Opus Oaks Announces Summer Art Camps and Workshops for 2012

Summer is almost here and Opus Oaks has a brand new exciting lineup of art camps offered in cooperation with Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department. The number of students is limited and camps are filling up quickly, so sign up now.
For registration information call Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department, 540-955-5140. For Opus Oaks program details, call Gale Bowman-Harlow 540-955-4226.
Five different junior art camps for children will be broken down by age. Young artists will use a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, fiber, and collage. Projects will explore color, texture, line, form, movement, emotions, and active play to inspire and stimulate a young child’s imagination, inspiring self-expression and confidence. Camps will run one week from 9am until 12 noon at 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville.
For budding artists age 4-7 there will be two art camps. Instructors Aryana McDonald and Tina Kober will lead the first one, themed “Art from Children’s Books,” June 25 – 29. The second camp, “Things That Move,” will be led by teacher Aryana McDonald July 9-13.
Small artists age 5 to 7 years can attend a special camp with the theme “Changes and Metamorphosis” and conducted by Hollie Hetz will run from July 23 though July 27. Junior artists age 5 to 8 have the choice of two camps: “Art In The Round,” July 16 to 20 and “Cooperative Creativity,” July 30 through August 3. April Shaffer will teach both junior art camps.
Painting on Location camp, June 18-22 gives children age 8 -14 a great chance to explore basic painting skills with art instructor Bonnie Jacobs. Each day campers will meet at a different spot in Clarke County, painting outdoor landscapes, architecture, and farm scenes. A location list will be distributed at the first class. Bring snack, 5 gallon bucket, and plenty of water. Class will run from 9am to 1pm each day.Jewelry Camp is a great place to learn the basics of designing your own jewelry and how to use the right tools to develop new skills in wire work and beading. Camp will be at 109 First Street, Berryville, where instructor Rachel Rogers-Rodgers will introduce campers age 10-adult to the world of jewelry making from 1-4 pm on July 16-20.
During the week of June 18-22, two Comic Book Camps will be presented by Patience Wyman and Andrea Lofton at 109 First Street, Berryville. Artists age 8-11 will write and create their own comic strips, while advanced campers, ages 12-18, will create graphic novels. They will learn character and plot development and scene design.
Nature and Art Camp will run from June 25-29 with artist Patience Wyman and naturalist Doug Pifer as instructors. Artists age 8 through adult will go on guided nature walks and record their nature observations, and then explore various mediums and textures in painting and drawing techniques in their own sketchbooks. Location is 2330 Crums Church Road. Time is 9 am to 1 pm.
Want to explore the relationship between animals, people, and the earth? Come to Animal Camp and use a variety of art techniques to express your new understandings about life in harmony with our fellow creatures. Led by artist and therapist Chrissy McFarren and Animal therapy specialist Manci Ohrstrom, this camp will run July 10-14, from 9-4pm at Full Circle Farm, 164 Boyer Lane, Berryville, for campers age 10-14.
At the new 3-D  Character Camp, artists aged 8-12 will first create an original character using soft materials (fabric, stuffing, faux furs, buttons, paint and found objects). Then they will bring their character to life using digital photography, book making, portraits, illustrations and other art techniques to tell a dynamic story! Led by versatile artists Patience Wyman and Andrea Lofton, it will run from 9 am – 1 pm from August 6-10, at 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville.
Photography at the Fair Camp participants, age 9 and up, will capture the exciting activities at Clarke County Fairgrounds August 13-17 from 9 am to 1 pm. Creative photography instructor Bonnie Jacobs will lead them through all the details of the visual recording process. By the end of the week each photographer will have made a book of their own Fair pictures.
These camps are filling up fast, so sign up soon! “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OpusOaks   www.opusoaks.org
Opus Oaks Plan Exciting New Workshops

Opus Oaks has a brand new lineup of exciting art workshops, offered in cooperation with Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department.

First, a 2-day Plein Air watercolor workshop will be offered May 19-20 from 2 to 4 pm both days. The site will be Island Ford Farm, a historic Shenandoah River front farm near “Low Water Bridge” in Northwestern Warren County, north of Front Royal and just south of White Post. Participants age 18 – adult will have a chance to paint watercolor scenes outdoors directly from nature under the guidance of nationally known naturalist, watercolorist and illustrator Doug Pifer.

During the week of June 18 –22, blacksmith and artist Phil Travis will help participants ages 16 to adult learn to operate  and use a coal forge to create a set of forge tools, plus small individual projects. If you always wanted to learn basic blacksmithing  techniques, this workshop at 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville is for you.

On June 25-29, a stone carving workshop will be held at the same location from 9am to 4pm. Participants age 13 to adult will enter the wonderful world of stone carving with master sculptor and stone carver Malcolm Harlow. Participants will first make a clay model, and then learn to carve their design in limestone using basic stone carving techniques with hammer and chisel. Bring your own leather gloves and safety glasses and have a truly unique experience under the direction of a nationally known instructor.

Then, on July 2-6 a 4 day (skipping July 4) metal forging workshop will be held at 2330 Crums Church Road, led by artists Gale Bowman Harlow and Holly Hetz. From 9am to 4 pm each day, participants age 8 to adult will learn to use a metal forge to design an exciting hanging sculpture in forged metal, wire and wood, inspired by the art of  Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and David Smith.  Participants should wear cotton clothing each day, and bring a sketchbook.

Meanwhile at the same time and place, artist Gail Gramprie will conduct a 2 Day Fused Glass Workshop for participants age 13 and up. Using a special kiln, participants  will be introduced to techniques on how to use special colored glass to create wonderful art objects and jewelry.

If you want to explore the world of fused glass further, Gail Gramprie  will hold a week long fused glass workshop at the same location July 23-27 . Participants will learn techniques of cutting, decorating and assembling glass and then fusing it in a kiln to create sun catchers, art glass and dazzling jewelry. Learn how adding mica and certain metals  will enhance the glass’s beauty, or use a mold to shape fused glass  into a dish or candleholder. All this plus a brief introduction to jewelry making awaits participants age 13 and up who want a more intensive fused glass experience. But hurry, as attendance will be limited to 6 students.

During the week of July 9-13 a workshop by artists Angela Renner and Gale Bowman-Harlow will explore the ancient wax-resist hand painted art on fabric or paper known as Batik. Works by Gustave Klimt will inspire the images used to make a hanging piece of fabric art. Workshop will be from 9am to 4pm daily.

The following week, artist and teacher Patience Wyman will join Angela Renner to lead a Printmaking workshop, from 9am to 4pm on July 16-20. Participants aged 13 to adult will use a variety of printing methods including linoleum, monoprint, and cyanotype printing. As you draw your inspiration from nature, workshop leaders will guide and encourage you to create multiple copies of your art, using both traditional and experimental printmaking methods.

Patience Wyman and Doug Pifer will conduct a unique sculpture workshop from July 30 through August 3 from 9am to 4pm. Adults and young people age 8 and older will gather, combine and transform everyday recycled objects of wire and plastic into small sculptures inspired by nature’s little things: a nest nestled on a branch, or a bird with flowers and foliage. Enhanced by acrylic paint and medium, the results will be realistic and beautiful objects of art!

To register for a workshop, call Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department, 540-955-5140. For questions and other Opus Oaks program details call Gale Bowman-Harlow, Director,  540-955-4226. All workshops are open to adults and children of certain ages, depending upon the workshop, and they require little or no experience, just an interest in learning basic techniques.

Attendance is limited and workshops are filling up quickly, so sign up now!