The 2020 Summer Art Camp Schedule is Revealed:
Botticelli (Painting Greek Myths) - June 8-12, 9:00 AM- 12 NOON (Painting with egg) NEW! *Teens Only
The Art of Artemisia (More Great Myths) - June 8-12, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM NEW! *Teens Only
Turkish Delights: Marbling and Mosaic - June 15-19, 9:00 AM- 12 NOON NEW! (age 6 & up)
Cherokee (The Eastern Band) - June 22-26, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM NEW! (ages 6 & up)
Inspiring Insects - June 29-July 3, 9:00 AM- 12 NOON NEW! (ages 6 & up!)
Good Earth Art- July 6-10, 9:00 AM- NOON NEW! (July 8 this camp will meet at Lost River Cave!) Ages 6 & up
Animal Art - July 6-10, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM NEW! (July 8 this camp will meet at Lost River Cave!) Ages 6 & up
Art Nouveau - July 13-17, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM (Early 20th Century and its resurgence the 1960’s) Teens Only!
Chinese Art & Feng Shui July 20-24, 9:00 AM- 12 NOON NEW! (Ages 6 & up)
American Art: O’Keeffe - July 20-24, 9:00 AM- 12 NOON (real skulls, bones, rocks and more!) ages 6 & up
American Art: The Wyeths - July 20-24, 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM (Painting with egg tempera) Ages 6 & up
Each fun-packed session is one week long for a half day, A.M. or P.M., or sign up for two sessions,
bring your lunch and stay all day!
(A scroll bar along the side, will help you to see and navigate the entire Summer Camp Registration Form Below: )
Art in the Time of Uncertainty
(More about this Year's Summer Art Camps)
By Teresa Christmas
Making plans to attend summer art camps during a time of uncertainty is a challenge. Art Matters is offering a full slate of summer camps again this year, but we have made a few changes to ease the worry. First, we are starting camps later in the summer this year, (week one begins June 8), hoping that current bans on public gatherings will be lifted in a few weeks. Secondly, families can reserve a spot online for any of our camps without paying a deposit. As the date for each camp draws near (a month in advance,) we will notify registered families and ask for deposits at that time. Should the ban not be lifted in time for the earliest camps, we will cancel that camp and refund all deposits. To register, just complete an enrollment form on our web site and we will hold your spot.
Art Matters has been providing a safe space for children for the past nine years. We aspire to be a “community” space and as an art school we strive to meet the needs of children and their families, in a holistic way. Art Matters delves into history to teach about art all around the world, not just in the summer, but all year long. The studio serves small groups and during the summer, those small groups enjoy the outdoors, exploring nature and painting “en plein air” and sunshine, while taking pride in our beautiful downtown district.
This year, the summer camp line-up begins with a camp that is just for teens (and tweens) and is all about Greek Mythology! In the Botticelli camp, young artists will experiment with an Italian Renaissance technique of painting with egg tempera, while they discover the stories of ancient myth, found in beautiful paintings of that period. Stay all day to attend the Artemisia camp in the afternoon for more great myths, but different media to use. When campers stay all day, they bring their lunch and we relax with a film between camps.
This summer at Art Matters, there are several camps about the environment, where we will be inspired by nature, while learning to be more conscious and conservative with resources and instilling a sense of awe and respect. The camps, Good Earth Art and Animal Art will of course feature some real animals and on Wednesday, July 8, one day of those camps, will take place at Lost River Cave! (Parents will both drop off and pick up their children at the Birch Room ,at 2818 Nashville Road, on July 8!)
There will be art camp sessions this year that celebrate American artists, like The Wyeths (an entire family of painters) and also the iconic Georgia O’Keeffe. The Wyeths camp gives young artists the opportunity to paint with egg tempera on wood, as Andrew Wyeth did, but campers will learn about other artists in that family as well, giving them lots of choices. Anyone who loves skulls, bones, rocks, shells and flowers should attend the O’Keeffe camp, where there will be plenty of those to hold, to study, and to paint!
One art camp will explore our Southern Appalachian heritage with traditional and contemporary stories and arts of the Eastern Band of Cherokee people. Another will experiment with Ebru (paper marbling from the country of Turkey) and even making a small mosaic! There will be an art camp session that promotes an understanding of the ancient Chinese Art of Feng Shui, as well as another camp for teens and tweens that will discover the Art Nouveau style of the early 20th century and its resurgence during the gig poster and album cover art of the 1960’s! What about a camp for entomologists, you might ask. Well, you might not, but Art Matters is excited to present an art camp that is all about Insects this year too: Inspiring Insects! In case you have not noticed, by this summer’s line-up, most camps reveal that science art and history are almost inseparable! It is integrated learning that makes these camps really fun!
We don’t only make art, with a wide variety of professional grade materials, but we often play games and sometimes prepare foods that relate to the themes of the camps. Our learning environment is always rich with quality art prints and books. We bring in all of the arts, whenever possible and often invite guest speakers to share their expertise! We take a break, at least once or twice a week, and walk to Circus Square to cool off in the fountains. The end of each week results in a celebration of the art that the youngsters create and families and friends are always invited to see the exhibit! We look forward to seeing you this summer!
THE INSTRUCTORS FOR SUMMER ART CAMPS:
TERESA CHRISTMAS AND MICHAEL GRAMLING
IN 2019 ALL OUR SUMMER ART CAMPS HAD FULL ENROLLMENT! THANK YOU, BOWLING GREEN FOR YOUR PATRONAGE!
(BELOW ARE A FEW HAPPY MEMORIES FROM LAST SUMMER.)
EVERY ART CAMP IS FUN-PACKED. EACH SESSION INCLUDES MUSIC, GAMES, SHORT VIDEOS AND POWER POINTS, LARGE, COLORFUL ART PRINTS, GREAT CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND STORIES, DRAMATIC PLAY WITH COSTUMES, OCCASIONAL SINGING AND DANCING, GUEST ARTISTS, WATER PLAY AT NEARBY CIRCUS SQUARE PARK AND OF COURSE, MULTI-MEDIA ART MAKING WITH PROFESSIONAL GRADE MATERIALS AND LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVITY. EACH WEEK OF ART CAMP RESULTS IN A STUDENT ART EXHIBIT IN THE ART MATTERS GALLERY AND A RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS, IN WHICH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
HEALTHY SNACKS ARE INCLUDED IN THE DAILY ROUTINE. ALL-DAY CAMPERS BRING THEIR OWN LUNCHES AND ENJOY A RESTFUL BREAK AT NOON, BETWEEN MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONS. A THEME RELATED FILM IS SHOWN DURING THE LUNCH BREAK.
ART MATTERS WELCOMES ALUMNI STUDENTS TO RETURN TO VOLUNTEER DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, BUT THEY MUST BE TEENAGERS AND MUST ENJOY WORKING WITH THE YOUNGEST STUDENTS. IN ORDER TO KEEP GROUP SIZES SMALL, NO MORE THAN ONE VOLUNTEER PER SESSION WILL BE SCHEDULED. Volunteers' Requests for Camps will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.
ALL PHOTOS POSTED IN THIS WEBSITE WERE TAKEN AT ART MATTERS COMMUNITY STUDIO.
At Art Matters, we keep our group sizes small and we don't expect all students to do the same art activities in the same way, but do our best to individualize and allow all our artists to make choices.
CLICK HERE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
YANDELL "GUS" COLLINS WAS AN ARTIST AND GRANDFATHER TO AN ALUMNI STUDENT AT ART MATTERS. WHEN GUS PASSED AWAY IN 2015, HIS FAMILY (OUR LOCAL, CATHERINE AND KATE WARREN) AND ART MATTERS BEGAN THE GUS COLLINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, WHICH ALLOWS 10% OF OUR STUDENTS TO ATTEND ART LESSONS AND SUMMER CAMPS. ONE CHILD MAY ATTEND EACH SUMMER CAMP FREE OF CHARGE. APPLICANTS ARE CHOSEN BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED, BUT ALSO A LOVE FOR ART.
Expect animals to visit during the ANIMAL ART CAMP IN 2020!