CIAA no school art camp on Monday

Working Title/Artist: Mother Playing with ChildDepartment: Am. Paintings / SculptureCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date: 1897 Digital Photo File Name: DT5262.tif Online Publications Edited By Steven Paneccasio for TOAH 06/08/15

With youngsters soon to be out of school on Monday, in observance of Labor Day, the Central Iowa Art Association-Art Center (CIAA) is hosting a no school art camp, running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The theme of the camp will be learning the artistic style of American painter and printmaker Mary Cassatt (1844-1926).

“We chose to focus on Mary Cassatt’s work for the art camp, because we have one of her original paintings in our Fisher Impressionist Gallery at the Fisher Community Center,” said CIAA Program Director Keeley Weeks. “She is a huge highlight for students who come to tour the gallery.”

The camp is open to youth kindergarten age and older. Different activities will be offered to meet the varying needs of different skill levels.

“We’re going to take the kids on a tour of the gallery, and we will watch a biography of Cassatt. We’ll offer 2-4 art projects throughout the day, inspired by her art style,” Weeks explained.

Participants will paint and draw, work with pastels, and do printmaking. Coloring sheets will also be available.

“While Cassatt was an American, she spent time in France to learn more about her craft. She worked mainly in pastels, depicting mothers and children and family imagery, so the children will take what they learn about her and produce artwork in that same style and medium, working independently,” Weeks said.

Katelyn Zatovich will lead the camp. The cost to attend is $30, which includes two snacks and all art supplies. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch.

Register online at Payment may be made at the time of online registration, or at the door. Additional no school art camps are planned in the future, and always with a different theme.

For more information, contact Weeks at or 641-753-9013.


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