June 14 – August 5
Ages 6–12 | 1–5 PM
Eight weeks of fun, creative art programming. Sign up for one or all eight weeks of Summer Art Camp!
Every summer, WPCA provides an extensive and exciting art camp, filled with creative challenges, art lessons that can be applied to other aspects of life, and artwork that are fit to exhibit (literally). Artwork from the first 6 weeks of Summer Art Camp will be exhibited in our annual youth arts exhibition, opening on July 22.
Each week, we focus on a different theme or medium led by our arts education coordinator and lead instructor Maikue Vang. There are field trips and walks around the neighborhood for some weeks, and visiting artists for others!
2016 Summer Art Camp
Programs [download flier]
Art in the Garden
It’s summer! Let’s go outside and play. We begin this year’s Summer Art Camp in the garden. This week will be full of projects to connect us to our immediate natural surroundings. We will craft gardening tools using recycled materials and plant flowers, learn about birds and make birdhouses, paint garden chairs; and capture seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers in still life like Cezanne and van Gogh.
Home Sweet Home
Home and community is the inspiration this week. We will make miniature buildings and landmarks, and build our own neighborhood. Through the process, we will examine what makes a community and better understand our own surroundings. We will also build a life-size cardboard city (play fort!) and draw inspiration from Gaudi, Santiago Calatrava, Frank Lloyd Wright and other great builders
June 28 – July 1
Nature is the best source of art supplies and canvas, arguable. This week we will make our own paper, printusing the sun, and create outdoor installation environmental art inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy. We will also visit Lynden Sculpture Garden (July 1) to enjoy their beautiful landscape of art and nature, and go on a scavenger hunt while we’re there.
Storytelling in Our Community
Calling all storytellers and documentarians! This week, we’ll be learning how to produce multimedia stories through photography, videography, illustration and narrative. We’ll learn the fundamentals of photography, videography and how to create our own photo journals. We will also work with the UCC Senior Center to collect wisdoms and memories from our community elders.
This week, we will explore the various dimensions of folk art, from embroidering tapestry, basket weaving to drum making. We will also look at folklores and mythical creatures, and create our own! Celebrated musician and master drum maker Julio Pabon will lead us in making drums from various materials and teach us how to play them (we will then accompany the Latin dance students during the performance on July 22). Honoring the folk art genre, we will use mostly recycled materials for all of our projects this week. We will learn how to take simple household recyclables and turn them into art!
Bomba, rumba, merengue, salsa! We’re going to step to the beats and flow to the rhythm this week and learn various Latin dance styles. We will travel (figuratively) to Puerto Rico and down the Caribbean straits, and to West Africa to learn the roots of some of the Latin music and dances we will be studying. Latin Dance week is taught by accomplished performer/choreography Krislyn World. Dancers will perform during the opening reception of our youth art exhibition on July 22 at 6 pm.
Screen Print & Tie-dye
This week, we’ll learn different techniques in dyeing fiber, including tie-dye, Shibori, and explore the simple everyday items that we can use as either dye or to make creative designs with. We will also design graphics and screen print them on our tie-dye t-shirts!
What would your super power be? What would your costume look like? This week, we will discover our inner superhero/heroine and develop our super powers. We may not be able to fly or walk through walls (not all of us, at lease) but we can develop super powers that will help us in our daily lives. We will create a comic book alter ego and everything that a superhero/heroine needs — origin story, costume, cape, emblem and a purpose.
Registration and Payment
Please fill out registration form below.
Payment can be made through Paypal (below), credit card (in person or by phone) or check (mail: WPCA, 839 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204).
- $80/week – WPCA Family Members ($60 annual membership)
- $125/week – Non-Members
- $40/week – Partial scholarship/53204 neighborhood resident rate
Payment must be made within two weeks after registration. An installment payment plan must be made with Arts Education Coordinator Maikue Vang within two weeks after registration.
A confirmation email with further instructions will be sent within a week after registration. Please make sure that you can check the email connected to your Paypal account. For problems with Paypal please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reserve your spots until the problem is resolved.
Contact Maikue Vang for questions about payment or availability: 414.672.2787 x12, email@example.com.
If you register two weeks or more, we recommend joining WPCA at the Family Membership level ($60). It will save you up to $45 a week per student. You can add a membership from the “WPCA Family Member Price” drop-down menu.
Payment plans and a limited number of partial scholarships are available to those with financial need. Inquire for details.
In case of cancellation, WPCA will refund 50% of fees unless otherwise indicated. Cancellations must be made TWO WEEKS in advance for partial refund. Students may choose to be transferred to another week if spots are available.
What to pack for camp
Please pack a snack for your student. Reusable bottles of water are also great — we support student hydration! If your student has sensitive skin, please apply sunscreen before class. We will be outside whenever possible for field trips and snack time to soak up summer sun rays. Good walking shoes are also a must! We suggest stretchy, well fitting clothing for all dance and movement camp days (no skirts without shorts underneath). Field trip schedules and details will be sent a week prior to camp with specific details. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.