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Animal Portraits

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Summer Camps |

This summer the Chaffee campers along with instructor, Kristen Partesi visited the Rutland County Humane Society. Meeting the animals and connecting with them, our campers drew inspiration to create their own animal portraits.  All the campers donated their canvas portraits to the Humane Society to be used to raise awareness and funds for the animals they connected with.  Below find a collection of images from the humane society and the portraits our campers used.       ...

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Illustration – Comic Superheroes

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Summer Camps |

Artist Mark Horwedel lead our group of teen and tween campers through steps and techniques to creating their own comic book superheroes.  From face structure to body build, campers designed their own superheroes, as well as delving in other comic characters such as dragons, monsters, and more.  Find some snap shots of our Illustration campers creativity.       All the superhero designs showcased a different idea, identity, and perspective.     The Camper’s were really excited to create their own dragons.  They all choose different palettes to color in their designs after drawing them and outlining them with black sharpies.       ...

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Pirates & Merpeople

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Summer Camps |

The summer of 2016, Chaffee took to the high seas for Pirates & Merpeople.  Delving into design and imaginary play, campers created their own pirate or merperson costumes while creating their other ocean themed arts and crafts.  Take a glimpse of all the work the campers did.   The Campers all created their own beach in a jar, with various colors of sand to choose and seashells, they each created unique designs. After looking through pictures of various sea life, campers created their own seascapes.  They created their own watercolor back drop by experimenting with watercolors and salt. The campers put alot of work and imagination in the pirate and mermaid designs.  From pirate swords and bandanas, mermaid fins and jewels, as well as tops for both! Here is some of our finished designs....

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Architecture Camp 2016

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Summer Camps |

Chaffee had another successful architecture camp for ages 8 – 12.  Campers learned some basic architecture elements and how to read and creat floor plans before designing their own.  Starting out with their own floor plan and elevation drawings, the campers then took the week to build their own 3D rendering and of course later decorate it. Below you will find the development of two designs.  The first is a tree house complete with two bedrooms, kitchen, pantry, living room, and observation deck, as well as bridge and massive slide.  Our second design is simple Victorian design with intricate gingerbread decorations and the added benefit of a garage, tree house and established garden beds.  ...

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Photography Camp 2016

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Summer Camps |

The Chaffee was pleased to host our photography camp.  Our campers explored the fundamentals of photography and elements of photo editing.  Although they got to many of the photos and projects home, the campers also created slideshows of their work which highlighted what they learned and their favorites.    ...

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Doodle, Draw, & Design

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Summer Camps |

Doodle, Draw, Design Campers had fun while creating their own art by using line, shape and color, and even brush up on some new drawing techniques. Zentangles, Mandalas and Kaleidoscope art jump into the mix while campers learned the basics of composition and formal design. Add in the splash of color and the let their imaginations run wild. Skill set learned: Use line, shape color, Create pattern, Identify and create texture, Explore sense of depth and space, Learn descriptive art terms, Examine personal observation and question. Instructor: Linda Evans, National Design Workshop Art Educator. Instructor Linda Evans comes prepared with her own stash of tools for camp, mix in the Chaffee Art Center’s supplies, the campers had a multitude of options to use in their designs. Campers learned various forms of composition including symmetry.  Above highlights bilateral symmetry with the left and right sides being mirror images of each other.  The campers used lines and cut paper shapes to create these unique designs. The opposite of symmetry is asymmetry where no mater where you draw an axis the picture is never the same.  Campers were challenged to create balance in the absence of symmetry.  Using leaf rubbings and layering colors to create shadow and light, these beautiful designs were ready for framing.    Mandalas are the perfect example of radial symmetry.  After studying various styles of mandalas, campers created there own designs.  Using coffee filters, they cut out the base of their mandalas and glued them to colorful paper as a background.  Above you can see one of the campers smoothing out the wrinkles using a spoon and rubbing back and forth. The campers then used their choices of pens, markers, crayons, colored pencils to create their designs.  Here you can see the basic shape of the mandala displays radial symmetry but elements of bilateral symmetry can also be found in the design. Here is a close up of one campers mandala that exemplifies radial symmetry. Campers created zentangles to practice and learn elements of line and pattern design.  Everyone got so into the project, that we forgot to take photos, but the lessons learned were showcased in elements of their final...

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