Summer Art Camp 2013: Wrap-up!
Lines and Designs: Exploring the Elements of Art
The Museum welcomed over 200 campers from the entire Birmingham area, other parts of Alabama, and as far as New York to this year’s Summer Art Camp. Teachers introduced students to artworks in our collection that illustrated “Lines and Designs: The Elements of Art.” The teachers led the campers on a journey through the Museum to discover obvious and hidden lines, colors, shapes, and patterns. Every camper this year received Museum Studio sketch books and used them throughout the week with their teachers, compiling a visual journal of their week at camp.
The summer began with the Young Artists discovering how pattern can be made through lines and repeated forms. They presented their discoveries through colorful, patterned paintings related to artworks in the Contemporary Gallery, cut paper referring to the graphic quality of the Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window, and inscribed in clay referencing the BMA’s African pottery. The Young Artists also looked at the broader scope of how a Museum is curated, examining the larger picture of patterns and connections within a collection of objects. One group created mini museums, complete with brochures, while the second group designed boxes for a collection of objects.
The Little Masters continued the theme by creating paper maché vessels echoing lines and patterns found in our African pots, created their own geometric stained glass windows, and formed sculptures using clay, straw, and wire. They even successfully tackled the concept of “line of sight” using the gaze of the Horizon sculptures by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir.
Our Junior and Senior campers examined the same ideas in more depth. They experimented with building whimsical clay pots, drawing the human form using a variety of materials, and different forms of printmaking. Our students rose to the artistic challenges the teachers provided, exceeding even their own expectations. Along with our Young Artists, the Junior/Senior campers looked at some artwork through the eyes of guest Annie Damsky, the owner of Villager Yoga, learning through their body movement how lines and designs are inherent in everything.
The highlight was one of our Young Artist’s moms passing on the message from her son after his first day: “Best camp ever!”
Keep your eyes open for our studio and family programs offered throughout the year. Summer art camp is not the only time to have fun looking at and creating art at the Museum! We look forward to seeing your budding artists again soon.
Other Parent testimonials:
“[My camper] wants to come back and spend more time looking at the artwork”
“As always, one of the best camps in Birmingham!”
“My daughter has decided that she will be an artist "when she grows up".”
To see more pictures of all the fun, please visit the Museum's Flickr page.