Marbelizing Paper With Miss Katie!

Marbelized paper has always been a feature of the Deco Arts Camp, and I mean always. When Sinclair Hamilton founded the Decorative and Fine Arts Camp, now Deco Arts Camp, marbleizing paper was a project that was done from the beginning. Still, it's probably one of the projects that has also changed the most. We... Continue Reading →

Color Wheel Classic!

The color wheel is a staple of the Deco Arts Camp. There is nothing more beautiful than a gorgeous wheel of thoughtfully mixed colors and carefully painted shapes! The color wheel patterns are differentiated by a campers age, but ss campers return they have the opportunity to try the more complex color wheels and even... Continue Reading →

Book Nook Update!

The Deco Arts Camp book nook has been a huge hit so far! We love to see campers reading! Its been a great spot for early finishers or campers who need a break from a challenging painting project. It's good to see the room working as a second teacher.

Silk Screen Sensation!

This summer a new feature we added to the Deco Arts Camp was the opportunity to silk-screen T-shirts and aprons. Historically we've always silk-screened, but creating a useful keepsake is new! We do not use chemicals to "burn" the screens. Instead, we cut out stencils and use those stencils under our screen to create our... Continue Reading →

Getting Started

This summer the Deco Arts Camp is located on the 3rd floor of the Arcade Building at Glen Echo Park. I am so excited for the summer ahead! To get things started here is a look at the space. New this year to the Deco Arts Camp is a cozy, calming reading nook complete with... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Sketchbook Work

One thing I am very proud of this year was how I have enforced the habit of sketchbook work in all of my upper level students. Each month I required all of my students in all of my classes, sophomore through seniors, 4 pages or 2 "spreads" worth of work in their sketchbooks. Some of... Continue Reading →

Animals, Symbolism, and Self-Portraits

My AP Drawing 1 class took on the task of diving deep into the world of animal symbolism in art. We decoded Renaissance artists use of animals to convey meaning, and we looked at how contemporary artists are using animals as symbols now. Students read “Decoding Animals in Art History, From Immortal Peacocks to Lusty Rabbits” by Abigail... Continue Reading →

Fabulous Figure Drawing!

In my sophomore Studio I class we have been practicing different approaches to the figure. For the most part, we used vine charcoal and a little bit of black chalk pastel for extra oomph! We started this unit with sweeping gesture drawings, focusing on capturing the overall movement of the figure. Then we looked at... Continue Reading →

Fauvist on Top of Grisaille, Oh Yay!

In a normal year, my sophomores would have encountered paint and have dealt with value during their freshman Foundations class. Unfortunately, this year that is not the case, because as we return to fully in-person instruction we are still a year behind on some of our materials explorations. Now, some of my students in Studio... Continue Reading →

Small Boxes of Personality

Inspired by the weird box of boxes I hoarded over the years and saved from the giant purge of our old art classroom, I started the year with this quick warm-up project. Students were asked to create small works of art inside (and outside) of these small boxes. The whole process was completely up to... Continue Reading →

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