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Upcoming Clay Camps

Our Clay camps are designed to teach the skills of pottery as well as explore ceramic as a material for design, sculpture and expression. Due to the 2-day time frame of our Winter Clay Camps, all projects will use handbuilding construction methods.

Ages: 9 to 12

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UPCOMING SUMMER CLAY CAMPS

Week 1: Throwing on the Wheel & Crazy Critters | June 22 – June 26

Week 1: Throwing on the Wheel & Crazy Critters | June 22 – June 26

Are you wild about animals? Learn how to incorporate animal forms, characteristics, and patterns into your sculptures. Campers will have a roarin’ good time as they: • Make a pencil holder in the shape of an animal • Create an exotic bird-shaped planter • Transform a thrown form into their favorite animal

Week 2: Throwing on the Wheel & Movie Madness | June 29 – July 3

Week 2: Throwing on the Wheel & Movie Madness | June 29 – July 3

This week is sure to be a blockbuster as we create sculptures influenced by the characters and imagery found in our all-time favorite flicks. Campers will: • Construct a classic popcorn box using hard-slab construction techniques • Applique their favorite Disney or Pixar character onto a clay tile • Make a droid like those found in Wall-E or Star Wars

Week 3: Throwing on the Wheel & Light it Up | July 6 – July 10

Week 3: Throwing on the Wheel & Light it Up | July 6 – July 10

Learn how clay can interact with light in mesmerizing ways. Make sculptures that glow when a light is placed inside them and construct forms with cut-out decorative designs. Campers will: • Sculpt a monster tea light holder with eyes that will glow • Create a luminary that will radiate beautiful patterns of light • Make an architectural structure with cut-out designs

Week 4: Throwing on the Wheel & Tiny Wonders | July 13 - July 17

Week 4: Throwing on the Wheel & Tiny Wonders | July 13 - July 17

We’re more than just a little excited to experiment with scale and proportion to create a series of terrific, tiny treasures! This will be no small feat as campers: • Add a tiny surprise to a thrown vessel, which the user will discover • Work together to construct an incredible miniature world • Sculpt a large version of something that is microscopically small. Your sculpture will still be small, but technically giant in comparison. *Due to the lack of parking during the Ann Arbor Art Fair, there will not be a Camper Art Show on Friday. Camper pick-up will take place at the normal time that day.

Week 5: Throwing on the Wheel & Food for Thought | July 20 – July 24

Week 5: Throwing on the Wheel & Food for Thought | July 20 – July 24

Pottery is often created for the purpose of serving or containing food. What better way to celebrate that purpose than to use food as our inspiration for a series of projects! Campers will: • Construct a wedge-shaped box that resembles a delicious slice of pie or cake • Design a jar in the shape of a favorite food • Make a chip-and-dip tray by combining a thrown form with a handbuilt form

Week 6: Throwing on the Wheel & Clay Olympics | July 27 – July 31

Week 6: Throwing on the Wheel & Clay Olympics | July 27 – July 31

Prepare for a series of epic challenges as we create our very own CLAY version of the Olympics. Dig in, get your hands dirty, and reach for the stars as we: • Sculpt a trophy to commemorate a silly & unusual feat • Make a special medal and decorate it using sgraffito techniques • Work in groups to make the tallest coil pot EVER (This will be for fun and skill-building. It will not be fired.)

Week 7: Throwing on the Wheel & Character Design | August 3 – August 7

Week 7: Throwing on the Wheel & Character Design | August 3 – August 7

Give your sculptures plenty of personality this week as we explore the art of character design. Campers will try their hand at making fantastic, dynamic characters and more as they: • Create a superhero bobble-head figure • Sculpt a clay bust using both coil and pinch techniques • Make a sculpture that features an exaggerated facial expression

Week 8: Throwing on the Wheel & Oceans of Fun | August 10 – August 14

Week 8: Throwing on the Wheel & Oceans of Fun | August 10 – August 14

Sometimes inspiration is just around the corner, or in this case, under the sea! Dive in as we create artwork inspired by the patterns, textures, shapes found in sea creatures. Campers will: • Create an exotic undersea creature with tentacles • Sculpt a tropical fish using soft-slab techniques • Use a slump mold to make a fish-shaped platter, embellished with wild textures and bold colors

Week 9: Throwing on the Wheel & Clay Adventures | August 17 – August 21

Week 9: Throwing on the Wheel & Clay Adventures | August 17 – August 21

Buckle up as we travel to far off lands to discover how different cultures around the world and through the ages have used pottery and sculpture to create functional and decorative art. Campers will: • Embellish a thrown piece with geometric patterns found on pottery items around the world • Create 3 tiles using sgraffito, applique, and slip trailing methods to create different traditional designs • Learn the names and forms of a variety of Greek vessels

Week 10: Throwing on the Wheel & Game On | August 24 - August 28

Week 10: Throwing on the Wheel & Game On | August 24 - August 28

We’re up to our ears in fun this week! Give it your all as we rev up for a series of fun challenges and projects that stretch our creativity to the max. Campers will: • Sculpt a larger-than-life piece from their favorite game. • Make a storage box for game cards, dice, or game pieces, embellished with game designs • Play a series of games and will be given challenges throughout the week that add exciting twists to art projects and push their creativity and problem-solving skills to the limit