The 2012 Outreach Camps season started with an overflow of creativity bubbling forth from the music and art floors of the Studio Arts Building. Three separate camps — Jazz Camp and the Middle and High School Art Studio Camps — offered students customized choices and wide array of classes.
Jazz campers enjoyed small master class sections with their teachers, in addition to the faculty concert and an opportunity to explore new song selections in small combos outside of their full ensemble rehearsals. The final public concert held on June 28 featured jazz standards, a John Salerno composition, “The Rootless Camp Blues,” ending with an audience participation piece, “Hey Jude.” Faculty members John Salerno and Adam Gaines directed the two top bands, with Steve Johnson, Terry Iattoni and Salerno directing the combos.
The UW-Green Bay art camps commenced with impressive, public art shows in the Lawton Gallery. Sandra Shackelford (photo journalist) and Carrie Fonder (a former Fulbright honoree) served as co-directors and provided curricular oversight. The drawing, painting, sculpting and ceramics classes were most popular this year, joining the always-hot computer animation class. One of the camp highlights is “camp runway,” featuring students who remake and model wearables for the fashion design class. This class sets out to find treasures at “St. Vinny’s,” the St. Vincent DePaul resale shop. Clothing is taken apart and remade into items that remarkably match the penciled sketches designed by the students before the field trip. Creativity abounds as students explore visual layering concepts, coupled with abstraction and a plethora of color.
Scholarships are awarded to the most outstanding musicians and artists for the 2013 camps.
Comments camps coordinator and UW-Green Bay staff member Mona Christensen: “I know we’ve done our job when parents and grandparents stand in awe, disbelief at the talent, looking at the art displayed in the Lawton or are applauding with tears in their eyes while listening to their kids perform. The arts transcend and inspire creativity that goes beyond normal, day-to-day living. The experience gained by creating music and art together cannot be replicated in any other way. There is something special that happens here every summer.”
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