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2024 Summer Camp Series

625 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
: (916) 448-2985
Verge Center for the Arts Summer Kids Studio Camp runs for six weeks from June to August. We have camp weeks for two different age groups, 6-9 year olds and 10-13 year olds. Every week is themed in relation to a current and interdisciplinary art practice, in addition to some having culturally rooted projects. Camp runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Campers may be dropped off after 9:30am in the morning and picked up between 3:00-3:30pm. Snacks are provided but please send your camper with a cold lunch. Alphabetex Welcome to the extraordinary practice of Alphabetex: The Fusion of Martial Arts, Graffiti Art, and Yoga. In this camp, we embark on an invigorating journey that draws inspiration from three diverse genres of life – Martial Arts, Graffiti Art, and Yoga – to introduce you to a unique and athletic perspective on the aerosol art form. Graffiti art, though sometimes labeled as vandalism, takes on a new purpose in Alphabetex. Here, we aim to showcase the physical movement of aerosol art and reveal how this practice can be harnessed to regulate our emotions, transforming it into a powerful tool for self-expression. In Alphabetex, we embrace the capital letters of the alphabet as our inspiration for creativity, elevating the practice to a whole new level. Our journey through Alphabetex involves three dynamic components, each designed to unlock your inner potential and foster a deep connection between mind, body, and art. Alphabetex offers a transformative experience, where the lengthening movements of Yoga, the precision of Martial Arts, and the creative essence of the alphabet converge into an artful expression of the self. Learn more about the art of Alphabetex and its creator, Leon Willis, here. Week 1*: June 17 and 18 / June 20 and 21 6-9 year olds *In observation of Juneteenth, this week will be split into two camps with no instruction on Wednesday, June 19th. You can choose to sign up for one or the other or sign up for both. Week 2: June 24-28 10-13 year olds Symbolic Journaling and Mixed Media Art This camp is a one week practice in finding your inner voice through journaling and art therapy. Andrea will guide students through a process that they can return to repeatedly for creative inspiration, starting by hand-making paper to bind an original journal and ending with a completed artwork using mixed-media: watercolor, ink, gouache, colored-pencil, and collage. This camp is meant to be a holistic approach to art, and treats art-making as an essential human need. Tying in ideas from philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and somatic exercises, this camp provides a wealth of tools for creative youngsters to implement into their budding creative practice. Here are some of the activities you can look forward to: Paper making from start to finish Dream journaling Creating a dictionary of personal symbols Gouache, watercolor, and ink techniques demonstration Collage and colored-pencil techniques demonstration Artist Affirmations Week 3: July 8-12 10-13 year olds Fun with Clay Get ready to play in the mud with Verge’s Summer Clay Camp! Each day campers will be introduced to the basics of hand-building, proper use of tools, and adding vibrant colors with underglaze. The final two days of camp will be dedicated to teaching students how to throw on the wheel and giving them ample time to practice. We will fire all of the ceramic pieces made by your camper and you will be notified via email when they are ready for pick up. Week 4: July 15-19 6-9 year olds Comics Camp Welcome to Comics Camp for Kids! Over five exciting days, campers will explore storytelling fundamentals, create dynamic characters, and craft their very own mini comics and zines. From learning about three-panel comics to mastering panel layout, each day is filled with hands-on activities and inspiration. By the end of the week, campers will proudly showcase their creativity during a show and tell session, marking the culmination of their journey through the vibrant world of comic artistry. Week 5: July 22-26 10-13 year olds Week 6: July 29-August 2 6-9 year olds If you’re interested in signing up for 2 or more weeks, reach out to Hannah at hannah@vergecontemporary.org for a discount code. Sibling discounts are automatically applied with your second registration. After registering, please download and fill out this Camp Registration Form. Return to Hannah at education@vergecontemporary.org or Verge Center for the Arts, c/0 Hannah Simons, 625 S St., Sacramento, CA 95811 Scholarships Financial aid scholarships are available for students in the Sacramento area who qualify for a free lunch at school. If you know someone who would like to attend camp at Verge using a full or partial scholarship please contact Hannah at hannah@vergecontemporary.org.