Summer Arts Camp St. Paul

July 10-14 & July 17-21, 2017

Grab your passport, 4-12 year olds, join ArtStart artists on an unforgettable
adventure to Africa through the arts!

The first week travel to the countries of Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, and Senegal and experience community life. Work with artists and performers from those cultures, as well as experienced and skilled ArtStart teaching artists. Morning classes offer drawing, dioramas, drumming, dance, and drama. A highlight of the afternoon is stilt walking, an art form found throughout Africa.

The second week go on a Nature Safari to Sub Saharan East Africa! Through drawing and painting, mosaic work, book arts, and wearable art capture the beauty and wonder of the animals who live on the Serengeti and in the Indian Ocean. Highlights of the afternoon include Tinga Tinga painting, puppetry and storytelling, creating clay animals and tiles and more.

Pre-school children ages 4-5 years register for “A Start with the Arts” offered morning only both weeks.
Youth ages 13 years and older register for “Camp CREATE”, a studio-based camp offered June 19-22 with classes that parallel the theme of Africa.

Book Your Flight to Africa Through the Arts Now!

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Ages 4-5: A Start with the Arts $145
Ages 6-12: Half Day: $150, Full Day: $295
Aftercare available until 5pm at $7.00/day

Friday, June 16, 2017 but classes fill very quickly. We support children attending camp with a friend and will place them in the same class. Half day offered both morning and afternoon. Class ratio: 1 teacher/15 students. Confirmation letters and directions sent out June 23, 2017. In addition, partial scholarships are available.

ArtStart Members*: Receive a 10% discount!

Cancellation Fees
June 5- July 1: 20% of registration fee forfeited
July 2- July 9: 50% of registration fee forfeited
July 10 or later: 100% of registration fee forfeited

Mount Zion
1300 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

Lunch and Snacks
Full day students need to bring a lunch. Lunch is supervised. Children should also bring a morning and afternoon fruit break.

After Care
After care is supervised and unstructured so that children can relax. Children are free to bring games, or books and to make art on their own. If we show videos, we like to provide further learning about a culture through documentaries or stories. Extended day students should also bring an additional snack.

Each Friday family and friends of pre- schoolers and school age children are invited to attend ArtStart’s Informance where children share their art work and performances created throughout the week. A flyer will be sent home mid-week announcing the time and place of the Friday Informance.

WEEK ONE: JULY 10-14, 2017 COMMUNITY LIFE: Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, and Senegal


Wildlife Of West Africa
Work with artist Felice Amato and learn skills in drawing and painting inspired by the wildlife who live in the forests, savanna and Ashanti uplands of Ghana. The hornbill, the colobus, the elephant and others come to life as you use pencil, craypas, and paint to capture the spirit of these amazing animals.

Of Gorillas And Other Primates
The country of Gabon, West Africa, is home to lowland gorillas, lemurs and other primates. About 85 percent of Gabon is covered by rainforest – a perfect habitat for primates. Learn about rainforest habitat, the community life of these primates and create a diorama of the rainforest with your favorite primates.

The Circle of Life
Master drummer Fode Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa, and dancer Whitney McCluskey combine their talents to take you on a whirlwind tour of Guinea. Learn about Guinean culture as you practice authentic African drumming and African dance patterns. Then perform at our community celebration.

Inspired By The Ashanti
Learn about the carved wooden masks of the Ashanti people of Ghana with artists Julie and Gustavo Boada. Create your own mask inspired by the Ashanti people using papier mache over a clay base. Then paint your mask and wear it to our community celebration.

Drama From Ghana And More
Actor T. Mychael Rambo takes the stage at ArtStart this summer! Work with T. Mychael to learn about the culture of Ghana through stories. Develop skills in voice production, characterization, and movement as you dramatize a favorite West African folktale. Then you take the stage at our community celebration!


The African Drum
Ghana Mbaye, master drummer from Senegal, West Africa teaches how to make an authentic African drum. He provides all of the materials shipped directly from West Africa for this amazing opportunity. Then join the drum circle and perform on your drum at our community celebration. Additional materials fee: $120

Adinkra Symbols Of Wisdom
Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. Each symbol has a special meaning. Work with artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch to create adinkra designs and print them on cloth. Then wear your Adinkra to our celebration.

Of Colors And Patterns
The majority of beads in Ghana are made by the Ashanti and Krobo people in the Krobo region. Beads are worn in ceremonies, festivals and parades. Work with artist Julie Boada to create your own bead work using glass beads and seed beads. Additional materials fee: $10

Swings The Thing!
Popular swing dances like the Jitterbug and Hand Jive have their roots in the wide African diaspora. Dancer Christopher Yaeger shares the origin and history of these trends as you learn historic dance steps and popular dance rhythms. Then explore their influences in today’s dance and music. Dance, Improvise and Perform from the Jazz age to today.

WalkIng Tall
Stilt walking has been part of celebrations for millennia including many African celebrations. Walk tall and learn the art of stilt walking with artist Gustavo Boada. Then lead the ArtStart pageant into the community celebration. Limited to 12 students/age group.

WEEK TWO: JULY 17-21, 2017 ON SAFARI: Tanzania, Kenya and Beyond


A Nature Safari
Imagine you are on a nature safari to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Working with artist Karen Anderson, learn about park wildlife – herds of wildebeests and zebras, magnificent elephants, lions, and giraffes. Then use a variety of drawing and painting materials to capture your trip on paper.

Putting The Pieces Together
Join naturalist Larry Wade and artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn about ocean life along coastal ecosystems of east Africa. Learn about mangrove forests, coral reefs, shark whales, stingrays, moray eels, and more. Then create a mosaic tile of your favorite animal. Additional materials fee: $10

Big & Small cats of Africa
The wild cats of Africa include big cats like the lion, cheetah and leopard as well as small wild cats such as the caracal, serval and black-footed cat. Work with artist Meg Erke to create your own personal Book of African Cats using a variety of art materials and have a roarin’ good time!

Safari Inspired-Wearable Art
Learn about the textiles of Tanzania and Kenya with an artist. Then using the fabric printmaking process, design and print your own fabric using animal and plant images of the forest, plains, and rivers of the region. Then proudly wear your art for our community celebration.

Leaping Leopards & Other Great Moves
Twist, run, leap! as you create your own dances inspired by the amazing wildlife of the Serengeti plain! Work alone and in groups as dancer Christopher Yaeger helps you choreograph your dances. Then perform for our community celebration.

The art work featured in this brochure is by children enrolled in previous ArtStart camps.


Tinga Tinga Style
Edward Tingatinga, a native of Tanzania, began a style of painting called Tinga Tinga in the 1960s, using vibrant colors, exaggeration, and repeated patterns. Much of his art was sold to tourists. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn about Tingatinga and create art inspired by this style.

Games & Dolls
Mancala is considered one of the oldest games in the world. Work with artist Megan Monson to create a Mancala board and play the game with friends. Then create a Ndebele doll, inspired by authentic Ndebele dolls made by the Zulu people of South Africa, and learn about its significance.

Bringing The Rain To Kapiti Plain
The Kapiti Plain is located in Kenya, Africa. Listen to the story Bringing Rain to Kapiti Plain. Work with artists Julie and Gustavo Boada to create puppets of the diverse wildlife of the Kapiti Plain and retell the story through puppetry and special sound effects.

The Gourd Rattle
Take a fascinating musical journey through Tanzania with composer and instrument builder Douglas Ewart. Make your own ikinyuguri or gourd rattle. Then turn it into a work of art through careful decoration using traditional patterns and motifs. Additional materials fee: $10

510 CLAY
Wildlife Of The Serenegti
Work with artist Karen Anderson to create a bas relief tile (ages 6-8 years) and a clay animal statue (ages 9-12 years) inspired by animals of the Serengeti. Work with a variety of clay tools and learn different clay techniques as you create your masterpiece. Additional materials fee: $10

A Start with the Arts

Morning Section: 8:30-11:40 am

Tuition: $145/week

A Start With the Arts meets daily Monday-Friday and offers 4-5 year-olds the opportunity to work with an artist and explore the art, culture, and wildlife of Sub-Saharan Africa through singing, movement, drama, art making and other hands-on activities.

The program for pre-schoolers parallels the school-age program in theme and content-West Africa July 10-14 and East Africa July 17-21. A Start With the Arts children share their art work and perform at the Friday school-age informance.

Camp Create for Teens
ArtStart’s Camp Create for Teens is geared for youth who want to explore their imagination through a variety of art media and gain new skills in making art.


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