Art + Science = STEAM

STEAM not just STEM

The Summer STEAM Program was formed by recognizing the importance of nurturing both sides of the brain, and creating the new thinking skills our young people will need for the future.  Art in all forms does this, hence our STEAM Program with an emphasis on art.

Week 1 Schedule


Week 2 Schedule

Art Program Overview

The program consists of exciting and engaging activities designed to immerse our future leaders in hands-on art and art history projects.

Artist Studies

Participants will travel through time with paint, using techniques of famous artists such as Henri Rousseau, Wassily Kandinsky, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo.  Participants will learn principles of color, theory, dynamics of composition, and a variety of exciting painting techniques.  In one exercise — the students will “become the artist” reenacting a famous painting, both by posing/staging and painting.

Week 1 – “W”

“W” is for Walker. A detailed study of the contemporary artist, Kara Walker. Ms. Walker is a world renowned artist who is best known for her stunning cut paper silhouettes. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship at the age of 28 and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential artists in 2007. Participants will create black paper silhouettes while studying the influence of light, shadow, and contrast.

Week 2  – “D”

“D” is Double Sided Kandinsky. Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneering Russian abstract painter born in 1866. A little known fact is that Kandinsky often painted on BOTH sides of his canvasses. Participants will create their own abstract masterpieces on double sided canvasses.  Art study will include color theory via the medium of abstract painting including the incorporation of spirituality and the role of emotions in art.

Week 3 – “B”

“B” is for Be the Artist: Henri Rousseau. During this week, participants will create a piece in the style of a famous Rousseau painting. Henri Rousseau was a French, self-taught artistic genius, who became a serious painter at the age of 49! The week will be incredibly busy as participants will also prepare their works for public display.

End of Summer Celebration

Wednesday, July 25th at 1pm is our target public viewing date in coordination with our high altitude balloon launch. Thursday, July 26th is our back up date.

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