and Firebird by JK-SK campers

Clay castles and Firebird by JK-SK campers

Animal Kingdom was next up and it was truly wild! Our students have so much knowledge about animals and their habitats that this is always an easy place to find inspiration. Each day of the week we worked on a different habitat or region of the world and created animal themed work based on who lives there. On Monday, it was clay clay clay! We were inspired by Safari animals and made portraits in the morning and habitat relief sculptures in the afternoon. As the week went on Freehand was turned into a total zoo!

Clay animal portraits

Clay animal portraits

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Tuesday was all about animals who live near water. In the morning, we did styrofoam prints with painted backgrounds to show reflections in the water. They turned out wonderfully! In the afternoon, we printed patterned backgrounds and then stencilled animal silhouettes in the foreground. Check them out:


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I have to admit, animal week is always one of my favourite themes so I just have to share a few more pictures. I wish I had a whole art gallery to fill with these images!

Insect and habitat shadow boxes

Insect and habitat shadow boxes

JK-SK Clay Animals

JK-SK Clay Animals

Painted acetate on wooden board

Painted acetate on wooden board

Fish tessellation prints

Fish tessellation prints

Although we incorporate lots of three-dimensional work into all of the camps we always make sure that we have a Sculpture Week at Freehand. Each year it is probably the most popular and tends to get filled up most quickly. There's something about creating art that you can hold and look at from different ways that appeals to kids (and adults) on a deep level. Working in 3D can be a challenge and often involves many steps from planning and experimenting to constructing and finishing. This year, we were inspired by sculptures from the ancient world as well as more contemporary work. We're so proud of our students and teachers for making this week run smoothly and for producing such great art throughout this messy process. Well done!

Clay dragon

Clay dragon

Mini Easter Island Heads

Mini Easter Island Heads

Louise Nevelson inspired found at sculpture

Louise Nevelson inspired found at sculpture

Sleeping dragons all painted 

Sleeping dragons all painted 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the awesome work from Summer 2014. Next up, Fall 2014 term and so much for creativity...after a break for the teachers, of course :)