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Summer Art Camps

Please contact the School Office at 203-966-6668, Ext.2 if you have any questions or to register your child.

Silvermine Art Camp offers children the opportunity to experience the arts, have fun creating while challenging their imaginations and meeting new friends. Your child is invited to join us for one or more weeks of ART!

Junior Art Camp (Ages: 5-8)

Marta Kot
9:15am to 12:15pm (Ages: 5 - 8)
1:15pm to 4:15pm (Ages: 5 - 8)
Students may enroll in one or more week-long sessions:
Five-Day Session – Monday through Friday $300
July 7-11
July 14-18
July 21-25
July 28-August 1
August 4-8
August 11-15
August 18-22

Art Camp is a place where young artists engage their imagination, real-life associations, reflection and visual transformation while making sense of material. In stretching, smudging and squeezing, participants will develop knowledge of a variety of artistic techniques. Weekly explorations may include mixed media, clay, sculpture and the exploration of two-dimensional surfaces. Students may engage in wire, wood, canvas, paint, charcoal, oil pastel, foam core, watercolor and more. The teacher to student ratio is approximately 1 to 4 allowing for the development of individualized artistic expression and effective dialogue. There will be some introduction to art history. The camp is organized into changing sessions, where during the out-of-doors break times, children are encouraged to participate in group organized expressive games, dramatic story telling about different artists in our world as well as creating their own games. Students should bring their own snack and drink from home. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. Please do not bring snacks that contain nuts. The school provides all materials. We ask that students please do not wear flip-flops. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Youth Art Camp

Jessica Ginsberg
9am to 12pm (Ages: 8 - 11)
1pm to 4pm (Ages: 9 - 12)
Students may enroll in one or more week-long sessions:
Five-Day Session – Monday through Friday $300
July 7-11
July 14-18
July 21-25
July 28-August 1
August 4-8
August 11-15
August 18-22

Young artists will stretch their imaginations during the Youth Art Camp. Discover the fundamentals of drawing and painting while exploring materials and innovative techniques. Learn traditional techniques of drawing people and landscapes through a variety of materials. Children will also explore their creativity by working in media such as painting, printmaking, installation and collage. Students will also gain a broad knowledge of art, from many different time periods, as well as a strong focus on contemporary artists. Students will discover new concepts and master basic skills while gaining confidence, pride, and self-discipline through their efforts. Students should bring their own snack and drink from home. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. Please do not bring snacks that contain nuts. The school provides all materials. We ask that students please do not wear flip-flops. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Pottery Exploration

Inez Andrucyk
Monday – Friday 9:30am – 12:30pm $280
Four-Day June 30 – July 3 (Ages: 8-12)

Lisa Scroggins
Monday – Friday 9:30am – 12:30pm $330
Five-Day August 18 – 22 (Ages: 6-9)
Monday – Friday 1pm – 4pm $330
Five-Day August 18 – 22 (Ages: 10-14)

Clay is a wonderful, tactile media and in this workshop we will reflect the theme of summer as inspiration. During this workshop children will experiment with a variety of building techniques including pinch pots, slabs, slump-molds, coils, and finally the wheel. We will create narrative tiles, flower vase for Mom, ocean animal sculpture, desert island treasure box and finally a chance to try out the wheel. Once children learn to express and execute their personal visions in clay, they can become empowered in ways that go far beyond the walls of the ceramic studio or classroom! All levels are welcome. Students should please bring a light snack without nuts. The school provides all materials. Clay pieces take three to four weeks to be fired. The school office will notify parents when pieces are ready to be picked up.

Junior Sculpture (Ages: 5-8)

Luis Maldonado
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $385
Four-Day June 30 – July 3
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day July 21 – 25

Junior sculptors will be introduced to basic sculpture processes. They will be taught different techniques and terms to give them the tools to create in the 3-d world. Some of the materials they will explore will be wood, clay, cardboard, wire and plaster. Weekly handouts and historical information will be given for personal reference. At the end of each day, there will be a discussion on the overall assignment. On the final day of the workshop there will be a small reception to celebrate all the creations. Students should bring a snack that does not contain nuts. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. The school provides all materials. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Literature and Art (Ages: 4-5)

Sarah Glickman
Monday – Friday 1:30pm – 4pm $280
Five-Day June 30 – July 3
Monday – Friday 9:30am – 12pm $280
Five-Day August 4 – 8

Every art project will be based on a children's illustrated story. We will read books such as Lucy Cousin's "Hooray for Fish!" Eric Carl's "Mr. Seahorse" and "Butterfly" by Peter Horacek. We will explore pastels, watercolor, collage and so much more on these literature inspired projects. Students should bring a snack that does not contain nuts. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. The school provides all materials. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Creative Comics (Ages: 8-12)

David Ferreria
Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm $280
Four-Day June 30 – July 3
Monday – Friday 1pm – 4pm $315
Five-Day July 7 – 11

If you have an interest in comic books, creating character driven stories, and like to draw, this is the workshop for you! Whether you love Super-heroes, sci-fi, Manga, fantasy or comedy, the structure within is all the same. We will touch on all the essential tools you will need to understand the comic book medium. Students will learn all the fundamentals of the storytelling art. Students will learn techniques for developing a story outline, page layout, character design, drawing with perspective, inking and tips on lettering their comics. Students should bring a snack without nuts. The school will provide all materials.

My Museum (Ages: 5-8)

Luis Maldonado
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day July 7 – 11 (Ages: 5-8)

My Museum is a workshop where each student will create a museum based on his or her unique world and taste. Students will learn about the history and concept of the museum and where it stands in everyday culture. Students will develop a mission statement and museum concept. Then they will build their own museums by utilizing cardboard and everyday materials from home. Each student will also be encouraged to bring personal artifacts to add to their museums. On the final day of the workshop an installation will be created with the museums with an accompanied closing reception. Students should bring a snack that does not contain nuts. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. The school provides all materials. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Travel the Globe with Art (Ages: 8-12)

Amanda Antunes
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day July 14 – 18
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day August 18 – 22

Students will travel the globe with each new project inspired by cultures and art styles throughout the world. African, Australian, Central and South American, Native American, American, European, Indian, and Asian art will be studied. Animals, nature, and people will provide subject matter for 2-D and 3-D projects. Students should bring a snack that does not contain nuts. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. The school provides all materials. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Exploration Art (4-5)

Sarah Glickman
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm $280
Five-Day July 21 – 25

Prints, paint, sculpture, stamping and collage...we will explore many different art techniques while covering basic art skills such as drawing and cutting. Please do not bring snacks that contain nuts. The school provides all materials. We ask that students please do not wear flipflops. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Creatures and Animals (Ages: 5-8)

Amanda Antunes
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day July 28 – August 1

This workshop will introduce various materials and mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture through the theme of real life animals and imaginary creatures. Projects will explore the use of color, line, shape, texture, pattern, and setting. Students should bring a snack that does not contain nuts. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. The school provides all materials. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Art Studio Explorers (Ages: 5-8)

Amanda Antunes
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day August 4 – 9

The perfect introductory workshop for our younger students will include painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, and some sculpture. Emphasis will be placed on imagination, creative expression, and skills that will help children to develop hand-eye coordination. Students should bring a snack that does not contain nuts. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. The school provides all materials. Age groups are strictly enforced.

Drawing, Painting and More (Ages: 9-12)

Megan Collins
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day August 4 – 8
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day August 11 – 15

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and paint and create some masterpieces! Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you will be exploring the world of aesthetics and what goes into art making. Through observation and special attention to detail, you will learn about shapes, space, drawing techniques, color mixing, paint handling and more. Your subject matter can be self-portraits, pet portraits, landscapes and still life, or anything that strikes your interest! Together, we will learn more about what makes you a unique and emerging young artist. Students should bring lunch. Please do not bring lunches that contain nuts. The school provides all materials.

Exploring Photography: Pinhole, Film and Digital (Ages: 10-13)

Bruce Dunbar
Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm $380
Four-Day August 18 – 21

Students will have the chance to investigate different photographic practices. We will explore the pinhole camera, the 35mm camera and film, and the digital camera. Principles of photography, composition and design will be covered. Film cameras will be available for students to use during class sessions. Students receive a roll of film and one package of paper. Students need to provide a digital camera. Students should bring a light snack. Please do not bring snacks that contain nuts.

Art and Drama Camp (Ages: 5-9)

Martha Bloom
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day August 11 – 15
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm $450
Five-Day August 18 – 22

This art camp combines a wide range of fine art experiences with the process of theater. The students will develop an idea for a play then write a script, design costumes, scenery and playbill. On the last day they will perform their collaboration to the student body and parents. Another focus of this program will be to develop their fine art skills, such as drawing from the clothed model, still life; collage and three-dimensional assemblage adding painting techniques and some printmaking. There will be an exhibition of their work on the last day along with the dramatic performance. Students should bring lunch. Please do performance. Students should please bring a light snack without nuts. The school provides all materials.