Art Museum Offers Summer Arts Camp For Middle-School Students July
31, 2001-- The
University of Virginia's Bayly Art Museum has scheduled a new summer
art camp for upcoming fifth- through ninth-grade students. To run
in three one-week sessions from late July to mid-August, the camp,
"From Stela to Stella," will allow budding artists to study and
create within the museum setting.
The camp will encourage students
to expand their understanding of the museum as a living resource
for art-making by studying art, art history, techniques, and materials
through direct observation and discussion of works in the Bayly's
collection and exhibitions. Campers will create artworks that directly
relate to their discoveries. "From Stela to Stella" will conclude
with an exhibition of student work.
Students may sign up for one or more
of the one-week sessions. The program will accept 30 tuition-paying
and 30 scholarship students. Each one-week session will run Monday
through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The three sessions are: July
30-Aug. 2; Aug. 6-9; and Aug. 13-16. For the Aug. 17 student exhibition,
the museum will make special arrangements for transportation and
hold a reception for campers and their families.
Classes are limited to 20 students
per session. The cost for tuition-paying students is $175 per week
and includes all supplies as well as morning and afternoon snacks.
Lunches for tuition-paying students are available at $5 per day;
lunches will be provided for scholarship students, who also will
receive free transportation to and from the Bayly Art Museum.
Camp director Jennifer van Winkle
will oversee the program. An artist, arts administrator and educator,
she worked as an arts educator with numerous Chicago foundations
before recently moving to the Charlottesville area.
Campers will focus their experience
on the ancient and modern art in the museums collection. Students
will examine a commemorative Roman stela, or stone marker, dating
from 230 B.C., and discuss their responses as well as traditional
and contemporary sculptural techniques and historical contexts.
They will explore similar ancient artworks and create observational
sketches, focusing on the human figure in art. These exercises will
culminate with each camper creating a commemorative stela that relates
to people, things, or events important in the students' lives.
Using the museums mixed media
artwork "Jerdons Courser" by American abstract artist Frank
Stella, made in 1976, the students then will study contemporary
art and focus on their responses to color and shapes and the expressionistic
aspect of art. They then will create mixed media drawings and sculpture
of glued cardboard assemblages.
"From Stela to Stella" is
made possible, in part, with a grant from Phillip Morris USA. Additional
grant sources are pending.
Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298