Spring Kids Camp: Mindful Materials for Creative Kids

instructor: Kerry Cottle

category: Mixed Media

for: Kids, aged 10-13

price: MEMBER $325 / GENERAL $375


Did you know that as human beings, one of our most essential super powers is our imagination? Well, it is and the world needs yours!

How can we create the worlds we want; worlds that work in harmony with the natural world while we also celebrate it in our art creations? This playful and experimental art camp is dedicated to exploring these questions while investigating the use of biodegradable materials such as plants, soil, and recycled paper in art.

Join this Spring Kids Camp to exercise your creative muscles!

In this week long camp, kids will:

Learn how to creatively problem solve using mindful materials

Consider where their art materials come from and what they are made of

Look at artwork made by artists who are working toward futures of mutual thriving

Play and experiment with bioplastics (plastic-like material made from plants and gelatin) to create sun-catchers

Discover what colors exist in nature and can be used in art making

Create paints using spices, plants, and soil

Make paper and sculpted objects using recycled junk mail, old clothes, and laundry lint

Envision flourishing worlds and communities

Share their works and visions with their peers

Camp runs M-F from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Campers may be dropped off after 9:30am in the morning and picked up before 3:30pm. Staff will remain on site throughout drop-offs and pick-ups. Snacks are provided, but please send your camper with a cold lunch. Lunch is between 12-1 on site.

Reach out to Hannah at education@vergecontemporary.org regarding potential scholarship opportunities!

WHEN: March 25-29

WHERE: Verge Center for the Arts

About the Instructor 

Kerry Cottle is a visual artist and educator based in Sacramento, California. Her work is an ongoing meditation on material, abstraction, and color aimed at symbolically reconsidering, restoring, and/or subverting flawed value systems. Led by the somatic and intuitive processes of making, Kerry explores the depth of possibility within recycled and sustainable materials by reformulating accumulated junk mail, locally sourced plant and mineral pigment, and bioplastics into medium.

Community Standards

In order to create a safe and encouraging environment for creativity, we ask that all attendees comply with Verge’s non-discrimination policy which prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment based on race, color, gender, gender identity/expression, age, physical or mental disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by the state or local laws. We also ask that everyone contribute positively to a safe and comfortable environment for all attendees. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not abide by our community standards stated above.

Cancellation and Refunds Policy

Verge Center for the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes, to change instructors, and to make other changes that may become necessary to ensure a quality experience for participants. In the event that a class is canceled, we will contact all registrants and offer the option of transferring to another available session, or receiving a full refund.

If a participant wishes to withdraw from a class, they must do so in writing at least seven days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals occurring within seven days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of 50% of the total class fee. No refunds are given to withdrawals that occur 24 hours before the class begins. Transfers are not accepted after a class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.