Florida State University’s Department of Art Education is currently hosting 120 young people from ages eight through 17 at their two-week, Summer Art Workshop program. The program’s mission is to facilitate K-12 kids’ engagement in independent, inquiry-driven art making.
“We don’t think kids should have to wait for art class to be creative and express themselves,” said Sara Scott Shields, Chair of the Department of Art Education and Director of the camp. “These workshops invite young people, from elementary to high school, to explore their ideas and stretch outward through art.”
The workshops were held from June 6-10 and June 13-17 and are run by the current cohort of teacher certification students in the art education department as part of their six hour summer class on the theory and practice of art education.
The theme of this year’s camp is “Inside, Outside,” and the daily activities encourage exploration and taking the kids outside of their comfort zones. The campers have created collages, clay sculptures, observational drawings, cyanotypes, chainmail jewelry and more.
“We really enjoy this program and I look forward to it every year,” said Shields. “I’m so proud of the great work that our FSU Art Teachers are doing, and of the amazing artwork the students attending are making. It is always such a pleasure to see young people gain confidence in their artistic voices.”
For more information on this program, ArtEd.fsu.edu/programs/camps.