Week 7- Wednesday, August 8th

Winning on this Wednesday @ CAM Camps!

Today has been full of weaving, sculpting, and mark-making. See the photographs below for a preview of our day! 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten)  spent their day learning about the word “re-purpose”. They created wonderful weavings out of recycled materials such as cereal boxes and construction paper. They ended the day with paper containers to take their free drawings home in!

3D Form & Function (1+2) talked about form vs. function today. They designed chairs that served a purpose in their life. From relaxing chairs, to curious kitty chairs, these artists really flew past our expectations. In the afternoon, they created 3D models to showcase their understanding of space and planes using cardboard and tape. Stay tuned to see why they created these models!

DIY Textile Design (3+4) began to create weavings using DIY cardboard looms. They dressed their outfits up with handmade buttons! In the afternoon, third and fourth graders went outside to make cyanotypes. This is a process of using the sun to print an image onto another surface. Ask your camper how this magical process worked!

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) completed their tea pot project today and moved on up in the sculpture knowledge! They learned about the pinch pot method in preparation for creating clay bells and even took a trip to the Vaults to explore the intersection of art + music. As a special treat, we heard harmonious tunes from a sculptural work by Harry Bertoia that produces sound! Music continued in-class as these busy campers were jamming to the musical tunes and sculpting all day long.

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens) continued to work hard on their free sculptures in the morning. They rolled out flat slabs for learning sgraffito techniques with pin tools and colored slip. In the gallery, Teens talked about Willem de Kooning and looked at a samples of abstract expressionism and hyper-realism in figure sculpture. This inspired them to work toward personal voice and style within their artwork.

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is the word of the day? What recycled materials did you use for your weaving?

3D Form & Function (1-2): What is a model? What materials did you use for your 3D model? Share with your grown-up: Why did you choose to create for your chair design?

DIY Textile Design (3-4): Share with you grown-up: How did you make your weaving today? Tell your grown-up about the sun print process.

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): What hand-building technique did you use to make the clay bells? What was your favorite part about the day?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): What is sgraffito? Share with your grown-up: Explain the slab-building method. What is colored slip?

Week 7-Tuesday, August 7

Time to MAKE Tuesdays! 

Don’t stop, won’t stop here at Create Camps on Tuesdays. We started the week at a great pace, fabricating wearable sculptures, designing textile prints, and forming clay creations!

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) stamped stamped stamped today! After a trip to the Museum to look at Punk fashion, campers created their own wearable works (shirts) using handmade stamps and intricate patterning. Check out those colors! Following their t-shirt extravaganzas, campers painted newspaper hats in more vibrant colors.

3D Form & Function (1+2) explored patterns, form, and 3D structures in their cardboard sculptures. Campers learned how to assemble and reassembling using jointed pieces and reconfigured in a team format (three cheers for classroom bonding)! In the afternoon, campers learned about dimension and volume in their wall reliefs.

DIY Textile Design (3+4) began their wrapped coil pots which took concentration and focus and a little sparkly string. Campers went to the Plaza Vault to view a textile by Marianne Strengell and learned about her automotive upholstery designs for GM, Ford, and Chrysler.

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) rolled, traced, and coiled for pots and mugs today. They took at trip to the Ceramics Vault to view teapot works a “Wacky Teapot Party” project! Campers dissected the teapot to its many parts: lid, body, handle, and spout. We are anxiously awaiting to fire and glaze our objects next week.

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens) toured the grounds around Cranbrook Art Museum to look at outdoor sculpture (some made by Cranbrook Academy of Art alum), inspiring their figures project. Later in the afternoon, campers dove into cup creations, developing functional pieces that they will use everyday.

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What tool did you create today? How did you use that tool? What words did we read on the t-shirt in the Museum?

3D Form & Function (1-2): What patterns did you paint on your cardboard sculpture? Name three paper modeling forms that you folded / cut today! Which one was your favorite?

DIY Textile Design (3-4): How does one begin a wrapped coil pot? What are the strings in a weaving called? (Answer: warp! weft!)

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): How did you build your teapot? What does each teapot part (handle, spout, body, lid) do? How does the form represent its function?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): What new techniques did you learn today? What project are you most excited to complete?

Week 7- Monday, August 6th

Mondays are Magical @ CAM Create Camps! 

Welcome all campers! Today we kicked off some amazing camps filled with textile design, clay, sculpture and more! Take a look below to see these busy artists working all day long. 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) started the week off strong, by learning how to create a pinch pot. The word of the day was Function and they put this to the test with their original tea pot creations. Such strong sculptures- all containing a handle, a spout, and a vessel!

3D Form & Function (1+2) worked on their functional felt pieces. They stuffed these full of fluff, and shared their thoughts with the class. These “squishy wearables” were quite a hit. Ask your camper about their first day!

DIY Textile Design (3+4) started off the day by braiding yarn, and practicing knots and ties. They created stencil patterns to be screen printed in the afternoon using a squeegee and silkscreen. These turned out so nice!

Sculpt with Clay (5+6) spent the day rolling out slabs and painting with colored slip. After these set up, they carved into the pieces using a sgraffito method. Ask your camper about their process today!

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens) began their two week session by creating sketchbooks and brainstorming for project ideas. They spent the afternoon in the ceramic vault gaining inspiration, then walked back to the studio to create slab vessels and containers.

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What was the word of the day? What does that word mean? Share with your grown up: How was your first day of art camp?

3D Form & Function (1-2): What is form? What is function? Share with your grown-up: What projects did you work on today?

DIY Textile Design (3-4): What is a silkscreen? Share with your grown up: Explain the process of screenprinting. What does your stencil look like?

Sculpt with Clay (5-6): What hand-building method did you learn today? What did you look at for inspiration today?

Ceramics & Sculpture (Teens): What hand-building method did you learn today? What did you look at in the vault with Ms. Emily and Mr. David?

Week 6- Friday, August 3rd

Fantastic Friday! We are having fun on this fabulous day.

Campers wrapped up week long (or two week long for our clay camps) projects, sewing, glazing, and installing tiny sculptures!

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) played in clay rolling and squishing beads to use as components in their kinetic sculpture. What do we have on-campus that is kinetic, you ask? For Mother Teresa by Mark di Suvero, of course! Mini Makers bent and played in wire, attaching beads as they went.

Sculpt with Clay (1+2) experimented in Sculpey, an oven bake clay that maintains in vibrant color in the “firing” process. Campers completed the birdy bobble heads that are now glazed, feathered, and ready to display! We L O V E the fluff. Post lunch extravaganzas included a Museum trip to see the Punk show, gathering inspiration from Punk bands names for their three-dimensional lettering.

Sculpt with Clay (3+4) rang, sang, and danced away to the sound of their new bells. Each camper had their own spin on sound and form. In the afternoon, campers glazed ceramic works and threaded beads for necklaces and sculpture, adding the finishing touches to their two-weeks worth of work. In regards to productivity, we are thoroughly impressed!

3D Form and Function (5+6) practiced design thinking in their imagination, prototype, and testing of their very own lamp designs. Inspired by desk lamps and floor lamps in the Museum’s collection, Form and Function formulated models that they could use every day–but if you know these 5+6th graders, you know it’s all about the style. In the afternoon, campers wrapped up (quite literally) their tents, adding more decoration and Punk flair to the end.

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What does kinetic mean? Why would someone want to make kinetic art? What materials did you use today?

Sculpt with Clay (1-2): What letters did you make out of clay for your Punk (animal) band? What is the difference between two-dimensional and three-dimensional letters?

Sculpt with Clay (3-4): How does your bell sound? If you were to make a larger bell, what would you change?

3D Form and Function (5-6): How did you make your tent? What is the basis for its structure? How does your desk lamp function? What is its form?

Week 6- Thursday, August 2nd

Workin’ hard before the weekend @ CAM Create Camps!

Artists were super diligent today as we explored site-specific sculptures, shiny cellophane vessels, and much more!

Mini Maker’s (Kindergarten) word of the day was: Perform. Campers looked at a piece by Robert Turek in the gallery as inspiration for their musical projects! Mini artists created kazoos and guitars out of recycled cardboard. They painted these to add a pop of color. These functional sculptures sounded like a beautiful symphony!

Sculpt with Clay (1+2) campers created 2D work today- an area they hadn’t explored much of this week. Their expressive marks, curvy forms, and bold colors reflected their true, artistic talent! In the afternoon, they visited some of Cranbrook’s impressive fountains as preparation for creating a miniature fountain of their own!

Sculpt with Clay (3+4) started the morning with outdoor, site-specific sculpting! These artists put their creative juices to the test and molded in the moment! These forms showed such emotion and expression! In the afternoon, third and fourth graders saw two sculptures by Harry Bertoia in the vault. This was inspiration for their sound sculptures in the afternoon.

3D Form and Function (5+6) These gal pals rocked it out today! Sewing and stitching calls for persistence, concentration, and patience- and golly, these girls had just that! Piecing fabric together for “squishy wearables” was the prompt for today. Take a peak at the amazing progress so far.

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What was the word of the day? What does the word perform mean? Share with your grown-up: What did you see in the vault today?

Sculpt with Clay (1-2): What does iridescent mean? Share with your grown-up: How did you make your iridescent vessels symmetrical?

Sculpt with Clay (3-4): Who is Harry Bertoia? Share with your grown-up: What is site-specific sculpture? Explain the process you took to create these sculptures this morning.

3D Form and Function (5-6): What is a wearable artwork? Share with your grown-up: What was your design process today? How did you create your squishy wearable?

Week 6- Wednesday, August 1st

Wonderful and Wacky Wednesdays @ CAM Create Camps!

Campers hopped right to work on this “perfect-weather” Wednesday! The storms blew over by the morning, leaving us with a nice temperature to explore outside and adventure as artists.

Mini Maker’s (Kindergarten) word of the day was: Portrait . Campers looked at the Andy Warhol Polaroid Portrait in the gallery today. Once they were back in the studio, they created collages and paper masks. When grown-ups came back at 11:00, we really surprised them behind our wacky Wednesday masks!

For Sculpt with Clay (1+2) started their morning off right with a walk to Rainbow Fountain! Along they way, they collected findings to inspire mosaic tiles in the studio. They learned about the tiles and arches that make up the sparkly, iridescent Rainbow Fountain. In the studio, they worked to create their own mosaics– and boy are they magical- pumped with pattern and color!

Sculpt with Clay (3+4) continued to glaze fired forms from earlier in the week. Their morning also included an adventure to Rainbow Fountain! These adventurers were inspired to make sparkly mosaics of their own- including a finding from the morning walk. They also added collage elements from old magazine and newspapers to structural clay pieces that have been fired- super alternative!

3D Form and Function (5+6) Campers had a fun-filled day of pattern-making and designing. Their ideas are reflective of true thought and creativity. Their afternoon held a trip to the di Suvero on campus. There, they sketched this amazing, kinetic form. Ask your camper about their observations of balance and structure while looking at this large sculpture!

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is a mask? Who is Andy Warhol? What work of his did you see in the museum today?

Sculpt with Clay (1-2): What is a mosaic? What did you learn about the arch of Rainbow Fountain?

Sculpt with Clay (3-4): What three components did Mr. David prompt you to include in your mosaic piece? Tell your grown-up about the adventure to Rainbow Fountain.

3D Form and Function (5-6): Were you successful in your pattern-making today? What was your favorite part? Tell your grown-up about your adventure to the di Suvero sculpture on Cranbrook’s campus.

Week 6- Tuesday, July 31st

Tuesdays are for Terrific Artists @ CAM Create Camps!

From glazing ceramic work, to adding fabric to our functional chairs, these campers were busy and happy all day today!

Mini Maker’s (Kindergarten) word of the day was: Stencil. Campers looked at the Shepard Fairey Exhibition as inspiration for their posters. Once they were back in the studio, mini makers used their initials to create colorful posters. These turned out bold and expressive!

For Sculpt with Clay (1+2) spent their day glazing and decorating work that has been fired. They visited the ceramic vault to view Greek Vases- paying attention to the unique color, texture, and form.

Sculpt with Clay (3+4) had their last day using clay! Campers spent the morning “free sculpting” their last ceramic pieces. In the afternoon, third and fourth graders went to look in the museum galleries. They referenced the punk collage posters as inspiration for the afternoon collage project.

3D Form and Function (5+6) Campers added surface design to their functional chairs today. Pillow stuffing was flying everywhere as campers creates plush accessories for their chairs! In the afternoon, campers took a trip to the museum to gain inspiration. Ask your camper what they loved most about their museum adventure.

Questions for Campers:

Mini Makers (Kindergarten): What is a stencil? Who is Shepard Fairey?

Sculpt with Clay (1-2): What did you look at in the ceramic vault today? Did you enjoy your time there?

Sculpt with Clay (3-4): What did you look at in the museum today? Did you enjoy your time there? What did you free- sculpt in the morning? Did that piece tell a story about yourself or someone else?

3D Form and Function (5-6): Are you happy with the outcome of your functional chair? What accessories did you add to your chair? What else did you work on today?