Brushstrokes Studio

Brushstrokes Studio is a pottery, glass fusing, and mosaics studio located near the Fourth Street Shopping District in Berkeley. We offer drop-in studio time 7 days a week as well as classes, summer camps, birthday parties and special workshops.

CAMPS + CLASSES for kids

CAMPS 2017

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We are excited to offer a series of mid-year camps and summer camps throughout the year. We have day-long classes for single day holidays and week-long camps coming up for President's Week and Spring Break. And SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Camp Brushstrokes offers Art Camps for Kids (ages 6-9), Mini Matisse Camps (ages 4-5), Summer Workshops for Teens & Tweens (ages 10 & up), Afternoon Camp, and a CIT Program (ages 14-18). Now in it’s 19th season, Camp Brushstrokes is set in a beautiful ceramic art studio near Berkeley’s 4th Street shopping district. Our studio is light-filled and inspiring with a lovely garden and patio where campers enjoy lots of outdoor time. Read more…

Mini Matisse Camp (ages 4-5)

Meets 9am-1pm in our downstairs studio. .
We call our youngest campers Mini Matisse and their camp will be held downstairs with a dedicated instructor who will focus on age-appropriate projects working with pottery painting, glass fusing, clay sculpting, and mosaics. The children will have lots of time outdoors, playing games, and being read to in circle time, while also creating beautiful works of art!


Camp Brushstrokes (ages 6-9)

Meets 9am-3pm in our upstairs studio
Every week of camp we’ll be painting pottery, sculpting with wet clay, fusing glass, making mosaics, hand-felting jewelry, and doing tons of drawing and painting. We’ll spend lots of time outside in our yard and across the street at Duck’s Nest Secret Garden—finding inspiration in nature, sketching in our hand-made sketchbooks, and enjoying outdoor games and adventures.

SUMMER 2017 DATES/THEMES

JUNE 12 - 16•  9am - 1pm
Artful Antics!

Feeling Antsy? This camp is about being creative through action, exploration, collaboration and experimentation. How many different ways can we paint without using a paintbrush? What kind of marks and tools can we find in the world around us? Where does your inspiration come from? What's going on in that head of yours? Let's make it come to life! Let's have a parade, a picnic, a party! Working with clay, found and recycled materials, and the natural world we will tap into the madcap artist within.

JUNE 19 - 23, 9am - 1pm
Creating with Color
In this brand new camp, we will be finding color in the world all around us with treasure hunts in our neighborhood, learning to mix water colors, creating our own color wheel and learning a little bit about the color master Joseph Albers. Working with clay, glass and collage, we will learn about the interaction of color in our lives.

JUNE 26 - 30•  9am - 1pm
Arty Einstein
Let molecules be your muse in this week of science-inspired art. We will explore nature’s repetition of pattern on vastly different scales and in radically different contexts. Consider, the motion of the planets around the sun and electrons orbiting a nucleus, or waves on water. No need to be a genius, just come with a love of art and a respect for the beauty in science!

JULY 3,5,6,7•  9am - 1pm
Text Art + Fun Fonts
There is just a small step between writing and drawing—in this week of camp we’ll be exploring that space. We’ll look at everything from illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages to contemporary text based artist and illustrators such as Darren Booth and Alison Carmichael.  (a four day week)

JULY 10 - 14•  9am - 3pm
My life as an Artist
Find out what inspires you! What makes you unique and how is it reflected in your art. We’ll learn how to see the world through the eyes of an artist exploring color palettes, patterns, and styles. We’ll visit a local artist in their studio and learn about different creative processes.

JULY 17 - 21•  9am - 1pm
Art of the World
From Sumi Ink in Asia to Aboriginal Art of Australia, we will learn the styles and symbols of other cultures as we create a beautiful set of functional work for our own tables. We will also take inspiration from Art History, learning about movements in art such as expressionism and cubism. Some of the most stunning creations have come out of this camp!

JULY 24 - 28•  9am - 1pm
Movements in Modern Art
We’ll learn about different movements in Modern Art including Impressionism, Pointillism, Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism and recreate our own interpretations of these styles.

JULY 31 - AUG 4•  9am - 3pm
Arty Einstein
Let molecules be your muse in this week of science-inspired art. We will explore nature’s repetition of pattern on vastly different scales and in radically different contexts. Consider, the motion of the planets around the sun and electrons orbiting a nucleus, or waves on water. No need to be a genius, just come with a love of art and a respect for the beauty in science!

AUGUST 7 - 11•  9am - 1pm
Art of the World
From Sumi Ink in Asia to Aboriginal Art of Australia, we will learn the styles and symbols of other cultures as we create a beautiful set of functional work for our own tables. We will also take inspiration from Art History, learning about movements in art such as expressionism and cubism. Some of the most stunning creations have come out of this camp!

AUGUST 14 - 18•  9am - 1pm
Movements in Modern Art
We’ll learn about different movements in Modern Art including Impressionism, Pointillism, Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism and recreate our own interpretations of these styles.

AUGUST 21 - 25•  9am - 3pm
My life as an Artist
Find out what inspires you! What makes you unique and how is it reflected in your art. We’ll learn how to see the world through the eyes of an artist exploring color palettes, patterns, and styles. We’ll visit a local artist in their studio and learn about different creative processes.



 

Brushstrokes All Stars! 
(ages 8 -12)

Meets from 1:30 - 5:30 | June 26-30 & August 14-18

By popular request, we are offering a camp for returning and more experienced campers. We will be doing our favorite projects of all time using clay, mosaics, drawing, painting, pottery painting and glass fusing


Summer Workshops for Teens & Tweens (ages 10-18)

Meets daily from 1:30 - 5:30pm

Fine Art: Drawing + Painting June 19-23
Students explore classical elements of design, composition, value, color, expression and more. Instructors are trained artists, and they work with students who are career-minded in the arts. They’ll learn color schemes, conceptual skills and assessment skills. Students will gain more experience, work in different artistic mediums and build on higher levels of visual and thinking skills. A portfolio will be completed by the end of the week.

Surface Design July 17-21
This camp is for teens and tweens with a desire to learn about their own design process. Students will have fun developing their own personal collection of functional ceramics, textiles, and home decor. Each young designer will create one theme and apply it to hand painted ceramics, fabric tote bag, wrapping paper, and note cards. Daily sketching and collage exercises will nurture each student’s unique sense of style and creativity.
 

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Printmaking August 7-11

Printmaking processes will be the focus of this week. Each student will learn how to make lino cuts, mono prints, and screen prints. These will be applied to paper, fabric, and pottery. Process and experimentation will be emphasized this week!


Become a Counselor-in-Training (CIT)
For 14-18 year olds
CITs help with games, program activities, and work one-on-one with campers. This is a great chance for kids in this age group to develop leadership skills and stay busy during the long summer ahead. If interested, please contact us. In addition to an interview, applicants will also be required to submit a one paragraph essay expressing their interest in becoming a CIT. Once accepted, CITs will be required to attend Brushstrokes Training. Space is limited to one CIT spot per week.  

 

Afternoon Camp
Our extended care is called Afternoon Camp. It is open to all kids, whether or not they attended our morning camp. The instructor will give individual guidance to help each camper enjoy the independence of making the art they want, rather than working as a whole group. The clay and drawing tables are open for self-directed art making. Jewelry-making, reading, games, drawing, and painting are available. It’s a wonderful, relaxing, fun, and inspiring way to spend the afternoon. Outdoor games and time in the garden are an integral part of Afternoon Camp.


Cost: $360 (9am - 1pm) and $395 (9am - 3pm)— price includes $100 materials fee.
We do not pro-rate the weekly camp cost for missed days. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Snacks & Lunch: All camps include a mid-morning snack. Campers should bring a bag lunch.
Afternoon Camp: Available Monday-Friday, June 17-August 23, until 5:30pm. $12/hour (additional fees apply if painting pottery, doing mosaics, or fusing glass).

10% Sibling Discount: One full price, one 10% off.
Multiple Week Discount: Come again and get 10% off your second or third week of camp.

To sign up:  Scroll down and find the camp of your choice. Email brushstrokesprograms@gmail.com or call (510) 528-1360 with any questions.

©2016 Brushstrokes Studio, Inc. Photos by Erin Scott and Stephanie Rausser.