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Bayly Art Museum Offers Summer Arts Camp For Middle-School Students July 30-Aug. 16

 

May 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 museum’s 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 museum’s mixed media artwork "Jerdon’s 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

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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