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. (For more information, visit Minors). Students also have the opportunity to participate in recreation, camp activities, and attend arts-focused educational events in the evening. All art students display their work in the Art Show at the conclusion of each session. (At this time, plans for the final art show include a video presentation made available to friends and family after the conclusion of the session. If future COVID-19 guidelines allow, we will adjust to an in-person art exhibit for friends and family).

The and course will include the use of pencil, charcoal, pastel, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. This course is part of each art major’s schedule. The curriculum stresses the importance of observational drawing skills.

The course focuses on basic principles of construction and hand building. 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 component within Ceramics classes explores the use of structural principles and forms to create new and innovative works of art. Both realistic and abstract sculpture may be constructed, using traditional and non-traditional materials.

The course will experiment with various printing processes such as linoleum cuts, mono-prints, collagraphs, woodcuts, and etchings. The instructor may also include techniques from papermaking, book arts, or . The facilities can be utilized for 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 are available to produce 2D and 3D pieces. 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.

For more information on Blue Lake’s 2021 adjustments relating to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, visit COVID-Careful Planning.


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