Summer Break

LOOKING BACK:

2017 Summer Arts Camps

Thank you to all who helped and participated in our 2017 Summer Arts Camps! Did you enjoy camp? Want to make more art? Join us every second Saturday for our FREE Make+Take!

Week 1 | May 30 - June 2 (four-day week) 

Grades K-1 | Paint Til You Drop!
Instructor: Annie Doan

Drop everything and paint! We explored the work of contemporary artist Jonas Wood, best known for combining history and memories into his art. In this camp, young artists discovered a variety of techniques while creating bold and colorful masterpieces with paint, watercolors, paper and more. 

 

Grades 2-4 | Printmaking Magic
Instructor: Aimee Ballenger

Relief printing, monoprints and stamping! In this camp, students made imaginative cards and decorated paper. Their fun and funky art cards will be used to show off and mail to family and friends throughout the year!

 

Grades 5-6 | Point of View
Instructor: John Cargal

This wonderful week of creations was designed for older artists as they celebrated the works of featured artist Jonas Wood.  Campers used watercolor, acrylic paint and oil pastels to create pointillism, sculpture and printmaking artworks.  

Week 2 | June 5-9 

Grades Pre-K - K | jumpstART
Instructor: Alison Harris

New to Oklahoma Contemporary, jumpstART got our pre-k and kindergartener campers up and moving with art! This half-day program included exciting music, motion and visual art activities that nurtured young budding artists! JumpstART runs 9 a.m.-noon. 

 

Grades K-1 | Color Mix-Up
Instructor: Annie Doan 

In a world full of color and beauty, what’s not to love? Inspired by the current exhibition, campers explored the style of Jeffrey Gibson while learning about elements of design. Using mixed media, young artists created colorful masterpieces of their own!

 

Grades K-1 | Movement & Imagination
Instructor: Leslie Hensley

This camp combined performance and self-expression inspired by Jeffrey Gibson’s love for movement and color. Along with mixed-media, explosive-color visual art, campers explored movement by constructing kinetic wearable art!

 

Grades 2-4 | Native Symbols
Instructor: Victoria Nevarez

By discussing Native American symbols of the past and present, we explored symbols that represent our society today. We incorporated our current experiences, including friendships and family, to create and explore the ways in which they have been and can be portrayed in art. Projects included creating a winter count calendar, making a playable flute and crafting beautiful beadwork worn by men and women.

 

Grades 2-4 | Puzzling Masterpiece
Instructor: Debbie Elledge

Triangles, circles and squares, oh my! What will we do with them? Every project was like solving a puzzle. What kind of line shows motion, calm or tension? Do certain colors make us feel different? Amazing creations such as collage, a feathered mobile and a shadow box were taken home at the end of the week.

 

Grades 5-6 | Vibez and Verses
Instructor: Tekoya Hester

Dance vibez and verses was a movement- and performance-based program showcasing Dancehall and Afrobeat styles, originating in Jamaica and West African, and infusing spoken word for a full-body creative experience. At week’s end, students completed a dance routine and performed an original poem at Friday’s Camp Contemporary Showcase. 

Week 3 | June 12-16 

Grades K-1 | Unplugged
Instructor: Aimee Ballenger

Get unplugged! During this week, campers were inspired by the beauty of the great outdoors. Students used soil, moss, paint and paper to create works of art, including a living sculpture.

 

Grades K-1 | Environmentally Savvy
Instructor: Kelly Smith

All things natural were used to create fun in this camp! Campers blended natural materials, like sticks and leaves, with bright art supplies, like fabric and paint, to expand their imaginations and build self-confidence! 

 

Grades 2-4 | The Nature of Art
Instructor: Taylor Knight

During this week, campers created both 2-D and 3-D works while exploring the use of objects found in nature. They focused on finding and utilizing materials like twigs, flowers and rocks to create beautiful works of art.  

 

Grades 2-4 | Creative Poem Writing
Instructor: Gwendolyn Hooks

Buzzing insects, football play-by-play, superheroes and yummy food can all find their way into one poem written by two voices. In this camp, campers read poems, wrote their own works, collaborated with others to create two-voice poems and started their own poetry books. 

 

Grades 5-6 | It's Showtime! Performance Art
Instructor: Alyssa Marie Pearson

The show must go on! This fun and active camp taught young thespians the basics of working together to create and execute a skit. They exercised their vocal and performance skills all while having a blast! On Friday, campers acted out their short play for family and friends at the Camp Contemporary Showcase. 

Week 4 | June 19-23

Grades K-1 | Budding Builders
Instructor: Autumn Brown


Through the vision of contemporary artist Michael Eastman, campers explored building and design with other budding builders. Young artists enjoyed making 3-D creations by combining painting, printmaking and much more! This camp mixed art and architecture in the most fun way! 

 

Grades K-1 | World Tour
Instructor: Taylor Knight

World travelers unite! This camp explored architecture and beautiful spaces all across the world. They learned about the use of color, patterns, shapes and forms and how they influence the world around us. Campers created 2-D and 3-D original artworks that showcased their own ideas on architecture and design!

 

Grades 2-4 | Intro to Creative Robotics
Instructor: Angel Little

Add science to your art! Creative Robotics is a STEAM-based program that introduced the concepts of artistic engineering through simple mechanical and algorithmic exploration. Students learned the basics of functional coding, creative designing and the If-Then-Else approach to problem solving. Campers were able to identify with the common stages of mechanical engineering, expressions and creation mapping as well as team-based development. At week’s end, each camper built a LEGO Technic Getaway Racer to take home!

 

Grades 2-4 | Sky to Shore and Fun Galore!
Instructor: Cindy Butler

Students in this camp transformed different elements from the beauties we see in nature into contemporary landscapes and abstract artworks. They incorporated aspects of color, texture, shape and form. Fun and a variety of artistic freedom led young artists to create visual masterpieces.

 

Grades 5-6 | Mixed Media Madness
Instructor: Darra Maxwell

This camp has it all! Older campers learned about different contemporary artists, explored a number of techniques and tried their hands at acrylic paint, watercolor, chalk pastels, oil pastels and charcoal. Every student experimented with 3-D art, collages and mosaics. On Friday, campers went home with masterpieces of their own to show off to family and friends! 

Week 5 | June 26-30 

Grades Pre-K - K | jumpstART
Instructor: Alison Harris

jumpstART will get your pre-k or kindergartener up and moving with art! This half-day program included exciting music, motion and visual art activities that nurtured budding artists! JumpstART runs 9 a.m.-noon. 

 

Grades K-1 | Kooky Combos
Instructor: Annie Doan

Let’s get kooky with color! In this camp, students explored the world around them by combining colors with shapes! Inspired by our contemporary artist of the week, Beatriz Milhazes, we experimented with different art techniques to create abstract paintings, prints and installations.

 

Grades K-1 | Swirls and Twirls
Instructor: Leslie Hensley

How many colors can one canvas hold? Campers created one-of-a-kind swirling abstract paintings, mixed-media projects and a collaborative camp installation. We were not disappointed with the wonderful works of art these little artist created!  


Grades 2-4 | Creating with Clay
Instructor: Perla Carreon

Explore one of the most versatile mediums in art, CLAY! Campers learned hand-building techniques to design their sculptures. They used processes like pinching, coiling and modeling to create their own one-of-a-kind clay masterpiece!

 

Grades 2-4 | Abstraction Attraction
Instructor: Julie Simon

Are you ready to tap into your artistic self? Students incorporated the styles of Beatriz Milhazes and her colorful abstract paintings to envision and create kaleidoscopic patterns. Paints, collages, chalk and oil pastels were standouts in this class as students used their imaginations to get lost in their art. Campers were proud to frame the several pieces they created across various mediums.

 

Grades 5-6 | Hue Loves Art?
Instructor: Eric Lyons

Inspired by the works of contemporary artist Beatriz Milhazes, campers painted colorful pieces based on pattern and repetition. Just like Milhazes, students used the influences of shapes and designs of their everyday lives. From waving fields of wheat to the slam-dunks of basketball players, every artist was inspired to create! 

Week 6 | July 5-7 (three-day week)

Grades K-1 | Game On!
Instructor: Leslie Hensley

This camp drew inspiration from contemporary artist’s Lu Xinjian’s DNA City Map series, as well as the iconic maze of the Pac-Man arcade game. Campers explored lines and color by creating paintings, sculptures and a group installation like Pac-Man’s maze. It's game time!


Grades 2-4 | Bird's Eye View
Instructor: Debra Detamore

Taking inspiration from contemporary artist Lu Xinjian, students looked at the world from a new perspective. They studied aerial images of the world, including images of OKC, to better understand patterns and space. Campers used a variety of mixed-media materials to create aerial masterpieces of their own. 

 

Grades 5-6 | Masking-Tape Mural
Instructor: Jessica Petrus

This collaborative camp  got sticky! As a group, campers explored the art of line design by creating an enormous mural using only colored masking tape. This unique, team-based camp will stick with them for years to come! 

Week 7 | July 10-14 

Grades K-1 | Printmaking Frenzy!
Instructor: Autumn Brown

In this camp, young artists will dive into the wonderful world of printmaking. They’ll explore color, shape and various techniques all the while creating amazing artwork. Printmaking is a wonderful way to experiment with creativity. Your little artist will not want to miss this camp!

 

Grades K-1 | Color Splash
Instructor: Debbie Elledge

Splashes of colors, melted colors, fading colors, we’ll try them all! This camp will be full of experimenting and new discoveries. Students will be introduced to new techniques and different mediums and learn how to combine them into one beautiful project. Can paint be combined with a weaving project? Let’s find out together! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Cartoon-loons!
Instructor: Patrick Riley

It's going to get loony! Enroll in this camp and learn how to sketch and draw caricatures big and small. Campers will also create a large bubble head sculptures of one of their favorite super heroes using clay, cardboard, and paper mache. Those who enroll in this camp will have a wacky time creating sculpture, paintings, drawings and more!

 

Grades 2-4 | Print Masters
Instructor: Erin Latham

Inspired by contemporary artist and print maker, Shepard Fairey this camp will be full of printmaking mayhem! Students will create a set of prints including block printing, silkscreen, collograph, and non-traditional print techniques; along with a wheat paste piece, and pieces that incorporate iconic imagery. Wow, not that's a lot of prints!

 

Grades 5-6 | Creative Robotics
Instructor: Angel Little

Add science to your art! Creative Robotics is a STEAM-based program that introduces the concepts of artistic engineering through simple mechanical and algorithmic exploration. Students will learn the basics of functional coding, creative designing and the If-Then-Else approach to problem solving. Campers will be able to identify with the common stages of mechanical engineering, expressions and creation mapping as well as team-based development. At week’s end, each camper will have built a LEGO Technic Getaway Racer to take home.   

Week 8 | July 17-21 

Grades Pre-K - K | jumpstART
Instructor: Alison Harris

jumpstART got our pre-k and kindergarteners up and moving with art! This half-day program included exciting music, motion and visual art activities that nurtured these budding artists! JumpstART runs 9 a.m.-noon. 

 

Grades K-1 | Little Illusionists
Instructor: Debbie Elledge

Our eyes can be tricked! Optical illusions are "visual" illusions. A picture may show us one thing but another person sees it as something else. These little artists used line, color and shapes to create fun and simple illusions. 

 

Grades K-1 | Building Dreams
Instructor: Leslie Hensley

If your dreams had a house, what would it look like? Campers constructed their very own dream vessels! These vessels were inspired by the imagery of flowing colors represented in contemporary artist Crystal Wagner’s work. This camp explored texture and color and turn dreams into reality! 

 

Grades 2-4 | 3-D Fiber Fanatics
Instructor: Patrick Riley

Come and experience fiber fun with us! Campers created a large fiber sculpture using yarn, leather, wire and paper mache. They also learned weaving techniques using yarns, fabric and paper. Don’t miss out on this 3-D fiber experience! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Puppetry
Instructor: Dayna Brown 

Students explored the basic concepts behind puppet design and construction. They learned to make various styles of puppets, including finger puppets, hand puppets and muppets. This camp concluded with a short puppet show written and performed by students at Friday’s Camp Contemporary Showcase!

 

Grades 5-6 | The Installation Experience
Instructor: Autumn Brown

Taking inspiration from contemporary artist Crystal Wagner, campers worked together to create a large-scale installation. They first made thumbnail sketches and mockup models, then collaborated on execution. They explored and experienced all the steps of the creative process and even received feedback from Oklahoma Contemporary’s Curatorial and Education teams. This was the perfect opportunity for students to work together and see their work come to life. You won’t want to miss your campers’ final project, and your camper won’t want to miss this artistic experience!

 

Teen: Grades 7-12 | Stage Combat
Instructor: Luke Thomas Eddy

Ever wanted to know how actors make fights in movies or on stage look so real? It’s called stage combat, and we’ve got a camp that can teach you all about how to put on an awesome-looking fight that won’t hurt anyone! Led by Luke Thomas Eddy, the head of Movement and Stage Combat at Oklahoma City University, we covered all sorts of hand-to-hand moves, like falls, rolls, slaps and uppercuts. If you’re looking for a fun, disciplined, safe and exciting camp this summer, this is the one!

Week 9 | July 24-28 

Grades K-1 | Trash to Treasure
Instructor: Annalisa Campbell

Making art out of sugar, sand, scraps of fabric or junk mail … that doesn’t make sense!  But we can do it! Campers had fun as they recorded their sugar and sand creations with a camera and discovered ways to make art out of unlikely materials. 

 

Grades K-1 | Re-ART: Collaboration Camp
Instructor: Leslie Hensley and LaRissa Conn

Recycle up together! Campers constructed multiple art pieces using recycled materials and built their very own upcycled instruments. By using everyday found items, campers worked together to explore mixed media and music all while having a blast! There’s no limit on their imagination! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Re-ART: Collaboration Camp
Instructor: Leslie Hensley and LaRissa Conn

Recycle up together! Campers constructed multiple art pieces using recycled materials and built their very own upcycled instruments. By using everyday found items, campers worked together to explore mixed media and music all while having a blast! There’s no limit on their imagination! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Foundation of Hip Hop
Instructor: Angel Little

The Foundations of Hip Hop program is created to educate and empower the culture of hip hop and its primary elements. Participants engaged in the elements of graffiti, DJ-ing, MC-ing and Breaking, as well as learned the dependency between each one. This class offered a basic introduction to the history and inspirations of the culture. It also provided an environment that supports community encouragement, critical understanding and self-motivation.

 

Grades 5-6 | Mix-It-Up
Instructor: Jenny Elton

This camp explored the art of Vik Muniz as campers created original mixed-media artworks. Campers explored a variety of materials, from pencils and photographs to fabrics and even leaves and plants. This camp taught students how ideas and decision-making skills, combined with their imaginations, can create totally original mixed-media art!

 

Teen: Grades 7-9 | Just Like Me
Instructor: Eric Lyons

This class was an adventure in creating self-portraits in the style of artist Vik Muniz. Muniz is known for his work with diverse mediums -- like diamonds, sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and garbage -- so students created multiple portraits using a variety of found materials assembled together. So start collecting your things and bring them back to life, as we journey into portraits that look Just Like Me. 

Week 10 | July 31 - August 4 

Grades K-1 | Kiddie Classics
Instructor: Kelly Smith

Young artists studied classic paintings and reimagined them in fun ways just like contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. Children dressed up as characters from classic paintings, acted out the paintings’ events and learned to critically look at an art piece. They also learned printmaking and sculpting skills. Combining art history and contemporary art has never been more fun! 

 

Grades K-1 | Portrait Perfect
Instructor: Autumn Brown

Campers had a blast trying out all the different ways they can paint, draw, print and build portraits using repetition and shapes. Using a variety of techniques and mediums, campers explored how to create portraits and self-portraits. This camp encouraged their imaginations, grew their art skills and made for a picture-perfect week! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Costume Design
Instructor: Dayna Brown

Students learned the elements of costume design, including color families, period, texture and character traits. Campers mastered the basics of sewing, building patterns and choosing color-altering clothes. They built a unique costume to wear at the Costume Design Fashion Show in Friday’s Camp Contemporary Showcase! 

 

Grades 2-4 | All the World's a Stage: Performance Art
Instructor: Alyssa Marie Pearson

To camp or not to camp …TO CAMP! This active performance-art camp taught young thespians how to work together to create and execute a skit. They built props and exercised vocal and performance skills all while having a blast! On Friday, campers performed their skit for family and friends at the Camp Contemporary Showcase. 

 

Grades 5-6 | Hip Hop
Instructor: Angel Little and Song Kimpton

The Foundations of Hip Hop program is created to educate and empower the culture of hip hop and its primary elements. Participants engaged in the elements of graffiti, DJ-ing, MC-ing and Breaking, as well as learned the dependency between each one. This class offered a basic introduction to the history and inspirations of the culture. It also provided an environment that supports community encouragement, critical understanding and self-motivation.

 

Teen: Grades 7-9 | Clay Sculpting
Instructor: Perla Carreon

Join us this week to learn the fundamentals of creating with clay. Students put their creative minds to work and made an original clay piece using hand building, sculpting techniques and alternative surface finish processes. They took home an art piece they’ll be proud of and that’s guaranteed to impress! 

Week 11 | August 7-11 

Grades K-1 | Look at Me Move!
Instructor: Annalisa Campbell

Look at me, I’m a sculptor! Campers learned new ways to create sculpture and explore the movement of a drawing mannequin. They used clay, ink and magnets to create their own moveable sculpture.  

 

Grades 2-4 | Solving Shapes
Instructor: Debbie Elledge

Construct, connect, build, assemble and organize your ideas into awesome art pieces! Can you build with paper the same way you use wooden blocks? How can spheres be stacked like sugar cubes? Students had fun answering these questions while creating art. 

 

Grades 5-6 | Not Just a Box
Instructor: Jessica Petrus

Exploring the work of contemporary artist Anthony Gormley, students learned how to transform a normal box into wonderful sculptures. Students dove into how to make contemporary works of art exploring cubism and shape.