Summer Art Camp

SUMMER ART CAMP IS A TIME FOR IMAGINATIONS TO RUN WILD. CAMPERS WILL HAVE THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES CREATING ART AND WORKING ALONGSIDE PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS. EACH WEEK BRINGS A DIFFERENT ARTIST WITH NEW THEMES AND PROJECTS.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

The registration button will take you to Active.com. You may wish to register with Active prior to camps opening. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
 

Camp Location: Hughes Fine Arts Center, Room 111
Drop Off Time: 8:45 – 9:00 am
Pick Up Time: 3:00 – 3:15 pm

Parking is located in the Hughes Fine Arts Center lot

Lunches and Snacks:
Each camper must bring their own lunch.
Please note, there is no access to refrigeration or heating appliances. Campers cannot be allowed to use vending machines. Snacks will be provided by the Museum once a day, e.g. juice box and serving size bag of chips.

We appreciate that some parents offer to supply snacks for the day. If you wish to do so, please let us know a day in advance.

Suggestions to Pack:
Ask your camper(s) to wear appropriate clothes that can get stained. After all, this is an art making camp and we’ll be getting messy.

Each camper is assigned a locker. You may wish to consider packing a sweater or light jacket (air conditioning in the building can get really cool), comfortable shoes for standing, walking, and playing outside, hat or sunglasses, and sunscreen. Please mark all items. Leftover items are donated at the end of each camp.

Receptions:
On Fridays at 2:00 pm the campers design and hold a brief reception and art show for parents, friends, and family. Park in the same area that you drop them off in the morning. The campers are proud of their week’s work. We encourage you to show your support by attending the reception. This is also a time for you to meet the teaching artist, Museum staff, and all the other campers and families that make camps possible. Please prepare to take home the artwork at 3:00 pm, after the reception. You will want to bring your camera.

MEMBERSHIPS

Household memberships are $100 a year, which allow families to receive Museum member rates to Summer Art Camps and other Museum benefits as well. Become a member before you register.

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SPONSOR A CHILD

If you are interested in sponsoring a child in the way of a full or partial scholarship, please contact Matthew Anderson at education@ndmoa.com or 701.777.3599. Sponsors will be noted in Museum education publications. Donations are tax-deductible.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are limited, early applications are encouraged. To apply, please send a brief email explaining your need to Matthew Anderson at education@ndmoa.com

Scholarships are partial and require some financial participation from the family.

PREMIUM SPONSORS

 

A pizza party at the end of every week! Thank you!

2022 SPONSORS

UND Department of Art and Design, special Thank You for your ongoing support these past 25 years!

Anonymous
Art Wise
Bruggraf’s Ace Hardware, Grand Forks
GF Parks District – Ulland Grant
Sherwin Williams
UND Summer Events Council
UND Music Department

2022 SUMMER ART CAMPS

Camp 1, Room 111

PIRJO BERG

“Plein Air Painting”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 6 to 13
June 13 – 17

Members $200
Non-members $250

En plein air, or plein air painting, is the act of painting outdoors. Let’s get ouside and paint!

Painting outdoors is fun and challenging. We get to connect with nature and appreciate the warm days, gentle breezes, and the beautiful campus of UND. We also need to be prepared for wind, rain, and quickly changing light! 

In this camp we’ll learn the time honored tradition of plein air painting. We’ll work outside as much as possible, yet be prepared to continue working in the studio in the weather is too challenging. This all means learning to work with a flexible mindset and sense of adventure.

Some artists consider the painting complete the moment they pack up their gear. Others will finish their work in the studio — there is no wrong way.

 

Pirjo Berg is an artist living in Grand Forks. She started painting as a child and got her BFA in the School of Art and Media in Tampere, Finland. She has been teaching painting at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Now she is working with ArtWise.

Camp 2, Room 109

DANIELLE WEIGANDT

“Ceramics Plus I”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 8 – 18
June 13 – 17

Members $200
Non-members $250

We are going to fire up your creative in this challenging and fun ceramics camp! During our hands on clay camp, you will be taught various clay making skills. New projects are introduced daily. We start with pinch pots, and use our imagination to transform clay into animals, construct boxes, tiles and more. We finish up the week with learning to throw on the pottery wheel!

We will be focusing on making fantastic ceramic boxes as a final project. A variety of decoration techniques will also be taught so students can use their creativity to make their box unique. This will include (but not limited to) carving, adding material, and coloring the surface. Each camper will have a box to take home at the end of the camp.

Danielle earned a BFA and Art Education degree at Weber State University in Ogden, UT in 2013. From there, she spent two years teaching at the junior high and middle school level. She left education to pursue her Master’s degree in ceramics. In 2018 she earned her degree from the University of Oklahoma. Since then, Danielle has taught at the University of Oklahoma and East Central University. She was a visiting artist at Belger Crane Yard Studio before the COVID Pandemic began. She spent 2020-2021 being a professional artist in Hawaii. She is now an artist in residence with the University of North Dakota dreaming of those Hawaii beaches.

Camp 3, Room 111

JEANNE O’NEIL

“Extraordinary Printmaking”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 6 to 13
June 20 – 24

Members $200
Non-members $250

In this camp, students will play and experiment with several different types of printmaking. From day one you will be getting your hands inky and become completely emerged in a new and exciting art form. Campers will design and create relief print plates with line, detail, patterns, and a collograph print plate built with yarn, fabric, and more. We’ll print in black and white, multiple colors, and even a rainbow roll!

 

 

Jeanne O’Neil is an artist specializing in printmaking. She has also worked in fiber arts and has been a professional mural artist. Jeanne is a musician and dance caller, playing banjo and concertina, and is co-founder of the North Country Fiddle and Dance community organization. She taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade art as an Artist in the Classroom in the Grand Forks elementary schools. Jeanne currently teaches printmaking at the University of North Dakota.

Camp 4, Room 111

KASANDRA GREGOIRE

“The Art of Cartoons”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 6 to 13
June 27 – July 1

Members $200
Non-members $250

If you love cartoons and drawing, get ready for an unforgettable week! Campers will learn all about different cartooning styles and techniques, as well as the concept of visual storytelling for stronger illustrations and comics. We’ll seek inspiration from pop culture, movies, video games, and comics to create everything from mashup experiments to character design, to illustrating comics and magical items!

 

Kasandra Gregoire:I grew up in Grand Forks and always loved art. In elementary school I would make my own paper dolls and had hundreds by the time I graduated. I also loved watching crafting shows and making flowers with polymer clay, eventually making clay frogs that looked like people in popular culture. In high school I discovered a passion for watercolor painting, particularly of flowers. I went to UND and received a degree in art with minors in art history and photography as well as a Masters in Elementary Education. Now I teach art throughout Grand Forks and the region. I enjoy learning about and playing around with new styles of art and combining different media to create something unique. My favorite materials are watercolors, polymer clay, fiber art, and printmaking. My other hobbies are gardening and going on nature adventures with my family.

Camp 5, Room 109

CARRIE SAPA

“Pop Art Ceramics”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 8 to 18
June 27 – July 1

Members $200
Non-members $250

Celebrate the everyday as we make art inspired by the Pop Art movement. We will expand our thinking about art as we look at work by Warhol, Haring, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Romero Britto, and Yayoi Kusama. You will learn about basic hand building techniques, sculpture techniques, drawing stills, art history, and problem-solving skills along the way. The ceramic artwork will be fired later by Carrie Sapa, so you will be able to keep their artwork forever. Your artwork will defiantly “pop” out at you!

 

Carrie Sapa is a fine artist and Art Educator that explores mediums in printmaking, ceramics, drawing and textile arts. She currently is teaching as the visual arts teacher at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks, MN. She has received grants, such as McElroy-Edwards Jackie Art Distribution Fund Scholarship, and UND Native American Fund Scholarship. Along with the grants, her fine artwork pieces have been shown at two student shows, and one national juried show “When Things are Strange Exhibition” in 2017, and her BFA show “Land of Saints” in 2018 at Colonel Eugene Myers Gallery of Art, UND. While her art is in a wide variety of mediums, there is an overstretching theme of her memories and interaction with people engulfed in her work. While creating her own body of art, Carrie Sapa enjoys teaching students how to create their own art with a wide diversity of mediums while incorporating history, science, and art fundamentals.

Camp 6 and 7, Room 111

LIGIA CARINA FEO

“Music in Movies”
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 3 to 6 (with guardian)
July 5 – 8

Members $50
Non-members $75

 

“Music in Movies”
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Ages 7 – 12
July 5 – 8

Members $75
Non-members $100

We live in a global world which means we need powerful connection points. Without a doubt, compelling media offers one such opportunity. Moreover, children across the world can easily connect to others through film.

In this camp we’ll be exploring the world through music in movies such as: Encanto, Coco, Fantasia, Pirates of the Carribean, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Harry Potter, Amelie, and more. 

Music amplifies the storytelling power of film to educate the most visually literate generation in history. We believe that investigating music in film has the power to help educate our next generation with a richer understanding of the diverse and complex world in which we live.

 

Ligia Carina Feo is from Argentina. In her country, she has worked as a music teacher in public schools and music academies and as a violist in numerous orchestras. Currently, she directs a violin and viola studio at Arioso Music Academy and teaches at Central High.

Camp 8, Room 111

CARRIE SAPA

“Art Odyssey”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 6 to 13
July 11 – 15

Members $200
Non-members $250

We will be traveling the world and exploring different cultures through visual art. Among the many places we’ll visit are:

Amate bark painting of Mexico is one of the more unique forms of folk art in the world.

Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own.

Batiks origins can be traced back to Asia, India and Africa. Some say the word is of Malay roots and translates “to write” or “to dot”. Batik is said to be an ancient art that has been handed down for thousands of years. It is said to be wide spread as the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Philippines, India and more!

Kente cloth comes from a textile practice that originated in Ghana centuries ago. The fabric has come to symbolize cultural affiliations from West Africa across the diaspora, but legend has it that a spider spinning a complex web inspired the earliest kente techniques and designs. Weaving kente cloth is a cultural tradition of the Asante (also known as Ashanti) people, and these fabrics were originally used exclusively to dress kings and their courts.

 

Carrie Sapa is a fine artist and Art Educator that explores mediums in printmaking, ceramics, drawing and textile arts. She currently is teaching as the visual arts teacher at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks, MN. She has received grants, such as McElroy-Edwards Jackie Art Distribution Fund Scholarship, and UND Native American Fund Scholarship. Along with the grants, her fine artwork pieces have been shown at two student shows, and one national juried show “When Things are Strange Exhibition” in 2017, and her BFA show “Land of Saints” in 2018 at Colonel Eugene Myers Gallery of Art, UND. While her art is in a wide variety of mediums, there is an overstretching theme of her memories and interaction with people engulfed in her work. While creating her own body of art, Carrie Sapa enjoys teaching students how to create their own art with a wide diversity of mediums while incorporating history, science, and art fundamentals.

Camp 9, Music Department

STAGES and SAFARI

“Performing Arts, Matilda”
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 8 to 18
July 11 – 15

Friday evening performance at 5:30 pm!
Free and open to the public.

Members $100
Non-members 150

Come one, come all! This is an extraordinary musical performance camp that provides a fun and unique musical theatre experience for campers who are interested in the Performing Arts! Misti Koop and her troop of directors lead the way. The first day of camp will be auditions and placement into your new role. The rest of the week you’ll have fun singing, dancing, and playing theater games all in preparation for the Friday performance of Roald Dahl’s Matilda!

Ryan King: Stages Program Director.
Current Theatre Director for Sacred Heart School, East Grand Forks, MN. Private Vocal Instructor. Ryan holds a BM in Music Performance from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, and an MM in Music Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Long Beach, CA. He was our program director prior to leaving the state to earn his Master’s Degree. He has returned and anxiously applied to be our program director again, as the position became available. Ryan is a well-known, well-respected theatrical director and vocal instructor. Stages is grateful to have his leadership and vision.

Misti Koop: Former SAS Clinician and current Stages Board President
Misti earned her BA in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College and her MA in Theater Arts from the University of North Dakota. She worked for Stages during its developmental years. She has a passion for seeing the organization grow and thrive. She brings with her, many experiences of professional theatre; examples such as the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, the National Children’s Tour of “Harry the Dirty Dog,” and recently The Medora Musical (2012-2019), Music teaching (band, choir and classroom); examples such as East Grand Forks, MN classroom music, Shakopee, MN, elementary band, Le Center, MN, 5-12 band, and Lancaster, MN, Midway, ND and Minto, ND, K-12 band, choir and classroom. She continues to grow as one of the theatre managers and consistent performers of Frost Fire Summer Theatre, Walhalla, ND.

Brad Werner: Current Stages Treasurer.
Brad is very organized with our funds coming in and out. Throughout the summer months, Brad sees to all things money-related; payroll, reimbursements, employee insurance, mileage reimbursement, mass mailings, registration and t-shirt deposits, etc. During the school year, Brad sees to the annual taxes, non-profit status update, and 1099 distribution. He is always helpful during grant season.

Stages/Safari have welcomed and retained a dedicated summer staff. These young people are a mixture of high school seniors, college students and master’s students. They take pride in each production during the summer. They share responsibilities within each community and genuinely care about each student involved. And… most of these employees are former Stages performers.
Alyssa Donacki, Charlotte Whiting, Sophia LeMire, Thiago Andre, Gianna Hollcraft, Allison Cox, Matt Wellert, Dylan Merritt, Daysha Ramsey, Victoria Proulx, Matt Lorenz, Neve Moore, Katie Heffernan, Morgan DeGelde, Bella Costa

A majority of our employees are majoring in music education, music performance, music therapy, theatre, and elementary education. This program provides a great opportunity for these future educators to develop and experience teaching in an environment that is non-traditional and as beneficial for the students as it is for the teachers.

MISSION:

The mission of Summer Arts Stages and Safari is to provide both a quality theatrical experience and fine arts education for youth, 1st grade through 12th grade. Stages believes in the value of the performing arts to prepare our youth for more rewarding and fulfilling lives. Because of this belief, we want to provide an array of summer arts activities both within our own community and throughout our large regional area. For more than 27 years our organization has been serving the Greater Grand Forks Community and surrounding areas with theatrical experiences for local student performers.

Camp 10, Room 111

EMILY DENKER

“Paintastic”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 6 to 13
July 18 – 22

Members $200
Non-members $250

What’s your favorite color? Learn how you can mix, match, and blend all the colors to create exciting art! Explore the world of painting to see how artists get creative with colors. Find your true colors as we splatter, paint, and roll with a rainbow of colors.

We’re going to dive into creative expression though painting. Painting is more than just an activity, it’s a way of expression. It helps us improve our senses, explore emotions, experiment with processes and results, and also create outstanding works of art.

 

Hello! My name is Emily Dencker, I graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead MN with a degree in Art Education in 2021. I’m currently finished my first year teaching elementary art in St. Cloud! I’ve had really amazing jobs, internships, and clinicals working with art students of all ages in schools and other related youth programming. I love to make art, and even more, I love to facilitate and teach creative students in their art exploration process. My favorite type of art to make is painting; I especially enjoy watercolor and gouache painting, but I really love making and creating anything and everything! I hope that in this class all of the students grow in their painting abilities and in their creative thinking skills, and most importantly have a fun time creating with others!

Camp 11, Room 109

DANIELLE WEIGANDT

“Ceramics Plus II”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 8 – 18
July 18 – 22

Members $200
Non-members $250

We are going to fire up your creative in this challenging and fund ceramics camp! During our hands on clay camp, you will be taught various clay making skills. New projects are introduced daily. We start with pinch pots, and use our imagination to transform clay into animals, construct boxes, tiles and more. We finish up the week with learning to throw on the pottery wheel!

We will be focusing on making fantastic ceramic boxes as a final project. A variety of decoration techniques will also be taught so students can use their creativity to make their box unique. This will include (but not limited to) carving, adding material, and coloring the surface. Each camper will have a box to take home at the end of the camp.

Danielle earned a BFA and Art Education degree at Weber State University in Ogden, UT in 2013. From there, she spent two years teaching at the junior high and middle school level. She left education to pursue her Master’s degree in ceramics. In 2018 she earned her degree from the University of Oklahoma. Since then, Danielle has taught at the University of Oklahoma and East Central University. She was a visiting artist at Belger Crane Yard Studio before the COVID Pandemic began. She spent 2020-2021 being a professional artist in Hawaii. She is now an artist in residence with the University of North Dakota dreaming of those Hawaii beaches.

Camp 12, Room 111

ZAUNA SYNNOTT

“Delightfully Daring Dioramas”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 6 to 13
July 25 – 29

Members $200
Non-members $250

The word “diorama” originated in 1823 as a type of picture-viewing device, from the French in 1822. The word literally means “through that which is seen”, from the Greek di- “through” + orama “that which is seen, a sight”. The current, popular understanding of the term “diorama” denotes a partially three-dimensional, full-size replica or scale model of a landscape typically showing historical events, nature scenes or cityscapes, for purposes of education or entertainment.

Modern museum dioramas may be seen in most major natural-history museums. Typically, these displays use a tilted plane to represent what would otherwise be a level surface, incorporate a painted background of distant objects, and often employ false perspective, carefully modifying the scale of objects placed on the plane to reinforce the illusion through depth perception in which objects of identical real-world size placed farther from the observer appear smaller than those closer. Often the distant painted background or sky will be painted upon a continuous curved surface so that the viewer is not distracted by corners, seams, or edges. All of these techniques are means of presenting a realistic view of a large scene in a compact space.

In this camp we are going to be making our own dioramas to showcase the worlds we create from our imagination! Using all kinds of materials from paint and clay to up-cycled objects we are going to make new worlds!

 

Zauna Synnott is an artist living in Grand Forks. She started creating from a young age, using found objects and scraps to make her own toys and forts. She has fun with all forms of art including fibers, polymer clay, watercolors, and oil painting. In Zauna’s spare time, she enjoys reading, learning new things, and doing a variety of creative projects. She has her degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in art from UND. She teaches adult oil painting courses for the Grand Forks Park District. Zauna is also the manager for the Indigenous Health department at UND.

Camp 13, Room 111

TAIT SIMONSON

“3D Design and Printing”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 6 to 13
August 1 – 5

Members $200
Non-members $250

This camp is hands-on with practical application, creative thinking, problem solving and firsthand information about everything 3D printing has to offer. Whether this is your first time using a 3D printer or have prior experience, you will learn new techniques and skills to creating your digital fabrication.

Build a foundation in 3D modeling by designing simple models, then watch them print out right before your very eyes. Create your model from scratch or import a more intricate design to use as a starting point. As you create your masterpiece, you’ll learn to how to integrate 3D printing technology into your design. During this unique art camp, discover how you can think beyond conventional limits with cutting-edge technologies that will inspire you for years to come!

This camp includes clay modeling, experience and exposure to 3D rendering technology, laser fabrication systems, and more. If you already have experience with 3D rendering feel free to bring your own computer or tablet.

* Please note, we will be monitoring your use of technology and will not allow gaming or other distractions.

 

Tait Simonson grew up in both North & South Dakota, today he does most of his creative art work from the greater Grand Forks Area, in North Dakota. He attended undergraduate school at the University of South Dakota receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis in Sculpture. He then went on to attend graduate school at the Pacific Northwest College of Fine Art to receive his Master’s of Fine Arts degree and then his Bachelor of Science in Education from VCSU. Since then he has been teaching Art and Technology and Engineering Education at Central Valley Public School K-12. He specializes in sculpture and, focuses on light based architecturally responsive work, he also enjoys working with: technology systems, metal, clay, resin, wood and any other material he can.

Camp 14, Room 111

ANNA JACOBSON

“Saucy Screen Printing”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages 8 – 16
August 8 – 12

Members $200
Non-members $250

A perfect all round introduction to screen printing workshop. Using simple and uncomplicated methods your child will learn how to print a design onto fabric like the professionals.

Campers will learn the ins and outs of screen-printing, and how to apply the technique to what they want to make. Each camper will develop their own unique idea of what to print and what to print on. First we will use ‘the old school’ way of printing so that they can use this method at home. Students will focus mainly on the photo-sensitive process of screen-printing. Utilizing the special facilities and materials supplied at by UND Department of Art and Design, the students will develop their drawings and designs onto light sensitive screens with the help of an exposure unit. After they’ve developed their screens, they will learn the proper printing techniques of screen-printing. And then it’s off to the races! And printing printing printing.

They can expect to come home with amazing prints. Awesome crazy colorful stationary and cards, as well as bright and bold t-shirts, flags, posters, you name it. For wearables, like t-shirts, they just have to bring that stuff in. They can bring in a few boring old white t-shirts they’ve had forever and go home with a brand new wardrobe. The best part is that they will be able to take what they’ve learned about screen-printing and show of their designs to the world!

Anna Jacobson grew up on a family-owned organic farm near Wales, ND . Encouraged and influenced by her educator and farmer father, Terry and artist and farmer mother, Janet. Janet is a fiber artist and part of the duo know as North Dakota Wooly Girls. Anna continues to carry the love of the land, education and art with her in her 25 year journey in the field of art. Jacobson believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience art. Art should be part of a balanced and life-long education, providing learners of all ages with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive and caring. Anna is printmaker, teaching artist, fine art framer, and educator. Jacobson received her BA in studio arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2003 and her Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in 2010.

Anna is a teaching artist with the North Dakota Council on the Arts. She has worked with the resident artist programs for elementary schools and also with the Art for Life program. She was a resident artist for The Arts Center in 2013-2015, teaching in the local elementary schools, arts after school program and also adult classes. Anna has taught workshops all over the state; Northern Lights Arts Council, Nelson County Arts, North Dakota Museum of Art and most recently Encore Arts Camp at Frost Fire near Walhalla, ND. Anna taught printmaking at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, ND. Along with teaching art Anna is a professional framer of fine art work. In October 2021 Anna moved back to her home state to join the team at the Jamestown Fine Art Association (The Arts Center) as the Director of Education and Exhibitions.

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