Spirit of Huntington Art Center
Artists Come Alive Art Camp Summer 2016
Thank you for joining us for our Fifth Annual Spirit of Huntington Art Center Artists Come Alive Art Camp. We have loved sharing this week with you. We have had a record number of volunteers this year and that just makes our hearts happy. Almost all of our counselors and CITs are former campers and your willingness to come back to assist our artists is what The Spirit of Huntington is truly all about. As Vincent van Gogh so eloquently said “There is nothing more artistic than to love others”. And boy do we love you guys!!!! Here is a quick overview of the artists we have studied this week:
Monday- Claude Monet- En Plein Air Watercolor Painting
We went on visual journey through France via Monet’s beautiful watercolor masterpieces.
From Bridge Over Giverny to his famous Water Lilies. We learned that Monet painted scenes outdoors over and over again using the different times of days to affect the light. Then we went outside and created our own En Plein Air paintings mixing watercolors and inspired by the beautiful green landscape around us.
Tuesday – LeRoy Neiman – Olympic Posters
Piggybacking on the excitement of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, we learned about LeRoy
Neiman’s amazing Olympic posters and artwork using bold streaks of color to simulate
movement. Each camper picked his/her favorite Olympic sport – from the more popular soccer
and gymnastics all the way to rugby and “water volleyball”. The students created backgrounds
with bold, strong strokes using paint or oil pastels and then designed their chosen Olympic
athlete in motion.
Wednesday – Romero Britto – Kites
And they should actually fly!!! We searched to find an aerodynamic way to create a Romero Britto inspired kite! Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Romero Britto is an international artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. Britto was recently honored as torch-bearer at the 2016 Rio Olympics! The New York Times describes Britto’s work as “exuding warmth, optimism and love”. Helping others and making a difference in this world is why Britto says he creates. He tells us that “art is too important not to share!”
Thursday – Georgia O’Keeffe- Sculpture Flowers
Georgia O’Keeffe is known as the “mother of modern art”. She is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism. We were inspired by her flowers to create our own sculptures and then painted a setting in which to display them. The students had fun mixing colors and using various art materials to compose their unique 3D projects.
Friday- Frida Kahlo- Face Drawing
Frida Kahlo is Mexico’s most famous female artist best known for her self-portraits. “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” So, who else would we use to draw a self portrait, but YOU! We learned how to draw faces by using our own portrait to show us symmetry, line, form and shading. We used charcoal and pencil and recreated the other side of our portrait, but no one had eyebrows like Frida who painted her eyebrows to resemble the wings of a bird!