Created By Kids is excited to announce our 9TH YEAR running our Summer Camp Program! While we know our normal camp experience has changed due to COVID-19 and ongoing restrictions on in-person programs in NYC, we are still working hard to provide a fun, creative and SAFE Summer Camp experience in the studio.
We believe that visual arts are an important form of communication and expression, and that having a creative outlet can be deeply therapeutic, especially in difficult times. Our first priority is the safety of our staff and campers, so we have implemented a SAFETY POLICIES & GENERAL INFORMATION, we will be following, as well as limiting enrollment numbers to ensure proper social distancing. We will be closely monitoring the guidelines and recommendations set by the DOH over the next several months and updating accordingly. As of now we are limited to 15 students per week during our summer camp however, if this changes and we are able to admit more campers, we will notify all families who are registered.
Additionally, we hope the structured schedule and extra safety measures we’ll be implementing for in-person camp will be a helpful stepping stone to prepare your child for return to school in the Fall. At the same time, we want to enforce and model these safety precautions as an act of kindness and mutual respect, so that your child never feels the learning environment is less than warm and welcoming. Staff will be serving your children both directly and behind the scenes and will initiate a process of constant evaluation of our policies, procedures, and interactions to reduce potential risk while fostering experiences that inspire creativity and celebrate community in new ways. We’re all in this together!
As always, students will explore different thematic concepts each week, beginning with an educational foundation as inspiration. During the week we’ll use a variety of art-making techniques and mediums, including clay, textiles, printmaking, mixed-media projects, and more! The variety will keep kids interested while they learn about cultures, history, and literature through our unique fine arts curriculum.
We offer a 10% sibling discount on our full weeks of Summer Camp use code: BLING10 at checkout
Our in-person camps are held at our studio, located at 592 Pacific St. Brooklyn, NY, steps away from Atlantic Terminal/Barclays Center. Camp begins at 9am with staggered drop-off times beginning at 8:45am. We offer Early Bird drop-off beginning at 8am ($20 per day/$80 per week). Staggered pick-up begins at 3:45pm. We offer Extended Day pick-up until 5pm ($20 per day/$80 per week) or 6pm ($40 per day/$160 per week). Late pick-ups may be subject to a fee; please read our SAFETY GUIDELINES & POLICIES info page before registering for camp!
SPECIALTY CAMP WEEKS: We are offering two specialty camps this summer that focus on specific mediums. Ceramics delves further into hand-building, wheel-throwing, and glazing techniques, with projects fired in our in-studio kiln. Fashion Design & Sewing allows students to construct a personalized, wearable garment using our sewing machines and creative dying techniques, while also exploring other aspects of the fashion industry. These classes have slightly higher pricing due to the specialized materials we will be using.*ALL equipment will be used by only one student at a time and will be throughly sanitized before and after each use.
Recommended Age Range: 5-10 years
Take the plunge with CBK as our INTO THE DEEP week kicks off. We will explore the wreckage of sunken ships to create our clay treasure boxes that students will fill with their very own hand-carved scrimshaw whale tooth (made of clay). As the journey rolls along our campers will create and design deep-sea creatures using mixed media techniques. We’ll make scrolls out of fabric and print our sea animals. Students will turn their creatures into a 3D sculpture using plaster strips, and lastly, campers will design maps with watercolors and tea-soaked paper to help us along the way. With a sea full of wonder, the depth of creativity is endless!
Art doesn’t just exist in galleries and museums - it’s all around us, it can be found in subways stations, commissioned public sculptures, brightly colored murals, or street art! This week, we’ll be studying the works of contemporary artists whose work is on public display in cities all over the world. We’ll build clay sculptures painted in bold hues, inspired by the walls we see all around in the city. We’ll find inspiration in public art found in subway stations and artists like Xenobia Bailey to create textile pieces. We’ll make mixed-media collages inspired by street artist Johanna Toruño and learn about wheat pasting. We’ll discuss the ways each of these artists use their work to interact with and comment on their surroundings and cultures. With our Underground Art Week, inspiration is always right around the corner!
During our Ceramics & Pottery Wheel camp week students explore the various ways in which artists use clay including both handbuilt and on the pottery wheel to manipulate the clay to make functional and sculptural items. We will learn all basic techniques involved with throwing on the wheels. Beginning with wedging and centering the clay. After getting a feel for how the wheel works students will then begin molding the clay into symmetrical, functional forms. Through repeated practice, they'll learn to shape the clay as the wheel spins, gaining a feel for the proper thickness and form. The students will also get the chance to hand build with clay not only to add to their thrown pieces (handles lids etc.) but to also make pottery by building with slabs, coils and pinching. After the pottery air drys the students will learn how to trim their clay projects with clay tools and after the projects are fired in our kiln, they will learn different glazing methods; brushing, dipping, under layering and more giving their pottery completed and finished look.
Throughout the week we will also gather inspiration from other ceramicists, adding to their pottery, different textures created with a variety of tools, manipulating the functional forms into different shapes and how to layer glazing techniques to create their our signature style of pottery. Each student will go home with a comprehensive and impressive body of work they will be proud of!
**Since all pottery needs a time to air dry and fire some pieces will not be ready to go home until the following week, we will email parents when the projects are ready to be picked up.
CBK is growing up! We're always working on new ways to grow, along with our students. We are excited our CBK+ program for our preteen students – an intensive Ceramics and Pottery Wheel camp for preteens who have already or are beginning to age out of the introductory skill-building and content of regular CBK classes.
Our Preteen students will continue to work with a variety of clay mediums and tools focusing on the use of the pottery wheel and hand building. Studnets will gain an advanced knowledge and independence while they work. We'll learn about different finishing techniques as we move further into the class from trimming, creating texture, and trying glazing techniques while continuing to develop our artistic style! We hope that bringing older kids together will foster a focused learning environment where they can continue to grow as an artist and refine their ceramic skills.
**Studnets do not have to have previous knowledge of working on the pottery wheel to participate in this camp week. Since all pottery needs a time to air dry and fire some pieces will not be ready to go home until the following week, we will email parents when the projects are ready to be picked up. **
This week, wonder, sorcery, and art collide! Throughout camp, children will create their own art projects based on the fantastical illusions and magic spells from the stories we all love. From Harry Potter to The Wizard of Oz to modern-day magicians like Penn & Teller and David Copperfield, magic has enchanted our imaginations. The projects will center around the mystical objects that give wizards and magicians their special powers - we'll mix magic potions in spooky hand-made bottles, make intricate wands and mysterious magic books adorned with strange talismans, and create mixed-media animal avatars to assist us in our magical (and artistic!) journeys.
Ever wonder how a set was built or a costume was made? Then this camp week is for you! In our theater based camp week, students will get a "Behind the Scenes" look at the creative work that goes into to a theatrical production. Using an array of art making materials to build characters, create scale models, and develop a storylines based around their original ideas. We’ll create a mini set for their stories, after gathering ideas from our favorite storybooks and plays, built with found objects, wood, and cardboard. This will spark children’s imaginations as we explore character, costume and prop design. Students will get the chance to act our their story or play, using the characters and mini-sets they hand-built to animate their stories. We will even record their production to send home for their families to see. This camp week is sure to end with a standing ovation!
Clothing and textiles are a part of our everyday lives, but there’s a long process that goes into their design and construction. That’s what makes designing so much fun! During our Sewing & Textiles class, we’ll explore the many different kinds of textiles that make up the industry. From clothing to surface design, embroidery, knitting, appliqué, and more! We’ll learn the basics of hand sewing, stitchery, and machine sewing - each student will have their own sewing station to practice these essential skills, such as hemming and making seams. Students will design their own textiles from raw material, creating a unique design through safe dyeing processes, painting, printing (block or screen), and tying techniques; this is what they will use to construct their final pieces. Gathering inspiration from fashion designers, and textile/fiber artists, students will create an array of both functional and aesthetic works of art. There will be no limit to creativity this week, a camp that's sure to be Sew much fun!
Leaping out of newspapers and into books in the 1930's, comics have been at the center of many cultural issues and launched the careers of many successful artists the world over. Our week will focus on character & story development as well as world building. Kids will learn about the history of comics and some of the more prominent artists in the genre as we go over everything from penciling to inking to color to lettering and finally - bookbinding as we go from pulp to POW in creating a one of a kind "artist's edition" hardbound book to take home. Additionally, we'll be building a superhero headquarters in the studio, building/painting/collaging 3D letters, stitching our characters out of fabric to make action figures/dolls, special guest artist to do portraits, casting resin to make amulets of power, and more.
Lights! Camera! Art! It's movie week at CBK and your child is in the director’s chair. We'll spend the week working together to create our very own stop motion animated film. Kids will create storyboards and production notebooks to flesh out their characters and narrative. Throughout the week we'll use paint and paper to create various sets, build and animate characters out of clay, record voice work as well as their own foley for sound effects using found objects, and ultimately film the finished project. Students will also design and print their own movie posters and other "marketing materials" to promote their movies far and wide. We're ready for our closeup!
As many of our other classes have taught us, kids love to build and understand how things work. As such, we have dedicated an entire camp to it with our engineering week. Designed to let your child explore the vast realms of their imaginations inspired by the buildings and mechanizations while working with fine art materials in a group setting. We'll talk about how true innovators and makers are still changing the world around us today. We'll sketch detailed perspective drawings of busy city blocks, create simple hydraulic lifts, create paper rockets, and build small robots. Students will learn that the process is just as important as the finished project while focusing on mechanics, physics, design, and more. Your child will work on new skill sets and hone in on old ones. This camp week will provide all the answers!
Ancient Greece was revered for its beautiful mosaics, classic sculpture, and advances in architecture, literature and technology. Students will learn all about Greece’s lasting impressions in these fields as they explore the mythology and craft behind the history. We’ll make relief sculptures from clay much like Ancient Greek masters did, and use plaster to create symbols representing the Grecian gods and heroes and their powers. We’ll learn about early efforts to make paper and create our own papyrus, sketching out our own mythical greek creatures on it with oil pastels. We’ll construct laurel wreath headpieces that they can actually wear, and will work on a multi-layer screen print diptych featuring the iconic black and red figures found all over Grecian pottery. Greek week is sure to awaken creativity of mythic proportions!
This week, students will really get their gears turning as we examine the way inventors have impacted the art world - and our lives as we know it! We'll talk about the ways that innovators and makers that are still changing the world around us today. Our main muse for the week is Leonardo Da Vinci, an artist who used his skills to invent machines that enriched humankind. We'll draw up "blueprints" and help them develop ideas into artsy machines that actually work (or models of ideas too big to fit in our studio!) using a variety of mixed art mediums and materials. From Galileo to Thomas Edison to Ben Franklin to Ada Lovelace to Alexander Graham Bell to Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs, we'll look at how inventors altered the course of history and pay artistic tribute to their legacies.
Students will explore the thrilling world of Pop Art by studying the iconic works of famous Modern artists, incorporating those ideas into projects that speak to their lives and surroundings. We’ll transform the studio into a quirky gallery by wrapping large objects with fabric in the style of Cristo. Students will make huge felt and cloth replicas of their favorite foods the way Oldenberg did. We’ll learn about printmaking and burn photographic images to screens to replicate Andy Warhol’s techniques. We will combine these techniques with collage, similar to Rauschenberg’s work, and also apply collage for three-dimensional forms. We’ll look at the way Keith Haring expressed movement and emotion in his paintings and create clay sculptures based on those ideas. We’ll explore the geometric patterns and shapes of Jasper Johns’ work, taking that inspiration to sew bold, hand-made flags and build dioramas from wood and colored string. We’ll also take a look at Lichtenstein’s comic book-style paintings, encouraging students to create scenes that tell a story. Kids will be drawn in by the exciting ideas, bold colors, and unusual materials while learning about these well-known artists, and will have a new language to interpret and talk about the words and images they see around them daily.