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WIU Art Department/Art Education Program Presents Spring 2013 Community Youth Art Program

March 5, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Community Art Camp will be presented on Sundays from March 24 – April 21 at the West Central Illinois Arts Center and Garwood Hall on the WIU campus.

The free program, sponsored by the Performing Arts Society, is for students in first through eighth grades. Classes will be held March 24, April 7, April 14, and April 2. Classes for grades 1-2 and 5-6 will be held from 1 – 2:30 p.m.; and grades 3-4 and grades 7-8 will meet from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

1st and 2nd grades – Styles of Painting: Young artists will explore painting through the styles and methods of Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and traditional Native Americans. Water based paint and other materials will be used to create 3-D totem poles, Pop Art bubble wrap prints and large-scale Expressionism and Cubism paintings. Through these activities, children will be introduced to four influential art movements and discover how shapes, colors and methods can emphasize their own art making.

• 3rd and 4th grades – Make Art Together: Future artists will have the opportunity to discover how letters and words can be used to make art. They will be introduced to a variety of media, including ceramic/shadow art, colored pencils, ink pens, paint and more. The children will be inspired by artists like Kumi Yamashita and Anatol Knotek to learn new techniques, abilities, teamwork and vocabulary and have a discussion regarding their own artwork.

• 5th and 6th grades – Exploring Media: Introducing young artists to different forms of media will help broaden their knowledge base for the future. Students will explore the media of tiles and grout, creating a mosaic piece. Cardboard in the form of a shadow box will be incorporated to help them understand depth, shapes and color. Young artists will create a clay box piece but will be required to use the form of an object in their box, for example animals, vehicles or buildings. Students will then have the opportunity to learn the basic of print making with foam blocks.

• 7th and 8th grades – Advance Drawing: Aspiring artists will be exploring shape, proportion, line, color, realism, perspective and surrealism. Starting with realistically drawing animals, the class will focus on shape and proportion. Next, the class will combine imagination with realism by creating self-portraits with a twist. In the third lesson, the class will focus on perspective. Lastly, using the perspective drawing, the class will culminate by taking a surrealistic approach to creating a dreamscape.

To pre-register, contact Amanda S. Bratz at

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