2018 Instructional Programming:
COMPLETED- Session 1: July 9 - July 13
Age Group: 7-10
In the morning, students will enjoy working with remarkable finger painter and experienced director Therese LaLonde in exploring creative and imaginative problem solving, ingenuity and originality, while discovering the power and importance of process. This week’s session will focus on experimenting with a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking, using an assortment of materials- ultimately building student’s creative skills and confidence as creators, problem-solvers and thinkers.
In the afternoon, community muralist and Sebastopol born artist Dana Vallarino will take students on a fascinating adventure exploring the process of mural making. Students and their peers will work collaboratively on an inclusive, creative project, practice different painting techniques and learn how to enlarge artwork to bigger scale. This week’s session will cover various approaches to community art, art history, and offer insight into the diverse medium of murals. Students will come away with a special understanding of the collaborative nature of art as they participate in creating a unique mural.
COMPLETED- Session 2: July 16 - July 20
Age Group: 7-10
In the morning, lifelong sculpture and Head Start Instructor Charlie Churchill will introduce students to modern abstract art and additive sculpture, also known as assemblage or constructionism. This hands on work emphasizes balance, tension and texture allowing students to work with pine, guitar building materials and exotic woods of many colors. Students will experiment with mineral oiling and learn about the natural color palette of different types of wood, as well as have the opportunity to build and create an assemblage wooden sculpture, ultimately leading students to feel a new-found sense of satisfaction, pride and confidence in what they built.
In the afternoon, Indian dance specialist, fashion designer, and yoga instructor K.D. McComb will lead students on a week long exploration of cultural storytelling, costuming and traditional Indian folk dance, including classical and Bollywood rhythm-based movement. This week’s session will dive into yoga posture training, expanding student’s understanding of balance, posture and form. Using simple steps and formations, students will use interactive exercise, expression, dance and clapping, resulting in a fun filled, exuberant cardiovascular routine.
COMPLETED- Session 3: July 23 - 27
Age Group: 7-10
In the morning, accomplished world music percussionist and recording artist Sahar Pinkham will lead students on a lively exploration of the fundamentals of rhythm, tempo, improvisation, and ensemble drumming. Students will learn how each of these areas can be applied to their daily lives, as learning about rhythm allows students to deepen their sense of musical intuition, strengthen their capacity to clearly identify personal boundaries and explore artistic expression. The art of improvisation also encourages students to creatively engage and freely express themselves.
In the afternoon, inspiring art educator and clinician Sandra Novia will lead students in a fun filled session, exploring drawing techniques and abstraction. Students will pick a favorite object and use contour drawing techniques to create a still life composition, as well as exploring color theory. Our young artists will then be guided through the process of deconstructing these images to ultimately create a sparkling, abstract piece using metallic colors, reflective of individual flare.
IN SESSION- Session 4: July 30- August 3
Age Group: 11-14
In the morning, teaching artist and education coordinator at 180 Studios, Nathan Henry-Silva will lead students on a week-long adventure into abstraction and the arts. Together we will explore how to use abstraction as a tool for both skill building and expression. Various techniques will be introduced using drafting tools such as compasses and rulers, to produce patterns and geometries, followed by an introduction to color theory and watercolor painting. This week’s session will lead to students combining their new skills and creating an abstract work of art.
In the afternoon, Connecticut transplant and SRJC instructor Mary Beth Sasso will lead students on a week-long exploration of agamographs, a series of images that change at different angles as one changes their point of view. Through exploring the history of Israeli sculptor/artist, Yaacov Agam (1928-present), students gain a deeper understanding of optical and kinetic art. This week’s focused art instruction will begin with drawing two separate realistic images and through artistic manipulation, travel through zigzagged “mountains” and “valleys”, ultimately resulting in the creation and assemblage of a “kinetic” piece of moving art.