LACA will offer low-cost art camps for students ages 6-18 News

LACA will offer low-cost art camps for students ages 6-18

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts will host a series of art camps to engage, inspire and nurture the creative spirit of area youth throughout the summer. Each week a new instructor will guide students as they learn about a new art medium and different techniques to create amazing art.

Five two- to three-day camps will be offered beginning the week of July 26 and ending the week of August 22 in a variety of mediums: macramé, performance, papermaking, pastels, and ceramics.

LACA’s summer art camps are open to students ages 6-18, with a morning session for elementary school students ages 6-11 and an afternoon session for middle school and high school students ages 11-18. Each camp costs $5 per student thanks in part to a partnership with the Whitcomb Family Foundation and the Pennies from Heaven Foundation. Students can register for as many camps as they choose. Places are limited to 15 students per session. To register a student for LACA’s summer art camps, visit https://ludingtonartscenter.square.site/ or call (231) 845-2787.

Summer art camps include:

· Macrame, July 26-28: Artist Claire Dixon will lead students as she teaches them the art of macrame. The 9-11am air plant holder and keychain session is open to students aged 6-11; during this session students will learn basic macrame knots and complete two projects. All deliveries including factory will be provided. The 1-3pm session, plant hangers and wall decorations, is open to students aged 11-18. During this session, students will learn basic macrame knots and complete two projects. All deliveries including factory will be provided.

· Performing Arts, August 1-3: University of Michigan artist and art instructor Melanie Manos will lead students as she teaches them various art forms centered around performance. The 9-11am session, Gesture Painting through Movement and Sound, is open to students aged 6-11. During this session, students will explore performance art by using their whole bodies to create art, by drawing to music, by using hands, feet, hands and feet to create large and small gesture drawings with paper, markers , strings and other things. Students will have final pieces of art to take home and share with family and friends.

The August 2-4 session from 1pm to 3pm, format change, is open to students aged 11-18. In this session, students will explore performance art through the creation of wearable sculptures, sound and movement as they learn tricks for turning cardboard into arm extensions, growing with a wire frame for a head, creating obstacles to normal movement or hiding completely under layers of fabric. Students will explore movement and sound for your wearable construction and see some great and unusual examples of performance art to inspire you. No previous sculpting, sewing, or performance experience necessary—just imagination and a desire to make some noise through visual art, movement, and sound.

· Papermaking: August 9-11: Artist Megan Hires will guide students through the papermaking process. Throughout the week, students will experience the process from the plant through the pulp to the leaves. Participants will explore both traditional and non-traditional papermaking fibers and learn techniques such as embedded collage, 3D shape creation, and co-forming sheets. Get ready to get wet, explore sticking your hands in mush and make some art! Students will leave the class with their own sheets of paper and a variety of paper creations from 2D to 3D.

· Pastels: August 16 and 18: Artist Marie Marfia will guide students through the process of using soft pastels. Students will make colorful paintings suitable for framing. All materials provided. Middle school and high school students can bring a photo of a pet or other animal to use as a portrait reference. An apron or old shirt is recommended to protect clothing.

· Pottery: August 22, 24 and 26: Artist Mary Case will lead students in an exploration of pottery. The 9:30-11 a.m. session is open to students ages 6-11, and the 6-7:30 a.m. session is open to students ages 11-18. Students will each create a pot on a wheel, build a structure by hand and learn glazing techniques.

Reserve your spot in these workshops today, places are limited.

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is located at 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington.

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