Summer Art Camp 2022 (July)



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This summer, we are offering Art Camps in June, July and August.
This July, we are running for our Art Camps, 4-day morning camps! Our studio heads this month, each afternoon, to Portland Public Schools to lead a fun art studio for summer school children. If you are signing up siblings to the same workshop and your family financially needs a discount, please enter the code sibling10. If you are able, we ask families to consider chipping in towards our scholarship fund to support a child to attend camp who normally couldn’t.

Additionally, we will be announcing 1 time weekend and evening workshops as the summer evolves, and monthly launching fun summer art camp projects kits to go! Keep in touch and enjoy this middle fun summer month!

wk 3 wonderful watercolor intensive
July 11, 12, 13, 14
Mixed ages 6 – 11
9 – 11:00 am

Making our own watercolors, mixing paint, working with more advanced tube watercolors, we will learn different watercolor techniques, and will create still life, landscape and portrait watercolor paintings. We will also collage with some of our watercolor papers, to make and take home mini sketchbooks. Looking at watercolor artists contemporary, like Debra Cartwright, and past, like Andrew Wyeth and others will inspire us. Working both in the studio and in the park across the street for landscape painting, this 4-day morning art camp that runs from 9 am – 11 am will be amazing for technique, fun and skill building! Artist and Elementary Art Teacher Elise will collaborate with Christina on this special animal camp.

wk 4 natures art studio: making it all ourselves
July 18, 19, 20, 21
Mixed ages 6 – 11
4 day morning Art Camp
9 – 11:00 am

In this mixed-age morning intensive – we will be making all our art supplies ourselves, plus layering in some powerful drawing techniques to build our skills daily. From a set of hand-made brushes from natural and recycled materials, making our own paints with mortar and pestle, to eco printing with flowers on silk and cotton cloth to make bandanas, to making art journals from paper we will make ourselves and more. This 4-day art camp that runs mornings, from 9 am – 11 am, will be a great way to start each day for a fun creative week!

wk 5 ocean love
July 25, 26, 27, 28
Mixed ages 6 – 11
4 day morning Art Camp
9 – 11:00 am

Did you know the studio overlooks (a slice of!) the bay and the ocean?! Seagulls can be seen from our windows and salty air is a part of our environment. In this camp, children will paint, plan, draw and build! As young architects, we will create some fun boats (and try to get them to float!) out of wood and recycled materials with a local retired teacher and boat builder who we are excited to have visit us again on one of our mornings. We will be learning about the life and health of our ocean, making 2 and 3d art and a mini pop-up book, and participating in a mini collaborative project. Our funky hand-made boats will be fun to play with and float all summer, and the creative work we do meeting art with ecology supports our artists minds to be stewards of the earth. In this 4-day art camp that runs mornings, from 9 am – 11 am, children will have some fun with engaged artwork to take home – and to keep experimenting with!

*extra info!
before art camp
> We will send you a welcome email before your art camp, reminding you of the camp ahead and anything you need to remember or bring.
> We will send you paperwork to fill out (we are working to make this online for the summer!)
> Come ready to have fun and become a part of the studio! It’s always good to wear clothes it’s OK to get dirty too.
> For morning sessions, just bring a water bottle, sun hat, sunscreen, extra mask, and little sweater in case it’s chilly. For a full day, all of the above plus a snack + lunch (we take a break for both).

Each camp has an innovative, funky and fun, project-based curriculum that we adjust slightly to the energy and members of the group. Our projects are influenced by nature, and contemporary/historical artists and change-makers. Specific books will be carefully curated to align with the themes of each week, with thoughtful, caring discussions, playful games, nurturing fun yoga, some singing and play interwoven into each day. All materials are high quality, sustainably and mindfully chosen–recycled/repurposed or ethically made. Each day, a different art process in the studio greets the children and launches our work together!
Besides the fun thematic projects, we will weave in choice time to paint on easels, play, and always deep and fun project work. Our creative teaching approach is inquiry-based, and responsive, and we support and respect the curiosity and imagination of the young child.

We welcome and celebrate a group of mixed-age children and work to give camp choices to accommodate. Each art camp will be run by a team of highly trained and thoughtful teachers, with engaged interns.

some of our values
With backgrounds as studio/craft/public artists and designers, certified art teachers, Waldorf inspired/trained, advanced degrees, service learning, college teaching experience, contemporary art education pedagogy of all kinds and more. We work to craft, reflect, and put into action our values that are focused on respecting the individual child and creating projects and processes that are responsive to each studio group. We weave books in every day that are directed towards opening our minds to be deeply caring and embracing of the diversity of humans and nature. Other values include:
* The whole child: social & emotional development, inclusion within a deeply caring and welcoming community
* Child as a communicator + poet: language development through participation, listening, art
* Child as co-creator: project-based, hands-on, individual learning and collaboration
* Child as artist: centering arts, creativity + imagination in all we do
* Child as informed citizen: community member, global + ecological participant. We care for each other, and develop our ability to.

waiting list
Please make sure to view our contact form on our contact page and submit your camp week choices if you would like to be on our waiting list! Please also know we sometimes do open up camp spots, and we also will continue to add in 1-time workshops, so get on that list!

cancellation policy
If Love Lab Studio needs to cancel for any reason, we will give the following options to families: a combination of gift card with an art kit. We would work hard to create make up class options too.  If families need to cancel for any reason, we will allow up to 14 day notice before camp starts and can refund less a 20% processing fee. If cancellation occurs within the 14 day period, no refunds are available. If your child is sick and you need to cancel, we can offer to make you a special super art kit! We want to be supportive of your families so we will do what we can!

healthy community
For the safety and health of all, we will have a robust Covid process, which we will need everyone to adhere to in order to have a safe community. We will send out our Covid care plan before camp. We feel confident we can pull it off, and our teachers have been teaching all year so have our processes down. Currently, we are wearing masks in the studio, but take mask breaks outside when working in our studio courtyard and in the park!

our space
Our space is fun and joyful, bright and renovated, known as Love Lab Studio. The design is thoughtfully curated for the needs of the children. We are located at 26 Brackett Street, a mixed residential and retail neighborhood in the West End of Portland, at the edge of a beautiful park and playground and a nearby urban food forest. This year, our camp will happen both inside our studio (with windows open, ceiling fans and Hepa filters on) and outside in our temporary outside studio patio garden.

Additional information

Camp Choices

wonderful world of watercolor – July 11, 12, 13, 14 (Mixed ages 6 – 11), natures art studio: making it all ourselves – July 18, 19, 20, 21 (Mixed ages 6 – 11), ocean love – July 25, 26, 27, 28 (Mixed ages 6 – 11)