2020 Summer

Youth Art Camps @ the BBAC

Due to Covid-19, our popular art camps are going virtual this summer with quality instruction provided by the BBAC faculty of professional artists & art educators.

This summer it’s all about virtual camps! We have a full summer of exciting week-long programs through August that will provide quality instruction by BBAC faculty. Challenging projects are designed to develop artistic skills & creativity. Each daily session will include instructor led demos in which students will learn techniques & develop skills for working on independently after the hour online session is over.

Once you register for a virtual camp, you will receive a confirmation email that will include directions & a link for your secure Zoom camp session, instructions for curbside pick-up of materials & an itinerary for the week. Additional information will be provided specific to the camp you are enrolled in. 

Register online — click here

(you may have to change the “Season” filter – left side – to “Summer Art Camp 2020”)

— or by phone 248.644.0866 (Monday- Friday, 10 am – 4 pm)

CLICK EACH TITLE BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS. You can also start the online registration process from that point…

Grades 1 & 2    

These one-week multimedia camps explore a fun new theme each session.  The instructor will guide your children through online demos & art making activities to do together & on their own time.  Campers will experience the styles & techniques used by artists, learn art vocabulary & develop art skills.   Materials for each camp will be available through curbside pick-up.

Virtual Art Exploration Camp 3 – Grades 1 & 2; July 20-24 (10:30-11:30am)
The Colors of Summer – Explore a variety of summer subjects to create paintings with watercolor, soft pastels & tempera. Registration deadline: July 11

Virtual Art Exploration Camp 4 – Grades 1 & 2; July 27-31 (10:30-11:30am)
Animal Art
– Explore the textures, patterns, colors & shapes found in animals from a variety of habitats. Using colored pencils & graphite, learn the fundamental concepts of art while exploring one of your favorite subjects. Registration deadline: July 16

Grades 3-6

Virtual Fashion Design Camp Session 2: Grades 3-6; July 20-24 (9:30-10:30am)
Campers will continue their basic understanding of fashion design through drawing & sewing a more challenging pattern. Completed projects will include a final illustration & handmade hat. It is not required that campers take the first Fashion Camp to register for this season. All materials are included & available for curbside pick-up prior to the first day. Registration deadline: July 11

Grades 3-8

Virtual Clay Camp – Session 4: Grades 3 – 8; July 20-24 (9:30-10:30am)
Morphed Animal Sculptures & Decorative Wall Hangings –
Using a variety of handbuilding techniques, you will make a unique morphed animal sculpture & decorative wall art. Clay & tools are included & will be available by curbside pick-up. All work will be kiln fired & returned with a set of acrylic paints & brush to apply details & pops of color. Registration deadline: July 11

Grades 6-12

Virtual Drawing Skills Workshops for Grades 6–12   Four different Drawing Skills workshops will be offered throughout the summer. Working alongside your instructor online, each one-week workshop will focus on different concepts & drawing skills that you can continue to develop (practice) all summer long. Drawing materials will be available by curbside pick-up. Each art kit will include a 9” x 12” sketchbook & drawing tools specific for the individual camp.

Session 4 – Virtual Drawing Skills: Draw from the Imagination: Grades 6-12; July 20-24 (11am-Noon)
This skill building workshop will include creative drawing exercises & explore fun techniques with pencil, ink & watercolor. Registration deadline: July 11

Virtual Animation Camp for Grades 6-12; Aug 10-14 (10-11am)
This one-week animation course will serve as a sneak peek into the skills needed to start your journey towards becoming an animation artist! Learn the importance of telling stories through “show” versus “tell”, gain valuable tips on life drawing & character design, explore stop motion & storyboarding, & learn valuable tips & tricks about colleges & animation portfolios. Each hour-long class will begin with warm-up sketches (to keep us loose!) & a presentation on the topic of that day. To follow, will be activities, exercises, & demonstrations of assignments that will contribute to an animation portfolio. By the end of the week, you should have enough content to create a full character sheet, storyboards, some stop motion content, & a better understanding of where you want to go in the animation field. Registration deadline: July 30

Grades 7-12

Virtual Fashion Illustration Camp Session 2: Grades 7-12; July 20-24 (11:30am-12:30pm)
This camp is a continuation of Fashion Camp: Session 1. Students will strengthen their fashion figures with more movement & design a final capsule collection. They will explore different mediums & styles for illustrating through demos & online work time. All supplies are included & available for curbside pick-up prior to the first day. Prerequisite: Fashion Illustration Camp 1. Registration deadline: July 11

Grades 9-12

Ceramic Workshop: Grades 9-12; July 27-31 (9:30-10:30am)
Phone Amplifier + Chia Pet – With daily demos & guidance by the instructor, you will use a variety of handbuilding techniques to make a ceramic amplifier for your cellphone. The completed amplifier will be fired & glazed. The second project for the week will be chia pet sculpture which will be bisque fired only & returned with a supply of chia seeds. Registration deadline: July 16

Virtual Advanced Drawing & Portfolio Preparation Workshop: Grades 9-12; Aug 17-21 (11am-Noon)
This workshop is for the high school student working on a portfolio for college admissions & scholarship applications. It is also open for the intermediate/advanced student who would like to develop their drawing skills. The students will work on observational still life drawing with a focus on composition, value, tone, sighting, measuring & mapping. After working online with the instructor during the daily one hour session & independently following the virtual session, students should complete two observational drawings & gain a strong foundation of how to analyze art & come up with a quality composition. Materials will be provided by curbside pick-up prior to the first online session. Registration deadline: August 6


2020 Summer Art Camps – completed or past registration deadline

Virtual Clay Camp – Session 1 for Grades 3–8: June 22 – June 26 (9:30am–10:30am)
Imaginary Creature + Coil Vessel – This session will introduce campers to pinch & coil construction techniques & surface textures to make two projects that include imaginary creatures & a coil vessel. Clay & tools are included & will be available by curbside pick-up. All work will be kiln fired & returned with a set of acrylic paints & brush to apply details & pops of color. Registration deadline: June 17

Session 1 – Drawing from Observation for Grades 6-12; June 22–26 (11am-Noon) 
Learn to draw what you see through direct observation of your subject matter. Lessons will include exercises with basic shapes, value scales, & light & shadow.  Projects include drawing with graphite in your sketchbook & reverse drawing with white colored pencil on black paper. Registration deadline: June 17

Virtual Metals/Jewelry Camp – Lost Wax Casting for Grades 6–12: June 22–26 (10am–11am)
Explore the lost wax casting technique with bronze metal.  Through daily online demos & guidance with the instructor, you will create your design in wax to make one ring & one small sculpture.  The instructor will cast your wax designs with bronze metal & these pieces will be available for pick-up the following Monday.  All supplies for this camp will be available for curbside pick-up before the first day & additional times will be scheduled for dropping off your wax designs for casting & picking up your completed bronze ring & sculpture. Registration deadline: June 17

Virtual Mixed Media & Sculpture Camp for Grades 6–12:  June 22–26 (11:30am–12:30pm)
In this camp you will create a sculpture that explores the 3D forms of animals. With daily online guidance, each session will cover a new technique for completing your unique sculpture using plaster wrap, wire, wood & paint.  All materials are included & available for curbside pick-up prior to the first day. Registration deadline: June 17

Virtual Art Exploration Camp 1 – Grades 1 & 2; July 6-10 (10:30-11:30am)
Backyard Bonanza
– Explore nature & wildlife through drawing & painting. Registration deadline: June 26.

Virtual Art Exploration Camp 2 – Grades 1& 2; July 13-17 (10:30-11:30am)
Fun with Mixed Media
– Make collaged animal faces, wood & twine self-portraits, papier mache vases, 3D dragonflies & more! Registration deadline: July 2.

Virtual Fashion Design Camp – Session 1: Grades 3-6; July 13-17 (9:30-10:30am)
Campers will learn simple body proportions & collaging inspiration to create a final fashion design. They will learn basic hand sewing to create a small bag. Each camper will receive a packet with instructions & template, so they can continue making fashion designs in their own time. All materials are included & available for curbside pick-up prior to the first day. Registration deadline: July 5

Virtual Clay Camp – Session 2: Grades 3 – 8; July 6-10 (9:30-10:30am)
Fairy/Gnome Cottages + Garden Ornaments
– The ceramic project for this session will be whimsical fairy/gnome cottages & garden ornaments. Clay & tools are included & will be available by curbside pick-up. All work will be kiln fired & returned with a set of acrylic paints & brush to apply details & pops of color. Registration deadline: June 26

Virtual Clay Camp – Session 3: Grades 3 – 8; July 13-17 (9:30-10:30am)
Functional Fun in Clay!
The ceramic projects for this session will be a handbuilt textured plate and/or bowl with matching funny face mug. Clay & tools are included & will be available by curbside pick-up. All work will be kiln twice. The first bisqueware firing will be returned with a selection of ceramic glazes. Once glazes are applied at home, students will return their work for a second glaze firing. Registration deadline: July 5

Session 2 – Virtual Drawing Skills: Colored Pencil: Grades 6 – 12; July 6-10 (11am-Noon)
The focus for this workshop will be color theory, shading/blending techniques with colored pencil, & creating 3D form & realism in objects. Registration deadline: June 26

Session 3 – Virtual Drawing Skills: Portraits: Grades 6 – 12; July 13-17 (11am-Noon)
Learn drawing techniques in graphite, proportion practice, facial feature layout & techniques to create realism. Registration deadline: July 5

Virtual Metals/Jewelry Camp: Lost Wax Casting: Grades 6 – 12; July 6-10 (10-11am)
Explore the lost wax casting technique with bronze metal. Through daily online demos & guidance with the instructor, you will create your design in wax to make one ring & one small sculpture. Your final wax designs will be cast in bronze metal. All supplies for this camp will be available for curbside pick-up before the first day & additional times will be scheduled for drop-off & pick-up of your cast ring & sculpture. Registration deadline: June 26

Virtual Metals/Jewelry Camp: Wire Wrapping: Grades 6 – 12; July 6-10 (11:30am-12:30pm)
Through daily online demos & guidance with the instructor, you will learn the wirewrapping technique for two metals projects – a jewelry pendant & decorative hanging art. The material fee includes supplies so you can continue making projects from the skills you learn in this camp. Materials in our art kit include a jewelry pliers, wire cutters, wire brush, copper sheet metal, beads & satin cord. Registration deadline: June 26

Virtual Fashion Illustration Camp Session 1: Grades 7-12; July 13-17 (11:30am-12:30pm)
Campers will learn how to draw the fashion figure & gain the skills to create their own designs. They will keep their work in a process book & ultimately create three fashion looks. This is a great course for beginners. Students will receive a packet of instructions & templates with their materials. All supplies are included & available for curbside pick-up prior to the first day. Registration deadline: July 5

Virtual Photography Workshop 1: Grades 7-12; Tuesdays, June 30-July 28 (10-11am)
This five-day workshop will familiarize the student with the functions of a DSLR camera to gain confidence shooting in manual mode. Creative assignments will heighten the student’s awareness to the various qualities of light, composition, & concept. Registration deadline: June 25

Virtual Photography Workshop 2: Grades 7-12; Wednesdays, July 1-29 (10-11am)
This five-day workshop will familiarize the student with the functions of a DSLR camera to gain confidence shooting in manual mode. Creative assignments will heighten the student’s awareness to the various qualities of light, composition, & concept. Registration deadline: June 25