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Register for 2018 Summer Camp at the Art Center

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Kids Summer Camp

After a one-year hiatus, our classic camp is back by popular demand! This summer we’re bringing back your favorite themes and high-quality projects. Kids will have the opportunity to explore painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics with our best teaching artists during a fun-filled week of art. These camps are for children entering grades K-5 and will be divided into grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5.

 

Extended Day Options are available for all Kids Summer Camp Sessions. Early drop-off begins at 8 AM and late pick-up ends at 5:30 PM. The following options will be available as an add on when you check out with a camp session in your basket:

Full Week – Camp Early Drop-Off or Late Pick-Up  $100.00
Full Week – Camp Early Drop-Off And Late Pick-Up  $175.00
Single Day(s) – Camp Early Drop-Off or Late Pick-Up  $25.00

Daily Schedule
9:45–10 AM          Morning Check-In
10–11:30 AM        Morning Art Project
11:30 AM–12 PM  Lunch (packed from home)
12–1:15 PM           Afternoon Art Making
1:15–1:30 PM        Snack (packed from home)
1:30–3 PM             Afternoon Art Project
3–3:15 PM             Afternoon Pick-Up

 

Teen Summer Camp

Each week gives middle and high school students an in-depth studio experience. Designed to empower teen artists by engaging their creativity and enhancing their skills, students are introduced to two forms of artistic expression each week in the fields of drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, fiber, and sculpture. Small class sizes, grouped by age and experience, enable our instructors to take a deep dive with the students so that they can build technique and grow their individual style. These camps are for children entering grades 6-12 and will be divided into two groups: young teens and older teens.

Daily Schedule
9:45–10 AM           Check-In
10 AM–12:15 PM   Morning Studio Concentration (see descriptions for details)
12:15–12:45 PM     Lunch (packed from home)
12–1:15 PM           Afternoon Art Making
12:45–3 PM           Afternoon Studio Concentration (see descriptions for details)
3–3:15 PM             Pick-Up

 

Kids Summer Camp

Session 1 (June 25-29): Summer Fun

Be inspired by the warm air and all of the possibilities the summer holds. In this newly conceived week of instruction, students will create projects based on fun things to do during the summer, like a 3D campsite diorama, a painting of July 4th fireworks, and a pastel drawing of the boardwalk. Get ready for a fun-filled creative summer!

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 

Special Four-Day Art in America Camp (July 2, 3, 5, 6 – Single Day Options Available)

Celebrate America’s birthday by creating one-of-a-kind creative artworks! During the July 4th holiday week, the Art Center will be hosting individual day camps where students in grades K-5 can come and create art based on American artists and attractions. Each day students will create 2-3 art projects such as a pastel drawing of Vermont in the fall, a drawing of the Empire State Building, and a painting done in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. Students may sign up for the full four days of camp or sign up for single-day sessions.

Camp Schedule
Monday, July 2 10:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, July 3 10:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday, July 5 10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday, July 6 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

Register:
All Four Days: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
By the Day
Monday, 7/2: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Tuesday, 7/3: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Thursday, 7/5: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Friday, 7/6: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th

Session 2 (July 9-13): Comics, Characters & Cartoons

Explore the world of cartoons, comics, and popular characters through art! Create fun and exciting projects like a paper mache Oscar the Grouch, a charcoal drawing of Gotham City, and a Pokemon painting just to name a few. Projects are different each week even if the theme is the same.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 

Session 3 (July 16-20): Art Around the World

Pack your Bags! Your child will “travel” the world to see how different countries and cultures create and celebrate art. Learn about ancient Egypt and create Egyptian style self-portraits, learn about the architecture of France while painting the Eiffel Tower, and sculpt decorated Indian elephants out of clay. Your child will become fluent in the universal language of art. Projects are different each week even if the theme is the same.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 

Session 4 (July 23-27): Into the Wild: Animals & Wildlife Art

Take a journey through the jungle, swim through the ocean, or trek through the Serengeti as we explore the exciting world of animals and their amazing habitats. Your child will create projects such as a shoebox ocean diorama, a pastel drawing of a tiger, and a clay zebra.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 

Session 5 (July 30-August 3): Mini Masters

Be inspired! Your child will create multiple projects and experiment with various mediums all while learning about the timeline of art. Students will create art projects based on well-known artistic styles and famous artists. Create a Jackson Pollock splatter painting, pop art like Andy Warhol, or a self-portrait like Van Gogh. The possibilities are endless!

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 

Session 6 (August 6-10): Storybook Art: Bringing Characters to Life

Travel through the pages of your favorite books and create one-of-a-kind artworks. Students will be inspired by famous authors and illustrators to create projects such as a paper-mache mouse from the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a charcoal Harry Potter drawing or an Alice In Wonderland themed painting.

Grades K-1

SOLD OUT: Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 

Session 7 (August 13-17): Comics, Characters & Cartoons

Explore the world of cartoons, comics, and popular characters through art! Create fun and exciting projects like a paper-mache Oscar the Grouch, a charcoal drawing of Gotham City, and a Pokemon painting just to name a few. Projects are different each week even if the theme is the same.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 

Session 8 (August 20-24): Art Around the World

Pack your Bags! Your child will “travel” the world to see how different countries and cultures create and celebrate art. Learn about ancient Egypt and create Egyptian style self-portraits, learn about the architecture of France while painting the Eiffel Tower, and sculpt decorated Indian elephants out of clay. Your child will become fluent in the universal language of art. Projects are different each week even if the theme is the same.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 

Session 9 (August 27-31): Exploring the Art of Nature

Nurture nature! Enjoy the incredible power and beauty of nature. Your child will have the chance to learn, explore, and create projects like a painting of a beautiful sunset over the ocean, a paper-mache glittery snowman and a pastel drawing of giraffes in the Savanna.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

 


Teen Summer Camp

SOLD OUT
BONUS WEEK (June 25-29): Geometric Abstraction in Painting and Fine Art Digital Photography

Geometric Abstraction in Painting – During this week of camp, students will learn how to create incredible works of art without referencing representational images! Students will be limited to the use of shapes and straight-edges to create an engaging composition. The instructor will review the principles of design to help students understand the best ways to arrange their abstract compositions.

Fine Art Digital Photography – In this class, students will learn different techniques that help make a great photograph, such as lighting, shutter speed, and basic photo editing. Students will learn how to compose a great photo with whatever camera they have.

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SOLD OUT
Session 1 (July 9-July 13): Functional Ceramics/Art Journaling & Drawing and Painting Techniques

Functional Ceramics – This class will cover hand-building, wheel throwing, and glazing techniques to teach students how to create functional ceramics items, such as cups, mugs, bowls, and plates.

Art Journaling – Art journaling is a wonderful tool and habit for everyone. Keeping a journal that contains one’s inspirations, frustrations, dreams, and fears is a way to creatively process everyday life. Students will make their own journal with simple bookbinding techniques and will fill its pages both inside and outside of class. Students will also be encouraged to share their journaling journey in class.

Drawing and Painting Techniques – This class will work on drawing and painting foundations. Students will exercise their observational skills and will gain familiarity with diverse media (such as graphite, charcoal, acrylics, and watercolors) through gesture drawings, blind contours, and contour drawing exercises. Linear perspective, color theory, and building form with light and shadow will also be covered to help students render their artistic creations.

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SOLD OUT
Session 2 (July 16 – July 20): Fine Art Digital Photography & Abstract Exploration in Painting

Fine Art Digital Photography – In this class, students will learn different techniques that help make a great photograph, such as lighting, shutter speed, and basic photo editing. Students will learn how to compose a great photo with whatever camera they have.

Abstract Exploration in Painting – Students will explore different techniques and styles (both past and present) that make up great abstract paintings. Looking to great historical and contemporary examples, students will learn different acrylic painting techniques to achieve their desired aesthetic. This class will also cover the Elements of Art and color theory.

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SOLD OUT
Session 3 (July 23 – July 27): Metal Sculpture & Printmaking Techniques

Metal Sculpture – Utilizing wire in a variety of gauges, students will create sculptures, focusing first on two-dimensional formats and then graduating to three-dimensional pieces. Student works will explore a variety of subjects such as portraits, animal figures, or nature. Students will also have the opportunity to play with fabrics for additional texture and dimension in their sculptures.

Printmaking Techniques – This class will cover plexiglass etching, mono-printing, and collagraph printing techniques. Students will learn about the various tools and styles of printmaking while working on their own original creations.

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SOLD OUT
Session 4 (July 30 – August 3): Experimental Fashion & Jewelry Design

Experimental Fashion – This class explores the traditional and the non-traditional in creating fashion. Students will create wearable art while delving into different techniques of sewing and fabrication. Students will also learn how to sketch their design concepts and bring them to fruition.

Jewelry Design – Create your own jewelry! Students will learn unique jewelry-making techniques, such as wrapped wire pendants, cold connections with metal, polymer clay canes, and viking knitting with wire, to implement while creating their own jewelry designs.

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SOLD OUT
Session 5 (August 6 – 10): Intro to Webcomics & Sculpting with Fibers

Intro to Webcomics – This intro class will cover various techniques for comics, as well as discuss strategies for starting and maintaining a successful project on the web. Students will learn how to improve their artistic skills, touch on ways in which they can safely and effectively use the web to their advantage, and manage consistent update of their work online.

Sculpting With Fibers – Incorporate patterns and texture into your sculptures with the use of fabric! Students will learn how to construct an armature and build their fabric sculptures around it. With the guidance of their instructor, students will learn how to bring their unique concepts to life.

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SOLD OUT
Session 6 (August 13 – 17): Sculptural Forms & 2-D Mixed Media

Sculptural Forms – Express yourself in the third dimension! Using materials such as plaster, clay, and/or metal, students will explore a variety of sculptural techniques while creatively examining their personal style.

2-D Mixed Media – Explore the possibilities of collage! Utilizing a variety of materials, students will investigate different approaches and techniques to the art of collage. Works can include but are not limited to, textiles, drawing, painting, and paper cut-outs.

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SOLD OUT
Session 7 (August 20 – 24): Expressive Ceramics/Comic Book Illustrations & Figure Drawing

Expressive Ceramics – This class will cover hand-building, wheel throwing, and glazing techniques to teach students how to create expressive works of art in clay.

Comic Book Illustrations – Design your own unique comic book characters! In this class, students will get to develop an exciting storyline involving their very own characters. Students will work on short comic strips that either progress their story, or explore different characters and plotlines.

Figure Drawing – Through direct observational studies students will learn to draw the human form. Students will explore light and shading, and gain a better understanding of artistic anatomy.

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SOLD OUT
Session 8 (August 27 – 31): Digital Arts & Traditional Animation

Digital Arts – In this class, students will be introduced to a diverse array of digital techniques. Using software like Adobe Photoshop, they will explore the concept of fine art in the digital realm. Students will analyze the elements of art and how to apply them in the digital arts. They will also explore composition and concept development. Students must have a portable storage device, such as a thumb drive, as a backup for saving their progress in class.

Traditional Animation – Create original animation on paper! This class will delve into character design, as well as the tricks and techniques of traditional animation. Students will also carefully examine their concepts through the use of storyboarding to help them develop their plot.

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Winter Break at the Studio School

Looking for a fun, creative way to spend your winter break? The Art Center’s Studio School has you covered. Check below for a complete list of all of our offerings, for adults, teens, and kids. Sign-up today for a super-condensed mini-session and get a month’s worth of classes in just a week!

 

ADULT CERAMICS INTENSIVE: DECEMBER 18 – 22, 2017
Wheel Throwing Boot Camp
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Monday, December 18 – Friday, December 22
10:00am – 1:00pm
Don’t let those throwing skills get rusty!!! Come enjoy five days of throwing and open studio time during our long winter break! We’ll explore mug making, wet altering, and surface design! Open studio time will be available for registered students from 1 pm – 6 pm on class days (regular open studio fees will apply).
Member: $180 members Non-Member: $210
Glazing/firing fee: $30.00

Wheel Throwing Boot Camp
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Monday, December 18 – Friday, December 22
6:30 – 9:30pm
Don’t let those throwing skills get rusty!!! Come enjoy five days of throwing and open studio time during our long winter break! We’ll explore mug making, wet altering, and surface design! Open studio time will be available for registered students from 1 pm – 6 pm on class days (regular open studio fees will apply).
Member: $180 members Non-Member: $210
Glazing/firing fee: $30.00

YOUTH WINTER BREAK INTENSIVES: DEC 26 – 29, 2017
Creative Kids Art Sampler (ages 6-9)
Instructor: Allison Gildea
Tuesday, December 26 – Friday, December 29
10 – 11:30am
Jumpstart your creativity and imagination! Your budding artist will learn fundamentals skills of artmaking in a variety of media, both in 2-D and 3-D. All materials included. Please bring a smock or wear play clothes.
Member: $70, Non-Member: $100
Materials Fee: $15

Creative Kids Art Sampler (ages 6-9)
Instructor: Allison Gildea
Tuesday, December 26 – Friday, December 29
12 – 1:30pm
Jumpstart your creativity and imagination! Your budding artist will learn fundamentals skills of artmaking in a variety of media, both in 2-D and 3-D. All materials included. Please bring a smock or wear play clothes.
Member: $70, Non-Member: $100
Materials Fee: $15

The All-Drawing Art Intensive (ages 9-12)
Instructor: Melanie Cohn
Tuesday, December 26 – Friday, December 29
10 – 11:30am
Based on the famous book “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” this class will teach you drawing in fun and creative ways. Learn about perspective, negative space, proportion, and more while tapping into your natural creativity. All materials included. Please bring a smock or wear play clothes.
Member: $70, Non-Member: $100
Materials Fee: $15

Get Your Art On! (ages 9-12)
Instructor: Rebecca Roman
Tuesday, December 26 – Friday, December 29
12 – 1:30pm
Get your art on in this special four-day class! Students will explore a variety of media, both in 2-D and 3-D, and learn fundamentals skills of artmaking. All materials included. Please bring a smock or wear play clothes.
Member: $70, Non-Member: $100
Materials Fee: $15

Teen Digital Photography (ages 13-17)
Instructor: Samantha Matthews
Tuesday, December 26 – Friday, December 29
3 – 5pm
Take advantage of this special four-day intensive to learn about DSLR camera systems and practice composition and expressing ideas. Study basic camera operation such as shutter, aperture, focal length, white balance, and metering and how to make basic adjustments using Adobe Photoshop® and create beautiful imagery. Bring a digital camera and its manual, and a tripod if possible.
Member: $95, Non-Member: $125
Lab Fee: $20

ADULT WINTER BREAK INTENSIVES: JAN 2 – 5, 2018
Classes
Wheel Throwing Boot Camp
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Tuesday, January 2 – Friday, January 5
10:00am – 1:00pm
Don’t let those throwing skills get rusty!!! Come enjoy four days of throwing and open studio time during our long winter break! We’ll explore mug making, wet altering, and surface design! Open studio time will be available for registered students from 1 pm – 6 pm on class days (regular open studio fees will apply).
Member: $145 Non-Member: $175
Glazing/firing fee: $25.00

Wheel Throwing Boot Camp
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Tuesday, January 2 – Friday, January 5
6:30 – 9:30pm
Don’t let those throwing skills get rusty!!! Come enjoy four days of throwing and open studio time during our long winter break! We’ll explore mug making, wet altering, and surface design! Open studio time will be available for registered students from 1 pm – 6 pm on class days (regular open studio fees will apply).
Member: $145 Non-Member: $175
Glazing/firing fee: $25.00

Abstract Painting Intensive
Instructor: Matthew Langley
Tuesday, January 2 – Friday, January 5
9:30am – 12pm
A painting doesn’t need to be realistic to be outstanding. Take advantage of this special four-day intensive and discover your voice as a painter as you explore non-representational painting techniques to express your visual ideas. Abstract painting is no different than painting from life. You will learn the structure of making images including format, composition, rhythm, color, surface, and texture. A wide variety of painting styles and approaches will be addressed.
Member: $125, Non-Member: $155

Expressive Figure Drawing & Painting with Line and Wash
Instructor: Joel Tidey
Tuesday, January 2 – Friday, January 5
9:30am – 12pm
Experiment with water-soluble graphite (similar to watercolor painting) in this special four-day intensive. Students will work from a live model using line and wash to represent the figure. Gain confidence by learning to see form more simply through a painterly expression. Demonstrations will be given along with various life drawing techniques. Artists will improve their skills of observation to create fun and expressive works of art. This class will cover a variety of poses from gestures and beyond. Water soluble graphite will be supplied. Please refer to materials list for other supplies to bring.
Member: $125, Non-Member: $155
Model Fee: $25 Materials Fee: $10

Figure Drawing Intensive
Instructor: Joel Tidey
Tuesday, January 2 – Friday, January 5
12:30 – 3pm
Take advantage of this opportunity to dig into four consecutive days of figure drawing to build your confidence and skill in expressing the figure. We will cover the fundamentals of representing the human form such as anatomical information, blocking in, linear and tonal applications, and learning to “see” more simply. This class will cover a variety of poses from gestures and beyond but will progress into long poses.
Member: $125, Non-Member: $155
Model Fee: $25

Drawing from Photographs
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Tuesday, January 2 – Friday, January 5
7 – 9:30pm
This class will guide students to create a high quality drawing from a photographic reference. Learn about the pros and cons of working from photographs, as well as how to build a reference image to work from with common photo manipulation software. Students will then begin to draw the image using versatile techniques that carry over into creating artwork from life. While no experience is required for this class, more seasoned artists are welcome to join and will benefit from the lessons.
Member: $125, Non-Member: $155

Workshops
Painting Boot Camp
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Explore the world of painting! You will explore painting techniques and composition through exercises focusing on color theory, perspective, texture, and more. All levels, painting media, and styles welcome. Bring any color media and supplies you prefer to work with.
Tuesday, January 2, 10am – 2pm
Workshop Tuition: $85

Color Theory Intensive
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
This workshop will allow students to understand how color works by isolating warm and cool colors and understanding the principle of complementary colors. Learn how to mix the exact color you want, even with a limited palette. Open to all levels. Materials provided.
Wednesday, January 3, 10am – 2pm
Workshop Tuition: $85; Materials Fee: $15

Animal Portrait Intensive
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Come and learn how to capture the essence of your favorite furry friend. Demonstrations about the structure, texture, and anatomy of animals will be given. The workshop will look at how to start a drawing loosely with gestures in charcoal and graphite, and then complete the image with more structured techniques. Students will be able to work in any medium they desire and will receive individual attention. Bring any color media and supplies you prefer to work with.
Thursday, January 4, 10am – 2pm
Workshop Tuition: $85

Monoprint Intensive Workshops
Instructor: Deborah Livingston
Monoprinting is a unique process that combines painting and printmaking techniques. Learn the basic techniques to create these one-of-a-kind, painterly prints! Methods include rolling and directly painting color onto a plate, use of textures, chine collé, drypoint, multiple layered prints, and more. All levels are welcome! Students may sign up for multiple sessions. Open studio time will also be available between afternoon and evening sessions for experienced students who wish to have more time to work (regular open studio fees will apply).
Wednesday, January 3, 1 – 4:30pm
Workshop Tuition: $85; Materials Fee: $5
Wednesday, January 3, 6 – 9:30pm
Workshop Tuition: $85; Materials Fee: $5
Thursday, January 4, 1 – 4:30pm
Workshop Tuition: $85; Materials Fee: $5
Thursday, January 4, 6 – 9:30pm
Workshop Tuition: $85; Materials Fee: $5

 

Spotlight: Our Pre-K Offerings

At the Art Center, we strive to welcome every person into all that art can offer. For the Studio School, that means generating art-making opportunities for as many people as possible, especially children. With an eye towards that goal, we are proud to announce this Pre-K offering for children ages  4 to 5, from instructor Katie Truk.

Katie Truk received her BFA from Alfred University. She has been teaching multi-media classes to children and adults of all ages and levels since 2001. She is a vital part of our faculty and teaches every age we can accommodate!

Raku-Fest – Fall 2017

Join us on October 28 & 29, from 9am – 5pm, for some raku-tastic fun!

Now is your chance to learn all about raku, the fascinating firing process, developed in 16th century Japan. Experience the fun of a Raku firing first-hand while learning the process of glazing and the meaning and aesthetics of Raku. October 28, Art Center students are invited to bring their own creations (made from raku clay) for glazing and firing. Are you a total beginner? No problem! Buy pre-made pieces to paint and fire, right before your very eyes. It takes 2 hours to go from glazing to loveliness. Then, on October 29, bring the whole family for more raku fun. In addition to glazing and firing, we’ll be offering face-painting, leaf printing, and silk screening for the kids.

See you there!

Open House: Spring 2017

Open House Spring 2017

Come tour our studios and see everything that the Visual Arts Center of NJ has to offer this spring and summer! Hear about our summer art camp and our spring classes, and meet many of our talented teachers! Admission is free and all ages are encouraged to come. April 6th, 5:30-8pm.

Summer Wonder Camp

We have an entire room dedicated to the Summer Wonder Camp! You can meet teachers and see what all we are planning for your children this summer.

Spring Semester

Renee Furst will work and demonstrate Pique Assiette applications. To quote Nancy Olliver, “Pique assiette, also known as shard arts, is a very popular folk art style of mosaics. In French, pique assiette literally means stolen from plates. This kind of art incorporates recycled bits of broken china, porcelain, ceramic tile pottery, stoneware and found objects that are used to make one-of-a-kind and eye- catching art creations.”

Michael Wolf will have soapstone and stone carving tools so that students can try their hand at stone carving.

Megan Becker will show work examples and will welcome visitors to try out Photoshop for themselves

Mark Saenger will bring small sample works and will demo some small black and white paintings with opportunities for hands-on participation.

Peter Syak is planning demonstrations with hands-on participation (making pendants). He will promote Raku Fest by offering the opportunity to glaze and fire their pendants at that event. Will also promote classes and the ceramics department. Will have a display of his works.

Mary Jean Canziani is bringing in different types of printing plates and the prints that were made from them. She will also demonstrate how to carve a design in a linoleum substrate and allow attendees to try inking and burnishing with a spoon. 

Ellen Monroe has a great contour line drawing demonstration, including a big exuberant still life in the center of the room and supply paper, pens and pencils, charcoal, and easels for visitors. Learn drawing from observation. As she teaches children as well, she will help you create neon heads/busts out of model magic with your kids!

Kate Eggleston will be doing an indigo shibori demo (binding fabric and dyeing it) to promote upcoming her 9-week class. 

Sue Sachs is showing students’ finished pieces so people can see what they do in the studio. She will be bringing some of her own work so people can see her sensibilities and skills and will demonstrate tools so people can see what goes into making a piece.

Kelsey House, who teaches a color class for teens,  will have examples of her work. The students can look forward to lots of brainstorming and exploring what colors mean and how they are used in famous artworks, how we see colors every day, and how they are used to communicate messages to us.  Students can plan to take away an idea of what their pieces will look like and gain a better understanding of color.