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Mastodon Fair Summer Art Camp for Grades 6-12

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

2024 Mastodon Fair Summer Art Camp for Grades 6-12, July 29-August 2, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hillsboro Jefferson College, Fine Arts Building, Rooms 200 & 212

Open to students going into 6th-12th grade. Space is limited to 15 students per session. Payment must be received before securing space. See listing below regarding if supplies are needed or if they will be supplied.

Early Enrollment (April 1 – July 6) – $175 per week, $70 per day
Week Prior (July 7 – July 13) – $200 per week, $85 per day
Within the Week (July 14 forward) – $225 per week, $100 per day

Monday & Wednesday Tuesday & Thursday
9-10:30 a.m.–Drawing B&W Still Life 9-10:30 a.m.–Drawing from Life; Portrait/Figure
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.–Paper Marbling / Design Basics 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.–Art History / Acrylic Glazing
12:15-1:15 p.m.-Lunch 12:15-1:15 p.m.-Lunch
1:15-2:45 p.m.–Polymer Clay 1:15-2:45 p.m.–Book Making
3-4:30 p.m.–Printmaking 3-4:30 p.m.–Open Studio

Friday 9 am-4:30 pm   **NEW THIS YEAR**
9-10:30 a.m.–Alcohol Ink
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.–Plein Air
12:15-1:15 p.m.-Lunch
1:15-2:45 p.m.-Watercolor
3-4:30 p.m.–Open Studio

Supplies Students are Asked to Supply: Paper and drawing supplies (drawing pencils or charcoal in addition to a good medium-weight paper). Paper and pencil for note taking for all sessions. Also, see Mixed Media Collage Box (Monday & Wednesday) for other possible materials.

Monday & Wednesday
9 – 10:30 a.m. – Drawing B&W Still Life (Monday & Wednesday)
Students will need to bring their paper and drawing supplies. Please bring drawing pencils or charcoal in addition to good medium-weight paper.  Students will be drawing a still-life study with a one-point light source.  The class will begin by simply demonstrating the form and blending of a three-dimensional shape. Instructors will be walking around the room assisting the students. The first day focuses on creating an illusion of 3D structure and learning the rules of composition. Second-day students will split into groups to create their own still-life selection using the rules of composition.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. –  Paper Marbling (Monday Only)/Design Basics (Wednesday Only)
During paper marbling we will be making patterns that float on water. The students will transfer these unique patterns onto paper. This paper after it dries will then be used in our book making class.

In design basics, participants will need to bring paper and a pencil for note-taking. Students will discover the core principles and how to implement them into their work. Small studies will accompany a PowerPoint presentation. The instructor will also show how the creative process works and the steps in planning to make a finished piece of art.

1:15-2:45 – Polymer Clay (Monday & Wednesday)
In polymer clay we will plan our sculpture and execute our 3D design. Tools, wire, and clay will be provided to the students. If you would like additional elements, please bring those to camp. We will be working with pliers, x-acto knives, rolling pins, and sculpting tools. Firing is available if applicable.

3 – 4:30 p.m. – Printmaking (Monday & Wednesday)
Students are not required to bring anything to participate. Mastodon will supply paper, gels, and acrylic medium. The instructor will do a simple demonstration and hold an open class where everyone works independently. All materials are shared amongst the class at stations. Students will be taught how to use gel prints, linocuts, and collage.

Tuesday & Thursday
9 – 10:30 a.m. – Drawing from Life Portrait/Figure (Tuesday & Thursday)
Students will need to bring their paper and drawing supplies. Please bring drawing pencils or charcoal in addition to good medium-weight paper. The first class will focus on facial proportions and the second class will focus on full anatomy. Students will be drawing a live clothed model. The class will begin with a simple demonstration of anatomical form. Instructors will be walking around the room assisting the students.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Art History (Tuesday Only)/Acrylic Glazing (Thursday Only)
In art history, students will be learning through a presentation and will be given an open class discussion. We will delve into the reasons how and why art has changed and engage the class perspective.

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Book Making (Tuesday & Thursday)
In book making the students will create their very own book. Paper will be available for the inlays but if you would like to bring additional specialty paper please do so. These can be found at DICK Blick. We will do paper sizing, binding, and cover finishing.

3 – 4:30 p.m. – Open Studio (Tuesday & Thursday)
Open studio time will allow more time to complete a workshop project or explore mediums more in-depth. An instructor will assist if needed for all creative purposes.

9 – 10:30 a.m. – Alcohol & Ink (Friday Only)
During alcohol and ink all supplies will be provided. Design basics will play a large role in this potential abstracted design. We will learn different techniques to create light to bold markings and pigment blending. The result could be a background, layered in mixed media, or make a final art piece.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Plein Air (Friday Only)
In plein air students do not need anything to participate in this outdoor chalk pastel lesson. We will enjoy the outdoors while learning a new medium.  Critical thinking is engaged by making the children think about color theory and composition to help them pick the perfect landscapes. We will be discussing atmospheric perspective and focal fall-off.

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Watercolor (Friday Only)
The watercolor class will be in the studio. All mediums will be provided. We will be working off hand-selected designs by the students. Students will be working on the design principles and learning how to layer watercolors without overworking them.

3 – 4:30 p.m. – Open Studio (Friday)
Open studio time will allow more time to complete a workshop project or explore mediums more in-depth. An instructor will assist if needed for all creative purposes.

Throughout the week these topics will be discussed.
Artist Write-Ups and Intellectual Property Discussion: Students will need to bring paper and a pencil for note taking. An artist statement writing seminar will be directed at the beginning of class and students will create their own. We will also teach students about copyright laws and what digital output to use to prevent online piracy. We will highlight metadata and the importance of your digital and/or physical signature.

Digital Representation and Reproduction Options: Knowing how to digitally represent yourself and printing options is just the beginning of making your passion into a business platform. We will discuss how to make your art marketable.

Critique: Our students will select their favorite piece from the week and have a peer review. As artists, this is how we learn together. All items selected will be allowed to be put into the mastodon fair at no cost.


Samantha DeClue
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Jefferson College Fine Arts Building
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050 United States
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