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Indoor and outside summer art classes are now open for registration at Krasl Art Center
Learn storytelling, ceramics, clowning, and more.
MAY 5, 2022 - ST. JOSEPH, MICH. – Become part of southwest Michigan’s artmaking community with an introductory outdoor class, or hone your skills during indoor studio classes at Krasl Art Center (KAC). Summer education programs run June – August and include, four-hour Monday - Friday camps for children ages 5 – 7 and 8 –12, eight-week youth classes (ages 5 – 12), teen/adult (ages 13+) classes, and Artist Workshops. Experienced ceramic artists are also invited to apply for KAC’s Clay Artist Guild. Visit krasl.org for class information, scholarship details, and to register before June 14.

But hurry! Space is limited.

There is a brand new sculpture and outdoor studio coming to KAC’s East Garden, dedicated in memory of Lupe Hopp and underwritten by the Daniel F. Hopp Family and Horizon Bank. The garden is dedicated to interactive sculpture and returns as an outdoor summer studio. Art Dome’, by local artist Thomas Freier, will be the second sculpture erected in the space

Freier's ‘Art Dome’ is designed to accommodate six students plus one teaching artist for KAC youth and adult education programs this summer! The structure is made out of painted plywood and features large work surfaces along the inside perimeter of the dome, dimmable overhead lighting, triangular canopies for sun protection, and a teacher station with built-in storage space. In addition to its functional attributes, Freier has designed ‘Art Dome’ as a sculptural object, bringing together modern geometric forms with retrofitted elements such as a street lamp globe. The final product is an interactive artwork that inspires creativity.

YOUTH CAMPS
Taught throughout KAC’s indoor and outdoor campus, explore 12 youth camps this summer. These camps run Monday – Friday and cost $160 ($150 for KAC Members). Camps are designed for students ages 5–7 and 8–12. Several camps are listed below. See the full list and register at https://krasl.org/education/youth/camps/

YC.57.E: CAMP CRYPTID: BIGFOOT, NESSY & MORE! (OUTDOOR)
5–7 YRS| AUGUST 1–5, 9 am – 12 pm
Learn about a new cryptid every day (think Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and Mothman) and create art projects inspired by these mysterious creatures with artist Rowan Davis! In addition to drawing, painting, and sculpting, campers will use their creativity to search for clues and find these elusive beings on KAC grounds.

YC.57.C THE ART OF CLOWNING (OUTDOOR)
5 –7 YRS| JULY 18 –22, 9 am –12 pm
Performance art meets visual art in this hilarious camp with clown-school alumni Dani Davis! Campers will create their own clown identities using artistic methods, such as creating paper-mache props, costume design from sketch to clothing, and of course drawing and painting facial expressions that convey emotions.

YC.812.B: TIE DYE & BEYOND (OUTDOOR) 
8 –12 YRS | JUNE 27 –JULY 1, 9 am –12 pm
TIE DYE FASHION SHOW: JULY 1 @ 11:30 am
Learn to fold and dye fabric to create a variety of colorful patterns with artist Dani Davis! Campers will experiment with other fiber art techniques as they embellish and enhance their wearable art. 

YC.812.D: MURAL MAGIC (INDOOR)
8 –12 YRS | JULY 25 –29, 9 am –12 pm
MURALS ON DISPLAY: JULY 29 –AUGUST 5
Learn how to share ideas with the general public by making large-scale paintings with artist Sharron Ott! Ott has completed over 100 murals in her career and will take campers through the entire process from initial sketch to final paintings on canvas.

YOUTH CLASSES
For students (and parents) searching for longer summertime artmaking programs, KAC offers seven, eight-week classes, two classes for teens age 13–17, and one, two-session family class! Browse all of the youth classes, apply for scholarship, and register at https://krasl.org/education/youth/classes/

ART SAMPLER (INDOOR & OUTDOOR)
5–7 YRS (Indoor); 8 –12 YRS (Outdoor) |(8) WEDNESDAYS, 1 –3 pm
JUNE 22 –AUGUST 17 (NO CLASS JULY 4)
Discover your favorite media as you draw, paint, and sculpt a variety of summer-themed subjects with Mr. Keith Stevens or Ms. Mia Clay!

Y.1317.A: GRAFFITI-INSPIRED PAINTINGS
13 –17 YRS | (8) TUESDAYS, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
JUNE 21 –AUGUST 16 (NO CLASS JULY 5)
Make a statement with bold colors, shapes, and text with artist Jessica Hightower. Students will combine traditional painting media with acrylic paint markers and spray paint to make art that pops off the canvas.

Y.FAM.A: FAMILY KITE MAKING (OUTDOOR)
(2) Saturdays, 1 –3 pm | JUNE 25 & JULY 2
1 REGISTRATION PER HOUSEHOLD (UP TO 3 PARTICIPANTS) 
Guardians and children of all ages can learn and create together in this outdoor class with artist/weaver/and recycler Jeff Heaton! Participants will work together to design, create, and decorate kites to fly high on the winds of Lake Michigan.


TEEN/ADULT CLASSES
Students age 13+ are invited to artmaking classes, too! Whether you are an established artist looking for a new skill, or interested in forming a new hobby, KAC offers classes for students at multiple skill levels and at varying lengths. See them all and register at krasl.org/education/adult/classes/. 

A.C.4: CERAMICS CRASH COURSE
(8) TUESDAYS, 1-3:30 PM | JUNE 21-AUGUST 16 (NO CLASS JULY 5)
Artist Paola Gracida will introduce various ceramics techniques, including coil, slab-building, and wheel throwing in this crash course. Students can discover and focus on their favorite working methods as the class progresses.

A.MM.1: ART EXPLORATION: SCREENPRINTING, CLAY BEER STEINS, & PLUSHIE MAKING
(6) or (2) TUESDAYS, 6:30 –9 pm | JUNE 21 - AUGUST 3
Try a bit of everything in this fun sampler art class! Design and print your own graphic onto a canvas tote bag with Jennifer Zona, roll and form slabs of clay to build your own beer stein with Paola Gracida, and/or make your own adorable stuffed animal with Dani Davis. Sign up for all six weeks or pick and choose your favorite two-week projects.

A.D.2: COLORED PENCIL REALISM
(4) TUESDAYS, 6:30 –9 PM | JUNE 21 –JULY 19 (NO CLASS JULY 5)
Learn to create detailed drawings with rich color and texture from artist Miranda Heward! Students will work from photo references as they explore colored pencil techniques, including layering, scumbling, burnishing, solvent blending, and more!

A.PH.1: MAGIC HOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
(4) TUESDAYS, 6:30 – 9 PM| JULY 12 – AUGUST 2
Learn to take dynamic and captivating photographs with professional photographer Nicky Holt! Holt will lead indoor and outdoor exercises as she teaches about composition, shutter speed, aperture, and depth of field. Students will also have a chance to learn from each other in group critiques. (Students must bring their own DSLR camera).

ARTIST WORKSHOPS
Led by local and visiting artists, these one or two-day intensive workshops are typically focused on intermediate and advanced techniques for students age 14+. Learn about all the summer workshops at https://krasl.org/education/workshops/

WS.C.3: SCREENPRINTING ON CLAY WITH ISRAEL DAVIS
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 10 am – 4 pm
OPEN TO INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED CERAMICS STUDENTS
Learn from one of the original innovators of screenprinting on clay, Israel Davis! In this hands-on workshop, Davis will introduce his process of screenprinting both hand-drawn images and photographs onto porcelain slip, which can be applied to any clay form.

SCHOLARSHIP
Krasl Art Center strives to make high-quality art experiences accessible to all members of the community. Student scholarships are critical to fulfilling KAC’s mission to "Inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts."  

With increased support from individual donors and member, KAC is thrilled to announce that up to $3,500 in scholarship funds are now available for youth and adult students. Scholarships may be applied to tuition, material fees, and transportation for all KAC youth camps, youth classes, and adult classes. Priority is given to students whose families have the greatest financial need.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING IS GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY:

Tony Belski ($1,500 for Benton Harbor youth students)
Dorothy and Paul Cayo in memory of Sarah E. Cayo ($1,000 for youth experiencing medical stress) 
Krasl Art Center (up to $1,000 for transportation and tuition)

APPLY FOR A STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship applications may be completed online at https://krasl.org/education/scholarships/ or in-person at 707 Lake Blvd. St. Joseph, MI 49085. 

CLAY ARTIST GUILD
Experienced ceramic artists are encouraged to apply for membership to KAC’s Clay Artist Guild. The guild program provides experienced ceramicists with independent access to KAC’s ceramics and glazing studio. Members are invited to participate in a number of events and programs throughout the year. KAC believes the cooperative interaction of people in the studio is a rich source of artistic development carried out in a mutually supportive environment and is able to offer multiple options for guild membership.

Learn more and begin the application process at krasl.org/education/adult/artist-guilds/

Curbside Guild Membership
$25/month
Curbside Guild Membership includes cone 04 bisque and cone 6 glaze firings. Members may drop off/pick up art to be fired* during KAC open hours, but MUST email nmargoni@krasl.org  24 hours ahead of time.
 
In-Studio Membership
$50/month
In-Studio Guild Membership includes cone 04 bisque and cone 6 glaze firings, house-made glazes, and independent use of the ceramic and glazing studios during open hours. Wheels, slab-roller, and other hand tools are available.
 
Open Studio Hours:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday &Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm
 
Scheduling:
In-Studio Guild members must reserve a space and time at least 24 hours prior to working in the studio. Capacities are subject to change, members are updated frequently. 
YC.812.B - Tie Dye & Beyond
A.D.2 : Colored Pencil Realism
A work-in-progress shote for Freier's 'Art Dome.'
About Krasl Art Center:
Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit krasl.org.
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