We started Summer Camp with a bang here at VanCo!
Our first week of summer art camps began with introduction to oil painting. Students first exercise was a value scale and then grisaille painting. A couple students painted the Apple & Pear as they learned various techniques and how to control oil paints while advanced students worked on still lifes.
The second week of camp was full of messy fun with sculpting. Our kids brought odds and ends from home and made recycled master pieces. This maybe the most fun anyones had with "garbage". Next project was paper mache´ letters and then continued with paper mache´ sculptures varying from penguins and giraffe to a life size golf club! The camp wrapped up with exploring clay. Messy messy fun!
Printmaking camp took place the third week of June. Our students first created monotypes and then used styrofoam to cut designs and create prints like the popsicles print pictured below! We then cut rubber blocks to create stamps. We had ideas from ice cream cones to foxes. It's amazing to see how the kids create such different and wonderful things!
We ended June camps with bookmaking. Our students learned how to bind their own books using variety of stitches and how to make different styles of books like accordion and flip books. We're looking forward to July's Plein Air painting camps. If you're interested in learning more about our camps in July or August, feel free to contact us. Space is still available!
A trip down memory lane
Recently, our Instructor Coleen took a trip back to Boston's Acorn Gallery School of Art to celebrate its 20 year anniversary. Coleen enjoyed over 14 years of art education at Acorn and couldn't miss such an amazing opportunity to reunite with owners Jack and Debra Highberger.
The school has spent 20 years providing an artistic environment for students of all ages and so students of all ages were in attendance. Some from as far away as California!
Many of those kids Coleen studied along side went onto become art instructors, gallery owners, and art handlers. In appreciation of Acorn, the adult students surprised Jack and Debra with a dedicated park bench right outside the school facing the wharf.
It was such an amazing experience for the Coleen to visit Boston for the anniversary because her vision for VanCo School of Art is to flourish and one day be just as impactful as Acorn has been for the Boston community. She's experienced first hand how important an art environment is to help children and adults artistic abilities thrive.
To 20 more years Acorn!
The CoCo Artist Studio, which is owned by Coleen, showcased about 15 students art pieces during May's Fort Collins Gallery Walk. The students chose their individual pieces from works they had previously completed while attending VanCo and new students had their first ever oil painting of the Apple and Pear for a visually stunning display.
The art show displayed the work of paintings of all levels and ages, our youngest student being 5 years old up to our adult students. It was a great chance for students to see their work up on the walls of a gallery, to see what their peers where doing in other classes and gave many new students hope and inspiration for their creative ability.
Our schools curriculum has students first start with an apple and pear, and then a vase still life. Once students complete those two paintings they have the option to paint whatever themes they would like: animals, portraits, landscapes, and the list goes on. The art show really gave students a visual of where they begin and what they can achieve. The excitement from each student who ran into the gallery to see their works and proudly point them out to their families was inspiring to all attendees!
Thank you to our students who participated: Iris, Ruby, Cynthia, Maddie, Josie, Aidan, Will, Heather Jackson, Jean Overholt, Amelie, Lauren, Megan, Anna, Piper, Saule, Tessa, & Denise.
Boston University educated in Art, the owner and instructor at VanCo enjoys teaching the arts. Not only does she run the school, but she also runs CoCo Artist Studio in Old Town Plaza and has a traveling wine and painting class, Vino and VanCo.