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 →

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 →

Paint & Sip For a Cause!

Would you like to paint with me!? I'm trying to raise money for Mary House and provide programming for their middle schoolers who won't have as many fun opportunities this summer! I will provide the materials... and fun! Let me know if you're interested! It could be an activity with friends or colleagues! It could... Continue Reading →

Re-Writing History

There is a long tradition of copying master works as a form of artistic research. As a class we looked at the many ways contemporary artists like Mikalene Thomas, Kerry James Marshal, Titus Kaphar and many others have rewritten or re-examined traditions in fine art. For this project students set out to do their own... Continue Reading →

New Classes and Studio II Landscape Work

This year I have returned to teaching our advanced studio art classes along with one section of our foundations level class at Stone Ridge. I know I mentioned this in my last post, but I am so excited about this! Since our previous teacher in this position was transitioning to another position I though it... Continue Reading →

Still Life as Landscape

Inspired by the travel photographer Erin Sullivan, my AP Drawing year one students were challenged to use everyday objects in their house to create a "landscape". I asked them to paint or draw this scene as a complete composition. For examples of how Erin Sullivan has done this you can read the article here, as... Continue Reading →

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