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. Go to minors for a complete listing of courses. Students also have the opportunity to hear various performances presented as a part of Blue Lake’s Summer Arts Festival, as well as participate in recreational activities and other camp events. All art students display their work in the Final Sunday Art Show at the conclusion of each session.

The and course may 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 course is multifaceted. Students are offered a variety of instruction in the use of yarns, threads, floss, fabric, embellishment items, natural materials, and dyeing techniques. Small looms and sewing machines are available to produce 2D and 3D pieces. Dyeing silk may be included in the class.

The course explores the use of structural principles and forms to create new and innovative works of art. Art majors study sculptural history, from classical to contemporary, through analysis of famous sculptures and sculptors. Both realistic and abstract sculpture may be constructed, using traditional and non-traditional materials.

The course will experiment with various printing processes: linoleum cuts, mono-prints, collagraphs, wood cuts, and etchings.  There may also be an opportunity for reduction printing and bookmaking.

The Metal Arts course explores the fundamentals of working with metal, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, and cold joining. Various surface decoration techniques will be incorporated into the student’s artwork.

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.

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