Camp Sawtooth – All You Need for a Creative Summer!

With tantalizing, thought-provoking titles such as Clayin’ With the Greeks, Collage O’Rama, Bird is the Word, Fuzzy Wuzzy Wool Sculptures, and The Art of Peace, who wouldn’t be onboard for a summer experience at Camp Sawtooth?

The Sawtooth School has a mission to share its creative space, resources and art experiences to empower students in their creative endeavors – no matter the medium. The School offers classes and workshops in 11 visual art and craft disciplines, including ceramics, drawing, painting, digital arts, glass, metals, lapidary, photography, printmaking, textiles and wood. All ages, skill levels and backgrounds are invited to explore these creative classes.

Each week this summer, the studios at Sawtooth are brimming with art-making and creating, with an educational, eight-week summer camp program. These are golden opportunities to introduce youth to various art and craft mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textiles, glass, metals and wood.

Providing age-appropriate knowledge to budding young artists, Sawtooth School’s instructors are working artists with the highest level of skills who specialize in hands-on learning.

“Our summer camp sessions are often a student’s first exposure to professional art studios and artist instruction,” says Whitney Stahl, Director of Youth Programs. “Camp Sawtooth encourages youth to expand their creativity and form a path to achievement through visual art.”

Take a look at some of the fun options for your summer days!

CLAY CREATIONS 

Ages 6-8, 9-11 

Explore the world of ceramics and improve your skills in clay hand-building in this week long class! Students will learn pinch, coil and slab hand-building techniques. Projects will be glazed and fired in our kilns for students to take home in the following weeks of camp! 

COMMUNITY QUILT 

Ages 12–16 

Quilts have long been an ideal medium to weave together family histories, record personal triumphs and even hide secret maps in plain sight as they hang on clotheslines to dry. Students will collaborate on a class project and tell their collective story through a large-scale textile work. The making of the class quilt will use traditional as well as found materials, and students will develop their own motifs and patchwork patterns.  

MASTER OF METALS 

Ages 12-16  

Learn how to design and create unique jewelry pieces using copper, brass, beads and more. Students will use jewelry tools such as pliers, saws and files. 

SKATE AND CREATE  

Ages 9-11, 12–16  

Students will learn about the history of skateboarding and its influence on the world. Students will create designs on a skateboard deck through mixed media techniques such as image transfers, collages, stencils and spray painting! 

From June 20, 2023 to August 11, 2023, both morning and afternoon classes are offered Monday through Friday and are based on the student’s age group: 6-8 years, 9-11 years and 12-14 years. Teen summer courses have also been added for students up to 16 years of age.

Sawtooth School for Visual Arts is a non-profit community art school located in the heart of Winston-Salem at 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, 336.723.7395. Summer Camp registration is available online at Sawtooth.org, or for more information and other inquiries, contact the camp registrar at registrar@sawtooth.org. Follow them on Instagram @sawtoothschool.

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