Summer Art Camp 2022 (June)



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This summer, we are offering Art Camps in June, July and August.
To launch our summer this June, we are offering one mixed age, 3 day (9 am – 3 pm) art camp, and one younger children, 3 day ½ day ( 9 am – noon) art camp. 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. Mark your calendar this month: Tuesday 6.21, at 4 pm for a free solstice concert by Kind Kids Music, with some community art-making by Love Lab, at Harborview Park, the park across from the studio!

wk 1 craft + artist lab intensive
June 20, 21, 22
Mixed ages 7 – 12
9 – 3 pm

To launch the children’s creative summer, we will prepare an individual sketchbook, loom + artists bag, and work with a variety of craft mediums. Each day, we will introduce and work with different craft mediums for instance – felting, dyeing, paper-making, block-printing, grass/yarn/cloth weaving! Artists will have the option to go back and work on different mediums during the afternoon of each day (if they have a favorite!). We will work on individual and creative projects, on both very small and larger scales. As a backdrop, we will look closely at the work of contemporary artists like Sonya Clark and Faith Ringgold who integrate incredible textiles into their artistic practice. In this 3-day art camp that runs 9 am – 3 pm, artists will go home with lots of amazing studies, projects, and a sketchbook and artists bag with notes + and drawings to add to and to grow all summer long!

wk 2 jam it up: music + art
June 27, 28, 29
Younger kids 4 – 8
½ days! , 9 – noon

Merging art and music, we will work in all mediums for this special morning workshop!
Learning songs we have done before, making art to those songs, and recording them, will be so fun! A song can be an affirmation, a way to support ourselves by hearing just the right messages we need to move through a tough time or to inspire us! Collaboratively and individually, we’ll write a song for ourselves. What are the songs that inspire you? The song that makes you want to dance or help you through a challenging time? Using a multi-step process, we’ll weave together writing, melodies, and music to craft collaborative songs with accompaniment provided by beloved teaching musician artist Emilia Dahlin. Our second year running this camp, this is a special session for our youngest artist friends. Children will also go home with a small sketchbook and artist bag to hold and grow their notes, songs, drawings and dreams all summer. In this 3-day art camp that runs ½ days, from 9 am – noon, skilled Collaborative Guest Teaching Musician Emilia Dahlin will collaborate with Christina and team on daily projects. Every day starts with art at the table and then – singing and music making!

* extra info!
before you come
> 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, 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

craft + artist lab intensive – June 20, 21, 22 (mixed ages 7 – 12), jam it up: music + art – June 27, 28, 29 (Younger kids 4 – 8)