July 11-15 & July 18-22, 2016
Grab your passports, youth ages 4-12, and join ArtStart artists on an unforgettable adventure to places less traveled through the arts! Your first voyage retraces the 1832-1835 scientific expedition of British naturalist Charles Darwin. Working with artists and a naturalist, you explore the geology, land and ocean ecology of Patagonia in Argentina and the Galapagos Islands through the arts.
In the afternoon you shift focus to learn about the lives and art of indigenous people of Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador whose close connection to nature is expressed in their art. You create works inspired by the art of the people of South America.
Your second voyage takes you to an island country not far from the United States – Cuba!
You begin your trek at the shore and in the countryside of Cuba, which has some of the most spectacular natural areas in the world. You capture the beauty of plants and animals that inhabit the Cuban rainforest and oceans, as you explore a variety of art forms and materials.
In the afternoon you move on to Havana, the largest port and capital city of Cuba. Working with artists and performers, you explore the vibrant cultural scene of Havana, as you create art, perform on musical instruments, and learn Latin dance moves.
Youth select classes taught by professional artists from multiple arts disciplines— music, creative movement/dance, and visual arts. As a result of participating in this 5-day immersion experience, youth gain artistic knowledge and skills, learn about the people, geography and environment of a place and create art works and performances inspired by the culture. On the last day youth showcase all they have created at the Friday informance for family and friends.
Pre-school children ages 4-5 years register for “A Start with the Arts”.
Youth ages 13 years and older register for “Camp CREATE,” a studio-based camp offered June 27-July 1, 2016, with classes that parallel those offered for ages 4-12 years.
Mount Zion, 1300 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul.
Two courses = half day $145
Four courses = full day $270
Extended Day $7/day Available until 5 pm.
Limited scholarships are available.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS
Registrations received by February 13 2016: 10% off tuition;
registrations received between February 14, 2016 and April 1, 2016: 5% off tuition.
Each Friday family and friends are invited to attend our Informance and Art Gallery where children perform, exhibit their art work, and share their learning. School-age campers have a morning and/or afternoon informance held in Margolis Hall. Preschoolers have their own morning and afternoon informance in their classroom.
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 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.
MORNING CLASSES 8:30 -11:45 AM
Of Explorations & Discoveries
401 Drawing & Painting
A Naturalist’s Journal
Darwin recorded what he observed in nature through sketches and drawings. He did not have a camera. Work with an artist and capture the beauty of plants and wildlife that inhabit Patagonia, from pumas to penguins.
Stepping into the Past
Marine biologist, Larry Wade, and artist Jeanette Dickinson lead you on a modern day voyage of discovery to the Galapagos. Learn about the giant Galapagos Tortoise, Bottlenose Dolphin, the Blue-Footed Booby, Marine Iguana, and more. Create a mosaic stepping stone of your favorite Galapagos animal.
($10 additional materials fee.)
New & Unimaginable Things
Artists Julie Boada and Gustavo Boada take you on a Galapagos Island adventure through storytelling and art. Learn about Lonesome George, the Galapagos Tortoise who lived to be 100 years old. Then create your own papier mache Tortoise puppet and retell George’s story at our informance.
404 Construction Arts
The Voyage Of The Beagle
Work with an artist to build a small-scale replica of The Beagle, Charles Darwin’s ship, using cardboard, paint, and papier mache. Learn the nautical names for the parts of this 19th century naval vessel. Then create your own Beagle, a ship that really floats and sail off to lands less traveled!
405 Creative Movement
If Animals Could Dance
Join dancer Christopher Yaeger to choreograph your own dances! Based on the movement of many different animals found in Patagonia and the Galapagos Islands, create movement sequences and perform them at the Friday celebration.
AFTERNOON CLASSES 12:30-3:45 PM
Gifts from Nature
Native to Peru, Chile and Bolivia, the alpaca resembles a small llama. Alpaca fleece is soft and a lot like sheep’s wool without lanolin. Work with artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch and learn the art of weaving using alpaca yarn. Then create a belt or scarf to wear when the weather turns cold.
Containers Of Beauty
Pottery is found throughout ancient and modern Latin America. Archaeologists believe Ecuador was one of the first pottery centers in the Americas. Work with artist Armando Gutierrez G. to create clay containers inspired by Ecuadorian pottery forms, techniques, and designs. ($10 additional materials fee. Clay will need to dry and be fired. Pick up at ArtStart’s ArtScraps in mid-August.)
408 Construction Arts
The Remarkable Retablo
The retablo is an art form brought to Mexico and Latin America by the Spaniards. The retablos created by the indigenous people of the Andes in Peru depict a religious, historical or everyday event that is important to them. Work with artist Gustavo Boada to design and paint your own retablo based on an event important or special to you.
The rainforests of South America provide many gifts to humans. Seeds and nuts harvested from palm trees are used in creating beautiful jewelry, such as tagua, acai and pambil seeds. Work with artist Julie Boada to create one-of-a-kind jewelry using these natural materials from the rainforest.
410 Mixed Media/Geography
Of Maps And Volcanoes
Work with an artist to map Darwin’s 1832-1835 voyage. Learn about the prehistoric forces, volcanoes in particular, that shaped the geography of countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Then create your own volcano that really erupts!
MORNING CLASSES 8:30 -11:45 AM
Pearl of the Antilles
501 Drawing & Painting
Native To Cuba
Cuba shelters hundreds of native animals, many found nowhere else in the world. Work with artist Karen Anderson to capture the beauty of the Cuban Solenodon, the Cuban Hutia, and the Cuban Crocodile in their natural rainforest habitat. Create drawings, paintings and prints using a variety of art materials.
502 Mixed Media
Diving Into Art
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is surrounded by water. Cuba has some of the world’s largest unspoiled reefs in the world. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn about these coral reefs, the tropical fish, and other creatures that inhabit them. Then create a Cuban reef diorama inside a repurposed Cuban cigar box.
Beneath The Surface
Unglazed bricks, roofs, and floor tiles, influenced by Spanish pottery techniques from the 15th century are still visible in Cuba. Work with artist Armando Guttierez G. to create a container and a floor tile using modern clay techniques. ($10 additional materials fee. Clay will need to dry and be fired. Pick up at ArtStart’s ArtScraps in mid-August.)
504 Found Object Art
Create beautiful shell art using shells washed up on Caribbean shores. Work with an artist to create beautiful collages, jewelry and more that combine all different sizes and shapes of shells found in the waters of the Caribbean. Then display your art at the Friday celebration.
505 Storytelling And Puppetry
Listen to Cuban tales like Martina the Beautiful Cockroach and others told by storytellers Julie and Gustavo Boada. Then work with Julie and Gustavo to create colorful puppet characters based on your favorite tale. Practice your best puppet moves and perform for our Friday celebration.
The art work featured in this brochure is by children enrolled in previous ArtStart camps.
AFTERNOON CLASSES 12:30-3:45 PM
Dancing Like A Star
Cuban dance forms became popular in the United States during the 20th century. Influenced by both African and Spanish dance forms, modern dances like the mambo, conga, and salsa are now part of the ballroom dance scene. Work with dancer Christopher Yaeger to learn Latin dance moves and perform at our Friday celebration.
Influenced by both Spanish and African culture, Afro-Cuban music was rooted in the cabildos or social clubs for African slaves. Today Cuban musicians are known for their creativity in combining and mixing musical forms to create new sounds. Join musician Tim O’Keefe and learn how to play instruments of the Afro-Cuban ensemble and perform at our Friday celebration.
508 Construction Arts
Cuban Collector Cars
In the early 1960’s Cubans were not allowed to buy cars from America. Consequently, thousands of American cars from 1940-1959 are still the primary transportation for Cubans. Work with artist Anne Sawyer to learn about these collector cars — Ford, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and others. Then design and paint your own Cuban collector car.
509 Mixed Media
El Gallo In Art
The rooster, or el gallo, is an important symbol in Cuban culture, representing strength and power. Join artist Nancy Sampson who retells the Cuban tale about the bossy El Gallo. Then create a variety of art works based on the rooster image — from seed mosaics to copper repousse and more.
510 Drawing & Painting
Cigar Box Art
The markets of Old Havana contain many beautiful hand-made items that are created from repurposed materials. Work with an artist to turn a box that contained Cuban cigars into your own special treasure box! Design and paint your wooden box using traditional folk art designs and display it at our Friday celebration.
A Start With the Arts meets daily and offers 4-5 year-olds the opportunity for self-expression through singing, movement, drama, and art making. Activities are designed to heighten each child’s imagination while providing knowledge about the culture and ecology of the Galapagos Island and neighboring South American countries.
Week 1. The dynamic culture of Cuba
Week 2. A Start With the Arts has its own Friday informances schedule.
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.