teen summer art institute

Registration for Teen Summer Art Camp 2024!

Deadline for registration is Friday, May 26th!

Tap into your creativity and discover your artistic style in Art Lab’s Teen Summer Camp at WKMA! 

Learn traditional methods and new techniques over five weeks of topics. 

Suitable for teens ages 13 – 18 years. 

Call Laken Bridges at (276) 628-5005 x109 for more information.

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Register for Teen Summer Art Camp 2024

Tap into your creativity and discover your artistic style in Art Lab’s Teen Summer Camp at WKMA! Learn traditional methods and new techniques over 5.5 weeks of topics. Suitable for teens ages 13 - 17 years old. M-F 9:00AM-4:00PM | $225 for non-members or $200 for members per week | 10% discount for families registering 2+ teens, or registering a teen for multiple camp weeks (10% overall, not per week). Registration deadlines fall two weeks from the start of each camp: Books & Writing deadline: 5/20/24 Natural Materials & Natural World deadline: 5/27/24 Graphic Design Fantasy deadline: 6/3/24 Science Fiction & Time-Based Art deadline: 6/10/24 Mini Camp deadline: 6/17/24 Halloween in July deadline: 6/24/24

  • NOTICE to William King Society and WKMA Family Members:

    William King Society Members, families registering a teen for multiple weeks, and families registering 2+ teens will receive a percentage off the cost of attendance. To receive the discount, please call Laken Bridges at (276) 628 - 5005 x109 or email at lbridges@wkmuseum.org to register.
  • Weekly Camp Descriptions

    For more information, and to receive discounts, call Laken Bridges at (276) 628-5005 ext. 109 or email lbridges@wkmuseum.org.
  • Week 1 -June 3-7: Hand-Made Books & Writing

    What does it mean to be? Teens are invited to explore this topic from all angles. This camp will not work with academic poetry- writing, but instead emphasize freedom of expression on the page, off the page, and with the page itself. Teens will explore the immense range of what a poem can be and how it can be housed, whether in a book, something very “unbook”, or even presented in an impermanent state. Kel BasAvraham is a poet, tea master, and former Riot Grrl. They will encourage teens to consider what impermanence in poetry means and how it might be expressed. Lola York is a writer, multimedia artist, and performer. She will lead teens through approaches for tapping into creativity and communication through prompts, discussion, and writing games. Jamison Crabtree is a poet, educator, and currently working towards an instructional design certificate through Harvard's continuing education school. He will teach teens various approaches to book and non-book constructions that not only house the poems, but complement their themes and structures.
  • Week 2 - June 10-14: Natural Materials & Natural world

    Your teen will explore natural materials and nature-based art-making in this camp. Teens will start the week hand-building with clay under the guidance of Heidi Anderson, mixed media artist and retired high school teacher. Later, teens will try their hand at collagraph construction and printing, a 2-d art process in which inky impressions of natural materials can be obtained. This printmaking will be led by Laken Bridges, a multimedia artist with a printmaking focus. Finally, teens will experience indigo dying and an introduction to leatherwork with artist and designer Stephen Curd of Lavelle Manufacturing, located on WKMA campus.
  • Week 3 - June 17-21: Graphic Design & Fantasy

    Explore the worlds of graphic design and visual communication through the lens of Fantasy! Teens will be introduced to design elements and principles using Photoshop and Illustrator to develop their own fantasy-themed projects. Campers will also get the opportunity to explore physical design processes such as book arts, collage, hand lettering, and more. Inspiration for projects comes from the world of Young Adult Fantasy books such as the Hobbit, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Stephen King’s the Eyes of the Dragon, Harry Potter and more. Current and historical artists and designers in the fantasy genre will be discussed.
  • Week 4 - June 24-28: Extended Media (Time-based art) & Sci-Fi

    Teens will explore science fiction worlds and time-based art and design methods through the use of tools and techniques such as video development and editing, motion graphics, book arts, audio experiments, and site specific art installation. Inspiration for projects comes from the world of Science Fiction classics such as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ender's Game, Frankenstein, the works of Asimov, Bradbury, Guin, HG Wells, Ellison and more. Current and historical artists and designers in the science fiction genre will be discussed. Guest Instructor, filmmaker and new media researcher Sabrina Durling-Jones is an instructor at Emory & Henry College. Her experience ranges from documentary filmmaking to experimental 3D visualizations and using artificial intelligence technology as a tool for art creation.
  • Week 5 - July 1-3: It’s a Process: Anything Goes Mini Camp

    It’s a grab-bag half camp! This camp prioritizes play, experimentation, and improvisation and is led by Laken Bridges, a multi-disciplinary artist and educator in addition to being the director of teen camp programs. Teens will have the opportunity to “improve” found paintings, play improv games, print bandanas or t-shirts, watch art films, and more. The ideal camp for busy schedules and conservative budgets.
  • Week 6 - July 8-12: Halloween in July

    In this camp teens will work with Angelique Fraley to build larger-than-life size Halloween and horror-inspired heads using cardboard, paper mache, paints, and more. These giant heads are parade-inspired, allowing the wearer to see out of the mouth. Additional activities will include a Halloween movie (PG to PG-13; a list of possibilities will be provided to parents prior), a scavenger hunt, contest, and more. Angelique Fraley is a multimedia artist both trained in fine art processes with an MFA from East Tennessee State University, as well as versed in prop and costume design in the realm of fantasy and cosplay.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    For information on scholarships, contact Kelsie Christian, Director of Youth Education, at (276)628-5005 ext. 112 or email kchristian@wkmuseum.org.
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