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Sum’Arts for Kids provides quality and affordable arts instruction to youth. For more than three decades, the program has engaged local teaching artists to work with Kodiak kids in visual arts, theatre, and more. 

 

For the summer of 2021, Sum’Arts for Kids will include our traditional in-person week-long camps, as well as virtual learning options, take-home kits, and outdoor adventures. We are incorporating all that we have learned over the past year to support options for every family!

Sincere thanks to the Kodiak Island Borough School District for their long-standing support of the Sum'Arts for Kids program.

Week Long Camps

IN-PERSON

Paper Making & Book Binding

With Lauren McCausland

Monday, June 7 to Friday June 11

10 am to 12 pm daily 

Ages 10 and up | $50

Kodiak High School Art Room

In this class students will explore making their own paper and creating books and journals. We will learn about the paper-making process as we experiment with preparing pulp, mixing additives, sheet forming, pressing and drying. Different book structures will be created that can be used for gifts, small notebooks, or art projects. A little bit messy and a whole lotta fun!

Nature Journaling

With Shelly Lawson

Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 11

1 pm to 3 pm daily

Ages 8 and up | $50

Fort Abercrombie Group Recreation Area

Celebrate the beauty of summer with nature journaling! In this special outdoor class, students will learn how to draw from real life and use a variety of techniques such as watercolor, collage, and pastels. Student will explore and create one of a kind entries in their nature journals at the Group Recreation Area at Fort Abercrombie park.

Treasure Hunters

with JoAnne Knight

Monday, June 14 to Friday June 18

1 pm to 3 pm daily

Ages 7 and up | $50

Kodiak High School Art Room

In this class participants will navigate their way through different adventures by making maps, a mixed-media canvas, a creative memento jar, poetry and other keepsakes - all with the focus on TREASURE!! Participants will receive a supply kit containing everything needed to complete these fun activities as well as explore local trails and beaches to add to their experience.

Watercolor techniques

With Angela Toci

Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25

10 am to 12 pm daily 

Ages 8 and up | $50

Kodiak High School Art Room

Work alongside Kodiak watercolorist Angela Toci in learning all about watercolors. Students will learn watercolor skills including color mixing, layering, and texture techniques that enable students to create stunning galaxies, starry night sky landscapes, and ocean creature silhouettes.

Kodiak Youth Theater

With Jared Griffin

Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 16

(three-week camp)

10 am to 12 pm daily 

Ages 10 to 14 | $150

Explore creative drama and acting in a supportive place where we communicate, take chances, and share ideas. In this 3-week camp, students will participate in auditions and develop their onstage characters through rehearsals, and help plan and design stagecraft elements including sets, costumes, and props to perform the show “Wendy & Peter Pan”. Students interested only in theatre tech (backstage / non-performing) are welcome and encouraged to join. All students who want to perform on stage will be cast in a performance role.

The Fun of  sculptures

With Neelam Ibrahim

Monday, July 5 to Friday, July  9

1 pm to 3 pm daily 

Ages 7 and up | $50

Kodiak High School Art Room

This interactive crafting workshop empowers learners to create a one-of-a-kind three-dimensional sculpture. Students will be learning tips and techniques that they can apply to any creature they can imagine. Action figures, dolls, cars, trees and even monsters.

Silk Painting

With Kelly Longrich

Monday, July 19 to July 23

10 am to 12 pm daily 

Ages 9 and up | $50

Kodiak High School Art Room

In this class we will learn the wax resist method of silk painting. Focusing on process we will experiment with color, play with pattern, and experiment with the natural flow of dye on silk. Students will have the opportunity to experiment and gain skills on a series of smaller silk pieces before working on a full-size silk scarf and creating their own wearable art!

Print making

With Bonnie Dillard

Monday, July 19 to July 23

1 pm to 3 pm daily 

Ages 9 and up | $50

Kodiak High School Art Room

Explore printmaking and a few of its many possibilities: Mono prints and block prints. Taught by local art teacher, Bonnie Dillard. In this class students will learn various carving, inking, and printing techniques to create a series of prints on paper and cloth. Color theory and design will be incorporated into the process of printing.

Virtual Classes

art journaling

At-home, self-paced

Includes arts supplies kit + 15 inspiring instructional videos

Ages 9 & up | $45

Kits & videos available June 7

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In this special collaboration with artist Alisa Burke, students will receive a take-home kit filled with arts supplies + 15 inspiring video lessons! Art Journaling is a process-oriented, mess-embracing class designed to provide arts concepts and techniques to help kids express themselves and create pages of color and design with pattern play, doodling, and more!

The take-home kit will include journals, brush sets, paints, pens, and more. Registered families will receive a private link to the instructional videos. New videos will drop each week at a rate of three videos per week for five weeks. Families in rural communities, fish camps, or other areas where internet connectivity may be a challenge can receive the videos in advance on a flash drive. 

Cartooning

Monday, July 12 to Friday July 16

1 pm to 2 pm daily at-home via Zoom

Ages 8 and up | $40

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Comics are a mighty tool for youth to explore illustration and storytelling. Lee Post has developed activities to work with a wide variety of students and ages. The tasks are non-competitive, allowing each person to find their own success without feeling left behind or held back.  By using short, fast-paced, cumulative lessons, students put skills in to practice quickly and move past any doubts about their artistic talents, building a lifelong love for creating on their own terms. 

 

We'll begin on the first day by cartooning faces using simple shapes, the experiment with forms and showing emotions, then end with some more complicated shapes and drawing games.   During the rest of the week, we'll continue to build on those skills bit-by-bit to draw characters and comic strips using fun prompts that continually challenge the student's imagination. At the end of the class, they'll have stacks of silly comics, weird characters, and a love of drawing. 

One-Day Classes

Marine Mosaics

With Kathy Johnson

Mondays: June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 19

Morning sessions: 10 am to 12 pm 

Afternoon sessions: 1 pm to 3 pm 

Ages 3 and up | $65

Students younger than 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 

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Create a completely unique mosaic salmon, halibut, starfish, or whale tail with fun take-home mosaic kits. Marine Mosaic take-home kits include a selection of coordinated color tiles and a pre-cut marine form - you add the glue and your artistic touch!

Marine Mosaics is a one-day, two-hour class. Families should choose their preferred date and time of day. Marine Mosaics will be held on Monday, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28 and July 19. A morning (10 am to 12 pm) or afternoon (1 pm to 3 pm) option is available each day. 

Fish n'print 

Wednesdays: June 9, June 16, or June 23 

Morning sessions: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Afternoon sessions: 1 pm to 5 pm 

Ages 9 to 13 | $80

Meet at St. Paul Harbor Gazebo

Get out on the water and discover new creative inspiration through this special program combining fishing and arts activities. Gyotaku is the Japanese art of fish printing. “Gyo” means fish, and “taku” means rubbing. As the story goes, fishermen in Japan invented this art form as a way to record the size of their catch. After all, there were no cameras! Ink was applied directly to the fish, and the image was printed on rice paper to memorialize the moment.


Students will spend time on the water with Kodiak Marine Charters fishing for rockfish and then return to the harbor to create their own fish print - on paper and on a t-shirt!   We’ll fish aboard the Moonlight, a 43’ Delta Coast Guard Inspected vessel and return to print our fish at St. Paul Harbor Gazebo.  Students will go home with their art and vacuum packed fillets of fish!

Fish N' Print is a one-day, 4-hour outdoor adventure. With your students will be Lukas Bercy, Captain, Tasnah Bercy, Teaching Artist, and Frederik Bercy and Kolya Moyer, deckhands. Families should choose their preferred date and select a morning or afternoon session.

acrylic pouring

With megan ivanoff

Monday, June 21

Tuesday, June 22  

Friday, July 2  

1 pm to 3 pm

Ages 7 and up | $60

Explore the art of acrylic pouring and create abstract masterpieces by experimenting with color and technique. In this class students will receive two canvases, two wood cutouts, and a variety of paint (colors vary) for pouring. Megan Ivanoff will take Students through the process of acrylic pouring. Acrylic Pouring is a one-day, two-hour class. Families should choose their preferred date from the three available dates.

Take Home Kits

Marine Mosaics 

With Kathy Johnson

Take Home Kit | $65

with instructional video

Create a completely unique mosaic salmon, halibut, starfish, rockfish, or whale with fun take-home mosaic kits. Marine Mosaics take-home kits include a selection of coordinated color tiles and a pre-cut marine form - you add the glue and your artistic touch! Each kit includes materials and instructions to help your student be successful with their mosaics project.

 

Once completed independently, families will return their mosaic creatures to the Auditorium and teaching artist Kathy Johnson will grout them for finishing.

Painted Marine Cut-Outs

With Kathy Johnson

Take Home Kit | $30

with Instructional video

Create a painted salmon out of a plywood cut fish template. Paint, paintbrushes, and other fun accessories will be provided to create a unique, one of a kind, colorful salmon.

Sum'Arts 2021 FAQs

REGISTRATION

 

  • What are my registration options?

For Sum'Arts for Kids 2021, families can choose between in-person learning indoors or outdoors, virtual learning, and take-home kits. All registration will take place through the Kodiak Arts Council website and our OvationTix ticketing system. If you need assistance with registration please email Neelam at education@kodiakarts.org or call or text 907-942-5840.

  • When I pull up the camp we'd like to attend on your event calendar I don't see any links to next steps - what's happening?

On some operating systems you will need to take the extra step of clicking the calendar day the class starts to pull up the registration fields. The day should be highlighted in black and by clicking the box it will turn green and you will be able to advance to the next step.

  • How do I know if my registration is complete?

Families will receive a confirmation email from our registration system once their registration is complete. If you do not receive a confirmation email please check your junk or spam folders for an email from "Kodiak Arts Council" with the address "customerservice@ovationtix.com". If you do not have an email your registration likely did not complete. Please call or text 907-942-5840 or email Neelam at education@kodiakarts.org for assistance. 

  • Is there financial aid available to families?

Yes! The KIBSD Federal Programs office supports participation in our Sum'Arts camps, classes and kits for families that qualify for the Migrant Education program. All Migrant Education families are eligible and encouraged to use this form to register through the Federal Programs office.

 

A no-cost participation option is also available to families for whom the tuition fee is a challenge. Families are welcome and encouraged to use the promo code ARTIST in the registration process to register their students for Sum'Arts camps and classes for free. Please call or text the Arts Council at 942-5840 if we can assist with registration and use of the promo code.

 

  • Can Adults take the classes?

Sum’Arts for Kids is a youth arts education program. However, parents and guardians are welcome to create alongside their students at home with our virtual and take-home kits options: Art Journaling, Cartooning, Marine Mosaics, and Painted Marine Cut-Outs.

Families are welcome to accompany their students to the one-day, in-person Marine Mosaics classes, and parent or guardian supervision is required for registered students under age 8 for this class. 

IN-PERSON INDOOR CAMPS AND CLASSES

  • What should my student bring to their indoor in-person camp?

All supplies are included in all Sum'Arts camps, and we will continue to purchase enough supplies to reduce the need for sharing supplies in camps. For our indoor, in-person camps, please send your students in comfortable clothes with a water bottle and a face mask. 

  • What are your COVID-19 mitigation protocols?

All of our in-person indoor camps and classes are taking place within KIBSD classrooms and we will follow the COVID-19 mitigation protocols established by the district for use of their facilities. As of May 2021 this includes mask-wearing indoors at all times, frequent hand-washing, social distancing, sanitizing shared surfaces, and following quarantine guidelines after travel and after exposure to a known positive case. The most recent guidelines on coming to school facilities after travel or exposure can be found here.

 

To support social distancing we have limited the number of student participants in each camp to 12 for camps taking place in classrooms, and 20 for camps taking place in the Auditorium Foyer or the Kodiak Middle School commons (Kodiak Youth Theatre and Marine Mosaics). 

For the camps taking place outdoors - Fish N' Print and Nature Journaling - masks are optional.

  • What if my student was exposed to a known positive COVID-19 case before camp begins?

If your student becomes a close contact to a known COVID-19 positive case before camp begins please do not send them to camp. If your student is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, aches and chills, cough, loss of smell or taste) please do not send them to camp. Please contact the Arts Council at 942-5840 and we will issue you a refund on tuition. 

OUTDOOR CAMPS AND CLASSES

  • What should my student bring to their outdoor camp?

For our outdoor camps - Fish N' Print and Nature Journaling - please send your student in weather appropriate clothes. We recommend layers for warmth and a rain jacket in case of rain. For outdoor camps mask-wearing is optional. 

All arts supplies are included in all Sum'Arts camps, and we will continue to purchase enough supplies to reduce the need for sharing supplies in camps.

Families participating in outdoor camps will be sent a liability waiver. Liability waivers will also be available to be completed on the first day of camp.

  • Will my students need a fishing license for Fish N' Print? 

Alaska residents under age 18 and nonresidents under age 16 do not need a sport fishing license. However, all students will need to complete and keep a Sport Fishing Harvest Record to record their catch. We will also have these forms available to be completed at the St. Paul Harbor Gazebo on the day of class. 

  • Where can I learn more about Kodiak Marine Charters?

Kodiak Marine Charters is a family run and operated business in Kodiak. The Moonlight is a 43' Delta Coast Guard Inspected vessel with a capacity for 18 passengers and 2 crew. For Fish N Print we will be limiting the number of participants to 10 students maximum per trip. You can learn more about Kodiak Marine Charters and meet the Captain and crew here. 

VIRTUAL CLASSES & TAKE HOME KITS

 

  • What is a Sum’Arts virtual class?

For Sum’Arts for Kids 2021, we are offering one virtual week-long synchronous camp - Cartooning - and several classes - Art Journaling, Marine Mosaics, Painted Marine Cutouts - that are a combination of take-home arts kits and asynchronous virtual instruction. 

 

For Cartooning with Lee Post, students will meet in small group via Zoom video teleconferencing the week of July 12 - 16 every day from 1 pm to 2 pm. Students can see and interact with the teacher and other students, receive personal feedback and instruction from the teacher, participate in live demonstrations, and share their work and ideas. To participate students will need a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, tablet (e.g. iPad) with a camera, or smart phone with a camera. Zoom works on all operating systems.

For Art Journaling with Alisa Burke, students will receive a kit of arts supplies and access to 15 inspiring instructional videos through a private link. The videos can be accessed anytime. 3 new videos will become available throughout the summer for five weeks to help kids stay engaged and creating. Art Journaling is a process-oriented, mess-embracing class designed to give kids the tools and techniques to express themselves through design work, doodling and more.

For Marine Mosaics and Painted Marine Cut-Outs students will receive a kit of arts supplies and access to an instructional video with teaching artist Kathy Johnson to help them be successful with their project. The video can be accessed anytime. These are product-oriented activities designed to help students create a single finished piece that can be given as a gift or proudly displayed in the home. 

 

  • How do I pick up my arts supplies for my Virtual Class or Take-Home Kit?

Supply kits for Art Journaling, Marine Mosaics, and Painted Marine Cut-Outs will be available for pick-up on Thursday, June 3, Friday, June 4, and Monday June 7, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. If you are unable to pick up your supplies at the designated times please email Neelam at education@kodiakarts.org to arrange an alternative pick-up.

Supply kits for Cartooning will be available for pick-up at the Auditorium in July.

  • My family doesn't have reliable internet access at home/fish camp. Can my students participate?

Yes! We are able to make the instructional videos for Art Journaling and Painted Marine Cut-Outs available on a flash drive. Please call the Arts Council at 942-5840 or email Neelam at education@kodiakarts.org to arrange.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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