SUMMER ART SESSIONS 2023
*As of 04/06/2023 All of the Summer Sessions were FULL and Registration CLOSED.
Thanks, Bowling Green for your patronage!
Summer has ended, but it went out with a BANG on August 4!
Just Check Out these works that were made during our last week,
by young artists ages 10-14, during our unit called "Painting With Gold" inspired by Gustav Klimt:
(Click on them for a bigger view)
Summer Art Sessions for 2023
June 5-9, 1:00-4:00 PM- “French Impressionists” for ages 6 & Up
This may be one of our favorite and best summer sessions, in that it is one that has been repeated a few times, over the years, and young artists always seem to love it! At the same time, it also changes. This session introduces children to a layered and textural style of painting. Young artists will learn about the interesting and inspiring “life and times” of famous artists from history and learn tips on how to paint landscapes en plein air like Monet. This week will also focus on Degas, Cassatt, Morrisot and new this year: it will include still-life painting, like Cezanne, (even though he is considered a Post-Impressionist. Find out why!) Some activities include costumes and theatrical re-enactments, as we have fun posing for each other for the paintings we create.
(Older students will have an opportunity to use oil paints; younger students will use acrylics.)
June 12-16, 9:00 AM- NOON- “The Art of Bowling Green” for ages 6 & up
During this fun week, young artists will really Paint the Town! They will each have an opportunity to paint some part of their own hometown and contribute to the creation of a group project, (while still getting to take their own part home with them at the end of the week.) Participants will learn about some well-known local artists and even get to meet one - talk with them and see their work! This session will also include two field trips: parents will drop off their child at our local Capitol Arts Center (406 E. Main Avenue) at 9AM on Tuesday, June 13 and pick them up at the same location at Noon that day. On Wednesday, June 14 we will meet at the Downing Museum (4801 Morgantown Road,) with drop off at 9 AM on Wednesday, and pick up at the same place, that day at Noon. We will also play Bowling Greenopoly!
ART MATTERS WILL NOT PROVIDE A SESSION THE WEEK OF JUNE 19-23.
June 26-30, 9:00 AM- NOON- “Art and Music of New Orleans” For ages 6 & Up
Talented Nashville Musician, Hugh Trimble, will join us to teach another music and art session, as he did last year! Young artists are invited to bring their instruments again! This session will focus on both contemporary and traditional arts and music of the City of New Orleans, where genres of American music originated.
ART MATTERS WILL NOT PROVIDE A SESSION THE WEEK OF JULY 3-7
July 10- 14, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM- “Vincent Van Gogh and Japanese Art” ages 6 & Up
Vincent Van Gogh is an artist that many say is their favorite, so this week will focus on Van Gogh’s life and his art. Many young artists are enamored by Japanese art today and so it was for Vincent Van Gogh in his day. This session will focus on both. Participants will paint with an impasto style that Van Gogh used to add emotion and movement to his paintings, but they will also make prints, in a style, much like the Japanese printmakers, Hokusai and Hiroshige did. Young artists will also learn about Notan, a Japanese design concept.
July 17-21, 9:00 AM-NOON- “Art of the Arctic” for ages 6 & up
The Arctic, at times, is anything but a frozen tundra. In this land of the midnight sun, one can also find a flowering, pristine wilderness that is home to polar bears, seals, whales, sea lions, walruses, wolves, caribou, moose, arctic foxes, eagles, snowy owls, (and over 200 species of other birds.) A fascinating story about Arctic artists is how a printmaker shared his skills with a village of Inuit people in 1957. Today that village is famous for the prints they make each year! Chill with us on a hot summer’s day, while in this session, we will use a couple of techniques to make prints of Arctic Animals: screen printing and block carving.
July 24-28, 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM, “Frank Lloyd Wright” ages 6 & up
An opportunity for young architects and young artists who love drawing buildings and designing landscapes is this session, we only taught once before! Participants will practice drawing blueprints and drawing buildings in perspective. We will also learn that this great American artist designed many other things- in addition to buildings- from clothing to stained glass to furniture. This session will include faux stained glass and even some concrete art for the garden.
July 31- August 4, 1:00 PM-4 PM- “Gustav Klimt: Painting With Gold” for teens & tweens
NEW this year: Materials used in this session, make this one for older students. We will use oil paints for some projects and add some gold leaf to both portraits and landscapes, as we view some of Klimt’s works, focusing more on his geometric forms, and mostly the landscapes he did later in life. We will learn why this Austrian artist of the Vienna Secession Movement was important. Klimt influenced and foreshadowed movements like Art Nouveau and Cubism, which we will also view. This session includes creating a mosaic piece as well.
;The schedule for Summer Art Sessions is above. There are 7 half-day sessions for the summer. Online registration for camps is an electronic form below.
We keep group sizes small and registration will be closed for each session when it is full.
THE INSTRUCTORS FOR SUMMER ART SESSIONS:
ALL ART SESSIONS ARE TAUGHT BY TERESA CHRISTMAS, MAE, WITH HELP FROM MANY OTHERS: MICHAEL GRAMLING, EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIALIST, WKU;
GAVIN PERRY, IS ASSISTANT TEACHER THIS YEAR. GAVIN IS AN ALUMNI OF ART MATTERS.
WE ARE ALSO HONORED TO HAVE NASHVILLE MUSICIAN,HUGH TRIMBLE, RETURN AGAIN THIS YEAR WITH HANDS-ON MUSIC ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEW ORLEANS SESSION THIS SUMMER!
MAGNOLIA GRAMLING BRINGS MANY TALENTS TO SHARE WITH US, WHEN SHE IS NOT BUSY AS MANAGER OF THE CAPITOL ARTS CENTER.
AMELIA GRAMLING, CREATIVE WRITING TEACHER WILL ALSO ENHANCE SOME OF OUR SESSIONS!
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUMMER SESSIONS AT ART MATTERS:
Art Matters has been providing a safe space for children since 2011. The gallery that once provided a space for art lessons, as well as art exhibits, no longer seemed to serve our best interest, during the time of Covid, so Art Matters re-located to the outskirts of town. Now just ten minutes from our former location on Main Street, young artists have an acre of land at their disposal, allowing us all to avoid crowds and enjoy the great outdoors- the ultimate place to social distance.
Art Matters delves into history to teach about art all around the world, not just in the summer, but all year long. We serve small groups and during the summer, those small groups spend more time outside, exploring nature and painting “en plein air” and sunshine, while taking time to notice and learn about the world around them.
This summer at Art Matters, there are seven half day, week long sessions and most all of them allow young artists to be inspired by nature, hopefully instilling a sense of awe and respect, while teaching them to be more conscious and conservative with resources.
Boys and girls always seem to enjoy the subject matter of French Impressionist Artist, Claude Monet, as they examine closely the qualities and techniques that make a Monet... well, a Monet. This session is about Paris in the 1900's. We will also be learning about this exciting time in art history and about other artists that were also Impressionists.
Please note that there will be two "field trips" included in "The Art of Bowling Green." This will require that the students be dropped off downtown, one of those days, at The Capitol Arts Center on Main Street, and will be picked up there, as well. On the following day this session, we ask that children be dropped off at The Downing Museum and Baker Arboretum, where we will spend time until children are picked up there at the end of the session.
American artists will be celebrated during the "The Arts and Music of New Orleans". Music will be an important part of this session and children are invited to bring musical instruments with them each day. Art Matters will be collaborating with musician, Hugh Trimble, who will be visiting us from Nashville, to provide some innovative music activities during this session, which will talk about the roots of American music, as well as American artists. We are grateful to Hugh for spending some time with us again this summer! We saw last year, how dynamic he was and how very well he worked children of all ages!
Most all of our art sessions reveal to us that music, science, history and art
are really almost inseparable!
It is integrated learning that makes these sessions really fun!
At Art Matters, 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 cool off with water play- it is summer, after all!
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! Our group sizes are small and each young artist gets plenty of attention. We look forward to spending time with your young artist this summer!
Please feel free to call with any questions! 270-781-0361. Please expect to leave a message.
We teach art classes all year round and may have to return your call! But we will!
This summer's Guest Artist & Musician, Hugh Trimble, was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1988 to American journalist parents, and raised in Eastern Europe and also the East coast of the United States. His father taught him to play guitar at an early age, teaching him the songs of storyteller folk musicians. Hugh’s love of music and songwriting was consummated on the streets of New York City, where he developed a passion for street performance. He formed his first band, Neighborpoem, in Allentown, PA, and their self-titled debut album was released in 2010 by JMD Records. Hugh currently plays music with The Atomic Ranch Band.
See these links for more information about Hugh: https://hughtrimble.bandcamp.com/
(BELOW ARE A FEW HAPPY MEMORIES FROM SUMMERS PAST.
WE ALSO KEPT A SUMMERTIME BLOG LAST YEAR THAT YOU CAN FIND IN OUR MENU ON THIS WEBSITE.
WE HOPE TO KEEP PARENTS IN TOUCH WITH WHAT WE DO THROUGH THAT SAME TYPE OF WEEKLY BLOGGING THIS YEAR.)
CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR A BETTER VIEW
ALL PHOTOS POSTED IN THIS WEBSITE WERE TAKEN AT ART MATTERS COMMUNITY STUDIO.
Some Scholarships have already been awarded for this year. Because we have downsized, we have fewer of these, but Please don't hesitate to call us, if you know a child who loves art, but has obstacles in participating. We want children to get to participate!
YANDELL "GUS" COLLINS WAS AN ARTIST AND GRANDFATHER TO AN ART MATTERS ALUMNI STUDENT. 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. SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE CHOSEN BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED, BUT ALSO A LOVE FOR ART.
Expect animals to visit!