The Fine Art Camps and Visual Art Camps offered at Centauri provide an opportunity to develop technique and explore creativity. In Fine Art, programs explore painting (acrylics, watercolour, oils), charcoal, pencil and pastels, as well as clay, plaster, wire and soap carving.
At Centauri, campers choose one specialty arts program per session. To see a chart listing all the programs and their sessions click here.
In this program, our artists get to paint, paint, paint! Working in oil, acrylics and watercolour, you will begin by learning the demands, techniques and potential of different mediums. Still life, landscape and portraiture will all be explored as you improve your brush technique, enhance your appreciation of colour and discover the possibilities of light, space, perspective and form. From traditional techniques you will then move on to a more contemporary approach! Explore non-traditional materials, and incorporate them into your art: paint on surfaces such as plexiglass or wood, combine paintings with photographs or poetry, even make use of found objects in your art. Finally, we'll experiment with ways to display our work as we mount an exhibition for the final day. Campers who hope to continue with art at a post-secondary level will be able to create work for their portfolio during this program.
In this wildly creative Art and Design program, we'll start by designing small spaces on paper – your ideal treehouse, for example – then work our way up to building, in model form, an entire town! Learn drafting techniques and discover how to draw floor plans to scale. Experiment with colour, texture, shape and negative space as you explore the potential of interior and exterior design. In the second half of the program, we'll move onto more fantastical and ambitious design projects. Plan a fantasy zoo habitat and pitch it to the group. Envisage and design a futuristic skyscraper. Build, from scratch, your ideal amusement park. All this leads us to our final, collaborative project as together we create a fictional neighbourhood, bringing it to life in a three dimensional model. We'll keep our spectacular creation secret, unveiling it in front of an audience on the final day.
Journey with us to the Far East, discovering some of the greatest artists and techniques to be found there, and using them to inspire original pieces of our own. Landing first in Japan, we'll explore Hiroshige prints and try our hand at screen printing on beautiful Japanese paper. In Korea, we'll discover the traditional form of danchung and the harmony of the five colours, creating eye-catching designs to decorate our own three dimensional structures. Finally, we'll move on to China, painting scrolls based on Asian symbols and working on fantastical sculptures, using materials such as bamboo and rice paper as we pull inspiration from Chinese mythological creatures – the dragon, the phoenix and the Qilin. Beginner and experienced artists are invited to join us as we journey through the Far East, experimenting with a wealth of fresh techniques, and uncovering new inspiration for our art!
Art is all around us, in the clothes we wear and the objects we use. This is the kind of art we'll be creating together, as we try our hand at tons of different projects! Explore a wealth of painting and design techniques, then get to work on your colourful creations. We'll make journals, water bottle holders, picture frames, jointed puppets, belts, masks, treasure boxes, vases, wallets, children's toys, fantasy costumes... the sky is the limit! We'll construct gorgeous mosaics; try wood burning; experiment with silk screen printing; make beautiful paper; paint on glass; construct original clothing... anything is possible! Join us this session and learn all about art – not the type you hang on walls, but the kind you wear or use. Take your creations home with you at the end of the session, to give as gifts or to enjoy, long after camp is done.
Discover a broad range of approaches to object making as you hone your technical skills, using both traditional and non-traditional materials. Sculpt with wire and learn how to solder. Explore the art of soft sculpture, using fabrics. Discover the magic of kinetic sculpture, building objects for the wind to animate. Use found objects and materials such as foam, plaster, wax... even ice and food! A wide variety of projects will introduce campers to the elements of composition in three dimensions as well as the ways that sculptures communicate to us through material, line, texture, mass and weight. We'll look at abstract sculpture, exploring the use of negative space, then move on to study the human form. Finally, we'll look at creative ways to display our work, in the gallery and outside, all around the camp.
In this program, we'll learn how to take better photographs, then manipulate them in the computer lab to produce varied and original works of art. Begin by mastering all the functions on your camera, and explore the aesthetics of photography by looking at the work of well know photographers. Discover the art of landscape, portrait and object photography, and learn how to use lighting to create mood and atmosphere. Back in the computer lab, we'll brush up our photo editing skills, manipulate photos to create exciting works of art and use our images as raw material for digital collages. Next, we'll move on to creating animated gifs, literally bringing our photographs to life. In a final exciting project, we will take elements of performance – both film and live theatre – and use them as inspiration for a stop motion animation project. Push boundaries and challenge concepts as you take your knowledge of photography to the next level. Please bring along a digital camera and a USB flash drive on which to record your work.
The world of fantasy, myth and legend has inspired artists for generations, and this session, it will inspire you, too! Learning from comic artists, fantasy illustrators and animators from your favourite fantasy movies, we'll discover new art techniques and work on exciting two and three dimensional projects, fired by our imaginations! We will explore skills such as figure drawing and perspective, and experiment with art materials – different papers, paints and brushes. You'll create your own fantasy character, on paper and as wearable art, build a giant monster in a thrilling, collaborative project, illustrate fantasy stories and create fantasy-inspired paintings, sculptures, mobiles, puppets and masks as you journey into the realm of imagination, bringing back whatever treasure you can find.