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March 28, 2013

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Smock and Roll! 5 Artsy Summer Camps

Some kids just feel more at home in a beret than a soccer uniform. That’s great when the result is an adorable family sketch, and less so when li’l Picasso considers the walls an acceptable medium for finger paint. Channel those creative instincts productively with one of these artistic summer camps around the city.

Take note — even though munchkin won’t be out of school for another few months, signup for these camps is now in progress and spaces go quickly.


Color Wheel Studio

Overview: Contemporary artist Donald Jackson was inspired by his son to open a kids’ art studio in Bucktown. The atmosphere is familial, warm and inspiring.

The grand oeuvre: Each week, campers study a famous painting (among them, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and Piet Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie Woogie”) and reproduce it as large, 3-D form. At the end of each camp week, friends and family view finished pieces in a gallery setting.

The skills: Kids learn about each artist and the techniques used to create the original painting, and work together to interpret a 2-D piece of art as a 3-D form, which takes problem solving and teamwork.

The bonus: At least 95 percent of the materials used are recycled.

The details: From July 8-August 9, four one-week sessions are available for kids ages 5 and up. Sessions run Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost is $300 per session, with a 10 percent discount for siblings.

2016 W. Concord Pl.


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