Stetson University

Creative Art Classes

Important information:

  • Ages: Rising 9th through 12th graders
  • Dates: June 7 to July 11
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $399 per student for the week for either course
  • Location: DeLand campus - Hand Art Center
  • Contact: Boundless Learning at 386-822-7369

All supplies are included.

Creativity and Digital Arts

Note: this class is limited to 16 students.

Computers are a powerful platform for making art and unleashing your creativity. This weeklong workshop will introduce a variety of tools for making interactive sound and visuals, including USB joysticks, iPhone apps, Arduino micro-controllers and Cycling74's Max. The goal will be to make at least one new piece of digital art each day. Students will also learn to document their work via photos, video and the written word, then assemble a digital portfolio documenting their projects to take home.


Nathan Wolek, Ph.D. (Northwestern University) is an audio artist and researcher whose work encompasses advanced signal processing techniques, multimedia performance, audio installation art and electronic music history. His music features gradually changing textures, quivering pulses and environmental recordings of personal significance. Wolek has performed across the United States, as well as in Canada, Brazil, Germany and Norway. He is a contributor to Jamoma, an open-source software platform for interactive performance systems.

Painting Techniques Inspired by Modern Greats

Note: this class is limited to 12 students.

This summer art camp will include art history inspired lessons from artists such as Oscar Bluemner, Shepard Fairey, Salvador DalÍ, David Hockney and Hannah Höch.

Each day will focus on a painting medium like watercolor, acrylic or oil paint. Watercolor techniques will include; quick sketch, wet into wet, and how to create marks without using a paint brush. For example a sponge, a straw and salt are tools which can create texture in a painting. Acrylic painting techniques will include how to use paint brushes, how to control paint thickness and how to incorporate stencils. Oil painting techniques will also include how to use the art tools for the medium such as different brushes and the effects they create. Students will learn how to prepare a canvas and how to use a palette and palette knife.

The ways of expressing each painting medium will be demonstrated through subject matter such as a landscape, a portrait, a still life or by looking at a photograph. Painting mediums can also be expressed abstractly when a color can be used to express an emotion or feeling. A sense of energy can be created through line thickness and direction.

Learning and discussing skills like basic drawing, how to critique artwork and how to invent an assignment for the class will also be explored. Teacher-guided demonstrations will be given to demonstrate how to use the art tools of the day. Elements of art and principals of design will be part of the learning path as well.

It will be a daily goal to send at least one piece of artwork home each day of camp.

We will begin the week with watercolor techniques. An art history reference will include William Turner, and a look at his work as a source of inspiration in landscape painting.


Anne Montgomery '94 (B.A., Stetson University; M.F.A., Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y) became an adjunct professor while a graduate student at Brooklyn College, where she taught basic design and color to undergraduate art students.

For the past ten years, Montgomery has taught art to elementary students at Reading Edge Academy in DeBary, Fla. and Johnsonville Elementary in Cameron, N.C. This past summer, she rented her first art studio space where she taught a summer art camp to students ages seven to 13 years old. Currently, she is an adjunct professor for a Painting 1 class at Stetson University.


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