The museum will offer summer art camps from July
The first two camps, “Messy Art” and “Science and Art”, will be led by instructor Ligia Feo Carina de Drago. They will take place from Tuesday to Friday July 6-9.
“Messy Art”, which is aimed at children aged 3 to 6, with a tutor, takes place from 9 am to 11 am. Participants will paint with toy cars, toothpaste, hands, feet and more.
In the “Science and Art” camp, children aged 6 to 13 will explore the relationship between art and science. During sessions that run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., they will be encouraged to develop their creativity and imagination with colorful experiments, using math in art, creating pigments from flowers, and creating portraits by sound waves.
Drago, who moved here from Argentina with his family in 2008, runs a violin and viola studio at the Arioso Academy of Music and performs in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony.
The Summer Art Camps series was canceled last summer due to COVID.
“I’m so glad we can start over,” Matthew Anderson, museum education director, said of the show’s reboot.
It was a bit emotional for him, he said. “As I opened the classroom door again, I didn’t expect this ball of feelings to hit me in the chest.”
The other artistic camps are:
“Paper Sculpture Extravaganza”, with Tait Simonson, for 6-13 year olds, 9 am to 3 pm, July 12 to 16. Simonson, who teaches art at Central Valley Public School in rural Buxton, North Dakota, will teach students various projects with paper, such as making sketchbooks, 3D paper reliefs, of paper origami and paper quilling.
“Weaving Wonders”, with Kasandra Desmarais Grégoire, for 6-13 year olds, 9 am to 3 pm, July 19 to 23. Grégoire will lead children in an exploration of different textiles and materials, teach them to weave with natural materials as well as threads and fabrics, and give students the opportunity to design and build their own creations.
“Drawing Outside the Lines”, with Emily Dencker, for ages 6-13, 9 am to 3 pm, July 26 to 30. Dencker, a recent graduate of Concordia College, will lead drawing sessions with a variety of tools, such as pencils, pens, markers, charcoal, pastels and more, on surfaces such as paper, wood, panel, cement and acrylic.
“Printmaking”, with Jeanne O’Neil, for 6-13 year olds, 9 am to 3 pm, August 2 to 6. O’Neil, an artist specializing in printmaking, will explore with children a variety of methods to create reproducible art, including nature prints, collagraphs – using textured objects like thread, lace , buttons and paper clips, as well as stencil and relief prints – using images etched into styrofoam;
“All Things Paint”, with Carrie Sapa, for children ages 6 to 13, 9 am to 3 pm, August 9 to 13. Children will experience an introduction to color theory and painting methods, such as Impressionism, pointillism, watercolor techniques, abstract art, and paint pouring. Sapa, a visual arts teacher at Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks, has a particular interest in printmaking, ceramics, drawing, and textiles.
Tuition fees for the camps vary. For more information or to register, visit www.ndmoa.com , or call 701-777-4195.
The summer arts camps will follow the UND’s public health safety guidelines, according to a museum statement.
The museum, located at 261 Centennial Drive, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Parking is free on weekends.