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ArtSmart Sets Up Camp

Popular summer camp returns for another season


ArtSmart Summer Camp

For Students Grades 2—8

Three Sessions:
June 5 – 23, 2017

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Before 2014, summers in The Baker Museum were pretty quiet. A time to paint walls, refine the gallery spaces and recharge the artistic batteries. But with the introduction of ArtSmart summer camps two years ago, the museum has found a new energy source: tomorrow’s burgeoning artists. And this summer, the museum is expecting an even bigger boost of youthful activity.

“Last year, we nearly doubled the number of students attending camp, and we also extended the camp by one week to include more elaborate and complicated art projects,” says Bonnie Thayer, Director of Education. “This year, we are expanding the program to include middle school-age students as well.”   

With partial and full scholarships available for applicants, ArtSmart summer camps provide students full access to The Baker Museum exhibitions, interactive presentations and hands-on art experiences.

This summer will feature three week-long sessions from mid-June to July for students in grades 2-8.

ArtSmart Explorers, for students entering grades 2-5, examines museum pieces by Frankenthaler, Rauschenberg and Chihuly to instruct students in painting, sculpture and other art forms.

ArtSmart Masters, for students entering grades 4-8, uses inspiration from works by Picasso, Monet, Matisse and other artists featured in the museum to teach campers how to sculpt ceramics, paint landscapes and transform paper into colorful collages.

In addition to creating their own masterpieces last summer, Bonnie explains there were numerous interactive activities during the 9am-3pm camp day for students to enjoy. 

“The program has expanded in size and scope,” says Bonnie. “Highlights from last year included multiple museum tours, numerous guest artists, a stop-motion animation video, making a ‘Chihuly chandelier,’ clay sculptures and miniature portraits. At the end of camp, we had an exhibition displaying the artwork the students created.”

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