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Summer Art Camp at the VAC: Design Your Town

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OCCA Presents “Summer Art Camp at the VAC: Design Your Town”
July 17-20 session focuses on print-making and model-making, celebrating the Nye Beach neighborhood

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Summer Art Camp at the VAC: Design Your Town,” July 17-20, 9am to 3pm, at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The four-day Art Camp provides children ages 10-14 with opportunities to explore print-making, model building, drawing and painting. Campers visit and document existing art in the surrounding Nye Beach neighborhood. Campers use these observations to create their own art, discover that art is integral to the neighborhood and become empowered to creatively shape their town.

“Summer Art Camp at the VAC” provides hands-on, experiential and contextual learning. Individual and group art-making projects are included. The camp schedule and programming is designed to be responsive to students’ interests, with time built in for project discussion and reflection. The camp enjoys the leadership of highly qualified and experienced instructors and support staff.

Art Camp Outcomes:
· Create a portfolio of observations, drawings and ideas.
· Develop a series of prints and a group poster celebrating the Nye Beach neighborhood.
· Build models with readily accessible materials.
· Collaborate to create a gallery installation/exhibit of the prints, models, drawings and paintings.
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Art Camp Activities:
· Screen printing is taught, offering the experience of using drawings to create a design for painting a stencil in two different methods on a screen. The stencil is printed for an edition and used for a group project. Students learn methods to overprint layers of color and the fundamentals of the screen-printing process.
· Models are designed and built using a variety of materials, including paper, cardboard and found objects. Students learn various model-building techniques while creating individual visions for the local environment.
· Students consider and make their own art pieces to enhance the group’s model of Nye Beach.

Registration fee: $150 for four-day camp; supplies included (scholarships available). Snacks provided. Students bring sack lunches.
Class limit: 16
How to register: Call or email OCCA VAC director Tom Webb at 541-265-6569,
twebb@coastarts.org.

Instructors

Michael Guerriero is a working printmaker and arts instructor based in Yachats. From 2002 to 2013, he delivered arts workshops at several elementary schools and high schools in northern California. He has taught art workshops for the California Conservation Corp in Humboldt County, the Mendocino Arts Center and the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka. He has worked as an exhibit designer for public agencies and as executive director for a nonprofit social services agency. From 1997-2014, Michael worked as a self-employed artist, maintaining an art studio and selling a series of serigraphs. He has taught print-making in classrooms of various sizes and ages. He provides print-making supplies and equipment for each student in the VAC Summer Art Camp program. Michael earned his MFA from Western Michigan State University and his BA from California State University.

Marcy Kenyon is an artist who recently moved to Newport from New York City. She was an arts educator in elementary education at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, where she taught full-time for 17 years. Marcy holds a master’s degree in early childhood education and museum education from Bank Street College of Education. She has led art workshops for children and adults at the Museum of Natural History, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The New York Botanical Garden and the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica. She enjoys making art with children and educating for sustainability, whether in a school garden or art studio. She seeks to integrate the arts with science and social studies in a creative, hands-on environment.

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