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Creative Arts Summer Programming 2018

Pottery Camp (2nd-6th grade)

When: Monday-Friday, July 23rd-27th, 2018
Time: 7:30am-5:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $130, A deposit of $50 is required to book the camp and the balance is due the first day. 15 students maximum
What to bring: Your child, have them wear clothes that they can get clay on, bring a lunch and two snacks and beverages.

Explore the art of ceramics by getting first hand experience with techniques such as hand-building sculptural objects by learning multiple building styles. Styles such as: coil/slab, solid and pinch methods. Students will also focus on wheel-throwing to create functional pottery. Surface techniques like sgraffito, slip trailing, underglaze painting and traditional glaze processes will be explored. Exciting and unique works of art will be made daily. Students will have art lessons twice a day for 2 hours each session with our visiting professional artist. Art sessions are booked from 10:00am-12:00pm and then again from 3:00-5:00pm. There will be two camp councelors working with your child, watching movies, playing outdoor games, in between art lessons.

Art Instructor/ Visiting Artist: Kelly Stevenson, MFA

Kelly Stevenson is a former ceramics professor from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She is transitioning into a long-term residency of the Archie Bray Foundation starting in late September, for 1 year. Stevenson has an extensive exhibition record and was a prestigious Welsh Foundation fellowship which fully funded three years of Graduate School at Georgia State University. Her expertise in wheel throwing and hand-building sculptural techniques makes her a perfect match for leading this week long intensive pottery camp.

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Theatre Camp (2nd-6th grade)

When: Monday-Friday, August 13th-17th, 2018
Time: 7:30am-5:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $130, A deposit of $50 is required to book the camp and the balance is due the first day. 15 students maximum
What to bring: Your child, have them wear clothes that they can get clay on, bring a lunch and two snacks and beverages.

Theatre camp at the Square will be an amazing experience for children that love drama, have great expression and show signs of theatre interest. This camp will focus on team building, "improv", character building, costume design, props and make-up. Each day there will be a specific theme, and the full day will be devoted to the art of theatre. Students will have Theatre lessons twice a day for 2 hours each session, from 10:00am-12:00pm, and then again from 3:00-5:00pm, with instructor Keely Ronish. In-between theatre lessons, there will be two camp counselors working with your child, watching movies, playing games, and making theatre related crafts. The last day of camp the students will put on a short play for their families.

Theatre Instructor: Keely Ronish

Keely Ronish has been involved in the world of theatre for 10 years.  She has held many roles such as Little Red in "Into The Woods", The production of "1776", and "Pilgrims Progress". She was, Jenny, in "Swiss Family Robinson" in which she also Co-directed. Keely also produced and acted in C.S. Lewis's "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe". Her career in theater began when she was 7 were she played the 'Biting Rat' in the "Pied Piper". She loves sharing her passion with youth. As the founder of The Storytellers, Great Falls newest youth theatre group, she looks forward to providing the opportunity for young people to explore and participate in the world of theater in a supportive environment. Keely believes that by empowering kids through theatre they can change the world.

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Sculptural Ceramics ( 16yrs +) Intermediate to Advanced wheel throwers with Rob Kellenbeck

When: Tuesday's. July 10-31
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $150, plus $35 supply fee
10 students maximum

This Sculptural Ceramics class entails combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements to create sculptural vessels. Students will be learning to throw on the wheel multiple parts to create large scale sculpture. The sculptures that will be created will be fired in our cone 10 gas kiln. Come step outside the box and explore a new approach to ceramics, in this fun and relaxed environment.

Instructor: Rob Kellenbeck

Rob Kellenbeck has over 4 decades of experience in the ceramics field. He began his college academic studies in math and science, but once he took a ceramic elective course, he was hooked and started a more creative academic path in the arts. His major became ceramics which lead him to earn his BFA from Texas Tech. He went on to open Deer Creek Pottery in the early 70's. His accomplishments in the ceramic industry are vast and we are happy to have him here as an instructor and fellow potter in the Great Falls community. To learn more about Rob and Deer Creek Pottery, please go to this link (Ceramic Monthly, pages 26-30), https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/06/Ceramics_Monthly_dec93_cei1293d.pdf

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Wheel-throwing Ceramics Class (open to all levels) with Lauren Smith

When: Wednesday's, August 1st-22nd
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $125, plus $35 supply fee
10 students maximum

This 4-week course is designed to develop and refine technique. You will be exploring the different forms of functional pottery. Beginning students will learn the basics and step-by-step instruction on how to throw a cylinder and a bowl. We will finish forms with trimming, adding handles, knobs and some surface decoration. Advanced students will concentrate on improving your throwing skills and knowledge of clay. Surface decorations will be explored well as discuss various clay, glazes and firing processes that work well with producing functional pottery. Please come to class ready to practice, get dirty, and have fun! Mandatory clean up the last day for all students.

Instructor: Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith lives and maintains her studio practice in Ulm Montana. She received her MFA from the University of North Texas in 2011 and has been a resident artist at renowned clay centers such as The Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center. Lauren has taught classes in the past at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, in Pomona CA, and Ceramic Services in Ontario, CA. She looks to historical, antique and contemporary pottery for her inspiration and wants to share the magic of how one can take a ball of clay and make something that can be treasured. Please visit her website at www.laurensmithpottery.com

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Youth Drawing Class (4th-8th grade) with Lori Anderson

When: Tuesday's, June 5th-July 10th
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $55 plus $15 supply fee
(Min 5 students, and Max 15 students)

Youth Drawing will explore a variety of drawing materials, including graphite, charcoal, conté crayon and pastels. Subjects like pets and anime will give students a fun and creative outlet! In this class, students will also be learning perspective, line quality and how to shade their subjects to create volume!

Instructor: Lori Anderson

Lori graduated with her BFA in Art Education from Colorado State University in 1981. She has taught youth classes at Saint Joseph with Sister Mary Bernard and at Head Start here in Great Falls. She is an avid drawer and also explores other artistic styles such as painting and photography.

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2 Day Photography Intensive with Robert Kruithoff (14 yrs plus)

When: Session A: Friday and Saturday- July 27-28
Session B: Friday and Saturday-August 17-18
Time: Friday, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday 12:00p-5:00pm
Where: Room 18, Paris Gibson Square
Cost: $100.00 per session
(Min 5 students, and Max 15 students)

Do you want to upgrade your photography skills? This 2 day Photography Intensive is for those who own a DSLR Camera and want to get more out of their equipment. Friday evening will feature a tour of your camera and its features and capabilities, but also its limitations. Discussion topics include: the Exposure Triangle, lighting (natural and artificial), golden hour and night photography, reading histograms, additional gear suggestions, and tips and tricks to help you get the shots you want. Following classroom discussion, there will be Photo Walk with model to practice topics covered.

Saturday begins with Classroom discussion to review information from previous evening. Topics for discussion will include: Finding and using advanced features on your camera, White Balancing and Color Temperature, Advantages and disadvantages of daylight. Following classroom discussion, there will be a Photo Walk with model to practice topics covered.

Required equipment: DSLR camera with lenses and 32-64GB of memory card space.
Suggested equipment: Tripod, External flash, Neutral Density Filter, Polarizing Filter

Instructor: Robert Kruithoff

Robert Kruithoff is a local photographer who grew up in the Golden Triangle and Central Montana. He started his photography career at 9 years old with a Kodak Instamatic 110 camera. High School brought him some photojournalism training and the dark room, mixing chemicals and making prints. Always the picture taker at family events and an avid hobbyist, Robert began serious study to move onto a professional level 5 years ago.  His primary interests are landscape, portrait and fine art photography. Robert loves haring his knowledge and experience with others so they can improve their skills and enjoyment of the medium.

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For more information, contact the museum at 406.727.8255