Registration for Summer Camp 2020 opens in February
Join us for a summer of creative exploration at Art Camp 504! We offer art workshops at our two locations - Art Klub and the Tigermen Den. Campers select any combination of weeks, each taught by professional teaching artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds. By focusing on one discipline per week, our campers deeply engage with and explore the workshop’s content.
Young artists celebrate their achievements each Friday with a performance or gallery walk for family and friends. Daily schedule includes two art workshops, outdoor play time, and swim twice a week at Stalling Rec Center on St Claude. Campers bring lunch Monday-Thursday. Pizza Party Lunch is provided every Friday by our friends at Pizza Delicious.
TIME: 9am - 3pm, Drop off begins 8:45am, Pick up 3-3:15. Aftercare available 3:15-5:00 pm
COST: $225/week. Aftercare $15/day, $60/week.
TO REGISTER: Select your weeks below and add to cart. Pay online - we accept PayPal & Credit Cards. You can add weekly aftercare to your cart. Drop in aftercare is available for $15/day cash. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners, our Rising Artists Program offers income based financial aid scholarships to families that need extra assistance. Email us at ArtCamp504@gmail.com for more information and to apply.
Ages 7 - 14
Learn the basic technics of digital photography, editing, and the alternative process of creating one of a kind Xerox transfers with your own images. The Xerox transfer process is super fun and educational, it also can be done at home without fancy equipment and just a few chemical components. Xerox Transfers are made with black and white Xerox prints pressed onto watercolor paper, using a combination of shellac, gum-Arabic, a paint brush, and distilled water. The process is instantly gratifying and highly creative. Students will take a photography field trip, learn to select the best image for the transfer process, and learn how to make a Xerox transfer, students can expect to take home a totally unique finished print, if not many! No photography experience required
Ages 5 - 14
Campers begin each day at 24 Carrot Garden - where they learn about the processes of growing food from seed to harvest, understanding seasons and cycles, the importance of enriching the soil through composting and how to be responsible stewards of the environment. In the afternoon, we move to the Tigermen Den kitchen where we will cook recipes based on our freshly harvested seasonal ingredients. Students explore the rich cultural history of Cajun, Creole, and Southern cuisine. We visit Atchafalaya restaurant to dine and see what it’s like behind the scenes in a restaurant kitchen. Participants learn how to safely use knives and other kitchen utensils. We’ll discover how to make bread and pasta from scratch, prepare fresh pesto, ferment and make pickles, and learn how to make ice-cream. Students are encouraged to get creative with presentations and explore how preparing food can be a form of creative expression. Last but not least, we’ll share our delicious creations with friends and family!
Ages 5 - 14
Explore the many elements of Puppet Theater – including script development, visual communication, character development, set & prop construction, and more. Campers are split into small groups, and each "Puppet Troupe" will design and perform their own unique show. Students learn a variety of techniques for making rod puppets, hand puppets and moving mouth puppets, and tabletop puppet theaters. They will work with craft foam, acrylic paint, fabric, sequence, cardboard and a variety of other materials to fabricate their idea. Workshop includes a field trip to the Mudlark Theater, where campers will see a real live puppet theater and practice performing with professionally created puppets. At the end of the week, each group will perform a puppet show for family and friends.
Ages 5 - 14
Students will receive background information and inspiration from the history of murals and public art as well as contemporary examples, and conceptualize their own meaningful mural based on the interests of the unique group. They will learn painting techniques, basic color theory and principles of design, and how to consider factors like location, audience, and budget when designing a large scale public work of art. They will translate their own original designs and sketches into a complete collaborative mural that will be installed in Clouet Garden. Through the creation of a community mural we will support, teach and encourage life skills such as goal setting, decision making, and teamwork that the student will integrate into their lives. We will provide a safe and inclusive space where students can explore visual art and express their creativity through the use of drawing, color, and painting. Workshop includes a field trip to Studio Be, where campers will have a guided tour of the art and murals. Join us Friday for our Mural Reveal Garden Party!
Ages 5 - 14
No Camp July 4th
In this 4 day workshop, campers will be emerged in the natural wonder of the world around them through hands on activities, art and field trips. Campers will visit Lafitte Greenway and Bayou Sauvage to learn about water management and the swamp ecosystem. They will also visit local community gardens. Daily activities include foraging for food and art, collage making using foraged materials, land formation and geology studies, plant and animal identification on the bayou and much more. Inspired by the natural world, campers will create nature art such as mobiles, leaf mandalas, and bee hotels. We will take the 4th of July off and return to recap our week with an art show & interpretative performance of what we have learned for families and friends. Cost includes field trip transportation.
Ages 5 - 12
In this creative storytelling workshop, our young authors and illustrators create their own books from start to finish - including making their own paper! Learn how to create unique, pressed paper using recycled materials. Students create illustrated storybooks, graphic novels, pop-up books, chapter books, movie posters, or a unique “storytelling” art piece. They will explore a variety of mediums to illustrate their stories - watercolors, oil pastels, collage techniques, acrylic paint, colored pencil and more. Stories can follow a traditional plot format (beginning, middle, end, protagonist, antagonist), or students may choose an experimental storytelling approach. Workshop includes several visits by local guest authors and illustrators. Students host a Friday Book Reading for family and friends.
Ages 5 - 14
This class will take students through the classical and modern traditions of illustration as we gain inspiration from examples of styles through the ages, put together our characters and story line and create a beautiful, bound and illuminated project that will be cherished for years to come! Mediums that the students will familiarize themselves with are pen and ink, colored pencils, water colors and collage and the final product can range from graphic novels, comics, traditional children's books, poetry books, re interpretation of a classic, movie posters or more! Asa will draw on his years of expertise in art to bring the kids imagination to life in a fun, stimulating and inspiring fashion while giving new skills to the students that can blossom in the years to come.
Ages 5 - 14
Mardi Gras comes early for our Parade Camp kids! In this workshop, students learn about the different ways carnival is celebrated in New Orleans and around the world and create their own parade. At the beginning of the week, students vote on a theme and name for their Krewe. Students then split up into sub-krewes based on their interests. Each sub-krewe makes coordinated costumes, throws and banners. Campers also have the option to make large scale “Reveler” puppets. Both Parade Camp at Tigermen and Float Making Camp at Art Klub come together for the Friday Parade. Come out and catch some throws!
Ages 5 - 14
This week students will dive into the fantastic culture of costuming through tactile multimedia creations of their own imaginations. At the beginning of the week students create a fashion "look book" of sketches and mixed media collage to plan their costume creations. Each day students will have the opportunity to build or decorate an element of wearable art including hats/crowns, masks, fanny packs, jewelry and more. Workshop includes a field trip to the Material Institute, where campers will take a sewing class and learn how to operate the machines. The week culminates in a fashion show where students can strut their new designs for all to admire.
Ages 7 - 14
In this TWO WEEK workshop, students build their filmmaking and creative storytelling skills through conceptualizing and producing their own narrative short film. Students work in small groups and each camper chooses a specific job to focus on. The students work together to write a script, build sets, props and costumes, design effects, rehearse, film and edit. We cover film theory, cinematography and production design in the first few days, and campers spend the majority of the workshop creating their film. No prior film experience required.
Ages 5 - 14
Learn how to build and paint floats for our very own Mardi Gras parade! Students will learn about the history of float building around the world, from ancient Rome to the present. They will learn the basics of float building - from design, painting, paper mache, to paper flowers. Students will help decide on a theme for our parade and develop designs for our fleet of floats. From there, we will break into sub-krewes to build and decorate a combination of wagons and shoe box floats to be paraded down the streets in proper New Orleans fashion!