Summer Arts Camp St. Paul

Passport to Mexico

JULY 8-12 & JULY 15-19, 2019

8:30 AM-3:45 PM

LOCATION: Mount Zion, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul
AGES: Pre-school ages 4-5 years and ages 6-12 years
FEE: ½ day $165/ full day $325

After care offered until 5 pm. Scholarships available. 

Grab your passport and join ArtStart artists on an unforgettable adventure to Mexico through the arts! Mexico is a country with a rich cultural history that serves as an unique springboard for exciting experiences in the arts—from music to dance to storytelling and visual arts. Classes for pre-school, school-age, and teens. Each Friday youth exhibit their art and perform for family and friends gathered at the Informance.

JULY 8-12, 2019 Living Traditions
Begin your journey steeped in the art and culture of the first people of Mexico. Civilizations such as the Olmec, Izapa, Teotihuacan, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Huastec, Purépecha, Totonac, Toltec and Aztec flourished for nearly 4,000 years before the first contact with Europeans. Create a myriad of art work inspired by the cultural traditions of the first people and the beauty of the land. 

JULY 15-19, 2019 A Fiesta of Art
Experience the art and culture that emerged with the colonization of Mexico by Spain nearly 500 years ago. The Spanish introduced new materials such as wrought iron and woolen fabric and new ways of creating clay pots on the potter’s wheel and textiles made with the semi automatic looms used in Europe. Create colorful art work that reflects the influence of both indigenous and Spanish culture and traditions.

Pre-school children ages 4-5 years register for “A Start with the Arts” offered morning only both weeks.


Brochure/Register By Mail

Ages 4-5: A Start with the Arts $165
Ages 6-12: Half Day: $165, Full Day: $325
Aftercare available until 5pm at $7.00/day

Monday, June 17, 2019 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 24, 2019. In addition, partial scholarships are available.

ArtStart Members*: Receive a 10% discount!

Discounts do not apply to aftercare or additional materials fees.

Cancellation Fees
June 3- June 30: 20% of fee forfeited
July 1- July 6: 50% of fee forfeited
July 7 or later: 100% of fee forfeited

Artist Roster

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.

JULY 8-12, 2019

Sonora Desert Wildlife
Artist Jeanette Dickinson takes you on a tour of the Sonoran desert of Mexico with its diverse habitat and amazing wildlife. Using a variety of drawing and painting media, capture your favorite animal on paper from the Gila Monster to the Mexican Wolf.

Instrument Making 
The Aztecs or Mexica used flutes and trumpets made of clay, bamboo and metal, as well as drums, cymbals, maracas, bells, gourds, and stones to produce music. Instrument making was an art. Join instrument maker and musician Douglas Ewart to create your own instrument inspired by those of the Aztecs.

The Journey of Tunuri and Blue Deer
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer is a modern adaptation of a traditional story of the Huichol Indians of western Mexico. Young Tunuri becomes lost in the woods and meets the magical Blue Deer. Work with artists Julie and Gustavo Boada to create magical puppet characters from the story complete with props and tell the story of the Blue Deer.

The Essential Coiled Pot
Containers for storing water, a pot for cooking beans, or a pot for soaking maize were essential kitchenware in Aztec households. Using red clay, work with artist Lisa Himmelstrup to learn the art of the coil pot. Then create a variety of containers with decorative images incised into the clay and display them at our informance. (Note: the clay must dry for 2 weeks before it can be fired and returned to the child who made it.) Additional $10 materials fee.

Symbols of Life
Symbolism was a part of every day life for the people of central Mexico. Symbols were used in writing, in keeping time and dates, in names and titles, on buildings and in artwork, and even in clothing. Using the printmaking process, work with artist Gustavo Lira to create an accordion-style book or codice of printed pages based on ancient symbol designs.

Kalpulli Yaocenoxtil
Explore the arts and culture of the Mexica Aztec people with Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli. Learn about the beliefs and traditions of this ancient living culture and the importance of nature to the people. Practice Nahuatl words (the language of the Aztec) and learn sacred dances dances, including permiso guerro and the koatlicue dance. Learn about musical instruments and special dress worn for ceremonies.

Huichol Yarn Paintings
Nierikas are traditional yarn paintings made by the Huichol people. Natural glue, made from tree resin and beeswax, is applied to a board, and yarn is pressed into it and left to harden. The designs and symbols on the Nierikas are based on the natural world. Work with artist Julie Boada to create your own Huichol yarn painting.

Día de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos is a Mexica festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the queen of the under world where souls of the ancestors reside. The skull is often a symbol of the celebration represented in a mask. Work with artist Gustavo Boada to create your own “Day of the Dead Skull” using traditional papier mache and decorate it in the spirit of this celebration.

From Petates to Baskets
Basketry is one of the oldest crafts in Mexico seen in the Mexica (Aztec) codex books and carved into pyramids which can still be found all over Mexico especially in indigenous communities. Mats woven from palm called petates and baskets of all sizes and shapes are used for everything from mattresses to storing warm tortillas to carrying things to market. Work with artist Rebekah Crisanta de Y Barra to learn about the history and styles of basket weaving from Mexico. Then weave a petate mat and a basket using modern reuse materials.

Amate Painting
Amate comes from the Nahuatl word amatl (paper). The paper is created from the bark of the wild fig tree, the nettle tree and mulberry tree. Paintings are colorful and feature flowers, birds, deer or rabbits and every day stories from the community such as fishing, hunting and harvesting. Work with Jeanette Dickinson to create a series of paintings on bark inspired by the traditional Amate paintings.

Week 2 JULY 15-19

Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists. Perhaps she is best known for her self-portraits in bold and vibrant colors. Work with artist Karen Anderson to learn about Kahlo’s life and ideas and how to unlock her beautiful works of art. Then draw and paint your own self-portrait filled with imaginative images and symbolism.

Los Alegres Bailadores 
Work with dancer Rebecca Cusick of Los Alegres Bailadores to learn about the history and tradition of folk dances from different regions of Mexico. Learn traditional dances such as the “Mexican Hat Dance” and more. Then create props and your own special colorful costume.

Sometimes called a retablo, the nicho provides a wonderful format for creating a small personal space. Work with Jeanette Dickinson to learn about the history of this tradition. Then make your own nicho using a shadow box and paint it with vibrant colors. Then add clay objects that symbolize important people, animals, or events in your life to complete your own personal nicho. Additional $10 materials fee.

Repousse metal work was introduced to Mexico during the French control of Mexico in the late 1800’s. Join artist Gustavo Boada and learn the repousse technique of hammering and stretching sheet metals into beautiful folk art.

Embroidery has a long history among indigneous people. In the 1500’s the Spanish brought new needlework skills that soon were incorporated into the embroidery work of native artisans. Work with artist Julie Boada to learn the art of embroidery. Using colorful thread and a needle, create your own fabric piece.

Danza de los Viejitos
Danza de los Viejitos is a traditional Mexican (Michoacan) folk dance in which dancers dress and move as old men. Work with artists Julie and Gustavo Boada to create an old man mask with intricately carved features. Next design your costume—a colorful poncho and sombrero decorated with ribbons. Add a cane and learn the movements.

Artistry Takes Flight
Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to create a real keepsake—your favorite winged animal of Mexico in mosaics! Create the amazing Monarch butterfly that migrates from North America to Mexico and back, or the Golden Eagle, the national bird of Mexico, or the petite hummingbird or other winged wonders of Mexico. Additional $10 materials fee.

The Horse
Since their arrival aboard Spanish ships in the 1500s, horses have been part of the story of the Mexico. Work with artist Meg Erke to learn about the history of Mexican horse breeds and their importance to the charros, the traditional cowboys of northern and central Mexico. Then using oil pastels, mylars, colored pencils, and more create an unique handmade book that tells the story of your favorite breed of Mexican horse.

509 CLAY
Talaveras Tiles
Rajasthan in northern India is the main center for brass engraving. Traditional designs and floral patterns are hammered or embossed on the surface of the metal. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn the technique of embossing. Then incorporate traditional Indian designs and create a beautiful photo frame or box wrapped in metal. Additional $10 materials fee.

Remember that crazy colorful flying beast in the movie Coco? The beast was based on los alebrijes (ah-leh-BREE-hays), the fantastical creatures that are carved and painted in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. They are meant to be unique and highly imaginative! Work with artist Laurie Witzkowski to make your own alebrije, painted with brilliant colors. You’ll also learn a Mexican song or two along the way.

A Start with the Arts

Morning Sessions Only: 8:30-11:40 am
Tuition: $165/week
Pre-school children ages 4-5 years register for “A Start with the Arts” offered morning only Monday-Friday, both weeks.
A Start With the Arts offers 4-5 year-olds the opportunity to work with a teaching artist/educator and guest artists from Mexico to explore the art, culture, and wildlife of Mexico 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, Indigenous Mexico: July 8-12 and Spanish Influences: July 15-19. 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 Youth ages 13 years and older register for “Camp CREATE”. Camp Create is a studio-based camp offered June 24-27 with classes that parallel the theme of Mexico featuring indepth experiences in 4 art forms-drawing and painting, sculpture, puppetry, and textiles.

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