Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Camps

Let your child explore the world of contemporary art through Alabama Contemporary Art Center’s Summer Camps! 

Our camps are not your average art camps… At Alabama Contemporary, we provide your children with the tools and opportunities necessary to learn not just about art, but through art.

Our current exhibition, History Refused to Die, is an exceptional and inviting learning tool that will encourage campers to ask questions and discuss issues of our time. In the exhibit, more than 75 pieces of artwork are divided into themed sections that will give students a new subject to creatively explore for each day of camp. Campers will draw inspiration from the work of African American self-taught artists from Alabama such as Joe Minter, Lonnie Holley, Thornton Dial, Charlie Lucas, and many more to generate ideas and ignite creativity.

Alabama Contemporary Art Center explores ideas that matter using exhibition-based curriculum taught by passionate and trained instructors. The camps offer an array of creative mediums, guided tours of History Refused to Die, and field trips in downtown Mobile.

Your child will enjoy classes that include a range of mediums such as painting, drawing, Papier Mâché, photography, animation, sculpture, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet local and internationally recognized artists, designers, and community leaders.

Prices include registration for one week and all class supplies. If you are a member of Alabama Contemporary, a discount will be applied. Discounts are also available for multiple children sign-up.  All fees must be paid in full with registration.

To register,  please contact
Amanda Solley
(251) 208-5658
amanda@alabamacontemporary.org

Camps are for children ages 4-13, and will begin June 8, 2015, and run until July 31, 2015.


 

Ages 4-7

 

Mini Masters 

June 8 – 12
9 am – 12 pm
AC Classroom
$90
(Ages 4-7)

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Campers will enjoy a wide variety of art-making experiences that push the limits of creativity. Materials such as crayons, paint, markers, charcoal, and paper will be used. Campers will also explore the possibilities of creating art from found objects, as seen in the artwork displayed in History Refused to Die.

 


 

Big Builders

June 15 – 19
9 am – 12 pm
AC Classroom
$90
(Ages 4-7)

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Big Builders is all about BIG creations, installations, and urban design. Campers will bring their ideas to life using a variety of materials such as painting, drawing, and collage. Using Joe Minter‘s African Village and Tom Leeser‘s video installation as inspiration, Big Builders will teach your child the basic drawing skills and creative processes involved in designing their own multidimensional park, yard, or even their own city.

 


 

Play with Print 

June 22 – 26
9 am – 12 pm
AC Classroom
$90
(Ages 4-7)

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Art and play will be integrated in this camp as campers experience the fun side of printmaking through games and group projects. Campers will create wearable artwork and pieces that can be displayed at home using paint, stencils, markers, and other exciting materials.

 


 

 Ages 8-13

Media Masters 

June 8 – 12
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
AC Studio
$90
(Ages 8-13)

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This camp will introduce campers to the world of marketing and design! Using the Alabama Contemporary Art Center’s re-branding as inspiration, campers will develop their own product or service and produce logos, promotional materials, and commercials. Different forms of art will be introduced throughout the camp, such as drawing, video and digital art. Campers will learn advertising tips and tricks, and behind the scenes secrets in television and film.

 


 

Think BIG!

June 15 – 19
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
AC Studio
$90
(Ages 8-13)

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In this camp, participants will explore big ideas to create large scale works of art while learning about the countless possibilities for creating an artistic installation. The Video Gallery, featuring the work of Joe Minter and Tom Leeser, will expose campers to sculpture yards and video installations, while the works of Kenny Scharf and Candy Chang will encourage them to think outside of the four walls of a gallery.

 


 

Sketchbook Art

June 22 – 26
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
AC Studio
$90
(Ages 8-13)

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Sketchbooking is an essential practice that helps artists across all disciplines articulate and share their ideas. In this camp, students will use various materials to take their ideas from their heads to their sketchbooks. Different projects will be introduced each day, and campers will have the opportunity to fill their blank pages with ideas, drawings and designs. Using the rich texture of the artwork and ideas displayed in History Refused to Die as subject matter, students will explore the fundamentals of drawing and the development of ideas.  Campers will also experiment with photography, collage, colored pencils and more.

 


 

Graffiti Art 

June 29 – July 3
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
AC Studio
$90
(Ages 8-13)

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Graffiti Art camp delves into the world of street art and gives campers the opportunity to create their own graffiti-influenced art.  Using the work of nationally recognized artists such as Kenny Scharf – the creator of the mural on our building’s exterior – for inspiration, your child will learn about graffiti culture and the significance of public art.  Campers will use materials such as chalk pastels, paint, stencils, vinyl and markers to create their works of art.

 


 

Recycled Artwork

July 6 – 10
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
AC Classroom
$90
(Ages 8-13)

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Using the resourceful art-making techniques of the artists in History Refused to Die as a creative guide, campers will employ innovative techniques to create two and three-dimensional pieces of artwork from nontraditional and typically discarded materials. This camp will allow participants to turn “trash” into treasure while being environmentally responsible.

 


 

Printmaking 

July 13 – 17
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
AC Classroom
$90
(Ages 8-13)

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Campers will learn the basics of printmaking while exploring block prints, screen prints and mono-prints. Work on view in the Alabama Contemporary’s gallery will be used as inspiration for creating one-of-a-kind art projects. Campers will create wearable artwork or pieces that can be displayed at home. Materials include paint, stencils, markers, and other fun mediums.

 


 

Experimental Art

July 20 – July 24
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
AC Studio
$90
(Ages 8-13)

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Using History Refused to Die as inspiration, Experimental Art camp will look to new mediums to create innovative artwork. Campers will learn how to integrate technology into their work, using digital photography, video and other exciting mediums. Campers will also explore the many possibilities of improvisational music, and how it relates to the artwork in the exhibit.

 


 

Alabama Contemporary Art Center Summer Camp Reviews:

 

“As our two boys evolve and grow into themselves, it is primarily because of the summer camps and classes, and the sincere dedication of the teachers at [Centre for the Living Arts], that art will be a part of their early experiences. We are confident that art will be one of the tools they can access to understand and affect their world, that art will be a language they can use to communicate their particular thoughts and hopes; and our confidence is due, in large part, to the resources, guidance, and encouragement they received at [Centre for the Living Arts].

–Alice and Brad Nolen

 

“My son, Jeffrey, took the two stop-motion animation classes over the summer. What a truly wonderful experience! He learned so much and was absolutely inspired to continue creating videos at home. The teachers were excellent with the kids, not only firing their imaginations, but letting them follow their own directions, and guiding them without interfering in the creative process. Both of his instructors were incredibly professional and fantastic with the kids. I thought that his class was taught well, organized well and I plan on signing him up for more classes next summer.”

–Sonja Sheffield

 

“Once again [Centre for the Living Arts] did a tremendous job with summer camps.  My son looks forward to attending different camps every summer, but his favorite is the Stop Motion Animation.  It is a great experience for the campers, and they always end up with an impressive product.  The teachers and staff are amazing as well, and always do a wonderful job at encouraging creativity!”

–Molly Freeman

 

“We LOVED the [CLA] art camps!!  Basil made so many great masterpieces.  He really enjoyed the classes.  He wanted to stay longer each day.  We will definitely be back next summer!  Thanks so much.”

–Cheryl Zafiris