Summer Programs

Blackbird Arts offers weekly summer camps for youth 6+ years, plus five weeks for ages 3-6 years. Camp is broken down into age groups with low teacher-to-student ratios to ensure individualized learning.

Our half-day morning camps vary each week and allow children to explore a wide variety of art forms. This year, we've added several afternoon sessions which are focused on an in-depth exploration of a particular art from. Children may take either morning or afternoon, or combine both for a full day of art! 

Our vibe? Supportive, social, encouraging…and most of all fun. It is summer, after all!

 

2018 Summer Camps

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Cancellation Policy:

In the event that your child is unable to attend camp, here is our cancellation/refund policy:

  • All refunds are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Refunds will be given if requested at least 14 days before your week of camp.
  • If you cancel less than 14 days before your week of camp, refunds will be given only for documented medical reasons or a family emergency. 

If you need to cancel, you can do so by calling the studio at     231.421.8085

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Clay Camp: Function junction

June 18-21 / 9am-12pm

6-12 years

We’re building with clay all week long! Learn to use the slab roller, extruder, and try your hand at the pottery wheel. We’ll make functional pottery we can use all year long. Create a unique ice cream sundae dish, pencil holders, mod pods and more. We'll also try our hand at the pottery wheel!

Cost:  $155 includes all materials an kiln firings.

 

 

 

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Clay Camp: Inspired by Nature

June 25-28/ 9am-12pm

6-12 years

Create projects inspired by our wide, wild world.  Design clay platters with forest plants, design a tile of your favorite outdoor spot,  and build a butterfly feeder to attract summer winged friends. We'll also try our hand at the pottery wheel!

Cost:  $155 includes all materials an kiln firings.

 

 July 10-13 Art Rapids 

We’re offsite this week at Art Rapids Walk of Art! Sculpture Park. Join us as we build a kinetic sculpture that will be installed in the art park. We’ll explore how sculptures move, then take inspiration from water and sand to create pieces in clay that shift with the elements. Camp runs Tu-Fri, 1-5pm @ the park. Registration info coming soon!

 

 

 

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July 16-19 / 9am-12pm

comics and cartooning 

6-12 years

Invent a character and create a story line to make your own comic book! We’ll sculpt a character out of clay, design and screenprint original trading cards, and explore comics, zines and graphic novels. We’ll learn plenty of tricks for drawing interesting characters and how to make them leap off the page. 

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

 

Printmaking / 1-4pm

9-14 years

Explore a range of printmaking processes with both a traditional and non-traditional approach. Students work with screenprinting, blockprinting, stenciling, and other expressive techniques that are popular in street art, journaling, fashion, and graphic design.

Cost: $135 includes all materials.

(students registered for BOTH am and pm sessions, include supervised lunch hour and open studio, 12-1pm)

 

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July 23-26 / 9am-12pm

Sculpt-O-Rama

6-12 years

From giant papier mache animals to junk metal robots, sculpture is an exciting exploration of all things 3D. We'll dive in and learn to create things large and small using wire, metal, paper, clay and more.  Explore the works of contemporary sculptors right here in northern Michigan as well as those far away.

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

 

Pottery on the Wheel / 1-4pm 

 9-14 years

Join us for four days of wheelthrowing! Centering, pulling, shaping and trimming. Students will have the opportunity to explore the entire process of ceramics from a lump of clay to a fired and glazed creation.

Cost: $145 includes all materials and kiln firings.

(students registered for BOTH am and pm sessions, include supervised lunch hour and open studio, 12-1pm)

 

 

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July 30-August 1 / 9am-2pm

Claymation Animation 

11-16 years

In partnership with the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), we’re offering a  sixth year of our popular Claymation Animation camp. Work with artists to create characters and a story line, then shoot frame by frame a film clip that will be shown on the BIG SCREEN during the 2018 TCFF. You're a star! 

Cost: $165 includes all materials. 

 

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August 6-9 /9am-12pm

Eureka! Science and Art

6-12 years

Science and scientific ideas have long inspired art and artists, from Leonardo DaVinci and Picasso, to Turner and Kandinsky. Electrify clay and create a sculpture, make paintings that glow in the dark, and build a pinhole camera to learn the science of photography.  We'll explore the insection of art + science and take inspiration from artists  Lisa Nilsson and Tom Ford.

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

 

Sketch-Draw-Paint / 1-4pm

9-12 years

Learn tricks for drawing in new ways and experiment with a wide variety of drawing materials -- from pencils and charcoal, to ink and pastels. We'll work with different types of paper and canvas to create both abstract and realistic artwork. If you love to doodle and draw, but want to move it to the next level, this class is for you!

Cost: $135 includes all materials.

(students registered for BOTH am and pm sessions, include supervised lunch hour and open studio, 12-1pm)

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August 13-16 / 9am-12pm

Art of the Cycle and ReCycle 

6-12 years

This week we’ll be joined by our favorite biking pals…Norte! It’s bring your bike to Blackbird Week and we'll get our inspiration from things that cycle and recycle.  Create a bike gear picture frame and use recycled bike parts to build a unique sculpture. Explore the work of artists Michelle Reader and Lin Evola-Smidt who use recycled materials. Can you make a masterpiece out of discarded materials?

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

 

Woodworking / 1-4pm

10-14 years

Design, saw, drill, carve and build functional and sculptural projects. We'll create a whirlygig sculpture that moves with the wind, construct a birdhouse, and design a contemporary wall hanging. 

Cost: $135 includes all materials.

(students registered for BOTH am and pm sessions, include supervised lunch hour and open studio, 12-1pm)

 

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August 20-23 / 9am-12pm

Clay camp: art of eating

6-12 years

We're all about fabulous food this week! Using both slab and coil methods, build dishes you can use everyday! Design whimsical salt and pepper shakers, a cupcake box, and a snack set. Explore the use of texture and color to glaze your pieces and add pizazz. We'll also try our hand at the pottery wheel!

Cost: $155 includes all materials and kiln firings.