Summer Program

The 2021 Summer Program is a fully-in-person, socially-distant, five-day-a-week, full-day (9:00-2:30) format! :) The program is designed to keep kids engaged and curious while following the CDC’s recommendations and safety protocols. Last summer it was a success and I have all the confidence that this summer will be the same! For more detailed safety information click here.

The 2021 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 socially distant 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 7. All weeks are taught by Liz Vance with support from another staffer. The price is $500 per week.

Week 1: Art & Nature (June 28 – July 2)
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 stones, building dioramas, and making nature wands. We will also make sun prints at the park, craft with oven bake clay, have fun making animal puppets and acorn people, and plant a window display that will grow throughout the summer!
Week 1: Art & Nature (June 28 – July 2): 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (full)

Week 2: Paper Craft (July 5 – 9)
Paper, as an artistic medium, has incredible potential. In this offering we will sculpt with it, stitch it, look at it under a microscope and even make handmade paper with our scraps. Students will also carve and build printing plates. Printing onto various types of paper will set us on course for crafting creations from the printed papers. Twirling mobiles, accordion books, rolled paper beads, banners, ‘trading’ cards, framed prints, as well as craft suggestions from the kids.
Week 2: Paper Craft (July 5 – 9): 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (full)

Week 3: Art & Science (July 12 – 16)
In this class, we will have a blast thinking and acting like the creative scientists that we already are! We will wonder why the physical world behaves as it does. In doing so, explorations with gravity, force and motion, friction, optics, electricity, density, and states of matter will be a part of this class. 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.
Week 3: Art & Science (July 12 – 16): 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (full)

Week 4: Sculpture (July 19 – 23)
Over the course of this dynamic week, we will focus on various forms of sculpture, building techniques, and manipulating 2D materials into 3D objects. We will look at additive and reductive forms of sculpture and play with kinetic vs. static sculpture. Foam, wire, clay, felt, rocks, wood, pompoms, and paper are a few of the materials we will sculpt with. Some of the projects will take inspiration from past and contemporary sculptors such as Alexander Calder and Andy Goldsworthy.
Week 4: Sculpture (July 19 – 23): 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (full)

Week 5: Bookmaking (July 26 – 30)
Bookmaking is an ancient craft that we will explore, while adding our own twists. We will play with sewn bindings, tape bindings, twig bindings, and even no binding (accordion fold and scrolls)! Collage, stamping, fabric and repurposed pages will fill these one-of-a-kind creations, some so tiny that they can fit into a matchbox.
Week 5: Bookmaking (July 26 – 30): 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (full)

Week 6: Fiber Arts (August 2 – 6)
The world of fiber arts has a richness and depth that can take years to explore! During this week we will start by viewing fabrics, yarn and thread under a microscope to see how it’s made. From there we will make our own printed fabrics to use. Other projects will include: making fusible fabric garlands, painting on cotton, building soft sculptures, creating designs to apply to personalized tote bags, as well as sewing, weaving and embroidery.
Week 6: Fiber Arts (August 2 – 6): 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (full)

Week 7: Miniature Worlds and Make-Believe (August 9 – 13)
With this theme we will get down to the details creating homes and other miniature spaces for people and animals made of clay, wood, paper, and wire. Dioramas, art galleries with mini masterpieces, city buildings that light up, cars that roll, hanging hot air balloons, and clothespin dolls with fashion sense! We will also make box guitars, paper wallets, and mailboxes.
Week 7: Miniature Worlds and Make-Believe (August 9 – 13): 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, $500.00 (1 of 7 spaces left) [REGISTER]

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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