Middletown Art Center (MAC) invites children ages 5-15 to engage in Art for Art’s Sake summer camp. This enriching and fun creative adventure begins July 13 and runs through July 24, Monday thru Friday from 9:30am-12:30pm. The Instructors for this second session of camp at MAC are Jessie Beck, First Grade teacher at Cobb Mountain Elementary and Dance teacher, and Artist Lauren Schneider who has taught Grades K-8 multiple subjects, Art at Lower Lake High School, and Homeschool Art classes at MAC.
Art for Art’s Sake provides children with a foundation of familiarity and understanding of renowned artists and artworks. “We’re excited to explore a range of artists and artistic movements from Van Gogh, Seurat, Matisse and Picasso, to O’Keeffe, Ringgold and others. We’ll be making art with a variety of media and materials,” explained Lauren Schneider. “I always look forward to seeing children’s creative expressions and interpretations of artistic approaches in their own unique and individual voices, as well as in their shared collaborative projects.”
Beck and Schneider will be team-teaching MAC’s summer camp for the third time this year. “Their collaboration and the excellent quality of the projects and activities they offer, keeps getting better,” said MAC Programs Director Lisa Kaplan. “I love to drop in and see children and teachers so engaged in the artistic process!”
MAC will uphold all health and safety requirements including distancing and masks or bandanas. Campers are required to bring their own face covering, a water bottle and daily snack. Children will be provided a personal art supplies kit for use at camp. Activities will take place in smaller groupings by age, in the studio and gallery, and each group will have at least one full time assistant teacher.
“The shutdown has been rough on us all, and I miss interacting with children in person,” added Ms. Beck. “I am thrilled to be teaching at MAC and look forward to getting creative with new and returning campers!”
Learn more and sign your child up at Middletownartcenter.org/camp. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Some partial work-trade options are available.
In addition to summer camp, there’s lots happening at the Middletown Art Center! The Gallery is now open Friday-Sunday 11-5pm. You can also call 707-809-8118 in advance to schedule a weekday visit. To support art lovers, local artists, and the MAC, artwork from the current exhibit DREAMS is available for purchase at 20% off until the show closes at the end of July. The exhibit can also be viewed in 3D online at https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=pMxYvxv5tAZ, thanks to Third Eye Visuals. And, the Middletown Community Farmers Market and Makers Faire is happening on Fridays from 5-8pm. All with social distancing and masking observed.
Find out more about programs, opportunities, and ways to support the MAC’s efforts to weave the arts and culture into the fabric of life in Lake County at www.middletownartcenter.org.