Campers with creativity and love of Florida’s environment are invited to dive in to the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 44th Annual Summer Enrichment ArtCamp from June 9 – August 15 for a one-of-a-kind camp combining art with a love of the ocean. This summer, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is partnering with the world-wide advocacy group, Mother Ocean to provide an in-depth look at the beauty and importance of water on our blue planet. The Rickie Report shares the details week by week. Artwork courtesy of Janeen Mason.
“As founder of Mother Ocean, it’s exciting to see conservation and the arts come together in this innovative, creative program in Tequesta,” says Justin Riney. “Mother Ocean’s mission is to create, inspire, and empower ocean advocates worldwide, and we believe working with children at an early age provides the most effective solution to long-term change.”
Led by Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at Lighthouse ArtCenter and volunteer Executive Director of Mother Ocean, the camps for ages 4 – 12 will welcome back Janeen Mason, the award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, as a camp educator. Janeen has been integral to the Save the Indian River Lagoon movement, and is a passionate advocate for children, the arts and the environment. “I am so grateful to be able to develop this youth curriculum at the School of Art, and combine my passions,” says Cynthia. “The Lighthouse ArtCenter is fortunate to welcome back my friend and mentor, Janeen Mason, to teach ArtCamp and lend her expertise at developing our program.”
Artwork by Janeen Mason
Featuring weekly presentations from local artists and nonprofits, ArtCampers will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the most passionate, talented and dynamic people in the area. Projects throughout each themed week will be inspired by local artists, environmental consciousness, fine art techniques, classic art and multi-media creations. ArtCampers will experience sculpting, ceramics, drawing, painting, collage and more, while learning about art techniques and art history. This year’s camps are inspired by the ocean, and by the concept of embracing what is loved through art.
“Our next generation of ocean ambassadors has arrived, and at Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Summer ArtCamp in Tequesta we’re going to cultivate their curiosity, enhance their sense of wonder, and unleash their creative imaginations,” says Janeen Mason, “Art and Environmental Conservation, it’s a powerful combination!”
Weekly Camp Themes and Topics Include:
A-B-Seas (June 9 – 13)
Cartooning, creating art books, learning about the ocean and saltwater adventures through art. Explore and create bioluminence. Painting as a way to inspire others to save what they love. Guest Artist: Pat Crowley, Illustrator and Cartoonist
Lions and Tigers and (Sea) Hares, Oh My! (June 16 – 20)
Sea life explorations and creations, including presentations from local marine life experts, and portraiture based on real life marine life models. Guest Artist: Ruth Petzold, Underwater Photographer
Imagination Invasion! Trash to Treasure (June 23 – 27)
Reclaimed, cleaned, recycled, repurposed. Learn about local Ocean Hour cleanups, how garbage and plastics affect our waterways, and make art from discarded items, in collaboration with Resource Depot. Guest Artist: Elizabeth D’Antonio, Resource Depot
Big Waves and Hanging Ten (June 30 – July 3)
Surf the wave of art! Use all mediums to explore drawing and painting waves and tides. Local surf photographers and artists will present slide shows and videos. Learn to see the movement, light and motion of waves from a new perspective. Guest Artist: Tony Arruza, Surf Photographer
Rain Barrels and Bean Stalks (July 7 – 11)
Plant a native Florida garden, paint masterpieces from plant-based natural paints and create a decorated rain barrel to take home. Draw on inspiration from native plants, birds and creatures to explore multi-media techniques to portray the natural world. Guest Artist from: Mounts Botanical Garden
Tequesta Pow Wow (July 14 – 18)
Explore local Tequesta tribe folklore art, create Aboriginal American art and dream catchers, learn about the deep early connection to the Jupiter Inlet. Discover the art of the Seminole Indians and explore a treasure trove of local artifacts. Guest Artist: Brian Elkins, Solid Waste Authority Education Coordinator
Florida’s Fabulous Kids! (July 21 – 25)
Create self-portraits and portraits of famous Floridians, then look back at the childhoods of our Florida leaders and artists. Embrace a sense of pride in being Floridian, and learn about the techniques of both portraiture and tropical art. Guest Artist: Robyn Halasz, Artist and Founder of Sea Angels
Drawn to Discover…Nautical Charts & Maps (July 28 – August 1)
Explore the art of navigation – painting on charts, creating maps and discovering the geography of the sea. Study ancient maps and charts, and artist’s interpretations of seafaring journeys. Guest Artist: Carly Mejeurs, Florida Artist and Educator
Viva Florida! (August 4 – 8)
Recreate the discovery of the Sunshine State through art! Local historians will visit and share stories; be inspired by the Highwaymen artists and learn about the Spanish influence on Florida art. Guest Artist: Paul Slater, Metal Artist
Ships Ahoy and Rough Seas (August 11 – 15)
From classic paintings, create 3-D boats and ships and learn to paint the sea. Be inspired by classic Maritime Art and historic paintings of powerful ships and voyages! Guest Artist: Norma Conway, Fine Artist
Petite ArtCamps for kids aged 4 – 5 runs 9 a.m. to 12 noon., Monday through Friday. Held in the Museum Master Studio, the ArtCampers work on projects based upon each week’s theme and geared towards their developmental stage. The day is led by experienced art teachers and includes story time, artist demonstrations or guest speakers and music recitals. Snack and juice provided. Per week cost is $120 for members, or $150 for Nonmembers.
ArtCamp for kids aged 6 – 12 is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Aftercare is available until 6 p.m. ArtCampers rotate through three different types of programs including ceramics, drawing, painting and mixed media. Each class has a variety of projects, all based on the theme of the week. A snack will be provided by the camp, but campers must bring their own lunch. Per week cost is $200 for members and $230 for nonmembers.
All campers receive a 10% sibling discount and scholarships may be available. Those interested in registering for ArtCamp may visit www.LighthouseArts.org or call (561) 748-8737 for more information.
ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER
The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. The Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For information please call (561) 748-8737 or visit www.lighthousearts.org.
ABOUT MOTHER OCEAN
Mother Ocean is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating, inspiring and empowering ocean advocates throughout the world. Founded in 2012, Mother Ocean seeks to create an oceanic movement that goes beyond the traditional confinements of the coastal community, encompassing all of our planet’s waters. For more information about Mother Ocean, its impacts and involvements, visit www.motherocean.org.
For More information about Summer Camp activities please call 561-748-8737 or email Cynthia Trone: cynthia@LighthouseArts.org
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