(half) Camp Artpace: A (half) Retrospective

Considering the fact that I work at night, and waking up at 10am is extremely early for me, Kaela was kind enough to allow me to start Camp Artpace at 11am. So this blog post will be about what I refer to affectionately as The Half-day Camp Artpace Week Two Experience (HDCAWTE).

Since I arrived around lunch time, I feel that is an appropriate place to start regailing my HDCAWTE experiences. I arrived every day welcomed by an overwhelming energy that could only be described as Antsy Hungry Child Energy (AHCE), which was super fun and extremely easy to harness. Lunch was fun because I would usually get asked to join a table, which for the record never happened in the seemingly long history of my childhood. And it was on the roof so it felt like I was at this fab exclusive party with miniature people. It was also pretty adorable to see children connect and make friends with each other. Warmed my tiny heart.

After lunch, we tended to do pretty radical stuff and implement what we they learned in the morning with different artists. One project I found to be particularly interesting was based on the works of Scottish artist Anya Gallaccio, a former International Artist-in-Residence, currently displaying work in the Hudson (Show)Room.  The students delved into the utilization of the textures and values of the environment around them by using sandpaper to create unique works of art. I feel that the kids were particularly interested in the work of Pak Sheung Chuen (or Tozer, as they knew him), a current resident artist here at Artpace, who has done some really interesting work with concepts such as time, breath, space, and measurement. Everyone was fully engaged while he was speaking about his previous work and it was really great to see that sort of focus from children formerly suffering from AHCE.

There were also some projects I was very jealous that they had the opportunity to work on in the San Antonio Makerspace, such as stop-motion Lego animations and working with 3D printers to make little figurines. I have just very recently learned about the Makerspace phenomenon, and I thoroughly appreciate their mission statement and goals of blending STEM and artistic practices. If there wasn’t an age cap on this camp, I would be here every year with 3D printed bells on.

I completely enjoyed my HDCAWTE this summer, and I am very much looking forward to becoming a Camp Artpace fixture. The time that I spent watching everyone learning and creating was invaluable, and I am glad I had the opportunity to contribute (if even just a little).

-Amanda Bianchi, Artpace Education Intern

Image credit: Photo by Francisco Cortes