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

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

The Ludington Area Arts Center 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 starting the week of July 26 and ending the week of August 22 in a variety of mediums: macrame, performance art, 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 and high school students. aged 11-18 years. Each camp costs $5 per student, thanks in part to a partnership with the Whitcomb Family Foundation and the Pennies from Heaven Foundation. Students may register for as many camps as they wish. Space is 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 Clair Dickson will guide students as she teaches them the art of macrame. The 9 to 11 a.m. session, air plant holder and key chain, is open to students ages 6-11; during this session students will learn basic macrame knots and complete two projects. All supplies, including a plant, will be provided. The 1pm plant hanging and wall hanging session is open to students aged 11-18. During this session students will learn basic macrame knots and complete two projects. All supplies, including a plant, will be provided.

· Performance Art, August 1-3: University of Michigan artist and art instructor Melanie Manos will guide students as she teaches them various art forms centered around performance art. The 9 to 11 a.m. session, gestural drawing through movement and sound, is open to students ages 6-11. During this session students will explore performance art using your whole body to make art by drawing to music, using hands, feet, arms and legs, to create large and small gestural drawings with paper, markers, wires and other things. Students will have final artwork to take home and share with family and friends.

The August 2-4 session from 1:00 p.m., with a change of format, is open to students aged 11-18. During this session students will explore performance art through the creation of wearable sculptures, sound and movement as they learn tricks to turn cardboard into arm extensions, grow wireframe hats, create movement obstacles normal or to hide completely under layers of fabric. Students will explore movement and sound for your own costume construction and see some great and unusual examples of performance art to inspire you. No previous sculpting, sewing or performance experience is needed – just an imagination and a desire to make some noise through visual art, movement and sound.

· Papermaking: August 9-11: Artist Megan Heeres will guide students through the papermaking process. Throughout the week students will experience the process from plant to pulp to leaf. Participants will explore traditional and non-traditional papermaking fibers and learn techniques such as integrated collage, 3D shape-making, and collaborative sheet-forming. Get ready to get wet, explore gluing your hands into pulp and make some art! Students will leave the classroom with their own sheets of paper and various 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 pictures suitable for framing. All materials provided. Middle school and high school students can bring a picture of a pet or other animal to use as a portrait reference. An apron or old shirt is recommended to protect clothing.

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

Reserve a place at these workshops today, space is limited.

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

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