Portside's Summer Arts Intensive will give young artists an advanced studio art experience. Students will explore local resources, work alongside professional artists and build a dynamic portfolio of work. Each day students will go on a unique adventure where they will become artist researchers. They will bring their finding back into the classroom and utilize them to create a work of art using advanced art techniques. On the last day of the program students will have their body of work reviewed by professional guest artists and curate a closing exhibition. Please see below for a detailed course description.
Ages: 8-13 Time: 8:30am-3:30pm Extended Day: 3:30pm-5:30pm Cost: $300/week Extended Day: $10/day Portside will only accept 15 students. Students must apply by clicking the button above.
Summer Arts Intensive Course Description
Monday: Exploring Nature and Assemblage
AM Research: Students will hike the Wissahickon trail investigating, and gathering natural materials and learn how to assemble them into an artistic work art. They will record their creations using sketchbooks and digital cameras.
PM Response: Portside's Program Director, Jenna Wilchinsky will lead students in a fine art oil painting class. Student's paintings will incorporate findings from their nature hike and assemblage creations.
Reflection: Students will gather in Portside's gallery to talk about their creations and to exchange thoughts about their peer's work.
Tuesday: Art Museum Expedition
AM Research: Portside's lead artists will take students on a guided tour of Grounds for Sculpture, located in New Jersey. Throughout their tour, students will sketch works of art that inspire them.
PM Response: Students will work with Founding Director, Kim Creighton, to learn about the mosaic process and create an original mosaic work of art in response to their tour of Grounds for Sculpture
Reflection: Students will gather in Portside gallery to talk about their creations and to exchange thoughts about their peer's work.
Wednesday: Mindfulness and Peace
AM Research: Students will tour a local yoga studio and take a 30 minute class that focuses on breathing and relaxation.
PM Response: Portside's Education Director, Sarah Damiano will introduce students to fiber arts and the weaving process. Students will work together to create a large weaving that incorporates natural and found objects.Students will use color symbolism and pattern to weave a message of peace.
Reflection: Students will gather in Portside's gallery to exchange thoughts about their collaborative experience and talk about what they have created.
Thursday: Mural Arts Tour
AM Research: Portside will take students on a private mural tour around the city in our shuttle bus. Portside will stop at several murals so students can sketch and use digital cameras to capture their experience.
PM Response: Philadelphia Mural Artist, Cesar Viveros will lead students in a mural making workshop.
Reflection: Students will gather in Portside gallery to talk about the amazing murals they had seen on their tour and to exchange thoughts about the mural making process.
Friday: Farm to Table
AM Research: Students will participate in a private farming lesson at a Greensgrow Farm following, students will tour River Wards Produce and learn the unique story behind where they get their produce comes from.
PM Response: Using the produce they bought from River Wards Produce, students will learn how to prepare vegetable and fruit appetizers that will be served during their closing art exhibition.
Reflection: Community artists will hold a portfolio review with each of our students and help them hang their artwork for the closing art exhibition.