Crocker is a place for summer fun

By From page B12 | July 02, 2012

SACRAMENTO — On vacation breaks and sunny days, kids and adults can be immersed in engaging art experiences and creative skill-building in Summer Studio Art Classes at the Crocker Art Museum.

All classes are led by skilled teaching artists and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imaginations while receiving formal lessons in a variety of media.

Summer studio art highlights for children include a series of half-day, week-long classes.

Children ages 5 to 8 can practice the basics of color theory, patterns and design through painting and collage and learn basic tiling techniques in Mosaic Tile Making to create a mosaic with ceramic and glass in plaster. The class is from Monday, July 30 to Sunday, Aug. 5 and the cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

For children ages 9 to 12, in the class Afrique Chic, young artists create original works of wearable art in the context of African cultures and use techniques learned in the studio, including weaving and batik. The class is from Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

College-bound artists or career-minded teens can make headway on a professional-quality portfolio with guidance and feedback from a professional artist in Portfolio Intensive from Monday, July 16 to Thursday, July 20.

Drawing for beginners is for high school students — from freshmen to seniors — and will decode drawings and paintings with a critical eye.

Using many different tools, they’ll learn how to draw from observation, give objects a 3-D look with shading, and create contour lines, gesture, and value drawings.

Students will produce a variety of drawings and select one to frame.

The class is 9 a.m. to noon and the cost is $115 for members, $135 non-members. Mid-day care is available for $20, lunch not included.

Also for ages 5-8, Sculpture Supreme allows children to create playful and dynamic sculptures from different materials, from wood and paper, to tape and found objects.The class is Monday, Aug.6 to Friday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

Also available for children 9 to 12, Painting Heroes and She-roes will take place Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. This will teach students to capture the likenesses of family members, historical figures, mythological gods, and superheroes.

Students will learn the basics of acrylic painting, including how to use brushes and colors to create effects, and techniques specifically for successful portraits, including how to use guidelines for facial proportions.

The cost is $125 members, $145 for non-members. Mid-day care is available for $20 and lunch not included.

Students between the ages of 13 to 17 can take the Summer Sampler on five Wednesdays, July 11 to Thursday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon to get a global view of art. They will discuss works by contemporary artists and sample an eclectic array of media, including graffiti, cartooning, anime and photography.

The cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

In Portfolio Intensive, college-bound artists or career-minded teens will get help building a professional-quality portfolio.

Students will dedicate time to focus on creating artwork for their portfolio with guidance and feedback from a professional artist. They will draw and paint still life, figure models, portraits, and landscapes using traditional and non-traditional media. Drawing and painting experience is recommended.

The class is from Monday, Aug. 6 to Friday, Aug. 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $125 members and $150 for non-members.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O St. in Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday and 10 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

For more information, call 916-808-1182, visit or e-mail [email protected]

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