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Kid's Summer Workshops

  • Dinosaurs and Animals Throughout Time (Grades 1-3) June 5-9 • 9am-Noon
    Inspiration for this workshop comes from the creatures of the past and present. Images and creations will be used to communicate our stories whether fact or fiction. Drawing, paint and clay will be used to explore ideas.  
    FEE: $115  • Online Registration
  • Art Material Expression (Grades 4-8) June 5-9 • 1-4pm
    Students will choose an expression from different materials to communicate their ideas. Student artists will explore a variety of painting, drawing and sculpting while keeping a journal for experimenting with materials and recording ideas. Individual expressions are shared to benefit the group's expanding knowledge of communication through art.       
    FEE: $115 • Online Registration
  • Drawing and Painting Focus (Grades 6-9) June 12-16 • 9am-1pm
    A variety of drawing and painting techniques will be covered. Advanced skills such as perspectives, shading and composition will be explored, as students are encouraged to study their own interests. Modern and classical approaches are explored.                    
    FEE: $135 • Online Registration
  • Animals Around the World (Grades 1-3) June 12-16 • 1-4pm
    Draw, sculpt and learn about animals all over the world. Use multiple art mediums to explore your favorite animals. Use your experience from the zoo, family pets, farm, or inspiring television programs, or your imagination. Whether furry or slithery, animals inspire kids.
    FEE: $115 • Online Registration
  • Ceramics Arts (Grades 4-8) June 19-21 • 9am-Noon
    Explore the amazing world of ceramics. Discuss designs and understand ceramic processes. Work with hand building and the pottery wheel. Coils, slab, scoring, slips, textures and glazes are included. Functional and sculptural pieces are constructed with creative challenges added. Pieces will be fired in our kilns.
    FEE: $65 • Online Registration
  • Wood Working (Grades 4-8) June 21-23 • Noon-3pm
    Learn how to follow a plan, cut out wood using hand tools, then nail and screw them together. Hand tools used, with the exception of an electric drill, include hand saws, coping saws, hammers, pliers, glue and clamps. Projects include: sculpture, boat, tool box or bird house.
    FEE: $65 • Online Registration
  • Art With Paper (Grades 4-8) June 26–29 • 9am-Noon
    Learn how paper is made around the world and its many uses. Handmade paper will be made using a Hollander Beater. Explore the world of paper by experiencing paper making, paper mache’ and origami. Paper engineering challenges will be a part of this workshop.
    FEE: $60 • Online Registration
  • Sewing for Kids (Grades 4-8) July 10–13 • Noon-3pm
    This fun hobby will give you a sense of self-sufficiency by making your own usable items. Learn how to hand stitch and the basic operations of sewing machines as well as how to make a pillow, puppet, dream catcher and bandana backpack.
    FEE: $75 • Online Registration
  • Ceramics Arts (Grades 4-8) July 11-13 • 9am-Noon
    Explore the amazing world of ceramics. Discuss designs and understand ceramic processes. Work with hand building and the pottery wheel. Coils, slab, scoring, slips, textures and glazes are included. Functional and sculptural pieces are constructed with creative challenges added. Pieces will be fired in our kilns.
    FEE: $65 • Online Registration
  • Portrait and Figure Drawing (Grades 4-6) July 17–21 • 9am-Noon
    The human figure has always been at the center of many art works. This workshop will help demystify the skills required to draw the figure and portrait while conveying the personality of the subjects. Instructors will provide in depth detailed examples. Models with be fully clothed.
    FEE: $115 • Online Registration
  • Introduction to the Arts (Grades 1-5) July 24–28 • 9am-Noon
    Discover the world of art around us. Environmental walks and plein air works will inspire us all to draw, paint, print and sculpt. Experiment with multiple mediums and methods. Learn sculpting with clay, painting and drawing.
    FEE: $115 • Online Registration
  • Working with Metal at the Craft Shop (Grades 7-12) July 24–28 • 9am-1pm
    Learn to work with small metals and jewelry making methods by using metals such as copper and even sterling silver. We will break out the wire to create a one of a kind sculpture!
    FEE: $160 • Online Registration
  • Planets, Sun, and Eclipse Workshop (Grades 4-8) July 24–28 • Noon-3pm
    In this multi-project workshop, students will paint 3 dimensional planets, construct blinged-out solar viewers, build a water rocket that really works, paint art works designed to represent our solar system inspired by our discussions and space exploration, create a solar reflector and more. Discussions on safe solar viewing included.
    FEE: $115 • Online Registration

Can’t fit our workshop schedule? Call to book a private session.

For questions call 618/453-3636 or email the craftshp@siu.edu