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5 Star Fine Arts Camp Ottawa – (ages 11-12)

Our Art Camp program is designed to treat drawing, painting and collage as skills to be mastered. I hope you will find the art program at 5 Star Camps stimulating and enjoyable but also remember that art is about creation, and creation is primarily a personal adventure. Van Gogh & Vermeer are two artists with two distinct styles. Whether they think they can draw or not, the campers in our art program will have their own drawing style too. I like to personally encourage each camper to be comfortable with their own creative style, and I will show them what they may do to improve their skills.

In this art program I shall show campers how to get the proportions right in figure drawing, the correct procedure to create good perspective and in art history we will be looking at impossible perspective in the work of M.C. Escher, a brilliant artist and mathematician. The campers will gain experience in handling oils as well as acrylic and watercolours, they will study the effects of light and shade on still life, and compare the merits of charcoal and pencils. By the end of the course each camper will know the difference between formal abstract art as portrayed in the work of Mondrian, and abstract expressionism as seen in the work of Jackson Pollock and Marc Rothko.

Each week is designed to lead campers, through exercises and activities that will sharpen up their drawing and painting skills, towards a finished piece of work. In this art program we shall produce a small portfolio to be proud of. If this all sounds a bit too serious, don’t worry. I have ways to make art fun, interesting and exciting.

The campers shall be designing, imagining and creating, in an atmosphere designed to be comfortable and inspiring. Each day’s work will be accompanied by classical music, and stories about the lives of the artists we study.

Campers will be encouraged to be all they can be; they will hear the words “you never know what you can achieve until you try” throughout the course and with the right guidance and individual attention they will be surprised by their achievements.

See pictures of our Fine Arts camp on Pinterest.

The Fine Arts Camp Program

Week One: Acrylic Canvas

Day 1. Acrylic painting with the great masters.

Sketch your picture & apply the under-paint.

Day 2. 2nd step of your acrylic canvas.

Apply more colour & areas of light & shade.

Day 3. 3rd step of your acrylic canvas.

Apply final details to your master-piece. Some campers work faster than others so if you find you have some time on your hands why not experiment with drawing inks, nibs & Chinese pens. Practice cross-hatching & intricate patterning with fine point pens. Have a look at the great ideas on your hand-out.

Day 4. Formal abstract, (Mondrian, Kandinsky), in acrylics.

The term ‘Abstract’ means having no reference to objects like a cat, a tree or an orange. Delve into your imagination and create a very controlled and meaningful work of art.

Day 5. Your canvas is ready to show off!

Week two: Acrylic Canvas or Paper Mache Sculptures

You have a choice of learning how to complete an acrylic painting or making a paper Mache sculpture. Both of these techniques are time consuming and involve several stages. We will be working on a paper mache sculpture or an oil painting for the first 45 minute of the lesson throughout the week. Different media will follow the morning break.

Day 1.

(i) First layer of paper mache or sketch your picture & apply the under-paint.

(ii) Strange still life, compare pencil to charcoal. Still life doesn’t have to be fruit & wine bottles! What about a group of tools you would use to change a car tire, or cosmetics spilling out of a bag? The remnants of your birthday party or just a plate of doughnuts! Let’s get imaginative, and in using different techniques we can render light and shade, making ordinary objects look like works of art.

Day 2.

(i) Paper mache 2nd layer, or apply more colour & areas of light & shade to your painting.

(ii)Sketch outside, (weather permitting). The correct proportions of a seated figure with strong light & shade. Compare charcoal & graphite sticks with pencil.

Day 3.

(i) Paper mache final layer. Apply final details to your acrylic painting. Some campers work faster than others so if you find you have some time on your hands why not experiment with drawing inks, nibs & Chinese pens. Practice cross-hatching & intricate patterning with fine point pens. Have a look at the great ideas on your hand-out.

(ii) Atmospheric perspective in landscape, & how to achieve different planes in composition. The rule for perspective is “The further away an object is, the smaller it appears”, but did you know that it also loses its sharp colours and gets greyer? The students will learn an ancient Chinese technique to show distance in their art work.

Day 4.

(i) Paint paper mache. Acrylic painting must be left to start to dry before we apply the varnish.

(ii) Landscape in watercolours. In this lesson the students will practice at least four different water colour techniques in one landscape painting. (Using masking fluid, wet in wet, under painting, dry stipple, lifting paint off the paper, etc).

Day 5.

(i) Paper mache finishing details.

(ii) Perspective and M.C. Escher staircases, any dry medium. M. C. Escher was a brilliant artist and mathematician who delighted in fooling your eye and brain with pictures of absolutely, mind-boggling impossible perspective. Practice one of his techniques.

Your canvas is now ready to show off!

Alternate Programming:

Day 1.

Techniques with inks. Experiments with several types of ink pens to achieve many different effects, from Chinese painting to crosshatching & pattern design.

Day 2

Wire & plaster bandage sculpture. Create active looking kinetic sculptures that really move in space.

Work on your pen & ink piece, or try ink pens you’ve not used before, (nib, Chinese bamboo, fine point).

Day 3.

Wire & plaster bandage sculpture, continued.

Look at IMAGINING PATTERNS & TEXTURE hand-out, & do the exercise with a partner.

Day 4.

Paint your sculpture in period one,

Then create a themed collage using magazine cuttings, and inked in details. This can be a large ‘statement’ piece using current events to make a bold impact. (On large manila Bristol board).

Day 5.

Mixed media painting, (probably watercolour + ink, or collage + acrylics).

Each student will probably have discovered a preference for one particular technique or medium. They are given the chance here to work again with their choice.

Floating Inks on Water:

This year, we will be introducing a technique called “floating inks on water” to our Fine Arts Camp.


Our Fine Arts Teacher

My qualifications and experience are in residential social work in the United Kingdom, working with spirited and challenging children and teens, as well as adults with special needs. I have used my love of art throughout my career to reach out to, and enrich the lives of the different client groups I have worked with. My skills include the ability to help people feel at ease quite quickly, and I like to encourage those with little confidence to try and have a go, no matter what we are doing. I enjoy the company of youngsters and can tell a good yarn to captivate my audience. You will find in me, a compassionate person with a great deal of common sense.

Some of you may recognize me from the Art Studies course I ran in Stittsville for 10 years. This started in my own home with 5 students in 1998. By 2002 I had 25 students and I had to rent larger premises and employ another tutor.

I am presently employed at Venta Preparatory school as art teacher in the Junior School. I have enjoyed working with this superb team for over 5 years, and my own daughter attends this school.

I love to design and build large stained glass panels. I studied stained glass at a 600 year old establishment in a small town called Monkwearmouth in the north of England, and you can see my panels in a restaurant in Whitley Bay, St. Thomas Church, Stittsville, and several homes around the region.

I live near Kinburn in the middle of nowhere, with my husband, two children and various pets. I love being outdoors in summer or winter, swimming or snowshoeing, it does not matter. What does matter is spending time with family and friends doing things together.

I look forward to this new challenge at 5-Star Camps. I really enjoy seeing skills develop and imaginations flow from the new campers I will meet this summer.

See you then!
Mrs. Gillian Mattock.

Typical Day For a 11-12 Year Old ( Fine Arts Camp Only)

7:30 – 9:00 Pre-Camp Activities
9:00 – 9:30 Attendance at flagpole, morning greeting, announcements, games/jokes/group initiatives to start off the day
9:30 – 10:30 Fine Arts Program
10:30 – 10:45 Snack
10:45 – 11:45 Fine Arts Program
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Multi-Sport
1:30 – 2:30 Low Ropes / Climbing Wall
2:30 – 3:30 Outdoor Pool Period/ Water Inflatables
3:30 – 3:45 Snack
3:45 – 4:30 Group Game
4:30 – 5:30 Post-Camp Activities

The “Survival Game”

A real camp favourite! Campers get to learn what it is like to survive as a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore, by searching for food and water and avoiding predators as they hunt through the forest. This game develops children’s appreciation for nature and wildlife, through fun and exciting wilderness adventure. Without question your children will talk about this game as one of the highlights of the week.

July 2017 Fine Arts Camp

Age Group Week One
July 4-7
Week Two
July 10-14
11-12 Max. 12 Campers Max. 12 Campers

Please Note: Our Fine Arts Camp is only offered during our first three weeks of our summer camp program (Weeks 1 & 2 only). A maximum of 12 camps per week.

Please Note: The cost for our Fine Arts Camp is $340.00 plus tax, which includes lunch program, two fruit snacks daily and a full afternoon of activities! Free before and after camp care,

Star_pointWhat to Bring:

  • waterproof sunscreen (spray bottle please)
  • water bottle
  • hat
  • swimsuit, towel and flip-flops/sandals
  • running shoes
  • bug spray (with deet)
  • lock
  • backpack

Please note we travel all day with the children’s bug spray and sunscreen in our Counsellors backpack so please label these items well and we will do our best to return them at the end of the week. We recommend that you have 2 bottles of bug spray and sunscreen (spray bottle please); one to keep at home to apply before your child comes for the day and the others to give to us to keep with our counsellors. This program works extremely well as we have an outstanding record of no sunburns!