'Till Next Summer!

Summer Art and Clay Campers had a sweet goodbye last Friday at our end of camp party! Campers from all weeks came together to view the completed Lets' get Artsy: 2017 Summer Camp Exhibition and indulge in sweet treats.

The final week of Art Camp was "Aaahh!! Real Monsters," which gave campers the opportunity to show off their own monster creations. Summer Clay Camp finished off with "Animal Crackers!"

Thank you to everyone who helped make Summer Art and Clay Camp successful! See you in 2018, Campers!

Ocean Commotion!

Week 9 of Summer Art Camp brought creatures of the ocean to the Morean Arts Center! Campers learned about ocean wildlife and the need to preserve and care for the habitats that house the unique underwater life surrounding the Tampa Bay Area.

Using paper, sponges, cotton balls, netting, shells, string and other materials, campers created ocean life of their own imagination. Campers made their favorite fish, coral reefs, sharks, jellyfish and many more creatures to make up a section of the Summer Art Camp Exhibition resembling an aquarium instead of an art gallery!

Over at the Morean Center for Clay, campers continued the construction of a larger-than-life shark puppet to be used at the 2017 First Night celebration. The shark puppet, the newest mascot of the Morean, now has teeth!

Life on Mars?

Is there life on Mars? Campers explored outer space this week on their mission to Mars! There were painted galaxies, sculpture spaceships and paper aliens constructed to resemble each campers' unique journey into space.

Campers at the Morean Center for Clay continued their journey with this week's theme, "How Do YOU Feel?" Hand building, wheel throwing and paint splattering filled the rooms with children from ages 4 to 16.

Happy Independence Day! Check back in with us next week as Surfing USA kicks off!

London Calling for Week 2

Campers visited London last week at the Morean Arts Center's Art Camp! Campers made a range of projects including paper castles, paintings, quilts and paper guitars.

Heading over to the Morean Center for Clay, kids were able to explore "Myths and Legends."

Teen Camps continued this week with Teen Clay camp, Teen Glass Camp and Teen Pinhole & Darkroom Photography Camp.


Week One is Done!

Week one of camp at the Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay has come to a close! This week we watched kids go on a Magical Mystery Tour, art their way through the Caribbean with pirates, and explore advanced techniques in a variety of art disciplines with teens.

Our in house photographer got a chance to explore this week’s Teen Clay Camp where teens learned the art of Raku Firing. Raku, meaning “enjoyment,” is a unique form of pottery making in which many different designs are possible by altering certain variables. The variables include wax resist, glazes, slips, temperature and timing.

After the teens practiced the process a few times, their pieces were ready to be placed into reduction cans. Everyone had a chance to try each job.

A fun connection between Raku and the Morean: It became popular with American potters in the late 1950s with the help of Paul Soldner, a proclaimed “Clay God,” who had an exhibit at the Morean Arts Center back when the Center for Clay was still located in the downtown location at 719 Central Avenue.

Stay tuned for news from next week when art CLASHes and London comes calling!