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Summer Studios for Young Artists: A Day in the Life


PenArt provides a range of summer workshops designed for the youngest of artists to unleash their creativity, develop their skills, and pursue new ideas. From drawing to printmaking to ceramics, there's an experience for everyone! But aside from the materials used and techniques learned, what does a typical workshop day look like at PenArt?

Before the First Day of Class
To ensure the start of your child's first day is as smooth as possible, there are a few things to remember - email ahead of time or bring your signed Health and Photo Release Form; make sure your child is dressed appropriately for art making, and pack a snack and beverage.

Drop-Off and Check-In
At the student drop-off, you and your family will be greeted by PenArt's Director of Education, Elysia Michaelsen. She will make sure your health and photo release form has been submitted, answer any last minute questions, and point you in the direction of your child's studio for the week.

In the Studio
Meet your child's instructor at the door of the studio where they will outfit your child with an exclusive 2019 Summer Studios for Young Artists t-shirt (yours to keep), show them where to put their snack, and get them started on a creative warm-up. Once all of the students have arrived, the instructor will introduce the topic of the workshop and the lessons of the day. Teaching methods may include demonstrations, group brainstorms, looking at discussing the work of well-known artists, and, of course, hands-on practice through individual and collaborative projects.

Time to Refuel
Approximately half-way through class, the instructor and students will head out to the gazebo for a break. Children can enjoy their snack and beverage, get to know their classmates, and, if needed, run around and play games on the lawn to get any excess energy out of their systems before heading back into the studio for more art making.

More Studio Time
With the time remaining, the class will continue working on the day's project(s). About 10 minutes before the end of the day, students will set aside finished works to be brought home, store in-progress works to be completed later in the week, and clean up their tables. Family members are then invited to look around the studio to see what everyone has accomplished. Instructors are available to answer questions and share what the rest of the week will bring.

And, repeat! 

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