summer camp 2017

“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.”

     --- William Blake

From the tiniest grain of sand to our vast solar system, all themes for ArtTastic Summer Camp 2017 are celebrating the Universe we live in.  Each week we will host a Special Guest who will present something unique and different, in addition to the projects taught by our Instructors.  Students’ artwork will be highlighted in the End of Summer Exhibition at the Montminy Gallery, with a coinciding Reception and Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21.

All camps are open to school-age children (ages 5 and up).  Children will be divided into smaller groups within the classroom, to complete age-appropriate projects with others of similar age and ability.

Please note that the camp prices vary from week to week, to accommodate special project costs.  Camp days are from 8:00am to 5:00pm each day.  Half-day Adaptive Camps are available the weeks of July 10 and July 17.

July 3-7     Earth-Works     $160/child

Projects this week will explore the planet we inhabit, and more specifically, the ground on which we stand.  Kids can expect to get dirty, as we’ll be constructing earthworks and other outdoor sculpture projects.  We’ll also investigate the meaning of “Works,” including topics of labor and service, and how our works affect both our planet and each other.  Special guests:  US Military Veterans will assist campers with some art-making and tell us about their service to our country.
Note:  No camp on July 4, in observation of Independence Day.

July 10-14     Re-think. Re-use. Re-make.     $200/child

The theme this week is a twist on the mantra of “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” and will be centered on projects that take a fresh look at something old.  We will be using found objects and recyclables to make art, as well as delving into history to re-examine stories long forgotten.  Special guest:  Boone County Historical Society will share some of their records and artifacts to inspire new perspectives on the present and future.

Half-day Adaptive Camps are available this week for those children who have disabilities or who just prefer a shorter day.  These Adaptive Camps will explore the same theme, but will take place in a different building than the full-day campers’.  Please select the Morning or the Afternoon option when registering.  Mornings (9:00-12:00) will focus on Fibers and 2D projects.  Afternoons (1:00-4:00) will focus on Clay and 2D projects.     $85/child

July 17-21     Invisible Threads     $200/child

This week’s theme is inspired by Anselm Kiefer, who said, “What does the artist do?  He draws connections.  He ties the invisible threads between things.  He dives into history, be it the history of mankind, the geological history of the Earth or the beginning and end of the manifest cosmos.”  We think this is one of the greatest definitions of art ever!  Our young artists will be exploring and celebrating a myriad of ways things and people are connected.  Special guest:  Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild will assist us in making some ‘connections’ out of yarn.

Half-day Adaptive Camps are available this week for those children who have disabilities or who just prefer a shorter day.  These Adaptive Camps will explore the same theme, but will take place in a different building than the full-day campers’.  Please select the Morning or the Afternoon option when registering.  Mornings (9:00-12:00) will focus on Fibers and 2D projects.  Afternoons (1:00-4:00) will focus on Clay and 2D projects.     $85/child

July 24-28     Blast Off     $250/child

Really, who doesn’t love fast machines?  Planes, Trains ... Electric Cars?  This week is designed for those campers who want to discover new frontiers and how to get to them.  Projects will include kinetic sculpture and other scientific arts.  Special guests:  M.U. Electric Car Team will share with us how they converted a gas-guzzling truck into a super cool machine with zero emissions, doing their part to preserve our atmosphere.  AND ... Mizzou Robotics will help our campers build their own path-finding robots to take home!

July 31-Aug. 4     Between the Galaxies     $230 per child

What do you think of when you hear the word “space?”  Outer space?  The distance between objects?  Square footage?  Negative space?  Two-or-three-dimensional?  All of these subjects are fair game for this weeks’ host of projects.  Special guest:  John Rozean (a.k.a. Rocket Man) will help campers construct their very own rockets!  (Note:  no explosives or combustibles will be used.  All rockets will be air-launched or water-launched, to ensure everyone’s safety.)

Aug. 7-11     Wheels Keep on Turning     $200/child

If you’re like us, just reading those words prompted some spontaneous singing of “Wheel in the Sky” by Journey.  We’re looking forward to observing the sun and the moon crossing paths later this month, so this week’s camp will explore celestial bodies and all those things we might see in the sky.  We’ll also give some thought to how we choose our paths and interact with those we meet along the way.  Special guest:  MU Planetarium will share some amazing footage and facts about our galaxy and the upcoming solar eclipse.

It's going to be a great summer!  Click here to register.