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Clay Camp I
June 10 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until June 14, 2019
Summer Clay Camps with Pat Johnson
Acclaimed Texas ceramicist Pat Johnson is returning to Galveston for the third summer in a row to teach two camps at Galveston Arts Center: one from June 10-14, and another from July 8-12, both from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Camps last three hours each day, allowing students to delve deeply into a project over five consecutive days. Ms. Johnson’s week-long workshop lets students discover the design and production of handmade ceramic objects and tiles. Using stories and imagination as inspiration, students will create fun ceramic projects including usable pots and fanciful sculptures. Through this exploration, students will learn basic ceramic methods such as pinch, slab and coil pots, rolling cylinders, altering shapes and applying surface textures and colors.
Varied projects in hand building include producing a slab-built animal, pinch and coil-built pots inspired by the history and pottery of the Caddo Indians of East Texas. Students will examine the forms of birds, mammals and marine life in the Galveston area, and will enjoy making handmade and painted tiles. Each child will learn to draw and design their own concepts, how to decide on materials, and how to use specific tools to accomplish their designs.
Ms. Johnson will share her broad knowledge of ceramic surface techniques, including commercial underglazes and underglaze pencil. Every participant will
have the opportunity to try these techniques on 6” tiles supplied with the workshop. Both directed projects and experimentation will be supported and encouraged at each child’s skill level. Pieces will be glazed and fired.
Camps are $150 per child for early registration. Prices go to $165 a week before each camp begins, so register early! Tuition includes all materials.
Both camps are held at GAC’s recently remodeled, ADA-accessible facility on the corner of Strand and 22nd Street. The spacious studio/classroom is a bright, beautiful space with high ceilings and plenty of natural light, outfitted with all the essential artist’s equipment and supplies.
The complete schedule for classes and camps along with online registration can be found
at www.galvestonartscenter.org/summer_art. Parents may also register by phone or in-person at GAC. Pre-registration IS required. Scholarships are available while funds last.