Week 8- LAST DAY! Friday, August 17th

FINAL FRIDAY @ CAM Create Camps!

Wow! Where has the summer gone?! These little artists have made so many masterpieces this week- and this whole summer. We look forward to seeing you next time at The Cranbrook Art Museum. Stay connected with CAM because we offer workshops, Spring Break Art Days (registration opens in December!), and tours throughout the school year!

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) word of the day was Tapestry. To end the week, mini’s took a walk outside to gather natural objects for their watercolor tapestries. At the end of the day, they created beaded handles to hang these beautiful fabric pieces at home! Thank you for a magical week at camp, Minis!

DIY Textile Design (1+2) campers officially completed their weavings- woven on REAL looms! Wait until you see- you are not going to believe how amazing these are! In the morning, campers completed their identity flags by stamping patterns with handmade stamps- relief printing at its finest. Thank you first and second graders for a fabulous DIY week at camp!

3D Form & Function (3+4) campers became the ultimate designers today. In the morning they designed functional chairs and in the afternoon these designs came to life! These chairs are almost life-size, packed with color, texture, form, and function. Third and fourth graders- thank you for a magnificent week at camp!

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) campers packed up all their work today. They completed some proects- tied some loose ends together, glued some pieces in tact, and created posters with clay letters. This group was one of the most productive classes I’ve seen. Fifth and sixth graders- we will miss you! Thank you for a crazy-fun week at camp!

Ceramics & Sculpture Teens packed up all their projects, put the finishing touches on some clay pieces, added some embellishments to clay forms, and created some mixed media pieces today. We are so excited for you to see all the hard work they put into this week. Thank you, teens, for a lovely week at camp!

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is a tapestry? What was your favorite part about camp this week?

DIY Textile Design (1-2): Share with your grown-up: What is a relief print? What was your favorite part about camp this week?

3D Form & Function (3-4): Share with your grown-up: Explain the function of your chair. What was your favorite part about camp this week?

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): Share with your grown-up: Describe your poster design. What was your favorite part about camp this week? How have you grown as a ceramic artist in the past two weeks?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): Share with your grown-up: What was your favorite part about camp this week? How have you grown as a ceramic artist in the past two weeks?

Week 8- Thursday, August 16th

Thankful for art in our lives on this Thursday @ CAM Create Camps!

Although there were storms a brewin’, we still got outside for recess! Stayin’ active really motivated us to create some masterpieces today. 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) word of the day was applique. To understand this term, they create animal capes and masks! Once they finished up in the studio, mini makers shared details about their 3D collages from yesterday. Tune in tomorrow to see how they end the week!

DIY Textile Design (1+2) campers completed their circle looms in the morning. They transferred their weaving skills to real looms in the afternoon! Warping and wefting away, these mini artists gave their best effort today. In the gallery, they prepared for tomorrows “identity flag” project by looking at A Superhero Costume Mark Newport in the museum’s vault. Stay tuned to see how these identity flags turn out tomorrow!

3D Form & Function (3+4) had a busy day of making! Their inspiration came from many chair designs in Cranbrook’s permanent collection. In the morning, campers focused on finishing their lamps. In the afternoon, they created miniature tents using chopsticks, and paper- adding marks and surface decorations.

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) campers got the chance to see some of their ceramic pieces come out of the kiln! They worked hard (all day) to complete their paper mache vessels. Color and surface design was added to these amazing forms! They finished the day strong with amazing wearable polymer clay pieces!

Ceramics & Sculpture Teens got to see some of the reveal today! Look below to see a few of the ceramic pieces that are done firing. In the afternoon, they took on an adventurous project- site-specific sculpting! This process was super fun, and the teens made some awesome forms.

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is applique? What did you see in the museum today? Share with your grown-up: What wearable piece did you make today? Did it represent a specific animal?

DIY Textile Design (1-2): Share with your grown-up: Describe the process of weaving on a REAL loom.

3D Form & Function (3-4): Share with your grown-up: What was your favorite chair design from our vault trip today? Explain how you wrapped the structure of your mini tent.

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): Share with your grown-up: What does iridescent mean? What differences and similarities did you notice about polymer clay versus real clay?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): Share with your grown-up: What is site-specific sculpting? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not?

Week 8- Wednesday, August 15th

Waves of creativity on this Wednesday @ CAM Create Camps!

Mid-week feels–but that doesn’t stop us from having a great time at art camp! Take a look at some of the thought-provoking artwork we made today.

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) were inspired by Louise Nevelson in the gallery today. They took all this knowledge of found objects and put it to the test in their own sculptures! Check out the amazing placement and magical design on these projects!

DIY Textile Design (1+2) campers learned how to make circle loom weavings. These radial designs show the artists’ understanding of color and persistence! In the morning, they made original button designs to pin on their clothes.. loud and proud.

3D Form & Function (3+4) designed lamps today! They started with three designs on paper, and used cardboard, yarn, and paper to bring these designs to life! In the afternoon, the campers went to the museum to see the Punk Exhibition to inspire their pop-themed text constructions.

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) started mosaic designs today. These patterns were poppin’ with color, texture and form! In the afternoon, campers got their hands dirty with large vessel sculptures made from paper mache! These are sure to impress!

Ceramics & Sculpture Teen campers took a trip to Rainbow Fountain today! They were inspired by the tiles (and the snapping turtle they saw on the way back!) and the colorful patterning. This informed their mosaic and collage projects in the afternoon!

 

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is a found object? What did you look at in the museum today? Share with your grown-up: What objects did you choose to use for your artwork today?

DIY Textile Design (1-2): Share with your grown-up: Describe the process it takes to switch colors on a circle weaving. What colors did you choose and why?

3D Form & Function (3-4): Share with your grown-up: Why did you choose to design your specific lamp? Explain any function your lamp may have?

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): Share with your grown-up: Explain the process of making your giant vessel. Explain your mosaic pattern from the morning project.

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): Share with your grown-up: How was your walk to rainbow fountain? How did this inform your mosaic design?

Week 8- Tuesday, August 14th

Tuesdays ‘Tudes are rocking with optimism and creativity!

There were quite a few sleepy eyes this morning, but that didn’t stop us from making some PRETTY COOL works of art today!

Mini Makers (Kindergarten)  spent their day learning about the word Zine. What is a zine you ask? A zine is a small, self-published work of text and images- like a magazine! Sometimes these are online, sometimes you find them at the local library, sometimes they may just circulate a small town or institution! Today, minis made their own Zines using collage material. Let me tell you- we have some future designers and editors in the group! These pages were popping with stories, photographs, and drawings.

DIY Textile Design (1+2) started the day with some outdoor explorations and activities. They came inside to begin their next project: a yarn wrapping design! The afternoon was filled with an outdoor walk to find natural objects. These objects were placed in a pattern and used for a cyanotype print on fabric.

3D Form & Function (3+4)  jumped into the day with paper sculptures! These artists bent, curled, fringed, folded, and ripped colorful papers into 3-Dimensional forms. In the afternoon, third and fourth graders traveled outside to look at the di Suvero sculpture. This was inspiration for their kinetic sculptures once they got back to the studio!

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) started the day with more glazing- coil pots! tea pots! slab pots! Oh my! We are so proud of this group for being patient as the clay process unfolds. The afternoon held time for experimentation. The fifth and sixth graders used pre-fired mosaic tiles to create original designs.

Ceramics & Sculpture Teen campers have been busy at work perfecting the exterior and interior surfaces of their clay pieces. From hairy creatures, to garden gnomes, these artists are creating the COOLEST of forms.

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is a zine? What did you look at in the museum today? Share with your grown-up: Describe the materials you used for your zine today!

DIY Textile Design (1-2): Share with your grown-up: Describe the wrapping techniques you practiced in the morning. What is a cyanotype?

3D Form & Function (3-4): Share with your grown-up: Describe the technique you used to make your 3D paper sculpture pop out. What does kinetic mean?

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): What is a mosaic? Share with your grown-up: Describe the consistency of glaze and underglaze. Have you improved as an artist from last week to this week?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): Share with your grown-up: How have you improved as an artist this week? What are you most proud of this week?- this could be about yourself as a person, or about your artwork. Celebrate your triumphs!

Week 8- Monday, August 13th

Motivated on the last Monday of CAM Create Camps!

WOW! We can’t believe this is our last week of art camp! We have met so many friends, and made so many projects. We’re not done yet- and today proved how serious we are about making art this week!

Mini Makers (Kindergarten)  spent their day rolling coils and molding clay! These young artists created some amazing coil vessels in response to their trip to the vault. The first day was a success!

DIY Textile Design (1+2) The first and second graders took at morning trip to the library today! They partnered up to look through some books that referenced some of the techniques they will be working with this week. In the afternoon, first and second graders created stencil designs for screen printing. Ask your camper about the silkscreen process!

3D Form & Function (3+4)  created wacky forms to store all their future art for the week. In the morning and afternoon, they planned and created their squishy wearables. They worked hard, understanding the process of design- SKETCH, TEMPLATE, MAKE!

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) campers got the chance to see their fired sculptures today! They spent the day glazing in preparation for another firing. Ask your camper about their favorite part of the day today!

Ceramics & Sculpture Teen campers began to glaze their “free sculptures” that they built last week. The glaze party has begun! Glazing allows for a colorful, waterproof, and shiny surface- ask your camper about the steps in creating with clay!

 

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is the word of the day? What materials did you use today? Share with your grown-up: Explain how you rolled a “snake” to make your vessel.

DIY Textile Design (1-2): What did you do in the library today? Share with your grown-up: Describe the knotting techniques you learned at the beginning of the day. What is a stencil? How are you going to use this stencil later in the week?

3D Form & Function (3-4): What is 3D? What is form? Share with your grown-up: Explain the process of creating your squishy wearable.

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): Share with your grown-up: How do your sculptures look now that they are out of the kiln? What did you glaze today?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): Share with your grown-up: How do your sculptures look now that they are out of the kiln? What did you glaze today?

Week 7- Friday, August 10th

Weekend on our mind, Friday’s feelin’ fine!

It’s the end of art camp for Minis, DIY, and Form & Function and today was a bittersweet goodbye. If you are a clay artist, we get to hang out all next week! What an exciting time at Cranbrook Art Museum camp.

Mini Makers (Kindergarten)  spent their day learning about the word “Pattern”. These artist rocked out on their last day with beautiful pattern paintings on canvas. Their expressive marks and bright colors made the room light up!

3D Form & Function (1+2) This morning, first and second graders bent, curled, and twisted paper to make 3D wall hanging designs. These really popped with color and texture! In the afternoon, campers created paper structures like bridges and buildings. These first and second graders showed such creativity this week and we are so proud!

DIY Textile Design (3+4) campers started the morning by adding pattern to their identity flags using all sorts of embellishments. The rest of the day was spent completing their weavings for final display. These artists made us very proud this week and we will surely miss them!

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) campers had an all day underglaze party today! Underglaze allows for color and surface decoration before the sculptures enter the kiln. Tune in next week to see how these turn out. The best part of clay class is the big reveal once the sculptures come out of the kiln!

Ceramics & Sculpture Teen campers finished up underglaze today and started thinking about next week. The kiln has been loaded and we are super excited to see what happens when they come out from the firing! Ask your camper what their favorite project was this week  Stay tuned for more pictures to come.

 

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is the word of the day? What materials did you use today? What patterns did you create with?

3D Form & Function (1-2): Share with your grown-up: How did you bend, twist, and curl paper to create your 3D wall hanging design?

DIY Textile Design (3-4): Share with your grown-up: How did you use a stamping process for your identity flags? How did you end and tie off your weaving today?

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): What is underglaze? At one point in the firing process do you use underglaze?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): What forms did you explore today in your sculptures? Share with your grown-up: What does the inside of a kiln look like?

Week 7- Thursday, August 9th

Tryin’ our hardest and makin’ our best today @ CAM Camps!

Today’s sun, cool breeze, and blue skies really kept us motivated to create our best work yet. From recycled object models, to identity flags these artists rocked this day!

Mini Makers (Kindergarten)  spent their day learning about the word “model”. The morning began with a trip to the vault to investigate Cranbrook architectural models. Then, it was back to the studio to create some of their own! These sculptures came out very nice- full of form and color.

3D Form & Function (1+2) campers explored lamps by Eliel Saarinen in the vault today. These mini designers took this inspiration with them to the studio. See the photos below of their lamp designs. We are so proud of the first and second graders’ understanding form and space!

DIY Textile Design (3+4) Campers reflected on their cyanotypes with a class critique in the morning. They went to visit fibers pieces by Mark Newport and Sherri Smith in the vault. In the afternoon, artists created identity flags using mixed media. To create their patterns, they used a relief print method (stamping method) and added to these with embellishments such as pom poms and sequins.

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) campers were working hard today! The fifth and sixth graders made treasure boxes and bobble head figures. These projects need to completely dry out before they go in the kiln to be fired. Check back in with us tomorrow and next week to see what we will do to create surface textures and colors!

Ceramics & Sculpture Teens started their day with a nature walk to gather supplies for clay texture! They worked hard on their in progress sculptures and started some new pieces as well. Ask your teen about their day today! What was their best moment? What was a moment where they saw growth? What do they hope for tomorrow?

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is the word of the day? What did you see in the vault today? What is your favorite part about the project you made?

3D Form & Function (1-2): What were the challenges and triumphs of today? Who is Eliel Saarinen? Does your lamp have a function?

DIY Textile Design (3-4): How is your weaving coming along? What colors did you choose and why? Explain to your grown-up the process of using the sewing machine.

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): What clay techniques did you learn today? Share with your grown-up: How did you create the bobble head piece so that it will jiggle but not fall off?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): What is a relief sculpture? Share with your grown-up:Explain the texture you created with nature objects today.