Annisquam Arts - Summer Studio for Kids

Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Gloucester MA

Ignite your imagination this summer at Annisquam Arts

Seven week-long workshops reveal the diverse traditions of art around the world. This Cape Ann summer studio is the perfect setting for your child to express and explore their creativity.

Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts tips off its 28th season by offering a variety of workshops for young artists. Conducted at Dawn’s open and professional home studio on Goose Cove, we have easy access to Gloucester’s cultural center and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. The entire program runs for seven weeks, June 27- August 12, 2022, with new courses each week.

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm for ages 6-14.

The kids have a blast engaging with a wide range of materials and artistic techniques in a multi-sensory studio environment. Small class sizes and individual instruction allow for all levels of ability to be nurtured. All classes are led by Dawn.

Summer Studio Workshops

Young Artists Summer Studio Morning Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00am - 1:00pm. We will have fun engaging with a wide range of artistic disciplines and materials in a multi-sensory studio environment. Limited class size and individual instruction nurture all levels of ability between the ages of 6 and 14.

Week 1: Explore the Shore

Monday June 27 to Thursday June 30; 9 AM - 1PM  $250.00       

With sketchbooks in hand, we’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most iconic spots. Hop aboard a boat shuttle in Gloucester harbor; explore the galleries and studios of the Rocky Neck Art Colony; and follow the same scenic paths as legendary Cape Ann artists Winslow Homer, Nelle Blaine, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, and Marsden Hartley. Walking shoes, swimsuits, and a towel are encouraged this week––as well as an appetite for ice cream :)

Week 2: Animal Kingdom

Tuesday July 5 to Friday July 8; 9 AM - 1PM  $250.00

Tribal rhythms and patterns will inspire students as we embark on a safari to interpret the customs and artistic traditions linking the Animal Kingdom to the human experience around the Earth. Projects will range from Aboriginal Dreamings, Oaxacan embossed tin collage, and rendering colorful animal portraits in pastels. Our guides Henry Rousseau, Deborah Butterfield, Bettye Saar, and Susan Rothenberg will lead our students to freeing the creative impulse within them!

Week 3: The ABC's of Bookmaking

Monday July 11 to Thursday July 14; 9 AM - 1PM  $250.00

*New book designs this year

Do you keep a diary? Do you record your dreams? Do you write notes to your friends and family? Do you sketch and doodle or write stories? This week, students will construct their very own ornate books from cover to cover! Students will learn the art of traditional binding while experimenting to add their unique touches. We’ll use our imaginations to incorporate painting, printing, drawing, and collage techniques to make our books really pop with personality!     

Week 4: Twisted Textiles

Monday July 18 to Thursday July 21; 9 AM - 1PM  $250.00       

This week, color and whimsy will turn the studio into a magical factory laboratory. We’ll experiment with an array of textile-art techniques and be inspired by the local Folly Cove Designers, the quilters of Gee’s Bend and whimsical fabric paintings by Faith Ringgold. Paint your own dazzling ornate silk scarf, sew a cuddly stuffed animal, and embroider your own unique patterns with colorful yarn. Learn basic sewing and textile techniques, and have SEW much fun!

Week 5: Woodwork Wonders

Monday July 25 to Thursday July 28; 9 AM - 1PM  $250.00    

*New projects for returning students

Want to build a house? Only kidding. But how about making some other amazing things from wood? Do you want to know how to use a hammer, drill, saw, and all sorts of wood tools? This week we’ll learn the basics of how things are made and construct our own objects that you can use in your home or give as a gift! You will leave the class with an appreciation of things made with wood and will have enough knowledge to create your own projects at home!

Week 6: Magic Carpet Ride

Monday August 1 to Thursday August 4; 9 AM - 1PM  $250.00

Love to travel? Let’s take a magic carpet ride around the globe to explore a variety of world cultures. Passports will have many stamps from our exotic journey in search of beautiful and mysterious artworks as we follow the traditions of artisans from Europe to India, Africa and China to Latin America. Projects range from drawing Chinese dragons, exploring the art of calligraphy, crafting French inspired colorful faux stained glass, painting Indian inspired miniatures, and creating self-portraits inspired by Mexico’s Frida Kahlo!

Week 7: Flower Power

Monday August 8 to Thursday August 11; 9 AM - 1PM  $250.00       

We will shake up the imagination this week! Following the beat of 1960’s Pop Art masters Andy Warhol and his famous portrait series, Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book style, and Keith Haring’s joyful figures, we will jump into the imagery of popular culture. Students will assemble eye-popping optical illusions and create works with mixed media, paint, and collage. Pop art is a style of art based on simple, bold images of everyday items, such as soup cans, painted in bright colors. Pop artists created images of consumer product labels and packaging, photos of celebrities, comic strips, and animals.

Testimonial: My daughter Maggie (Age 8), had an amazing week at Annisquam Art Camp.  She completed numerous projects and brought them home with pride.  I really couldn’t believe the quality and uniqueness of each project.  The theme of the week was sewing and some of the projects were a pillow, bag, and teddy bear.  The owner, Dawn, is so creative and good with the kids.  My daughter enjoyed everything from the art to the beach excursion to the dairy free ice cream. When I picked her up she would say, “You’re here already!”  My daughter has done many art camps, ranging from small town art studios to big city art museums and this has been both of our favorites.

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