When planning for a week of camp, we most often ask ourselves, “What would we want to make… not just at 8, or 12, or 16, but now?” What frequently follows is a mash-up of memories, internet-travels, and long sought after wishes. This time around, after much consideration over what’s camp-week-worthy, and what’s super-awesome-camp-week-worthy, we have landed on our very first Spring Camp lineup:
Week 1: MATRYOSHKA DOLL CAMP
March 25 – 29
The nesting dolls that are so popular among Russians and artists alike, will be the focus of our first week of Spring Camp. While designing and painting a set of five dolls, each camper will be pushed to think beyond the traditional dolls, and find interesting ways for the dolls to interact with each other. The dolls could become members of a favorite band, or family portraits, or cartoon monsters… the sky’s the limit. Throughout the process, campers will be instructed on painting techniques andwill be expected to take their art to a new level of detail and execution. Book Here.
Week 2: SKATEBOARD ART CAMP
April 1 – 5
With the time, skill, and level of craftsmanship that goes into many skateboards, we believe they qualify as moving pieces of art. And for a whole week of camp, we will delve into the culture and design elements that have held our attention for decades. Each camper will be given one skateboard deck to work with and helped along the way with instruction on different styles, composition and painting. At the end of the week, campers will walk away with a finished deck that can be hung as a masterpiece, or transformed into a personalized form of transportation. Book Here.
For the past four years,we have been putting together a swell little art camp in the midst of Griffith Park, all the while whispering about the possibility of some day finding a permanent home for truly great art making. That day has come. Our vision for The Art Grist is ambitious, looking to combine classes for children and adults, with a supportive community for artists, and a forward thinking gallery. But to us, these things are meant to be together, mixing and blending like a charcoal drawing.
If this is your first encounter with The Art Grist, please take a look at our gallery to see what we have accomplished to this point. We are educators who live for art, and artists who see no shame in being great educators. Our emphasis has always been on relevent content and quality execution, and we believe that has been shown through the work of our campers. With a roof over our heads and expanded vision, we expect to take each of these elements to the next level.
We have scrimped and saved up for this moment, and we are putting our entire savings into the project. We’re all in – money, time and heart. Now we are reaching out to supporters to make sure that not only can we open our doors, but keep them open. The Art Grist is asking those who believe in our mission to donate, through our Indiegogo campaign. The Indiegogo link to the right will take you to our campaign video and information. Each dollar raised will be the foundation for groundbreaking education, unique events and support for emergent artists. You’re support will make all this happen, and for this we are extremely grateful.