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SUMMER CAMP: Cave Drawings to Graffiti with Society for Contemporary Craft

WEEK:   Monday, August 7, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017

DAILY:   9am to 3:30pm

AGES:   10-14

COST:  $320.00

PRESENTED BY:  The Society for Contemporary Craft presents contemporary art in craft media by international, national and regional artists. Contemporary Craft offers cutting edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, as well as a range of classes, community outreach programs, and a retail store.  

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a week long summer camp held at The Artsmiths in Mt. Lebanon; each class is a 6.5 hour session.  Registering for this camp includes registration for the full week of Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:  Travel through time and history. Explore man’s history of communication from cave drawings and Egyptian Hieroglyphics to graffiti and graphic novels from around the world. Participants will learn how people communicate not only before computers but before written language! What is the talking drums saying?  How did cave men use graffiti to tell their stories? How were tattoos a messenger’s tool? Just what were those Egyptians telling us?

Create scrolls, and tablets from handmade paper manufactured by participants from a variety of natural and recycled materials.  Be inspired by the natural and recyclable materials in our world and from our community. Participants will compare scientific processes, whilst manufacturing their own writing/drawing surfaces.

Then they will convert these materials into a variety of sheets of handmade paper embellishing these “walls and scrolls” with a variety of different surface design techniques creating an “urban cave installation” as well as one of a kind books to tell their own stories.  All papers created will be embedded with locally sourced seeds so that they may be planted after the residency improving the community and varied landscapes from which the papermaking materials originally came.


“For my entire life, I have been a working artist, organic gardener, and beekeeper.  I create handmade paper as a means to an end. Paper art works take the form of: art lighting, shadow box, stationary, books and sculptures all crafted from sustainably collected plants, recycled and invasive fibers.  Although I did study Art History, psychology, and costume design, I learned much more on the bus and in the park. Observation, deconstruction, collection and categorization of found materials reveal clues into their histories that lead to reuse.”

MATERIALS NEEDED:  All materials are provided by the Artsmiths of Pittsburgh and costs are included in the tuition.

LUNCH:  Students must bring a packed lunch unless other arrangements have been made through The Artsmiths by completing our Lunch Sign Up Form and paying the resulting fees at least one week prior to the start of camp. A limited amount of food and beverage may be available for purchase at our Koolkat Café.