Australia to New Zealand
Morning choices include exploring one of the oldest living cultures on earth and creating art work inspired by the First People of Australia. Youth can choose to create a didgeridoo, or learn about the Dreamtime through storytelling and art making, or learn how the First People use plants to heal. In the afternoon youth can choose to create art work based on the underwater creatures of the Great Barrier reef through a variety of art media and design an underwater city of the future.
Morning choices include exploring the arts and living culture of the Māori people, the original inhabitants of New Zealand who came to the islands by boat from Polynesia. Classes feature many different art forms incorporating symbols and patterns inspired by the Māori culture using a variety of art media. In the afternoon youth can choose from Hobbit-inspired learning through architecture and dance. Or they can learn about and create a volcano or the art of felting or take a drawing and painting class on the flora and fauna of New Zealand.
MORNING CLASSES • 8:30-11:45 AM
401 INSTRUMENT MAKING
The Didgeridoo and more
Join musician and instrument maker Douglas Ewart to make your own didgeridoo, an instrument used by the indigenous people of Australia for nearly 40,000 years! Then learn a special breathing technique and play your didgeridoo and perform with Douglas on the last day of class.
402 DRAWING & PAINTING
Explore the Dreamtime and the drawings of the First People that reflect their deep connection to the Earth and all living things. Learn about the koala, the kangaroo, and eucalyptus tree to name a few. Work with artist Karen Anderson to create your own Dreamtime painting.
403 MIXED MEDIA
Rock Art Inspired by the First People
The rock art of Australia is the oldest surviving human art form. Found in caves and rock shelters, the paintings tell stories of the First People’s experiences of Australia. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn about these paintings and create your own personal story painted on rock.
The Art and Science of Plants
First People all over the world have used plants to heal for millennia. Join artist Laurie Witzkowski to learn about plants native to Australia. Look at the art work of Australian Bush artist, Rosemary Petyarre. Then create your own journal drawings of medicinal plants found in your backyard. Learn how to press flowers, brew Solar tea, and make salves and syrups from plants.
Tiddalik the Frog, Retold
There are many wonderful Dreamtime stories like Tiddalik the Frog. Tiddalik is a small mischievous and very thirsty frog who appears in one of Australia’s best known origin stories. Join artists Julie and Gustavo Boada to create your own puppets based on the characters in this story. Rehearse and perform on Friday.
AFTERNOON CLASSES• 12:30-3:45 PM
406 TOY THEATER PUPPETRY
Great Barrier Reef Stories
Magnificent and unique sea creatures like the Dugong, giant Manta Ray, and Humpback Whale inhabit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Dive into the art of the Reef with artist Julie Boada. Create a toy theater and your favorite Reef creatures to tell all about your Great Barrier Reef adventure.
407 MIXED MEDIA
Diving Into the Great Barrier Reef
Work with artist Anne Sawyer to create a macro version of the Great Barrier Reef. Learn about the ocean life that inhabits it. Then design and create sculptures of your favorite Great Barrier reef creatures from upcycled materials. Finally, work as a team to turn the learning space into an artful Great Barrier Reef for all to explore.
408 MIXED MEDIA
Life in the Gowanda Rainforest
Join artist Gustavo Boada to learn about animal life in the Gowanda rainforest of Queensland and New South Wales. Design and create a papier-mache mask of your favorite animal that inhabits this lush area from koalas to wallabies to even Tasmanian devils.
409 FOUND OBJECT
Art From Nature
Koori women, an Aboriginal group living on the coast of New South Wales, are known for their beautiful art created from shells gathered on the beaches of Australia. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to design and create art from natural materials like pebbles, shells and sea glass.
The City of the Future Underwater
Imagine you are a young architect who has been hired to design an underwater ocean city! Using both critical and creative thinking skills, you build a scale model of your ideas working with artist Laurie Witzkowski. Then you present your model to the committee that hired you!
MORNING CLASSES 8:30-11:45 AM
501 BOOK ARTS
A New Zealand Travelogue
Create your own watercolor travel journal! Explore and observe the landscape, the plants and the animals unique to New Zealand. Work with artist Meg Erke to create pencil and ink drawings colored with watercolor. Then bind them together into a book about your New Zealand adventures.
502 SCULPTURAL CARVING
Inspired by Māori Carvers
The Māori, or First People of New Zealand, are noted for their carvings using wood, greenstone, and bone. Māori carvings are rich in symbolism and are often inspired by the natural environment. Work with artist Julie Boada to learn the art of carving inspired by those of the Māori carvers.
Containers & Tiles
In 1987 Nga Kaihunga Uku, a Māori potters’ collective, established clay work as a new and important Māori art form. Join artist Lisa Himmelstrup to learn a variety of clay techniques, creating clay containers and tiles enscribed with Māori inspired symbols using colored underglazes and carving tools. Note: Because clay needs to dry before being fired, it will be ready for pick up in August at ArtStart.
Expressive Masks with Māori Symbols
Masks were carved from one piece of light softwood by Māori to honour their ancestors. The lines on the mask often mirrored the Māori facial tattoos of fierce warriors. Work with artist Laurie Witzkowski to create a papier-mache mask inspired by the carved masks of the Māori.
505 MIXED MEDIA
From Gourd Art to Tattoos
Gourd plants were brought from Polynesia by the ancestors of the Māori. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to create a gourd incised with Māori symbols. Then use your gourd as an “ipu container” to hold the pigment for tattooing. Finally, design and create a temporary tattoo inspired by Māori symbols to wear as body decoration.
MIDDLE EARTH COMES TO NEW ZEALAND
AFTERNOON CLASSES 12:30-3:45 PM
A Home Fit For A Hobbit
There is nothing like viewing a classic story like Tolkien’s epic tale The Lord of the Rings at the movies to inspire imagination! Did you know the film was created In New Zealand? Work with artist Julie Boada to create a Hobbit home nestled in the green hills of the shire.
Hobbit Dances & Folk Dance
Hobbit celebrations always included a dance or ten! Join dancer Christopher Yaeger to create your own Hobbit dance. Then learn folk dances like English country dance, Morris dancing, and more brought to New Zealand by European settlers. Perform on the last day of class.
508 CONSTRUCTION ARTS
New Zealand has been the site of many large explosive eruptions during the last two million years, including several of super volcano size! Work with artist Laurie Witzkowski to learn about New Zealand’s geysers, hot springs and Taupo volcanic region. Then create your own volcano. Finally, using a special solution poured into the crater, set off a volcanic eruption outdoors on the last day of class.
509 DRAWING & PAINTING
The Kiwi, Tuatara, & Amazing Kauri Trees
Before humans settled in New Zealand, it would have been an extremely noisy place! Large tracts of lush native bush supported an incredible variety of flora and fauna, especially bird life. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to draw and paint the wildlife of New Zealand.
I Felt Creative!
Both the Scottish and English settlers introduced Romney sheep to New Zealand, a breed of sheep that currently makes up 65% of all herds in New Zealand. Work with artist Anne Sawyer to learn the art of felting with wool roving as you create a variety of colorful, felted art works.
REGISTER ONLINE :
Register for 2 classes if attending half day or 4 classes if attending for a full day. We can’t guarantee you will get all of your top choices, but we will do our best to accommodate all requests. We support children attending camp with a friend and will place them in the same class if possible.
Half day = $200/week
Half day offered both morning and afternoon.
Full day = $400/week
Register by February 12, 2022 and receive a 10% discount.
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Registration opens January 24
(GREEN & YELLOW LIGHTS ONLY)
Mount Zion Synagogue
1300 Summit Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55105
Deadline to register: Monday, June 6, 2022. Parent letters with detailed information and policies will be sent out 3 weeks before the start of class.
LUNCH & SNACKS
Full day students need to bring a lunch. Lunch is supervised. Children should also bring a morning and afternoon fruit break.
Participants will receive an individual art kit which includes basic art materials like scissors, pencil, paints, glue, etc. and art materials they will need to complete the projects. Any shared art tools like scissors, staplers, or carving tools will be sterilized each day.
June 7-14: 20% of fee forfeited
June 15-22: 50% of fee forfeited
June 23 or later: 80% of fee forfeited
No refunds for missed classes once the program has started. Refunds or a voucher for 2022 classes will be issued, if classes fill or if we are required to implement all programming virtually and a family cannot make the dates work.
FRIDAY INFORMANCES (GREEN LIGHT ONLY)
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.
AFTER CARE – $10/DAY (GREEN LIGHT ONLY)
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.
As of January 2022, we again face many unknowns per health and safety protocols. We are proceeding as though this summer we can all be together either indoors in a good ventilated space or outdoors under tents. We have developed the 3-step plan outlined below. We will keep families apprised of any changes we need to make. For now, Green Light and full speed ahead!
All classes will be held indoors at Mount Zion located at 1300 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. All children and adults may be required to wear a mask if protocol suggests. Each child will receive art materials in their own personal art kit by class. Enrollment will be limited based on Mount Zion policy not to exceed 12 children/class. There may or may not be an afternoon informance for families the last day.
All classes will be held outdoors at Mount Zion under tents. Children will sit 6 feet apart and may be required to wear a mask as will artists and others on site. Each child will receive their own personal art kit filled with art materials for the classes they are enrolled in. Enrollment may be limited based on Mount Zion policy not to exceed 12 children/class. Children share art work with one another on the last day. No informance for families.
All classes will shift to a virtual, on-line format with personal art kits to be picked up by each family prior to the first day of class. The virtual experience will be held mornings only and necessitate spreading out the camp over 4 weeks. Enrollment is limited to 15 children/class. Friday is devoted to finishing work and sharing it on-line by class. If the dates no longer work for a family, full refunds or full tuition credit will be issued for the 2023 camp.
For more information call ArtStart at 651-698-2787, or contact Carol Sirrine.
Parent letters with detailed information and policies will be sent out 3 weeks before the start of class.
JULY 11-15 & JULY 18-22 | 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM
AGES 4-5 YEARS | MORNINGS ONLY
Pre-school children ages 4-5 years Register for ‘A Start with the Arts’ offered morning only Monday-Friday, both weeks. Passport to Down Under: Australia to New Zealand features a variety of art projects and hands-on activities inspired by the culture of the First People of both countries, nature study including animals and plants unique to these countries, music, stories, creative dramatics, and movement. The program for pre-schoolers parallels the school-age program in theme and content. Please see our COVID-19 and Variants policy.
TUITION: $185/WEEK | REGISTER HERE !
JULY 5-8, 2022
AGES 13+ YEARS
Working side-by-side with professional artists, participants see the world with new eyes and appreciate how connected all people are no matter where they live. Youth create art inspired by the art of the First People of both countries using a variety of art materials as they develop new art skills and techniques.
Camp Create participants may apply for an internship to work with artists who are teaching in the younger children’s 2-week camp, Passport to Down Under: Australia to New Zealand. Interns receive a small stipend.
TUITION: $295 | REGISTER HERE !