Featured Camp: Torggler Summer Art Camp
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Join the Torggler Fine Arts Center in their beautiful new facility on the campus of Christopher Newport University for an exciting summer of creative fun! From painting to pottery and everything in between, the Torggler offers a variety of engaging and educational half-day camps to ignite your child’s creativity. Camps run from June 20 – August 18 for children ages 5-14.
Torggler Fine Arts Center offers morning and afternoon half-day camps four days per week (Monday through Thursday). You can choose a morning and an afternoon camp to create a full-day of artistic adventures, including a supervised lunch period and optional after-care.
All camps are taught by professional instructors with decades of teaching experience and sharing the arts with children.
Cost: Each half-day camp costs $150.00, inclusive of supplies. Optional after-care is an additional $20 per week. Click Here To Register!
CAMPS FOR AGES 5-7
Under the Sea Camp –Let’s discover the fascinating world under the sea! In this environment, there are many wonderful creatures, including fishes, sharks, octopuses, seahorses and coral reefs. Campers will create art inspired by these amazing creatures. Participants will learn how to draw sea creatures before using a variety of art materials, including watercolor, oil pastels, air-dry clay and mixed media to create their final art pieces.
Magnificent Masks – Many cultures around the world create and use masks for a variety of celebrations and ceremonies. We will identify masks from Africa, North and South America, and Asia. Campers will create masks based on what we learn about each region. During this four-day camp, participants will create 2D and 3D masks out of paper, scratch art, plaster masks and tin repousse.
Color, Color Everywhere – Did you know that Sir Isaac Newton was fascinated by light and color way back in 1672? His scientific discoveries helped the world understand colors that are still used today. We will examine properties of color, identify color schemes and incorporate the color wheel in our art projects. We will experiment with a variety of materials, including watercolor, pastel, markers, printmaking and marble pieces of paper.
Incredible Desert Animals – Let’s discover animals that have learned to live in and adapt to desert environments. In this camp, we will learn to sketch some incredible creatures and turn them into a variety of 2D and 3D art projects including papier mache, air-dry clay, tin repousse, texture collages and printmaking.
Making Monsters – Not all monsters are scary! In this fun monster-making week, campers will use their imaginations to create their own wonderfully funny, wacky and sweet monsters. You will use a variety of 2D and 3D materials to bring your monsters to life.
Let’s Go On A Safari – In this camp, kids are asked to imagine they are roaming the great plains of Africa, while working with clay to create their own giant giraffes, happy hippos, zany zebras and loud lions. Campers will use a variety of clay techniques, and will glaze and fire their creations in the kiln to be ready to go to their new homes.
Insane Insects – Who said bugs are icky? During this fun week of crazy crawling bugs, campers will explore a variety of art materials as they make imaginative and entertaining 2D and 3D bug art.
Hey, Hey It’s Clay – What could be more fun than clay?! After learning about how to make clay slabs, pinch pots and coils, campers will create wind chimes, decorative tiles, and animal pinch pots, then use colorful glazes to complete their masterpieces.
You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream – Campers are in for a sweet treat during this camp inspired by the famous painter of desserts, Wayne Thiebaud. Campers will use modeling clay, shaving cream and more to create visually delectable sundaes, ice cream cones and cakes. Young campers will bring home art almost good enough to eat!
Rainforest Adventures – Pack your bags to head out on a rain forest adventure! Campers will create silly sloths, talking toucans, fancy frogs, jazzy jaguars and more! Students will experiment with a variety of art materials, including Gelli plate prints, crayon prints, air dry clay and paint.
Night and Day – In each day of this camp, students will explore a theme from the perspective of both day and night using a variety of materials, including glow-in-the-dark paint, colored pencils and markers. Themes will include the day and night sky, butterflies and moths, ladybugs and lightning bugs, and peacocks and owls.
Into The Forest – In this adventurous week of camp, students will take an imaginary walk through the forest. Campers will learn about and create their own forest creatures and trees. Young artists will use a variety of materials, including air-dry clay, paint, fibers and weaving.
Free As A Bird – Fly on in and join us while we create a flock of feathered friends. Campers will explore a variety of 2D and 3D art media to create colorful and amazing birds from all over the world.
Walk Like A Bird – Some birds can’t fly, but that doesn’t keep them from being awesome. Campers will learn about and create their very own penguins, kiwis, ostriches, emus and more. A variety of art materials and processes will be used. Come join us and walk like a bird!
CAMPS FOR AGES 8-10
Mad Hatter Tea Party – Campers will create all the trappings to host a wacky tea party. We will make paper flower arrangements, ceramic teacups and saucers, mad hatter-style hats, and wonderland decor. The week will end with a festive tea party (each camper can dress to impress and bring a small snack.)
Let’s Face It – In this camp, the face is the inspiration for a week of artist-inspired portraits, self-portraits and abstracted portraits. Campers will create a zany doodlebomb self-portrait, an artist-inspired 3D portrait and a giant pastel face with exaggerated features. Facial proportions, exaggerations, color and design will be incorporated into this week that is front-and-center fun!
Amazing Abstractions – Have a blast and be inspired while creating art abstractions. Each day campers will learn about a different abstract artist. Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Paul Klee and Yayoi Kusama will inspire musical, colorful, energetic and creative art. Campers will use markers, paint and 3D materials to create their final artworks.
Claytastic – During this fantastic week, explore the vast creative possibilities of clay! Campers will create handbuilt as well as wheel-thrown creations. Learn to use basic clay techniques to create everything from sculpture to functional pottery.
Atmospheric Watercolor – Watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing the ever-changing beauty of nature! In this camp, students will learn how to create a watercolor landscape from start to finish. Students will learn about color and mixing, as well as intensity and gradation, in order to create their own stunning landscapes.
3D Emojis – How fun is this?! Campers will create a 3D sculpture of an emoji of their choice. Sculptures will be constructed with cardboard and papier-mache, personalized, and painted. Bring an empty cereal box and your creativity.
Spintastic – You might get dizzy spinning your way to amazing and beautiful pottery. In this camp, we will explore vessels that you can eat and drink from. Beginner and returning students will learn to master the potter’s wheel. Campers will also learn techniques to finish and decorate their work before it is fired in the kiln and ready to go home.
Make Your Own Comic Book – Everyone loves a good story, and what better way to read one than in a comic book you wrote and illustrated? Campers will design their own characters and story before bringing them to life in a comic book. Each camper will learn how to lay out, draw and add color to their book, and will go home with their own printed comic book!
Origami Explosion Books –This camp is exploding with fun! Campers will fold, glue, collage and paint to create an amazing, personalized book. A variety of media and materials will be used in the creation of this one-of-a-kind book.
Ceramic Wall Art –Create awesome ceramic art to hang on your walls! During this week, campers will create beautiful wall pockets, 3D tile pictures, ceramic frames and sculpted animal heads. Artwork will be finished with colorful glazes and fired in the kiln before going home to decorate your room.
Paper Art Sculpture – Cutting, folding and sculpting with paper is tons of fun! Students will learn about color, line and shape through the creation of a sculpture that is both symmetrical and colorful. Each student will go home with a large and beautiful 3D paper design.
Back To Nature – During this fun week of nature and art, campers will use a variety of natural materials such as ferns, leaves, flowers, sticks and stones along with paint and fibers to create unique and interesting artworks. Among the projects we’ll create are sun prints, rock dot painting, pressed-flower lanterns and branch weavings. Nature is the perfect inspiration for creativity in this back-to-nature art camp!
Digital Drawing – In this exciting class, campers will learn basic and advanced techniques using the Sketchbook app and the Stop Motion app. Bring your computer, iPad or smartphone with downloaded apps and learn how to draw, paint, collage and create stop-motion videos. Drawing styluses will be available for use during the class.
Imposters – Food Edition – Campers will explore the works of Wayne Thiebaud and Lucy Sparrow before whipping up a few of our favorite sweet and savory treats using a variety of art mediums.
CAMPS FOR AGES 11-14
3D Paper Explosion – Cut it, score it, flex it and mold it! Campers will create and design beautiful unique three-dimensional watercolor paper orbs, flextangles, 3D tissue paper paintings and explosion books in this exciting exploration of the dimensional possibilities of paper.
Pottery Odyssey – During this exciting week, campers will explore the pottery wheel and other forms of functional ceramics. Whether you are new to clay or coming back for more, campers will walk away with newfound confidence along with many beautiful ceramic glazed artworks.
The Art of the Sketch – Where do you begin when making a drawing? This camp provides an opportunity to learn how to draw by using the correct pencil grip, standing at an easel, drawing from life and drawing from a photograph, breaking down forms, and learning how to compose your artworks. We will explore a variety of media during in this fun and informative week.
Animate with Procreate – What fun it will be to bring your characters to life using Procreate for iPad and or Procreate Pocket for iPhones. Bring your iPad or iPhone with the Procreate app downloaded to learn basic and more advanced techniques in this exciting week of animation. Students new or experienced will have fun creating animations that move, bounce and fly! * If you do not have an iPad we will have a limited number of iPads to borrow while in class. Call to check availability.
Food As Art – Almost good enough to eat! This camp focuses on the creative possibilities of food as the inspiration for art. Campers will use a variety of materials such as collage, paint and clay to create favorite foods that will leave them hungry for more.
Illuminated Sculpture- In this one-of-a-kind camp, students will create two beautiful handmade luminaries that will keep them glowing! Clay and other materials will be used to build and sculpt unique creations that will add a special light to their room.
Atmospheric Watercolor –Watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing the ever-changing beauty of nature! In this camp, students will learn how to create a watercolor landscape from start to finish. Students will learn about color and mixing, as well as intensity and gradation, in order to create their own stunning landscapes.
Mixed-Media Madness –Immerse yourself in an array of materials and hands-on art making of all kinds. From felting to bookmaking to painted collage, you will have a blast in this energized camp!
Creative Containers – Create unique containers with clay! Campers will learn basic hand-building and decorative techniques to create several ceramic containers, such as hidden sculpture containers, cultural boxes and even “Chia Pets” to grow and hold beautiful plants.
Abstract Printmakers – In this class, campers will begin by creating varied watercolor backgrounds on large paper. Students will then learn to use a linoleum cutting tool to carve away the lino block for printing. A variety of patterns and designs will be created to stamp on their painted backgrounds, resulting in a bright and energetic design!
Digital Drawing – In this exciting class, campers will learn basic and advanced techniques using the Sketchbook Pro app and the Stop Motion app. Bring your computer, iPad or smartphone with downloaded apps and learn how to draw, paint, collage and create stop-motion videos. Drawing styluses will be available for use during the class.
3D Emojis – How fun is this?! Campers will create a 3D sculpture of an emoji of their choice. Sculptures will be constructed with cardboard and papier-mache, personalized and painted. Bring an empty cereal box and your creativity!
Into The Wild – Gelli prints, plaster gauze and tunnel books, oh my! Join us for this mixed media exploration of differing processes for creating your favorite animals.
You’re Such A Character – In this camp, students will learn how to develop and create original cartoon characters. Students will envision a unique character and consider basic shapes, proportions, viewpoints and detail in their creation. A character’s personality is important as well! Are they courageous? Shy? Funny? Daring? Who will you create?