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Art camps begin at Art Attack

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Summer art camps at the Art Attack are having lots of fun. There was a large mess in Make A Mess camp with children age 2 and older. The smaller children didn’t quite know what to do but quickly learned while watching the older ones. There was paint all over them, the floor and they painted on each other. It was a blast.

Pee Wee Picasso’s for ages 3 to 6 will be available the week of June 24 through 27. The class meets from 10 a.m. to noon for a cost of $60. Students will learn an appreciation for master artists like Picasso and Monet, as well as experience hands-on learning with media like paints, clay or drawing. It is a great beginner class but it also is fun for little artists who have been painting for a while.

For ages 7 to 12, Adventures in Art is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $65. In this class, artists have the freedom to explore, to experience, to touch, to see, to create – a true adventure in art. Class may include sculpture, drawing, painting and other art media, and offers the opportunity to experience media they normally wouldn’t in a primary school environment. 

Kids drawing camps for age 5 to 8 will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, and ages 9 and older from 1 to 3 p.m. July 8 and 11, both for a cost of $65, which includes all supplies for the artists. Drawing is the foundation of great artwork. Basic drawing will be the focus, while making many different project-based creations – even cartoons for a day. All levels are welcome, classes are kept small so many different levels of artists can be given specialized attention. 

The Art Attack has just as many art classes for teen and adults, with award-winning local artists to special teachers for workshops. Watercolor with artist Graydon Cafarella is an exceptional class for all levels of artist. He teaches in the “follow me” format that will help participants learn various brush techniques, washes and spattering, wet into wet and many other techniques. The class fee costs $60 for age 14 and older from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays starting July 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Drawing classes will be held on Monday evenings, as well as photography and wheel-thrown pottery on Thursdays. There will be a special treat in July with artist Anna Miller, here for only a short time, who will teach Ceramic Portrait, Wall Art. Learn to carve the clay for a lovely addition to any home – make it a family affair and create a unique family portrait. In this two-day workshop, she will instruct on the basics of creating self portraits in clay. For a cost of $35, students age 12 to adult can come from 6:45 to 9 p.m. July 8 and 10 and learn from an exceptional artist how to handbuild their own face.

Using plain sand paper, fabric crayons and paper, learn how to create a one-time (mono) print on a fine art paper. It is a fun and easy way to create a fine art piece for any level of artist. Artist Fae Lynch will show how the process works and guides those who need her expertise. Ages 12 to adult can join from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 17 and 24 for a fee of $30 that covers all supplies. 

Come for a creative time at the Art Attack – the area’s only full-time artist’s studio. All question and registrations can be directed to Susan Edwards, director, at 815-899-9440, or visit 215 W. Elm St., Sycamore.

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