Blue Lake’s Art Colony motivates and challenges students through teaching the fundamental skills and concepts used in creating visual art. Classes emphasize creativity as an integral ingredient in the production of an artistic work, regardless of the individual’s level of experience or ability. Students also learn the importance of art as a means of personal expression.
Under the guidance of the faculty, art majors are introduced to a diverse mixture of two and three dimensional media. Instructors present techniques and materials normally not available in traditional art programs. Each day, students receive five hours of class instruction, including faculty-guided afternoon studio work time, which is used for independent in-depth exploration.
Students can complete their instructional day by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of interest while at camp. Students also have the opportunity to attend performances presented as a part of the Summer Arts Festival, as well as participate in recreation, camp activities, and art-focused educational events in the evening. All art students display their work in the Art Show at the conclusion of each session.
The Drawing and Painting course will include the use of pencil, charcoal, pastel, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. The curriculum stresses the importance of observational drawing skills. This course is part of each art major’s schedule. Students select an additional area of focus to complete their art curriculum:
The Ceramics course focuses on basic principles of construction and hand building. Students will acquire knowledge of form, volume, and space relationships using slab construction, extrusion, tile making, and slip casting. Ceramic decoration includes instruction in both glazing and non-traditional methods. Wheel throwing may be included, and students may participate in a Raku firing.
The Printmaking/Book Arts course will experiment with various printing processes such as linoleum cuts, mono-prints, collagraphs, woodcuts, and etchings. Printmaking is varied, repeatable and tactile, with images printed as unique works, as multiples, or as variations, using an array of processes. Concepts of drawing, design, color, layering, mark, and space are emphasized. The instructor may also include book arts techniques from papermaking, accordion fold books, pamphlets, and drum leaf books, with a variety of bindings.
Fiber Arts explores the use of structural principles and forms to create new and innovative works of art. It is common to incorporate elements of sculpture by utilizing all types of material. Both realistic and abstract sculpture may be constructed, using traditional and non-traditional materials. The studio provides a variety of instruction in the use of yarns, threads, floss, fabric, embellishment items, natural materials, and dyeing techniques depending on instructor specialty. Small looms and sewing machines may be incorporated and dyeing silk may be included in the class.
Blue Lake’s Art Faculty members are selected for their expertise in each of the course offerings, and are outstanding educators or practicing artists committed to the success of each student. Our teachers provide a creative experience that fosters skills, motivates, and encourages future study. Emphasis is placed on portfolio development and informing campers about art related occupations.