Week 4, Friday, July 12th



Fantastic Friday! Today may be the last day of camp, but that didn’t stop us from giving our all. We hope to see you back for session two on July 22nd!

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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) were inspired by Bridget Riley’s optical illusion paintings. They looked and looked to find the tricks the painting was playing with their eyes! Once they returned to the classroom, mini makers painted their natural object pieces from yesterday- metallic and shiny colors such as gold, silver, copper and brass! After, they got some energy out by painting with tennis balls on paper. These minis have some good, strong arms!


Questions for your artist:

What is line? What are different types of lines?  Who is Bridget Riley?

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the process of painting with tennis balls!

Continue the creativity:

Use an old tennis ball, basketball, or golf ball to create another picture- perhaps a portrait of a very important person, a landscape, or your favorite pet. Use different colors to create the different shapes and lines.



Fiber & Textile (Grades 1-2) artists were all about the superpowers today! They took the traditional batik process to a contemporary level to create superhero capes! Elmer’s glue + cotton t-shirts is all they needed to make these amazing costumes.  In the afternoon, they created accessories to help them fight the bad guys! Thanks for a great week, first and second graders!


Questions for your artist:

What is a weaving? What are the directions for weaving?

Share with your grown up:

Explain how you created your cape.

Continue the creativity:

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be? What would you uniform look like? Using colored pencils, markers, and crayons, draw yourself as a superhero. Don’t forget the details of you uniform that give the viewer a hint into your super power!



Designers (Grades 3-5) worked diligently to complete their 3D chair designs in the morning. Once these were done, they held an extravagant dinner party! In the afternoon, they were inspired by the Savage Chair from museum looking the day prior. They wrapped some mystery objects in string of all colors. See if you can guess the object your camper wrapped!



Questions for your artist:

 What main components were necessary when bringing your chair invention to life? What did you look at in the gallery for inspiration?


Share with your grown-up:

Talk about your favorite project of the week, and your favorite gallery or vault visit of the week. 


Continue the creativity:

Think about how you’ve grown as a designer throughout the week. Have you gained an aesthetic or style? Using markers, create a logo for yourself as a designer. Once you have your logo, try creating business cards that showcase what you offer as a creative.



Drawing + Painting (Grades 6-8): took a trip to the Japanese Gardens today to inspire Fauvism drawings. They painted on canvas in the morning- creating many recognizable characters. The day was filled with finishing incomplete projects from the two weeks. The bond this group has formed is really something! We hope to see you back after the mid-summer break!


Questions for your artist:

What is Cubism? What is Fauvism? Which movement do you like more? Why or why not?

Share with your grown up:

Talk about your favorite project of the two weeks, and your favorite gallery or vault visit out of the two weeks. 


Continue the creativity:

Now that you have completed two weeks of Drawing + Painting, reflect on how you have grown as an artist. Using one drawing technique that you have learned from camp, complete a self-portrait or a portrait of a person important to you. Fill in values with pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, or even marker! Step back and look! How have you grown?

Week 4, Thursday, July 11th



A Thrilling Thursday Full of Design, Painting, Mark-Making, and Silk-Screen Printing

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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) were inspired by Art Povera- a movement in Italy in which artists turned to nature as a canvas. Thinking about artist Andy Goldsworthy, and Socratis Socratous, mini makers created their own nature inspired works. The sunshine was perfect for today’s schedules because they had the chance to assemble some of their own pieces outside. Ms. Anke and Ms. Cecilia took photos to document these amazing handmade installations! Can’t wait to see you FRIDAY!

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Questions for your artist:

What is nature art?  What did you use to color your natural objects today? How did you glue the objects?

Share with you grown-up:

Explain what your created outside today.

Continue the creativity:

Get outside! Use your knowledge from today to gather objects for arranging and assembling outdoors, in a natural environment. Build a home for bird, a sculpture in your backyard, or a sand castle on the driveway. Have your grown-up take a picture and let the art piece naturally fade with time.



Fiber & Textile (Grades 1-2) campers were inspired by Landlord Colors: On Art Economy, and Materiality. They looked to Al Loving’s Untitled for inspiration back in the studio. Using found and recycled fabric pieces, 1st and 2nd graders pieced together their own interpretations of what they saw in the museum. These banners will look lovely on any bedroom wall, living room mantel, or kitchen fridge! In the afternoon, artist learned the process of silkscreen printing. In the Art Lab, Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Meghan demonstrated how to prepare a stencil, choose an ink color, flood the screen, and pull a print! These silkscreens on fabric are quite magical!

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Questions for your artist:

Who was Al Loving? What is quilting? How did you make your quilted flag today?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of silkscreen printing.

Continue the creativity:

Do you have old clothes lying around that you’ve outgrown, or maybe that have stains? Use that fabric! Cut or rip into strips and tie in a pattern that hangs from a wooden dowel, paper towel roll or a skewer. Put a string for hanging and you have your very own Al Loving inspired wall piece!



Designers (Grades 3-5) looked to Jay Sae Jung Oh’s Savage Chair in the vault. They explored, not only the wrapping technique, but also the many symbols that help us gather the chair’s many functions. By talking about this piece, they addressed a popular question in the design world: form or function? Once they viewed this piece in the museum vault, designers brainstormed for their own version of a wrapped chair. They spent the afternoon bringing these plans to life.


Questions for your artist:

 What main components were necessary when bringing your chair invention to life? What did you look at in the gallery for inspiration?


Share with your grown-up:

Explain how your planned for, and created your final chair design.


Continue the creativity:

Close your eyes. Think of your favorite place in the entire world, and dream about if you could go there TONIGHT. The catch is- you will only be able to get there in a time travelling chair! Invent and design a chair that has function and form and will get your to your destination!



Drawing + Painting (Grades 6-8): were all “hands” on deck today! Learning about hand proportions, shape, and detail was the basis of their studio time. Artists learned about blind contour line drawings and contour line drawings- can you guess which one requires you NOT to look at your paper while drawing?! They used a partner or themselves as a model in order to draw from observation. Campers continued their practice of drawing from observation by walking to the Cranbrook House and Gardens for some peaceful scenery and bold colors. They even fit some time in to practice with a still life full of grapes, glass, and found objects! Last, drawing + painting artists looked to Didier Triglia’s work. After looking and investigating, they used his method of working. Step one: crush a soda can; Step two: create an image with heavy acrylic using the can as a starting point. What a variety of tool, tasks, and artist inspiration today!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a still life? What is abstract versus representational? What is a blind contour line drawing?

Share with your grown up:

Explain how you “found the abstract” in your morning adventure. Explain in detail what a contour line drawing is.


Continue the creativity:

Taking new techniques that you learned today, create a hand drawing from a new perspective. Use pencils or color pencils to add highlights and shadows. Hey- you could even crush a soda can or a water bottle to use as a starting point for this drawing. Thanks, Didier Triglia!

Week 4, Wednesday, July 10th


Wednesday Vibes: Wild, Wacky and Wise!

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Mini Makers (Kindergarten) got outside nice and early today! They went for a nature walk to scope out the Cranbrook gardens, fountains, and ponds. Along the way, they collected one stick and multiple other natural materials in preparation for their project today. Back in the studio, mini makers created their own nature brush with the findings they gathered. They used their let over natural objects to create impressions in clay pendants!


Questions for your artist:

What is a nature walk?  What did you push into your clay to create your pendant?  

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the steps to make your nature brush.

Continue the creativity:

Find a natural object outside that has texture. Using pencils or crayons, see if you can show that texture through marks on the paper.  Layer them over and over until you get an abstract pattern!



Fiber & Textile (Grades 1-2) artists learned about shibori– a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns on fabric. First thing in the morning, they created the indigo dye, and let it sit while they wrapped their blank shirts in different ways to create patterns. In the afternoon, first and second graders worked persistently on embroidery! We are so proud of their determination through this new process. The finished designs are quite diverse in line type and bold in color!



Questions for your artist:

What is an indigo dye?  Was it long or short? Do you like how your shirt turned out? What clues do you see on your shirt that show how you wrapped a specific spot with the rubber bands?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of shibori dyeing.

Continue the creativity:

Have you ever used food coloring like watercolor paint? Be careful, because this can stain your hands! Using food coloring and a brush, blend colors on paper, old newspaper, or paper towel. Let dry, and see the amazing colors that remain! Add string + yarn to your paper before adding food coloring to get unique effects with line and shape. Have some old fabric or an old t-shirt lying around? Even better!!



Designers (Grades 3-5) began this morning ideating shoe designs. These detailed sketches were the starting point to bringing these inventions to life. Foam, ribbons, cardboard, fabric, and paper were just some of the materials they used to create their shoe designs. They had the afternoon to hash out the details of heels, cushions, embellishments, closed toe or open toe, and patterns. Their inspiration? Contemporary designers: Heron Preston, Virgil Abloh, Playlab. Next up was paper mache! This ooey gooey project is the foundation for their “blob lamps”. Stay tuned to see how this turn out later this week!


Questions for your artist:

 What main components were necessary when bringing your shoe invention to life? 


Share with your grown-up:

Explain how your planned for, and created your final shoe design.


Continue the creativity:

Now that you have returned home from camp, reflect on your day of design! Think about what more you could add to an original clothing line. You started with shoes- but could you add a shirt, a hat, a coat, socks? Using recycled cardboard + materials, (cereal boxes, paper towel tubes, bottles caps, plastic bags, etc.) innovate a new design to add to your brand. If you don’t have recycled materials, you can always sketch your ideas on paper!



Drawing + Painting (Grades 6-8): artists explored the playful and whimsical artwork of Jean Dubuffet in the vault today. His work- starting out as continuous line doodles- evolved to magical paintings, focused on composition and shape. The art piece titled Promenade a deux inspired the “puzzle drawing” project in the studio- a multi layered project of finding something recognizable within abstract lines and shapes. Campers started by covering their paper with pencil lines of plenty- wavy, straight, curved and crisscrossed! Once that step was complete, they searched for representational objects, people, places within these lines. Using markers, they highlighted these representations. These wacky projects will “WOW” you!

The For the Record: Artists on Vinyl Exhibition opens this Saturday, July 13th at Cranbrook Art Museum. Bring your camper to see Jean Dubuffet’s Promenade a deux in person and re-explore their art-making experience together.


Questions for your artist:

Who is Jean Dubuffet? What is a continuous line? How did you utilize that strategy in the studio today?

Share with your grown up:

Explain any conclusions you made about Jean Dubuffet’s work?


Continue the creativity:

Once you get home from camp, look at your abstract shape drawing. Review the meaning of representational and nonrepresentational shapes. Using this knowledge, build a new composition that contains both representational and nonrepresentational objects. Fill shapes with color in a random order. Use markers, colored pencil, pencil, and crayons.

Week 4, Tuesday, July 9th

A Terrific Tuesday  Full of Texture, Color, Shapes, and Creativity!


Mini Makers (Kindergarten) investigated the Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum. They looked to Diana Fonseca Quinones’ piece “Untitled”- a collage of dried paint chips assembled into a random order. In the studio, the minis made their own collages with cut shapes of all colors and sizes! After these collages were complete, they practiced blending colors using tape and watercolor on paper. Oh what colors they explored today!

Questions for your artist: What is watercolor? What are your favorite colors? Share with your grown-up: What did you look at in the gallery today?


Fiber & Textile (Grades 1-2) artists looked at real weavings in the vault today- one of them by Marianne Strengell. These examples inspired them to get started on their own tapestries! They broke out the cricket looms, learning all about terms such as weft and warp. The first and second graders took to this technique quickly- speeding along! In the afternoon, artists created cyanotypes using sunlight and natural objects. The magic process of printing using the sun is definitely one to remember!

Questions for your artist: What is a cyanotype? What is a loom? Share with your grown-up: Explain the process of using the loom.


Designers (Grades 3-5) were knee deep in recycled magazines, pamphlets, and found images today! They were on a collaging spree- thinking about surrealism, contemporary art and image assemblage. Designers were so excited about this project, they asked Ms. Kapish if they could do it ALL DAY. Once they placed their images and glued them down, the last step was to add embellishments: sequins, jewels etc., to really make the composition pop. These young artists worked so diligently today, and we are so proud of the artistic outcomes!

Questions for your artist: What is a collage? What does it mean to have an engaging composition? Share with your grown up: Explain the process of collaging.


Drawing + Painting (Grades 6-8): Their day started strong by completing their Mondrian-inspired tote bags, followed by some museum looking. Later they learned about Keith Haring as inspiration for their work today. Artists traced eachother in expressive positions on large paper. Using these as a starting point, they broke off into solo studio time to create drawings focusing on the position of the figure. These drawings glow with movement, rhythm and unity- some of the most engaging principles of design!

Questions for your artist: Who is Piet Mondrian? Who is Keith Haring? Share with your grown up: How was your camp day today?

WEEK 4: Monday, July 8th

Welcome back to Create Camps at CAM. We hope you had a lovely holiday weekend full of family, friends, and food!



Mini Makers (Kindergarten) went to the museum vault to look at “The Corky Contortionist” by Wallace Macmahon Mitchell. This piece inspired the minis’ own wacky paintings with shapes, corks, and found objects used for stamps. These colorful pieces lit up the room with visual balance and rhythm. Ask your camper about the different shapes they used to create their paining. We are so exited to see you again tomorrow morning!

Questions for your artist: What is a shape? What is a stamp? Tell your grown up about the trip to the vault. How did you get there? What artwork did you see inside the vault?


Fiber & Textile (Grades 1-2) artists started their morning getting to know each other- exchanging names and fun facts. Their first project of camp was to create a rope from fibers by twisting pieces of yarn over and over again. These ropes are perfect for jumping! In the afternoon, campers created pom poms and began the process of weaving on the cricket looms. These tapestries will take them all week- but will be worth the wait!

Questions for your artist: How is a rope made? What is tension? How does tension relate to balance? Share with your grown-up: How did you create your yarn + string pom poms? Explain the cricket looms to your grown up. What will they help you create by the end of the week?


Designers (Grades 3-5) started the week getting to know one another and preparing for the week of innovation, composition, and design. Their first assignment was to create a foam shape to be used as a repeated stamp on a tote bag. This will be used to house all of their creations this week. In the afternoon, campers got right to work on Fabric over Matter! a project inspired by artists, Jeanne Claude and Christo. The young artists used natural landscapes to create a meaningful message with both man-made and natural objects such as pinecones, branches, tubing, cardboard, and string. These abstract sculptures were quite innovative and strong!

Questions for your artist: Explain your designer tote bag project. What did you learn about the artists Jeanne Claude and Christo? What is a natural object? What is a man-made object? Share with your grown up: How was the process of building an abstract sculpture? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?


Drawing + Painting (Grades 6-8): Their day started strong with Mondrian-inspired tote bags, followed by some museum looking. Artists investigated portraiture in the museum vault today. Artist Zoltan Sepeshy was their main area of exploration. An entire rack of portraits was up for their viewing and inspired their artwork today! Back in the studio, the 6th- 8th graders began self portraits using mirrors. Their medium of use? Pencil, colored pencils, and watercolor. These are definitely frame worthy pieces! To wind down at the end of the day, artists created sculpture drawings from observations on campus.

Questions for your artist: What are the first steps to setting up a self portrait drawing? Are you happy with how your self-portrait turned out? How did you feel about the materials: watercolor, pencil, and colored pencil together in one composition?


Week 3, Wednesday, July 3rd

Wednesday was a wild ride at CAM; camp is dismissed for the holiday weekend!

We really packed in the projects, museum looking, and recess fun during this three day week! We will see you Monday, July 8th for week 4 of summer camp at Cranbrook Art Museum.


Mini Makers (Kindergarten) adventured to The Greek Theatre on Cranbrook’s campus. They were inspired to play the role of a superhero at camp. To fully obtain that vision, they created masks and completed their hand-dyed capes with symbols for their superpowers. Once they were finished, it was time to dress up and test these costumes out. What a sight in the Art Lab today- complete with KAPOWing BAMing, ZOOMing, and ZAPing!

Questions for your artist: What is a superhero? Share with your grown-up: Describe your trip to the Greek Theatre. What was your superpower? Why did you choose that specific power? What is your favorite memory of art camp this week?


Material Detroit (Grades 1-2) artists were inspired by The Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy and Materiality Exhibition. Specifically, they looked at Monuments to Columbus, and Stolen Goods. These pieces inspired them to create a found object  assemblage with natural objects and a found object face assemblage with man-made objects. These first and second graders rocked these projects! Another project on today’s schedule- jewels on board- was a crowd favorite. They ended the day creating a collaborative class story. Ask your camper to retell this funny and suspenseful narrative! We are so glad you came to camp this week and we hope to see you again this summer.

Questions for your artist: What did you see in the gallery today? Share with your grown-up: Explain your jewel painting. Are you happy with your found object face? What is your favorite memory of art camp this week?


Architects (Grades 3-5) were busy finishing their Big House Books today. Page by page, they quickly designed an entire house! These plans are packed with detail, imagination, and of course – function. Encourage your camper to look through their original book with you. After lunch, artists went on a walk to explore the exterior architecture of the Saarinen House. They investigated brick patterns, windows, doors, the roof and much more. This helped them prepare for designing back in the studio. In the afternoon, architects created models of “a place to play”. Jungle gyms, monkey bars, parks, backyards- you name it! These dynamic designs popped with color and curved all around. What fun visions for recreation and play.

Questions for your artist: Explain your the model you built today? What new material did you use to create? Describe your walk to The Saarinen House. What is your favorite memory of art camp this week?


Drawing + Painting (Grades 6-8) Artists started the day off with a morning walk to the end of Academy Way. Here, they observed statues, a fountain, and a pond for their landscape drawings. These pieces were very impressive- topped off with watercolor paint and chalk pastels. These young people have such an eye for their surroundings! After lunch, drawing + painting artists channeled their inner Jackson Pollock by splatter painting tote bags- so stylish and mod. In the afternoon, artists created a Didier Triglia inspired project using heavy acrylic and crushed soda cans. These imaginative mixed media pieces were so fun to witness and definitely have “hang on the wall” potential!

Questions for your artist: Share with your grown-up: Explain the artist who inspired your splatter paint technique. What did you decide to observe for your landscape drawings? What is your favorite memory of art camp this week?

Week 3, Tuesday, July 2nd

Tuesdays @ CAM Camps? Well, they are just terrific!

It was a scorcher of a Tuesday, but that didn’t stop us from creating every second of the day. Tuesdays are t-shirt days: pick up your free camp shirt- one per camper per summer!



Mini Makers (Kindergarten) went on a trip to the museum this morning to view Landlord Colors. They looked at Reynier Leyva Novo’s rag rug – made from hundreds of recycled fabric. In the studio, they created collaged rugs of their own! For their second project, they watercolor painted with string. How fun!

Questions for your artist: What is printmaking? How do you think the large recycled clothing artwork felt? Share with your grown-up: Describe what you did with watercolor paint and string.


Material Detroit (Grades 1-2) artists were busy in the gallery and the studio! They looked at found object faces and a metal nature sculpture in the exhibition. Back in the studio, they were busy creating painted rocks, and preparing a backing for their garden assemblage piece. In the afternoon, campers went on an adventure to gather natural objects to glue onto their boards. Using what we have to make art is a great skill to have in today’s world!

Questions for your artist: Share with you grown-up; what did you look at in the museum today? What is assemblage art? Explain your painted rocks in detail. Did you enjoy adding paint to these surfaces? Why or why not?


Architects (Grades 3-5) began their “Big House Book” this morning. They started with floor plans for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and secret areas! They added color to thoroughly envision the spaces. Stay tuned to see where these designs end up. Artists went upstairs to the galleries to observe the placement of objects in a museum environment. They discussed the design, architecture, and arrangement of viewing spaces- specifically at the Cranbrook Art Museum! In the afternoon, campers put this knowledge to the test: ideating and creating their own (original) museums!

Questions for your artist: What are the different characteristics that make up a museum space? When investigating The Cranbrook Art Museum, what did you notice about the space? 


Drawing + Painting (Grades 6-8) artists worked diligently on paintings today. In the morning, they used their color wheels to guide them along their art-making process. The content of these works? Cats, names, dragons and more! Each camper used a dynamic range of color- making for eye-popping and bold final pieces. A little time before lunch allowed 6th-8th graders to squeeze in worktime on their op artworks. They really have the eye for mark-making and value shifts with pencil! In the afternoon, artists worked to complete palette paintings on canvas- the outcome of these pieces truly impressed us all.

Questions for your artist: What are warm colors? Cool colors? What is your opinion about color mixing? Share with your grown-up: What is a value range? Explain how you made your opt art look 3D? What is the subject matter of your palette painting on canvas?