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Over the first week of April, a group of Cook Arts Center students enjoyed their spring break by attending a four-day art camp. The camp was held in partnership with Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD). From origami to ceramic animal masks, the kids learned a mixture of hands-on art under the instruction of Tatsuki (Taz) Hakoyama. Taz is the KCAD SiteStudio Coordinator, a KCAD Adjunct Professor, and a local artist.
The art camp began with a paper maché project, where students learned the sticky yet amusing process of the art form. "The messier the better!" Taz encouraged.
Students also learned the basics of origami.
Two days of the art camp were held at KCAD in a ceramic studio. The students were thrilled to be on this mini-field trip at the college and get to see "big kids" (KCAD students) making art alongside of them. Ceramic animal masks were the project of the day: students first sketched their masks, traced the drawings into clay, and sculpted the masks to fashion their wildlife creations.
The art camp ended with a reception at KCAD showcasing the art that the students made during the week. The kids and their families had the opportunity to tour the college's facilities, mingle with graduate students and professors, and ask questions about what it's like to attend KCAD. Fashion, photography, and design were among the subjects CAC students were most intrigued by!
During the spring session at the CAC, students in a mural making class designed and created a mural to be installed at Roosevelt Park in the coming months. At the reception, Steffanie Rosalez (CAC Program Director) presented those students with a certificate and small gift in celebration of constructing their first work of public art. The students displayed their masterpiece to their families and peers. "We asked the students to point to one of the birds that they designed themselves," Steffanie shared. "They came up with the color scheme and the design themselves--they wanted the theme of birds and bright colors."
Mayra, a participant in the art camp, loved every minute of the camp: "I miss school...but I wouldn't mind doing this every week either!"
Written by Allison Palm, Communications Associate for Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities
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