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KAG campers shoot for the stars

July 26, 2016 11:43 A.M.

Inventors young and wild are learning about rocket ship construction, not at NASA but at Kamloops Art Gallery this summer.

The creative fun is part of summer art camps that continue until Aug. 19 at the gallery as it plays off its summer exhibition, Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie. 

Led by art instructors, campers aged 7-12 explore outer space and invent rocket ships; assemble found object sculptures and paint like Seurat; deconstruct art history and discover colour theory. Each day includes an interactive tour and activity in our exhibition spaces, developing the ability of young artists to articulate their ideas about what they’re looking at.

Campers enrolled in Week A, "Wild Inventors," participate in lessons about rocket ship construction, machine design, collage, and exploring how to use mediums in fun new ways! Week A will have a larger focus on 3D and sculpture, with minimal 2D works. 

Week B, "Investigating Art History,” will include lessons with a larger focus on 2D, exploring artists that Pethick references in his works and bringing our own ideas and stories to art history. They learn about colour theory and early photography and using our creative skills to make new experimental art works.

As with all of studio programs, KAG art camps put priority on the creative process over the outcome. Instructors encourage young artists to experiment, test new techniques and develop their skills through self-expression.

One morning a week, campers go on a field trip to the Kamloops Library to participate in its Summer Reading Club and absorb stories that explore themes relevant to the exhibition.

At the end of the summer, they celebrate the accomplishments of the talented young artists who participated in our summer art camp with an exhibition on our BMO Open Gallery. We hope you will join us at the reception on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.

Fees are  $145 (members) or $175 (public) per week. From Aug. 2-5, they are $116 / $140.

Extended care is available 8:30-9 a.m. am and 3-3:30 p.m. Register online or by calling 250-377-2400.

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