SUMMER CAMP 2018
Explore the exciting possibilities this summer break with Summer Camp at the Westport Arts Center! Get creative, innovative, and have fun through the arts by choosing from a catalog of unique and contemporary weeklong workshops.
With everything from mixed media studios to themed courses delving into graffiti, design, and culture, each workshop will include hands-on projects and a new way to look at art.
With options for the traditional art enthusiast and the current pre-teen, this year’s summer line-up is sure to offer something for everyone!
Classes will stimulate your child’s problem solving skills and invigorate their imagination through diverse materials. Your child will practice thinking creatively and critically! All workshops offer something for everyone ages 4-12.
Morning camps run from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and include a snack; Afternoon camps run from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. In instances where morning and afternoon classes feature the same theme, activities and direction will be designed to be age-appropriate.
Registration fees vary based on materials costs.
Financial assistance may be available to income-eligible Westport residents. To inquire, please contact the Town of Westport’s Human Services Department at 203-341-1050 to make an appointment for scholarship consideration. Questions should be directed to Patty Haberstroh at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Week of June 25 – June 29
The world is full of amazing cultures, each with their own unique forms of art and traditions. Let your student travel the world during this weeklong workshop, facilitated by the arts! Each day will introduce them to an exciting new place and offer them the opportunity to learn while creating works of art inspired by the culture. From Japanese silk painting, to Native American dream catchers, students will be exposed to an array of materials and medias!
Does your student love action and illustration? Do they sketch and doodle during their free time? Creative imaginations are full of stories waiting to be told! This course will guide them as they design their own characters and illustrate their own stories on professional-standard comic strip storyboards and book covers. From sketch to a polished product complete with gouache color, students will walk away bringing their imagination to life.
This high-quality arts program is designed for students of differing and special needs who might need additional attention in the classroom. This course offers insight into artistic processes and techniques while promoting self-awareness and self-esteem through projects, fostering critical thinking and creative innovation through adaptive methods.
*When registering, please be sure to include a description of your child’s specific needs and any learning or behavioral techniques that work best for them. We can accommodate a limited number of parent-provided 1-on-1 aides for students who require one.
Begin an adventure into hot glass blowing alongside glass master Dylan Cotton in this hands-on, weeklong, introductory glass workshop that will take place in his professional studio in Fairfield!
Students will learn all aspects of the hot glass studio and glassblowing including the history, technology, terminology and techniques used to produce their own works of glass. Safety in the studio along with proper technique will be emphasized as well as teamwork. Students will first learn how to “gather” hot glass on the end of a solid steel rod known as a “punti.” They will practice before hand with a cold “punti” until they are able to demonstrate that they have acquired the proper technique. Students will then learn how to apply color to their glass, and then encapsulate their design to produce their first paperweight.
As students advance, they will then learn how to trap an air bubble into their glass and the proper steps to produce their first vessel.
Make your own glass vessels in this unique class and experience art in a “hot” new way!
The Week of July 2 – July 6 (Short Week)
Build, sculpt, and manipulate professional-quality air dry clay using a mix of clay tools, upcylced materials, and your hands to make sculptures, creatures, and more! Each day of this weeklong camp will include a new assignments and theme, inspiring your student to create something new and exciting each class. Once dried, pieces will receive paint to become colorful completed pieces ready to showcase at home!
All the great masters, both traditional and contemporary, have an influence in this fun weeklong art camp! Each day will focus on a different artist and introduce them to a handful of fun and unique facts while allowing them to complete an art project unique to the style of the artist being studied that day. Each class will introduce different materials and culminate in a collection of completed works reflecting the colorful history of the art world. From Picasso to Frida Kahlo, and perhaps even some Van Gogh, students will learn the names and styles while having fun doing it!
The Week of July 9 – July 13
Let your student spend a week exploring the world of printmaking, as they construct beautiful works of art through relief printing, stamping, and monotype. Students will get a feel for the traditional, and then experiment with images and shapes created by using non-traditional materials for stamping such as leaves, flowers, and other unexpected items. Students will combine fine-line and texture, layering colors to reveal unique series of prints.
Enter the world of illustration and story telling by being introduced to traditional Indian Miniature Painting, and then develop imaginative scenes to artfully bring to life through detailed drawing and the use of watercolor and velvety gouache paints. These illustrations will begin in pencil, slowly coming to life with small and delicate brushes, and end as a finished piece demonstrating the use of color, stroke, and pattern.
Students will discover their own illustrative style, while experimenting with different methods of visual representation, and implementing traditional decorative boarders to accentuate their stories.
The Week of July 16 – July 20
Does your student dream about transforming into different characters? Do they love reading books, taking on a character, or even making up a new one? Let your student bring them to life during this week of eclectic mask making. Students will bring 3 different characters to life as they create 3 completely unique masks following different techniques. From clay to Plaster Cloth, students will invent their character on paper, and then sculpt and decorate with professional-grade tools and materials. Horns, feathers, scales, and color!
The Week of July 23 – July 27
Why work in 2D, when you can work in 3D and literally create art that JUMPS off the paper? If your student is ready to move beyond traditional drawing and painting, allow them to spend a week creating 3D masterpieces in this non-conventional sculpture class. Students will sculpt with paper, wool, fabric, clay, plaster cloth, wire, found objects, and more! From soft-sculptures, to traditional clay, students will experience three-dimensional creation in a whole new way.
The Week of July 30 – August 3
All the great masters, both traditional and contemporary, has an influence in this fun weeklong art camp! Each day will focus on a different artist and introduce them to a handful of fun and unique facts while allowing them to complete an art project unique to the style of the artist being studied that day. Each class will introduce different materials and culminate in a collection of completed works reflecting the colorful history of the art world. From Picasso to Frida Kahlo, and perhaps even some Van Gogh, students will learn the names and styles while having fun doing it!
Photography is a universal language that perfectly marries the practice of art with technology. This camp will allow your student to explore their artistic identity through the lens of the digital camera! They will start with the basics, play with exciting technologies, explore different photographic genres, and build their own photographic portfolio over this weeklong session.
Students will not only learn how to properly use a digital camera on totally manual settings, but they will learn the skills it takes to digitally edit their work and professionally print their images with hands-on experience.
With everything from self-portraits to urban landscape, students will build a photographic portfolio while learning the skills to manipulate light and image through manual camera settings.
Aperture, ISO, f-stop, and depth of field. Students will master these skills together.
This camp will include a on-foot fieldtrip to photograph downtown Westport, and requires students to be in possession of own DSLR camera and a laptop with Adobe Photoshop Elements software downloaded onto it during class hours.
The Week of August 6 – August 10
Let this summer be all about fun and exploration! Summer Studio is the Westport Arts Center’s response to that independent young artist who wants choice and freedom. Each day of the weeklong workshop will allow students to choose from two different art projects, so that they can follow whatever their passion is that day. Students will get the opportunity to explore a vast array of materials and mediums, and get their hands dirty! From clay to paint, and everything in between, Summer Studio is the perfect camp session for the young artist who just wants to try it all!
Jump into this hot Japanese genre by crafting endless amounts of adorable key chains, figurines, and more! Work on a small scale with brightly-colored polymer clay and hi-end sculpting tools to bring animation to objects. If your student loves emojis and cupcakes with smiley faces, this is the class for them!
Not into “cute”? No worries, this class is also perfect for bringing your imaginative superheroes to life by creating action figures and other miniatures. This class would be a great follow-up to those who have participated in our “Graphic Novel” class, allowing students to turn their 2-D characters into 3-D masterpieces!
The Week of August 13 – August 17
Always a favorite, paint comes in many forms and this camp will cover it all! Paint from your imagination and real life, exploring the world of art through watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paints! Working big, and working small, this camp is all about playing with color, learning about color theory, and creating vibrant and fun works of art. Incorporating stroke, texture, and technique along the way, students will also be introduced to great artists of the past, learning about abstract and figurative art.
Begin this week-long session by receiving your own hardcover, 150 page, blank sketchbook to customize and make your own. All great creatives have their special sketchbook, and get a jump-start on making your own! Be visited by artists and designers who will share their knowledge and techniques with you as you build your graffiti skills, learn different writing styles and drawing styles, and play with design. We know you have great ideas, so lets get them on paper using paint markers, permanent markers, colored pencils, and collage, this book will have it all.
The Week of August 20 – August 24
Tie-dye isn’t just t-shirts, it’s art! During this weeklong workshop, students will explore 5 different methods of tie dying, combining math, pattern, and color theory to create amazing works of wearable, usable, art!
Students will create a collection of t-shirts, pillowcases, and socks, experimenting with different methods of tie-dye. Students will explore pattern and a bit of science as they progress from simple dying techniques to more advanced methods.
Policies and Procedures
Individual Day Signup Policy: Individual day sign ups are based on availability and students must be registered 3 days prior to the desired camp date. Those who signup for individual days know that they may have some incomplete projects that would have been completed over multiple days. All individual day sign ups must be made by phone, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration fees for individual days cannot be refunded.
Minimum Enrollment Requirements: All camps are subject to a minimum enrollment of 3 campers to run. Camps that do not meet the enrollment may be canceled 3 days prior to the beginning date of the course.
Pricing Policy: Fees for the camp include materials that are specific to the weekly theme and may vary week to week.
Please contact Director of Education, Lillie Fortino, with any inquiries.