Explore the universe at Schweinfurth's art camps this summer


This year’s summer art camps at Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn will explore our universe: present, future, and imagined. Each week includes a variety of projects and a range of mediums, including ceramics, painting, collage, and fiber art.

Four weeks of camp sessions are offered in July and August for two age groups: ages 6 to 10 and ages 11 to 16. During the second and fourth weeks, campers in the older group can sign up for both a morning and afternoon session, bring a lunch, and spend the day at the Schweinfurth.

Here are the topics for each session:

Week 1, July 16 to 20, 2018

Imaginary Worlds, for ages 6 to 10: Get inspired by “A Wrinkle in Time” and your favorite sci-fi stories about imaginary worlds. Dream up new planets, creatures & landscapes. Enjoy a week of creativity in this mixed media camp using clay, paint and collage. 9 a.m. to noon. Teacher: Warner Varno
Comic Adventures – Time Traveler, for ages 11 to 16: Delve into the world of illustrating comics and explore infinite timelines! Create the future or build from the past while you learn the art of visual storytelling. Improve your drawing skills and develop your own characters. 9 a.m. to noon. Teacher: Evan Bujold

Week 2, July 23 to 27, 2018

Robots & Distant Galaxies, for ages 6 to 10: How do we discover galaxies way off in space? Robots and simple machines are the key to study worlds unknown. Have fun using recycled materials and a bit of robotics to invent, design, decorate and play with art that moves, swims, and grabs. 9 a.m. to noon. Teacher: Carrie Drake
Ceramics, for ages 11 to 16: Explore the world of handbuilding and tile making. Design your own mold to make tiles, and experiment with making mosaics. 9 a.m. to noon. Teacher: John Smolenski
Watercolor Weaving, for ages 11 to 16: Join us for a week of painting, weaving and basket making! Learn how to weave unique baskets using painted paper. Create your own watercolor art to weave into your creations. 1 to 4 p.m. Teacher: Liz Carnes

Week 3, July 30 to Aug. 3, 2018

Adventurers & Explorers, for ages 6 to 10: Take a creative look at different well known explorers from all over the world. Design masks out of plaster, clay, recycled objects and more. Set your sights on the seas as a pirate, hike through the jungle on safari, or blast off to space as an astronaut. Create gear and accessories to complement your mask, including capes, hats, and swords. 9 a.m. to noon. Teacher: Kaylee Doeing
Adventurous Landscape Painting, for ages 11 to 16: Adventurers in uncharted territories experience thrilling visual landscapes. Use stories of adventure pioneers as a guide for depicting landscapes. Explore watercolors and acrylics to create visual depictions of places rarely explored. 9 a.m. to noon. Teacher: Carrie Drake

Week 4, Aug. 6 to 10, 2018

Space Travelers & Foreign Planets, for ages 6 to 10: Aliens and rockets and planets, oh my! Explore and create all things space including paper maché planets, flying space ships, inter-galactic nightlights and our very own unique aliens. The week will include art and space related experiments, too. 9 a.m. to noon. Teacher: Joy LoPiccolo
Far Out Spray Painting, for ages 11 to 16: Inspired by street art and imagined galaxies, this session explore the world of spray paint art. Make your own tools and play with spray-painting techniques to depict distant solar systems. Students will spend time inside and outside the art center. 9 a.m. to noon. Teacher: Carrie Drake
Sewing Explorations, for ages 11 to 16: If you ever wanted to make your own clothes but didn’t know where to start, this is the class for you!  Students will learn how to read a pattern, choose the right size and cloth, and how to cut it out.  The main project will be sewing a new summer outfit. Also learn how to repurpose an existing item or two from your closet. 1 to 4 p.m. Teacher: Nancy Bales

Cost for summer art camp is $100 per child per weeklong session for members, $110 per children per weeklong session for nonmembers. Afternoon sessions cost an additional $100 per child for members, $110 for nonmembers.

Camp sessions fill up quickly, so sign up today to reserve a spot. Payment is due upon registration. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, some scholarships are available. Contact Program Director Deirdre Aureden at 315-255-1553 with questions or to inquire about scholarships. To register, visit our website at or call us at 315-225-1553.