Connect to Sonoma County’s history though art and culture!
In weekly day sessions in the Museum’s historic building, students learn the fundamentals of art while having fun creating masterpieces with methods used by masters. Every week students explore a new art form and medium, including landscape art in our sculpture garden, Surrealism with collage crafts, clay sculpturing, mixed-media, storytelling and folklore art. History sessions are also featured with hands-on artifact activities and the solving of history’s mysteries!
June 18: Landscape Painting in the Sculpture Garden
Students paint En plein air, learning the basics of Romanticism painting with methods pioneered by Thomas Cole- Father of American Landscape Painting.
June 25: Mask Making and Mixed-Media
Young artists make masks from a culture of their choosing, learning about specific heritages and related symbolism, while adorning them with a variety of creative mediums.
July 2: Cultural Art: Origami
Arts and crafts come to life while learning the Japanese tradition of folding paper to make dynamic decorations and animals.
July 9: History’s Mysteries in Art
Using real historical mysteries, participants play historical detective while reviewing artworks, prints, maps, documents and objects to try and solve the mystery,
July 16: Surrealism and Collage
Learning from master artists such as Frida Kahlo, students learn the fundamentals of Surrealism and create their own dream-like collage with an array of paints and pictures.
July 23: Sculpture: Clay Molding
Techniques utilized by famed local sculptor Caroll Barnes are the inspiration for young artists to create clay sculptures from molds and free-form artistry.
July 30: History’s ARTifacts
A great painting can tell us many things about the past, but so can an everyday object. Looking at original paintings, artworks and authentic artifacts, participants learn the difference between interpreting art and historical objects, and how each can tell us their exciting stories.
August 6: Storytelling as Art – Folklore and Performance
Stories come to life as campers enact multicultural folktales in Story Theater, learning about diverse heritages and their oral traditions to relay cultural values, myths and legends.