MPA Summer Art Camps, Ages 9-12 - McLean Community Center, VA | Kids Out and About DMV

MPA Summer Art Camps, Ages 9-12 - McLean Community Center, VA

*The event has already taken place on this date: Fri, 08/09/2019
McLean Project for the Arts

Summer Art Camps 2019
For Ages 9-12 (Rising 3rd-7th Graders) 
June 24-August 9
Morning and afternoon sessions offered each week

Morning Sessions
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Week 1: June 24-28
Create Your Own Comic Book (6201.119)
Delve into the world of comics by making your own books and looking at the work of professional comic book authors. You will learn what works both from a compositional and storytelling perspective. You will look at some of the most famous heroes and villains in comic book history for inspiration. Beginning with pen and ink drawings for your storyboards, you will add sequential and close-up images as part of creating your own exciting comic books. In addition to
your classic comic books, you will construct flip books to show your own comic style in motion.

Week 2: July 1-3 (Mon.-Wed. only)
Exploratory Sketchbook 
Create an extraordinary sketchbook focusing on drawing from observing things in nature combined with a variety of collage materials. Campers will meet in the Duval Studio in the McLean Community Center and explore many places both indoors and outdoors. You will explore perspective, contrast, shading and color working from a variety of sources both natural and manmade. You will be looking for elements of art including color, form, line, shape and space, as well as the organizing principles of design.

Week 3: July 8-12
Each day of this week focuses on the interrelations of Art with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. You will create paintings using biological images from the world of plants executed in watercolor and ink. You will collage images of machines that tell a science fiction story. Geometric shapes will be used in dynamic and colorful compositions. 

Week 4: July 15-19
Exploring Color 
Delve into the world of hue, shade, tint, value and intensity. Starting from the color wheel, you will draw and drip paint on paper and canvas with colorful layers of paint, oil pastel and collage. You will experiment with different types of 2D printing and use pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Learn about exciting artists such as Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis, and other contemporary artists who use various techniques in their works.

Week 5: July 22-26
Art + Storytelling: Ancient to Modern Myths 
Draw, print, collage, paint and construct your way through ancient and modern myths from across the world including Greek, Native American, Chinese and American traditions. Discover stories and imagery inspired from these different cultures, which will enable you to create your own legendary tales through 2D and 3D art. Learn compositional and comprehensive skills to create your own story line.

Week 6: July 29-August 2
Gateway to the Arts 
What kind of artist are you? This camp will provide a gateway to a myriad of artistic mediums and techniques. Sculpture, printmaking and collage will allow you to experience and experiment. Discover the art forms that fit your own personal style and interest!

Week 7: August 5-9
Making Prints 
Explore the exciting world of printmaking by experiencing various types of printmaking such as monotype, potato, fish and others! You will learn a variety of techniques that include color blending, layering images, using inventive textural treatments, and more as you create a beautiful series of prints. You will work from a variety of sources for subject matter including still life, landscape and abstract motifs.

Afternoon Sessions
Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.

Week 1: June 24-28
Magical & Mythical Creatures (6208.119)
Do you love stories about dragons, fairies, unicorns, and other magical and mythical creatures? You will recreate some of these characters in your own imaginative masterpieces! You will use color pencils, markers, paint, beads, feathers, special papers and other materials to construct 2D and 3D artworks starring our favorite characters, either from literature or entirely from our imaginations. 

Week 2: July 1-3 (Mon.-Wed. only)
Crazy Wacky Sculptures (6209.119)
Create sculptural creatures and marvelous mobiles using upcycled everyday materials in this fun mini-session. Beads, fabric, feathers, sequins, yarn, cellophane and other cool materials will all be used to create your most unique sculptural inventions. You will explore the works of El Anatsui, Debra Butterfield and Judy Pfaff.

Week 3: July 8-12
The Artist Within (6210.119)
This camp is all about your own artistic expression. You will explore your dreams and fantastic stories using drawing and painting techniques. You will be inspired by great artists, such as Calder, Matisse, Picasso and many others! Through their work and our own, we will discover elements of art, including color usage, shape, texture and composition.

Week 4: July 15-19
Gateway to the Arts (6211.119)
What kind of artist are you? This camp will provide a gateway to a myriad of artistic mediums and techniques. Sculpture, printmaking and collage will allow you to experience and experiment. Discover the art forms that fit your own personal style and interest!

Week 5: July 22-26
Hand Building with Clay (6212.119)
Explore the exciting world of hand building with clay. You will also create beautiful decorative patterns with various sculpting tools and stencils. You will learn various techniques including, slab, pinch and coil construction. You will be able to take your projects home as we are using non-firing clay.

Week 6: July 29-August 2
Pop Art! (6213.119)
Explore works by “pop” artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg and others of the 1960s and 1970s. You will then create your own pop artworks using found objects, commercial packaging (save those candy wrappers and soup can labels!) and other everyday commercial symbols. Discover color and composition working from everyday objects using drawing, painting and collage techniques.

Week 7: August 5-9
Celestial Art (6214.119)
Explore all things planetary and alien during this week of artistic space travel. You will look closely at some of the beautiful and colorful photographs of space. Deriving your inspiration from the planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial bodies, create your own intergalactic masterpieces using new techniques.

Questions? Contact Briana Clorey at 703-790-1953 or

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1234 Ingleside Ave
McLean, VA, 22101
United States


Contact name: 
Briana Clorey
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The event has already taken place on this date: 
Morning Sessions - 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Afternoon Sessions - 1-4 p.m.