The Austin Artery is offering art camps for school aged children in Austin for our fourth year this summer 2018.
As our name suggests, our mission is bringing vital creative energy to the Austin community.
We believe that true creativity is cultivated through courage. We help our students develop the courage to paint, (or sculpt, or illustrate, or write...) by focusing on the creative PROCESS rather than the product. Your child's love of learning, critical thinking skills, and ability to collaborate will blossom in our programs.
We host camps at four locations: Austin International School (north), Whole Life Learning Center (south), and Austin Home Base Academy (central).
Each week long camp is held Monday through Friday 9 AM - 3 PM. Early care will begin at 7:30 AM daily and Aftercare until 6 PM will be available after camp each day, and can be purchased when you sign up for camp. During early and after care, children are divided into small groups and rotate stations spending one hour at the drawing and open studio station, and thirty minutes at the art history book station.
At the Austin Artery camps we value brain based research. Our pedagogy is informed by our core values of Process, Practice and Patience.
We are inspired by the Teaching for Artistic Behavior philosophy, as well as Montessori and Reggio Emilia. The primary focus is on the process of making art rather than finished product. Research shows that providing children with open ended activities promotes creativity. Ultimately, at this camp we focus on developing creativity, collaboration, patience with the process of bringing a vision to life, and a love for learning. Your child will not come home with the same creations as the other children because we leave space for the children to synthesize information and play.
Each child needs a firm foundation in the Elements & Principles of Art as well as basic technical skills. We will spend time each day on an activity that develops these skills so that our students can strengthen their artistic practice.
Mindfulness is an important part of a creative practice. We begin each day with quiet reflective moments and journaling activities that promote self-knowledge and emotional well being.