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Acrylic Painting with Mediums

6-week class.

In this class, students will learn how to create artworks with acrylic paint and utilizing various mediums. Students will learn how to build up texture, work colors together, and use alternative mediums. We will reference European and American Art Before 1900 to explore color and layering of materials.

During class time, the instructor will provide demonstrations, lectures, and work time for students. Students will experiment with new processes with the instructor present to offer assistance. Primarily finished artworks will be produced, with some experimental unfinished pieces. Students do not need any prior technical knowledge.

Timeline:

Class 1  Introduction to various methods of painting with acrylic mediums, starting a painting, building up a surface

Class 2  Heavy body painting, building up a surface, impasto

Class 3  Embedding objects into paints, building texture on each piece

Class 4  Painting acrylic skins

Class 5  Creative Project with Mediums/experimentation

Class 6  Creative project with mediums/experimentation

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this class.

Educator: Samara Johnson, https://samaratjohnson.com/home.html

 

Age of Armor Member Tour

 

This tour examines the historical context of plate armor and its pragmatic functions, as well as ideological sentiments about armor throughout time. Pieces are drawn from the renowned collection at the Worcester Art Museum, supplemented by works from the DAM.

Art-Inspired Writing (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

August 8-12, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Could a sculpture inspire a poem? Could a painting inspire a play? Exercise your creative muscles this week as we use artwork as inspiration for our own creative writing projects.

Art-Inspired Writing (ages 9-11)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

August 1-5, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Could a sculpture inspire a poem? Could a painting inspire a play? Exercise your creative muscles this week as we use artwork as inspiration for our own creative writing projects.

 

Behind the Camera: Women in Photography ONLINE

It's a summer of photography! Join us in a three-session course inspired by Modern Women/Modern Vision and Georgia O Keeffe, Photographer. With local art historians and photographers as guides, learn how women have contributed to the development and evolution of photography. Journey to the 1800s to discover women s early involvement in the medium, take a peek into the DAM s own collections, and meet photographers who continue to shape the field today.

 

Individual online sessions:

Tuesday, May 17: Early Women Photographers

Tuesday, June 21: Making Pictures: Women Photographers from the DAM Collection

Tuesday, July 19: Women Photographers Here and Now

Behind the Camera: Women in Photography ONSITE

It's a summer of photography! Join us in a three-session course inspired by Modern Women/Modern Vision and Georgia O Keeffe, Photographer. With local art historians and photographers as guides, learn how women have contributed to the development and evolution of photography. Journey to the 1800s to discover women s early involvement in the medium, take a peek into the DAM s own collections, and meet photographers who continue to shape the field today.

 

Individual onsite sessions:

Tuesday, May 17: Early Women Photographers

Tuesday, June 21: Making Pictures: Women Photographers from the DAM Collection

Tuesday, July 19: Women Photographers Here and Now

 

Bio Art

This 4-week class combines art history and experimentation to explore the emerging movement of Bio Art. Rooted in environmental concerns and science, Bio Art can range from working with natural materials to manipulating DNA. Students will be introduced to "Agar Art" which involves cultivating bacteria, to working with seeds and grasses, and will be encouraged to explore mediums through a conceptual and research-based lens. Participants will learn new ways to look at art, represented in the DAM's collection by artists like Ernesto Neto and Karen Kitchel.

No prior technical knowledge or specific experience is required, though a sense of curiosity and willingness to experiment will be richly rewarded. Students will experiment with a new material each week, that may culminate in a finished artwork if they wish. The DAM's Sensory garden will be a focal point of the class, and each class will feature both a lecture along with hands-on experimentation and art-making time.

 

Timeline:

Class 1: What is BioArt, anyway? Collage-making.

Class 2: Lecture on mycology and mushrooms and their use by artists. Making spore-prints outdoors.

Class 3: Lecture on "Nature Shopping" and a tour of the DAM Sensory Garden. Then, making art with found materials along with a variety of seeds.

Class 4: Lecture on Bacteria Art and playing with microscopes. Students will culture their own agar plates to take home and watch their art grow.

 

Materials: Some materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the $18 materials fee associated with this class. Students will purchase the remainder of materials on their own.

Educator: Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, https://www.laurilynnxemurphy.com

Bundle Dyeing

One-day workshop.

Students will learn bundle dyeing techniques with fun and unique natural materials from the kitchen. Bundle dyeing is perfect for somebody who enjoys creating spontaneous, abstract artworks. Students will learn the basic process of natural dyeing first. We will mordant silk with alum and then we dye fabrics together. We will have iron bath to darken colors as well.

No previous experience of natural dyeing is necessary at all. This class is more like an experiment for students to learn which kind of colors would stick on to fabrics from natural materials. The educator, Maki Teshima, will demonstrate natural materials from Japan and from all over the world.

Materials: Most materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the $26 materials fee associated with this class. Soy bonded cotton fabric will be provided. Students will purchase the remaining materials on their own.

Educator: Maki Teshima, https://www.tomorrowisalwaysnew.com

Additional Notes: A Materials Fee of $26 is included in the pricing of this class for provided materials.

Calling All Filmmakers (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

July 25-29 9 AM - 3:30 PM

In this stop motion animation class, we will be bringing art to life through animation! Learn to construct basic stop motion animations and Claymation by drawing inspiration from the museum. We will host a cinema premire and invite friends and family. Please bring a digital camera, Blank SD card and a thumbdrive to take your films home.

 

Calling All Filmmakers (ages 9-11) Aug 8-12

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

August 8-12, 9 AM - 3:30 PM


In this stop motion animation class, we will be bringing art to life through animation! Learn to construct basic stop motion animations and Claymation by drawing inspiration from the museum. We will host a cinema premire and invite friends and family. Please bring a digital camera, Blank SD card and a thumbdrive to take your films home.

Color Pop! (ages 5-6)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

July 18-22, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

What's your favorite color? Learn how you can mix, match, and blend all the colors to create crazy colorful art! Explore works of art in the galleries to see how artists get creative with colors. Find your true colors as we splatter, paint, and roll with a rainbow of colors.

 

 

Color Pop! (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

June 27-July 1, 9:00am-3:30pm

What’s your favorite color? Learn how you can mix, match, and blend all the colors to create crazy colorful art! Explore works of art in the galleries to see how artists get creative with colors. Find your true colors as we splatter, paint, and roll with a rainbow of colors.

 

Design Thinking (ages 9-11)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

July 11-15, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Re-design an everyday object: make it better & make it an NFT (a non-fungible token--which can technically contain anything digital or physical, including drawings, animated GIFs, songs, or items in video games). Pick up design skills like observation, brainstorming, prototyping, and testing. With these skills you'll be designing a better world IRL & in the Metaverse.

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Everything Under the Sun

6-week class.

This class will examine concepts of light through a variety of media. We will explore what it means to live and create as solar beings, in the gravity and thrall of celestial bodies. Through camera-less photography, we will take a multifaceted view of natural and artificial light, reconsidering the way that we interact with objects and the world around us. We will explore patterns and shapes made by objects alive and dead, objects organic and man-made, objects rendered recognizable and unrecognizable. Our explorations together will evolve into multidimensional, multiscale works as the weeks unfold, with an emphasis on the group pushing itself to test the limits of each of the media we will use.

No prior technical knowledge is required for this class. The class will be broken up into sections of different media with thorough introductions of each medium and viewing of artworks. Students will be focused initially on small experiments, which we hope to incorporate into more experimental, integrated works by the end. With a limited amount of class time each week, we will repeat and return to media and activities so students can legitimately explore the possibilities of a medium and gain some mastery.

 

Timeline:

Class 1 - Proto-photographic processes

Class 2 – Cyanotype experiments

Class 3 – Screening of “Mothlight” by Stan Brakhage, and painting on film.

Class 4 – Proto-photographic magic lanterns and filmic processes

Class 5 - Film media studio day

Class 6 - Stacey Steers' "Night Hunter" discussion.

 

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this class.

Educator: Common Name Farm (Noelle Trueheart & Phil Cordelli), https://www.commonnamefarm.org

Free Days

Enjoy free general admission for all! Engage with art, explore onsite activities and experience exhibitions on view all while enjoying free general admission.

  • Tuesday, April 12 (10am - 9pm)
  • Sunday, April 24 (10am - 5pm)
  • Tuesday, May 10 (10am - 9pm)
  • Sunday, June 5 (10am - 5pm)
  • Tuesday, June 14 (10am - 9pm)
  • Tuesday, July 12 (10am - 9pm)
  • Sunday, July 31 (10am - 5pm)
  • Tuesday, August 9 (10am - 9pm)
  • Saturday, September 10 (10am - 5pm)
  • Tuesday, September 13 (10am - 9pm)
  • Tuesday, October 11 (10am - 9pm)
  • Saturday, November 5 (10am - 5pm)
  • Tuesday, November 8 (10am - 9pm)
  • Tuesday, December 13 (10am - 9pm)
  • Saturday, November 5 (10am - 5pm)
  • Tuesday, November 8 (10am - 9pm)
  • Tuesday, December 13 (10am - 9pm)

From Painting to Performance (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

August 1-5, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Prowl the museum galleries to create and entire production inspired by the artwork. Together we will write, design, and act in a play to be performed in the art museum!

From Painting to Performance (ages 9-11)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

July 25-29, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Explore the museum galleries to create an entire production inspired by the artwork. Together we will write, design, and act in a play to be performed in the art museum!

Ghost, Shadow, Trace: Imaging the World

This 4-week course will focus on the concept of the trace: the footprint left in the sand, the sunt an line of a watch left on the wearer's wrist, fallen leaves that imprint themselves on the sidewalk, and more. A trace is the image left behind by the presence of a person or an object. In most instances, that person or object touched the paper or substrate that retains their image.

Using cyanotypes (blueprint camera-less photographs), drawings of shadows, rubbings of objects (frottage), painting with objects as stencils, and impressions of objects as stamps (lipstick kisses, fruit prints, and more), we will explore how to make images of the world through the traces that people and things leave behind.

Each class will begin with a discussion of a short reading and a presentation with examples of artists and their works utilizing trace imagery. After a demonstration of techniques and a set of directed exercises, students will create final works with the ideas and methods we learn about the trace. Come prepared to discover an alternative form of looking at and imaging the world!

 

Timeline:

Class 1: History of the trace image and camera-less photography

Class 2: Silhouettes and tracing shadows in art

Class 3: Rubbings/frottage in art

Class 4: Using objects as stencils and stamps (including collagraphs)

Materials: Cyanotype/sunprint paper will be provided for students and is included in the materials fee of $8 for this class. Students will purchase the remainder of the materials on their own.

Educator: Genevieve Waller, https://genevievewaller.com

 

 

Inputs: Responsive Materials

In this 4-week class, students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving, creating woven switches, and soft circuits. Students will design and weave their own tapestry woven with conductive yarn, and use it to control LEDs.

Students will create small experiments in this class, culminating in a finished tapestry, with conductive yarns woven throughout, that can control up to 10 LEDs. Students do not need to have any prior technical knowledge, although any experience with weaving or electronic textiles will be helpful, but not required. This is a beginner lever class that will introduce students to tapestry weaving techniques, different woven switches, and how to create soft circuits.

 

Timeline:

Class 1: Intro to soft circuits and LEDS. Students will create a simple soft circuit with an LED, a soft switch, and a battery.

Class 2: Intro to tapestry weaving. Students will learn several different tapestry weaving techniques.

Class 3: Weaving our switches. This week the focus will be on weaving our tapestries, and integrating conductive yarns to create soft switches.

Class 4: Creating our circuits. This week will focus on stitching the soft circuits, and connecting our weavings to the circuits.

 

Materials: Some materials will be provided and are reflected in a $16 materials fee included in the pricing for this class. Students will purchase the remainder of materials on their own.

Educator: Sasha de Koninck, https://studiosdk.net

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