Summer Program

The 2023 Summer Program at Muckykids is a unique opportunity for kids to indulge, explore, and expand their love of art and craft. With weekly themes, the kids can participate in a variety of hands-on projects that allow for experimentation with the concepts, techniques and supplies. We will spend the mornings together in the studio and then have a picnic lunch and outside play in the afternoons.

Drop-off is between 8:45-9:00. The morning starts at 9:00, and will consist of 3-4 structured art projects. With ample time throughout the week, we can extend the projects as inspiration strikes! We will break for a mid-morning snack and then continue art-making until 12:00.

At 12:15 we will walk to Dudley Street Park (2 blocks away), where we will have a picnic lunch. Children bring their own lunch and picnic blanket. The park has ample shade, climbing structures, water play and running space. Back at the studio by 2:00, we will have choice time until pick-up, which is from 2:30-2:45.

Ages 6-8yrs old. Enrollment is limited to 8. All weeks are taught by Liz Vance with support from another staffer. The price is $600 per week.

Week 1: Art & Nature (June 26 – 30)

In this workshop we’ll expand on a favorite theme at Muckykids: combining traditional crafting techniques with found objects from nature. We will be printing with leaves, painting and embellishing sticks and stones, building dioramas, and making nature wands. We will also make sun prints at the park & sculpt with natural clay. We will have fun making animal puppets, acorn people, and tree fairies. We will start building a ‘cabin in the woods’, as a collaborative construction that will serve as a pretend play space for the summer. Enrollment limited to 8.



Week 2: Fiber Arts (July 3 – 7)

In this workshop we will explore ways to use fiber art techniques to make jewelry, functional objects, and decorative art. Students will make tassels necklaces and key chains, design pendants and charms, stitch needlepoint bracelets, and craft a pencil case. We will also work on finger-knit necklaces, pompom creatures, and an in-depth wall hanging. Enrollment limited to 8. (No class on July 4th – reduced price.)



Week 3: Paper and Print (July 10 – 14)

Paper, as an artistic medium, has incredible potential! In this offering we will sculpt with it, stitch it, make books, collage with it, dye & print on it. We’ll make pop-up books and dynamic “animation” cards with moving parts. Our dyed papers will turn into translucent window art and twirling mobiles. Other activities will include origami, crafting paper wearables, carving printing plates to print with, and large-scale printing. Enrollment limited to 8.

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Week 4: Upcycled Toy Making (July 17 – 21)

Throughout this week we will be crafting with all sorts of fun and interesting supplies, mostly upcycled! Activities will include making cars, walkie-talkies, catapults, fidget toys, ‘collectable’ cork people & pompom animals, and more! Some of our more sturdy toys will come to the park with us, during our outside time. Enrollment limited to 8.

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Week 5: Art and Science (July 24 – 28)

During this week we will wonder why the physical world behaves as it does. In doing so, explorations with gravity, optics, electricity, density, and states of matter will be a part of this week. Some of the many activities will include: playing with substances that absorb, dissolve, melt, and/or evaporate, sculpting with gravity as a pulling force, pendulum painting, catching and bending light, making colorful potions and building simple circuits. Enrollment limited to 8.



Week 6: Miniature Worlds and Make-Believe (July 31 – August 4)

With this theme we will get down to the details creating homes and other miniature spaces for people and animals made of clay, wood, fabric, and paper. We will be building 2-story box-homes with yards, complete with clothespin families, pets, furniture, and mini mailboxes. Towards the end of the week, the homes will be our Muckykids neighborhood! We will also build an ice cream shop, paper wallets with money, and treats to sell! Enrollment limited to 8.



Week 7: Sculpture (August 7 – 11)

Over the course of this dynamic week, we will focus on various forms of sculpture, building techniques, and manipulating 2D materials into 3D objects and sculptures. Some of the materials that we will sculpt with are: wood and glue, spray painted paper plates, rocks, craft foam and wire, air dry clay, flanged cardboard, and upcycled supplies. We will look at Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Tara Donovan and Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration. Enrollment limited to 8.



Central to Muckykids Art Studio’s philosophy is a commitment to open-ended, child-driven art education. We express this philosophy through art projects and activities that can easily adapt to a wide range of ages, interests, and artistic ambition. Whether your child already loves art or is just beginning their artistic journey, the Summer Program offers them a chance to grow.

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