UMLAUF Summer Art Camp
June: K - 2nd graders
Week 1 (June 11-15)
AM: UMLAUF Explore
Students will be given an opportunity to explore the garden and grounds of the UMLAUF. They'll search through the work of Charles Umlauf to find recurring themes and motifs that Umlauf explored. Through this filter students will then create their own 3-D sculpture in the style of Charles Umlauf.
PM: Curator Creative
A museum is nothing without a curator! This week students will learn about the art and practice of curating. They'll create distinct artworks (varying in medium, style, and technique) that they will then link together through theme and content to create their own curated exhibit.
Week 2 (June 18-22)
AM: Art in Nature
After an exploration of the garden students will use natural resources that they find in the garden to create original artwork. Their final pieces will be placed on the museum grounds with careful thought to how their artwork interacts with its natural (or unnatural) environment.
PM: Recycled Art
Using recyclable materials students will explore the impact of art and the role of artists in a greater social context. Students will create artwork out of these unconventional materials and place them in the garden alongside the work of Charles Umlauf.
Week 3 (June 25-29)
AM: Applying Art
If you're interested in the practical applications of visual art - this is the week for you! In Applying Art students will explore the intersection between art and design; utility and beauty. They'll explore concepts around defining art (what makes something art?) and round the week out with a practical artwork they can take home and use.
PM: Art from Ordinary
This week will focus on finding beauty in the ordinary and making art out of everyday objects. Students will be encouraged to think about their environment, the everyday tools they use, and how materials can be transformed and renewed by art.
July: 3rd - 5th graders
Week 4 (July 9 - 13)
AM: Curate an Exhibition
Campers will meet the UMLAUF's curatorial staff and learn all about the basics of curating! They'll create artwork around a theme that is valuable to them and organize their work into an exhibition.
PM: Sculpture Search
During this camp students will have the opportunity to explore the garden and research the work of Charles Umlauf. They'll be asked to apply their analytical skills to discover common themes that emerge in Umlauf's work. From there campers will create their own 3-D sculptures in the style of Charles Umlauf.
Week 5 (July 16 - 20)
AM: Unnatural Resources
Campers will explore the relationship between art and nature by using recyclable and unnatural materials to create original artwork. Their artwork will be installed in the garden; sparking a conversation about environmentalism, the role of the artist, and how waste can be repurposed.
PM: Natural Resources
Campers will collect their materials from the ground around them. Using only natural resources that they find in the garden students will create original works of art. They'll be asked to think about the interaction between person-made and naturally occurring art.
Week 6 (July 23 - 27)
AM: Question & Create
During this camp everyday objects will be turned into 3-D pieces of art. Campers will be encouraged to problematize and question definitions of "art" while generating new work from old objects.
PM: Artful Solutions
Utility and innovation will be the focus of this camp as students create pieces of art to solve everyday problems. This camp is especially good for parents and campers interested in the more practical applications of art.