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BIMA Summer Camps to be in-person starting in June

Health and safety guidelines will be in place

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease up, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will begin holding its summer camps in person starting in late June with health and safety guidelines in place.

The first one, Comics: Words & Pictures, will be June 21-25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for ages 11-13.

“Comics, manga, and graphic novels, combining words and pictures together to tell amazing stories, is what it’s all about,” a BIMA news release reads. “In this step-by-step class, young cartoonists will learn the basics of character design, story development, page layout, penciling, editing and inking techniques through fun, challenging explorations designed to inspire creativity and ignite a desire to write and draw stories.”

The next summer camp, Storybook Studio, runs June 28 through July 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for ages 6-8.

“Dive into all things book-related and discover creative inspiration,” the release states. “Inspired by BIMA’s collection of children’s book illustrations and handmade books, campers will get hands-on with exploration of printmaking techniques, book binding, illustration and more.”

In July, BIMA will hold a monthlong summer camp, Documentary Photography Teen Intensive, for ages 14-17. The camp will be July 1-29 from 1-4 p.m. each day.

“Change the world using your camera,” BIMA states. “Teens with an interest in art, storytelling and social justice will dive into this weekly afternoon workshop exploring the art of documentary photography. Course will include technical instruction in composition and basic editing, as well as support for creative development of a documentary photo series of your own over several weeks.”

Students will need to bring their own smartphone or digital camera.

The Estudio De Arte summer camp will be held from July 12-16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for ages 6-8.

“Play and experiment with a variety of art materials — paint, collage, clay and so much more,” the release reads. “Instruction will be provided in English, with Spanish introduced through art projects as well as games and songs. Students who speak Spanish at home, those from dual-language classrooms, and beginners alike are encouraged to enroll in this dual-language day camp.”

The Art & Environment Lab summer camp will be held July 19-23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for students ages 8-10.

“How do art and the environment connect? How do artists, architects, and designers shape our world? Exploring processes including model-making, collage, painting, and sculpture, students will imagine and create a small-scale version of a special place of their own.

Additional topics will include urban planning, sustainability, and public art,” according to the release.

The Architecture: Designing Your World summer camp will take place July 26-30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for ages 11-13.

“Look, draw, and build to discover the ways that architects and designers shape the built environment,” the event description reads. Students will explore the basics of urban planning, landscape design, architecture, and interior design during morning instruction and walking field trips to nearby sites; afternoons will offer open studio time to further develop their creations.”

From Aug. 9-13 the Creativity Lab summer camp will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for ages 10-12.

“Experiment with hands-on artistic play in a variety of media to boost creative thinking. Students in this camp will engage in projects and activities that develop art skills, foster creativity, and build self-confidence. Think like an artist, see like an artist, and feel like an artist.”

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