Week 7, day 1 – Aug 7th!

Welcome to Create Camps, week 7. We’re so excited for new faces and new projects! Learn more about how we kicked off our week below.


MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

This morning Mini Makers looked at examples of stained glass windows, including the Art Museum’s Twenty-Four Scenes from the Book of Genesis, designed by Wilhelm Rupprecht in 1921. Minis talked about TRANSLUCENT and IRIDESCENT colors while layering shapes to create patterns, then drawing on translucent paper to create their own “stained glass” narratives, and finally layering tissue and textures in their own stained glass frames.


DESIGN I: Spaces & Places (1st-2nd)

Designers kicked off the week personalizing paper bags with letters, shapes, and stickers to hold all of their projects. The group also designed a collaborative room mural depicting the class’ dream house. This afternoon we visited leaded glass windows on campus before staring a leaded glass window project, duplicating the shapes and spaces seen in Saarinen house and the Cranbrook Dining Hall windows.


MOLD I: Ceramics & Clay (3rd-4th)

Mini Molders learned the basics of ceramic pot making with pinch pot mugs and coil pots, before moving on to their textured tiles. Campers cut terracotta square tiles and pressed odds and ends – fabric, paperclips, legos – into the surface to create various textures.


MOLD II: Ceramics & Clay (5th-6th)

Our second mold camp also started with the basics – coiling clay and creating pinch pot vessels. Mold II also learned how to work with slab-building clay through different stages of dryness. They practiced surface design techniques, cutting shapes and medallions to decorate the exterior of their Treasure Boxes.


DESIGN II: Spaces & Places (7th-9th, teen workshop)

Our teen workshop also created carry-all bags based on designs created by Alexander Girard. Before moving on to their ‘House of Cards’ project, Designers visited the CAA Library to learn more about academy graduates, Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses designed the slotted House of Cards concept, featuring images which celebrated the uncommon beauty of common things. Our Designers sketched images and objects which make them happy – assembling the cards together to form structural reminders of things they like, to be referenced while designing over the next two weeks.

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