Summer 2017 Camp Create explores Sub-Saharan Africa – its people, wildlife, and culture – focusing on Ghana, Guinea, and Senegal in West Africa and Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa in East Africa.
The classes in this 4-day camp encourage participants to see people with new eyes, appreciate how interconnected we are as people no matter where we live, and create art using a variety of materials, processes, and styles inspired by African culture.
Of Murals, Clay Tiles, and Ecology
Artist Jeanette Dickinson and naturalist Larry Wade begin the tour of Sub-Saharan Africa through art making and ecology. First you learn about the wildlife and plants of the rainforest, grasslands, and savannas of West and East Africa and the impact of climate change on all living things in those regions. Next you paint a mural in the style of the Tinga Tinga artists of Tanzania and turn the mural into a series of talking images using the latest in conductivity technology. Then you segue into learning about ocean life along the shores of West and East Africa creating clay tiles of favorite ocean creatures.
Of Bead Arts, Masks, and Culture
Artist Julie Boada introduces the arts of beading and mask making inspired by both East and West Sub-Saharan Africa cultures. Using Krobo and seed beads you create both wearable and functional art inspired by cultural patterns and images. Next you learn about masks- what they represent and how they are used in a culture. Then using a clay and papier mache’ technique, you create your own contemporary mask.
Interns receive $125 for one week of service. Interns can choose to intern the week of July 10-14 or July 17-21. Both new and returning interns must fill out an application to be considered for the internship, as well as register for Camp Create for the full day June 19-22, 2017.
Internship Application form.
Deadline to apply is April 30, 2017.
Finally, all interns must participate in a training on Thursday, July 6 from 9 am to 3 pm at Mt. Zion Temple, Saint Paul to meet with artists and to help set up the camp.
• Register for a full-day of Camp Create
• Fill out an internship application by April 30, 2017
• Be available from 8:15 am-4:00 pm daily to intern during the week you choose to participate (July 10-14 or July 17-21)
• Participate in intern training on July 6 from 9 am-3 pm
ASL interpreter available upon request