CIC Summer Studio
Four weeks. Four new adventures.
Mondays and Thursdays, August 8–September 1
Summer Studio returns this year with an opportunity for teens to explore the important role of observation for artists and marine biologists. Each teen will construct their own artist’s books that will be filled with drawing and watercolor sketches, photos, and reflections. Throughout this program, teens will fill their books with art created from being out and exploring the artistic and scientific resources of the Puget Sound.
Skill level: All
Teaching artist: Therese Buchmiller
Spots available: 12
Monday, August 8: 9:30am–noon
Thursdays, August 11: 9:30am–3:30pm
Teens will receive an introduction to the Seattle Aquarium and sketching from observation before learning hands-on about book construction, paper folding, rubber block printing, and creating their own block prints based on their sketches. Later, teen artists will be introduced to the wide variety of inspirational resources available to them via the University of Washington. Starting at the Rare Book Collection, artists will receive inspiration on how their books will look and feel, as well as getting a glimpse into history. After a short break for lunch, artists will venture into the Burke Museum’s Ichthyology Collection where thousands of different species of fish and mammals are stored and studied.
Monday, August 15: 9:30am–noon
Thursdays, August 18: 9:30am–3:30pm
Starting the week, teens will finish assembling their books by sewing signatures into the cover, wrap cover boards with paper and book linens, and put finishing details on their physical books. Using their newly formed observational, printmaking, and bookmaking skills, we’ll travel via ferry to Bremerton to work with The Letterpress Printing Co. to learn letterpress printing and observational artmaking at Dyes Inlet shoreline using pen, pencil, colored pencil or watercolor, and photography using phones or Polaroids.
Monday, August 22: 9:30am–noon
Thursdays, August 25: 9:30am–3:30pm
In the studio we'll combine colored copies of our pencil, oil, pastel from previous weeks. We’ll discuss the idea exchange aspects of book arts called “mail art” and other types of creative collaborations between artists and scientists. Later, teens will explore our local estuary, where salt water meets fresh, via kayaking around Alki beach as the Duwamish waterways meets the Elliott Bay. This area is often inhabited not just by humans, but also by harbor seals, otters, and jellyfish. After lunch, teens will work on their projects in Jack Block Park, exploring where nature meets industry and observing how we share this space in Seattle. (Teens will have the opportunity to explore this area in alternative manner if they are not able to kayak or spend time on the water)
Monday, August 29: 9:30am–noon
Thursdays, September 1: 9:30am–3:30pm
Wrapping up ideas and observations from the last three weeks, teens will use the Seattle Aquarium studio time to put the finishing touches on their books - inside and out. At the last day of Summer Studio, teens will travel to a local artist studio to learn about their artwork and to talk to them about what it takes to be an artist in this modern world. At the studio, teens will present their final products and engage in critiques with each other and artists from the Seattle area. Teens will also get a chance to exchange artwork and talk about how to present their artwork at the final exhibition.