This will be year two for Summer Art Camp at The Camp at Capilla Peak, near Mountainair, New Mexico. Last year, we had a blast (and Linda and I were wed, that was a once-in-a-lifetime 21-year courtship event!), but this summer promises just as much fun.
Two sessions are scheduled (the second depending on the first one filling -- which is just about the case as of this week) with the workshops repeating from Junanne Peck of Ft. Worth and me, Susie Monday, of Pipe Creek. Yes, Texans hoping to escape the heat! The Camp at Capilla Peak is intentionally a kind of summer kids camp for grownups. The accommodations are simple, the food is great (and we do serve wine and beer if you so indulge) Most of the supplies and amenities are furnished and we are a short 90 minute drive from the Albuquerque SunPort.
Send me an email through the contact page of this website (or my susie monday at that g mail address) and I'll tell you what accommodations are still open, and how to register.
Summer Camp in New Mexico
It’s on! The dates for the second (and third) Summer Art Camp at Capilla Peak will be June 25 through June 30 (four full days of workshops) and a second session, July 5 through July 10.
The heart of the experience is full four days of creativity with new techniques in surface design and mixed media, iPad art, encaustic and printmaking, as well as all the fun of summer camp with s’mores around the camp fire, walks in the pines, a hayride on Capilla Mountain, and area field trips. My classes will concentrate on collage, both virtual and tactile-- bring a laptop or tablet to match touch with tech, if you wish. Guest artist Junanne Peck returns to lead encaustic and printmaking sessions.
After our first successful and sold-out camp last summer, we know the space and the situation. We’ll be adding a catered meal and a dinner out in Mountainair , the nearby mountain village, plus allow a bit more free time for participants. (And, we have a better handle on the cost of doing this right!) We appreciate the generosity of my cousins Erik and Judyth Rigler in providing the camp venue, as well as a lot of the extras — and that makes this one of the most affordable multi-day summer art camps being offered.
Art Camp Workshops
Collage Studios with Susie Monday
Each workshop day, Susie will teach one paper/fabric/mixed media collage technique, using small canvases as the support, and one session using the iPad or other tablet to create collage designs that can be printed on fabric or on quality paper.
From iPad to Art If you’ve ever wanted to design fabric, wallpaper or small art quilts with your iPad, the hi-tech sessions will take you from start to finish using a variety of collage and photo filter apps, and the camp fee includes a copy of Susie’s soon-to-be-published iPad for Artists ebook.
Inner Nature/Outer Nature The mixed media sessions will include using paper and fabric with fusible webbing and polymer medium to design small paper/cloth art work inspired by the natural setting of the camp and its environs and your musings, creative insights and interests. Techniques will include using glazing paints, textured paints, image transfers and polymer medium collage.
Printmaking and Encaustic Studios with Junanne Peck
Akua demonstration artist Junanne Peck, from Ft. Worth, will be running two workshops as well: “Monotype and the Spontaneous Mark” and “Hot Wax Cool Art.” (You can see how these will fit with Susie’s workshops; you’ll end up with really neat projects, as well as new skills!)
Hot Wax, Cool Art This introductory workshop in encaustic painting will teach participants to paint in the ancient, non-toxic medium of beeswax-based paint. Each workshop features basic core information, including the history of encaustic, health and safety, and the fundamentals techniques of painting and fusing. The workshop will cover the following painting techniques: how to create depth and transparency, texture or ultra-smooth surfaces, transfer of drawings, stencils, and collage. (Complete details to come with registration).
Monotype and the Spontaneous Mark Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints using simple techniques. The classes will provide a basic introduction to the use of the etching press with the introduction of the pin press in creating multi-layered monotypes. Artists will produce a printing plate from an original drawing or design and will become familiar with printmaking processes, tools, and techniques using non-toxic waterbased Akua inks. Drypoint and stencils will be explored. Emphasis will be on color, visual texture, line and composition.
Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork. We will work with encaustics and printmaking and often in combination.
SUPPLIES and CREATURE COMFORTS
Most art supplies are provided, as well as towels, pillows and sheets. We have some blankets, but if your luggage permits, bring a blanket or sleeping bag.
Art Supplies: Sketchbook and favorite pens, pencils, markers and watercolors (if you have them); digital camera, iPad or other tablet if you wish to use it,. For fun: games, examples of your artwork (photos are fine), snacks to share if you wish, sweater or sweatshirt for cool evenings, musical instruments, bikes, yoga mat, etc.
Hayride to New Canyon Campground, Art Session on the Mountain, and Tailgate Barbecue Supper
Nightly campfires with S’Mores, as weather permits
Field trip to Quarai, Colonial-era mission ruins, for sketching and photography
Nature walks with local expert
Bikes for on-site and nearby excursions (bring your own if you are driving to camp). Please bring your own helmet.
Evening talks, demos and other activities
Morning yoga and/or guided meditation
We are limited to 11 to 18 participants per session, so the experience is personalized, communal and participatory. Camp fee for 4 full days of art classes and studio work sessions (as well as nature walks, bike rides, hayride and all the camp extras) is $250 per person, plus art supply fee of $20. If a non-artist spouse or friend wants to attend and share your cabin or room, discount their fee by $25.00. All activities are optional, of course!
Accommodations, including most meals (one lunch and one supper will be off site and not included in the fee) start at $250 per person, with supplements for solo cabins, or barn accommodations near the bathrooms. Meals, including vegetarian and gluten free options are simple but delicious. Our camp hosts sponsor nightly S’Mores, weather permitting. Wine, beer and non alcoholic beverages are included, but if you are fussy about vintage or brand, or like something harder, bring your own. Wifi is available at the Main Cabin, and cell phone reception is good on the property. (let me know you are interested and I'll send you the accommodation list and registration form).
If you would like more privacy, the Shaffer Hotel in Mountainair is about 15-20 minutes from the camp. They have shared bath “Cowboy Rooms” and rooms with private bathrooms. Call 505-847-2888 for current prices and reservations. The hotel website is http://www.shafferhotel.com. If you do stay at the hotel, meals provided at the camp will be available for $200 per person.
We will organize carpools for those flying into Albuquerque Sunport on the opening and closing dates, or you can rent a car and have more flexibility with your schedule. You are welcome to drive to The Camp, located about 90 minutes south of Albuquerque. Driving directions will be provided upon registration. Transportation fee: $20 round trip.
Email me for a registration and fee sheet, and choose your accommodations. Send with a $50 non-refundable deposit. The rest of the fee will be due on May 15, 2015. If we do not fill the session you request, we will return your deposit in full.