Week 8, day 5 – Aug 18th!

We can’t believe it’s here: the LAST day of Create Camps! Thank you to our WONDERFUL families and campers. Our staff had so much fun this summer, learned lots and lots, and truly enjoyed spending time with your campers. We hope to see you again next year!

MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

Today Minis visited the vault to learn from a painting by Jonathan Lasker. They talked about the painting’s layered colors, shapes, and gestural movements used by the artist. Back in the studio Mini’s created their own layered scribble collages.

 

EXPLORE: Art & Nature (1st-2nd)

Explorers went on a campus walk to gather leaves and sticks in interesting shapes and sizes. These found materials were laid on tote bags painted with light sensitive ink. They spent the afternoon in the sun printing shapes on top. Campers also learned about Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and imagined their own spiral rock patterns.

 

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

This morning Mini Molder’s built platforms for their ceramics castles, complete with moats and bridges. They also built a set to install their underwater sea sculptures. This afternoon campers talked about all the projects they sculpted over the past two weeks, critiquing what they liked, what they didn’t like, what was difficult, and how they overcame those challenges.

 

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

Mold II assembled their fired ceramic pieces, including their letter banners and floating face mobiles. In the afternoon they continued working with sculpy to build puppets, animals, snacks, and beads.

 

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

Designers visited the beautiful Japanese gardens, where they spent the morning sketching plants and structures in the garden. This afternoon they turned their sketches into hanging garden models, translating 2D sketches into 3D forms, and talked about kinetic artwork.

Week 8, day 4 – Aug 17th!

We had a very rainy day at Create Camps! A few campus walks were canceled, but we did have a window of sunshine for recess to run around and play outside.

MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

Today Mini’s explored ARCHITECTURE. They talked about different ways of looking, like BIRDS EYE VIEW and font-facing ELEVATIONS. Then, campers designed their own dream homes adding texture, patterns, shapes, and colors to existing floor plans.

 

EXPLORE: Art & Nature (1st-2nd)

Explorers looked at examples of embroidery by May Morris before embroidering on their beautiful water colored nature scenes. This afternoon, they learned weaving techniques on the hand-made stick looms, and campers finished decorating their paper mache cacti with bright, desert tones.

 

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

Mold camp learned all about tile and ceramic mosaic – cutting geometric shapes from construction paper and creating their own mosaic patterns, before moving on to tile layouts. Campers also created sand-casting with plaster of paris. Each disc was molded in the sand with beads and baubles added before pouring the plaster.

 

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

Our older Molders performed their MUCH anticipated puppet show. They created ceramic characters and attached them to fabric bodies. The class wrote two original shows and performed on homemade stages for the other camps.

 

DESIGN: Spaces & Places (7th-9th, Teen Workshop)

Yesterday Designers visited the plaza vault and learned about ergonomics and 20th century furniture design. They talked about mid-century masters Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Florence Knoll. Thinking about the balance between form and function, campers designed their own chair prototypes first on paper, then using cardstock, and finally with woods and metals.

 

Week 8, day 2 – Aug 15th!

This Tuesday ALL of our campers visited the current exhibitions where they observed and learned from artwork on display.

MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

Mini Makers learned all about WEAVING. They looked at colorful woven textiles by Marianne Strengell and Alexander Girard before learning how to weave in the classroom. The class did a large group weaving and tiny mixed-media weavings to take home.

 

EXPLORE: Art & Nature (1st-2nd)

Explorers painted watercolor landscapes on burlap in preparation for their watercolor embroideries. They’ll learn to embroider yarn patterns over-top tomorrow. This afternoon, campers visited the Finland 100 exhibit to look at weavings by artist, and former CAA Artist-in-Resident, Marianne Strengell before starting their nature weavings on stick looms made and gathered on a campus walk.

 

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

Mini Molders visited New Domestic Landscapes and learned about functional ceramic designs in the home. Campers set the stage for their own ceramic diorama installations – painting the background, and building props. After lunch they played with patterns on their bisque tile designs and glazed pots and vases.

 

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

Our other ceramic camp visited the Alexander Girard exhibit to look at tablescapes and settings Girard designed for Maharam. Then they sculpted miniatures of their favorite foods including tomatoes, mushrooms, pizza, and sushi! This afternoon they glazed and added details to pots and vases.

 

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

Today our Designers were all about latch hook and logos. The morning was spent designing geometric patterns and latch-hooking small squares inspired by textiles the group saw in Saarinen House. This afternoon, they looked at branding Alexander Girard did for various restaurants in New York. Designers created their own brand and logo which were added to cups, plates, and cards.

Week 8, day 1 – Aug 14th!

Here we are at the last week of camps! We’ve had a wonderful 7 weeks and can’t wait to see what final projects campers make this week. As always, we’ll be positing pictures and updates on the blog daily!

MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

Today Minis made beautiful botanical mobiles, painted with patterns inspired by colors and shapes seen in the Cranbrook Gardens. The group learned about PATTERN and REPETITION, both man-made and those occurring in nature.

 

EXPLORE: Art & Nature (1st-2nd)

Explore started the day printing nature etchings on paper bags which will hold treasures from the week’s nature walks. Campers also started on their paper mache cacti project, inspired by folk art cactus models in the Alexander Girard exhibit. After an afternoon nature walk, Explorers made silhouettes outdoors inspired by Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Series.

 

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

This morning Mini Molders visited the Cranbrook Institute of Science where campers looked at ceramic Egyptian jewelry before creating their own ceramic beads. The group also glazed lots (and lots!) of projects from last week, and create textured landscape paintings using colorful Plasticine clay.

 

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

Mold II had a morning full of glazing – adding color to almost all of their pieces from last week. They also visited ceramic beads and pendents at the Institute of Science, sketching and getting ideas for their afternoon project, when Molders designed their own pendants for jewelry and magnets.

 

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

Today Designers planned their own dream homes, drawing floor plans and elevations for their wildly imaginative spaces. Afterward, the group did a walking tour of campus looking at the shapes, colors, and narratives in leaded glass windows in Saarinen House, and the Cranbrook Dining Hall.

Week 7, day 4 – Aug 10th!

This Thursday both of our Design camps visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House, and created projects inspired by the space’s interior! And after a week of constructing, Mold I & II see their ceramic pieces head to the kiln tonight to be fired!

MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

Mini Makers talked about ARCHITECTURE and 2D representations of buildings. They visited the museum to look at Girard’s castle-like designs before creating their own colorful, geometric houses. Campers layered tissue on their cardboard forms and created doors, windows, roofs, and fences to customize the exteriors.

 

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

Mini Designers also looked at two-dimensional representations of buildings. They learned from blue prints and plans drawn for the camps building space in 2011 AND went to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House in the afternoon. Designers learned all about architects and the design process, and how some designers like FLW designed ALL aspects of a home from the windows to the chairs. Then, campers created their own floor plans and printed them in the sun on cyanotype paper.

 

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

This morning Molders worked as masons, creating clay bricks and building their own castles. This afternoon they sculpted floating sea creatures with colorful clay, and started glazing Monday’s pinch and coil pots.

 

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

Mold II built vases inspired by yesterday’s trip to the ceramics vault, and started forming molded discs and shapes for their word banners. Campers glazed their face components to be fired and strung into mobiles tomorrow, and finished shaping their dinnerware sets!

 

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

Designers finished their amazing conversation pit models, and moved on the pattern and print making. Campers designed their own stamp patterns and transferred them to canvas fabric. Each camper printed custom fabric patterns and sewed them into small personal pillows. This afternoon the class visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House and talked about interiors – including pillow and textile design, and the intricate woodwork seen in the furniture and walls.

Week 7, day 3 – Aug 9th

MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

This morning Mini did a little dancing while learning about RHYTHM and LINE. They visited the vault to look at Bradley Walker Tomlin’s painting, Music Rack, inspired by cubism and formal elements of music. Campers learned about different kinds of lines – straight, dotted, curvy, angled – and drew lines while listening to different types of musical rhythms. Their final project were filled with explosive color and musical lines!

 

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

Today our Mini Designers learned about furniture design and ergonomics. They checked out the chair collection in the Art Museum vault including mid-century masterpieces from Eero Saarinen, George Nelson, and Ralph Rapson. Then campers sketched their own chair designs on graph paper, built paper models using colored paper, and finally completed their wooden chair prototypes.

 

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

Mold I learned about vases and vessels, including the different parts of a vase and what they’re called. They traveled to the ceramics vault to look at Pewabic Pottery’s iridescent glazes. This afternoon the built treasure boxes using a slab ceramic techniques.

 

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

Mold II started their hanging face mobiles, carving individual facial features to be strung together to create a floating face shape. This afternoon the group learned about mold making from the work of Im Schafer. They brainstormed ceramic sets before creating a serving pair for their favorite foods.

 

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

Teen Designers completed their mood boards and started building conversation pit models after looking at architectural models in the vault.

 

Week 7, day 2 – Aug 8th!

Happy Tuesday! Today all of our campers were inspired by artworks in our current exhibitions.

MINI MAKERS (Kindergarten)

Minis talked about PATTERN, REPETITION, and SHAPE (specifically, triangles) this morning while looking at Girard’s triangle fabric. In the art room, mini’s drew and cut triangles, layered them in paper collage, and used triangle shaped sponges to print another layer of depth on top!

 

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

This morning, Designers taped and painted over their own leaded glass window designs – inspired by shapes seen on yesterday’s campus window walk. They visited the conversation pit in the art museum, inspired by Girard’s design installed at the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. Designers talked about color, shape, light, and mood – how an environment can affect emotions. They used this information to create mood boards for their own conversation pits, selecting fabrics, art, colors, and furniture to complete their designs.

 

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

Mini Molders also investigated shape today – designing their own plastic stencils and tracing tissue shapes for layered, paper collages inspired by an early morning visit to see Alexander Girard’s printed, layered textile designs. After lunch, Molders combined simple shapes to build their own clay animals and then used this morning’s plastic stencils to cut slab clay shapes to layer into patterned plates.

 

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

Mold II used slab and shaping techniques learned on Monday and applied pattern, texture, and surface decoration with sgraffito on pots and (what will be magnetic) tiles. This afternoon, taking inspiration from Alexander Girard’s patterns, campers made small textured tiles, looking to pattern inspirations in nature in the Cranbrook gardens, sketching designs for a set of three tiles.

 

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

Designers are learning about architectural symbols used on renderings, blueprints, and plans in preparation for their own dream house designed. Campers then created mood boards, pulling images and ideas from magazines for dream spaces. This afternoon they looked at the structural concept of the conversation pit, designed by Alexander Girard for the mid-century masterpiece, the Miller House. Looking to their mood boards and Girard’s design, campers made their own conversation pit mini-models.