Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2020

Van Gogh Self Portrait
"If you hear a voice within you saying 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh
1853-1890

Our summer camp program offers week-long classes for children and young adults. Sessions meet once a day for five consecutive mornings, Monday through Friday.

You can find the dates that each camp is offered below or on the registration page. You may also download our brochure.

In our camps, students receive individual instruction and work at their own pace in a non-competitive environment. Student to teacher ratio is always low to ensure a successful learning experience. Many students find their skills progress very quickly in camps because of the steady practice a daily class can offer.

All of our camps are open to both new and continuing students; the descriptions for specific camps are listed below.

Introduction to Drawing & Design, Ages 5-8 – LEVEL 1

Cute Pig
Chloe Laroque, Age 6
Book Illustration

Monday June 15 – Friday June 19
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Monday July 6 – Friday July 10
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Children learn the fundamental principles of picture-making explored in our regular Basic Elements program by illustrating a children’s book. The end result is a wonderful keepsake of color, composition, drawing and design.
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Introduction to Painting & Design, Ages 5-8 – LEVEL 2

Maureen Hartogh, Age 8

Monday July 20 – Friday July 24
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Prerequisite: LEVEL 1 Class or Camp. Children expand on what they have learned in LEVEL 1 by applying their knowledge to learn the fundamental principles of painting. Students are introduced to color mixing and develop brush control as they work through a series of painting exercises, culminating in a well-crafted, finished painting by the end of the week.
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Drawing, Painting & Design, Ages 9-12

Dancing Lion Comic
Josh Wilzyk, Age 12

Monday July 13 – Friday July 17
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Monday August 3 – Friday August 7
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Children are taught the basic principles of composition and design, including an exploration of the importance of color choices that relate to the creation of space and depth on a two-dimensional surface. Sketchbook drawing and the use of reference material help inspire creativity and aid students in producing well-crafted pictures. By the conclusion of this camp everyone will complete a painting utilizing these concepts.
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Drawing & Painting Fundamentals, Ages 13-18

State Fair Winner!
Caroline Anderson, Age 14

Monday June 22 – Friday June 26
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Monday July 27 – Friday July 31
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Students will improve their drawing abilities and increase their value and color perception while completing a picture of quality and finish within this camp. Traditional methods and materials will play an important role in the understanding of drawing and painting concepts. All technical information is taught in a systematic way to ensure increased skill development in each individual student.
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Drawing Manga, Super Heroes & Fantasy Figures, Ages 13-18

Jack Ratts
Bill Hauser, Instructor
Jack Ratts

Monday June 15 – Friday June 19
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Monday August 10 – Friday August 14
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

All levels of study. The camp begins with an intensive overview of character design, including figure construction, basic anatomy, and costuming.  Students then create characters of their own and explore the visual storytelling techniques of page layout, camera angles, lettering and inking methods.  Finally, students incorporate their designs into their own comic or graphic novel pages.
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Digital Art and Composition, Ages 14+

Neon Lights
Mick Kaufer
Neon Lights
Digital Painting

Monday July 13 – Friday July 17
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Monday August 3 – Friday August 7
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

All levels of study. Instructors Lilliah Campagna and Mick Kaufer have years of experience creating amazing work using digital media. Together they will teach students how to draw, compose and color digital pictures.

PLEASE NOTE: Students need to supply their own digital tablets and materials.

Summer Outdoor Landscape 1, Ages 13-18
Pencil, Watercolor, and Etching

Stuart Loughridge
Meadow Road
Studio Print

Thursday August 13 – Monday August 17*
*This camp meets 12:00-5:00 pm on Thursday, then 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday to Monday. 

We're taking kid's art education to a whole new level! Minnesota artist Stuart Loughridge and studio assistant Carolynn Anderson will teach students how to draw and create watercolor sketches outdoors with a limited amount of supplies for maximum portability. A half day lecture in Stuart’s 7th Street studio will prepare everyone for watercolor sketching practice, followed by two full days of sketching along the Mississippi River Valley, which is within walking distance of Stuart’s studio. Students will then use their sketches as reference and spend two days etching. Stuart is one of the finest printmakers in the world, so DON'T miss this unique opportunity to study with this dedicated artist! Register now!

Summer Outdoor Landscape 2, Ages 13-18
Oil Painting

Jack Dant, Instructor
Welsh Valley
Oil Painting

Thursday August 20 – Sunday August 23*
*This camp meets 6:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, then 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday to Sunday. 

Minnesota landscape artist and friend Jack Dant will lead a small group of teens out into the sunshine to paint nature en plein air in oils. Jack has led youth groups for years and is wonderful with kids; he is devoting countless hours to develop this camp to impart over twelve years of landscape painting experience to young painters. DON'T miss this unique opportunity to study with this dedicated painter! Click here for more information about this special camp, or register now.

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