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Make MOCA Art Camp your teacher planning day solution

October 18, 2016 // by Denise M. Reagan

What will your child be doing while Duval County teachers take a planning day? Children who attend MOCA Jacksonville's Art Camp on October 21 create original art projects while learning about contemporary art history.

Art Camp Student Draws a
A student draws a still life at MOCA Art Camp. Image courtesy of Ingrid Damiani.

Register your elementary-age student for a morning, afternoon, or a full-day class. MOCA educators pack their day with fun and educational art projects. This day of Art Camp highlights MOCA's exhibition Breaking Ground: The Donald and Maria Cox Collection Campers create multiple works of art inspired by Permanent Collection artists in addition to spending time in the Art Explorium, a hands-on space with interactive stations that emphasize different art principles.

Art Camp Malcolm Morley Salvonia MBG7160
Malcolm Morley, Salvonia MBG7160, 1994. Oil on linen, flags, 49 x 68 inches. Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Gift of Donald and Maria Cox. © Malcolm Morley, Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York.
Art Camp Malcolm Morley Flag
Detail of Malcolm Morley's Salvonia MBG7160.
Art Camp Frank Stella Singeli VA II
Frank Stella, Singeli VA II, 1977. Lithograph on paper, 32 x 42 . inches (framed). Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Gift of Donald and Maria Cox. © 2016 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

During the morning session called Art at MOCA, students visit the second-floor galleries to view artworks that usually rank among the favorites for young visitors. In his oil painting Salvonia MBG7160, Malcolm Morley depicts ships in choppy waters as an airplane flies overhead. If you look closely, you will notice tiny painted flags attached to some boats, creating three-dimensional elements. Inspired by Morley, campers create their own textured boat paintings, adding three-dimensional elements to make their pieces pop. After viewing Frank Stella's Sinjerli VA II   and learning about different methods of printmaking, students produce colorful relief prints, using protractors to emulate Stella's technique.

Art Camp Wolfgang Kubach and Anna Maria Wilmsen
Anna Maria Wilmsen and Wolfgang Kubach, Stone Prosa, 1991. Austrian quartz. Gift of Donald and Maria Cox.

At the afternoon session called Mixed-media Masters, children examine Tarya I-18-93, a bronze sculpture by Nancy Graves. Inspired by nature just like Graves, campers assemble their own sculptures using organic materials. Students also learn about the carved stone works by Wolfgang Kubach and Anna Maria Wilmsen and experiment with papier mâché to create book sculptures inspired by the works on display. Remember, send your child dressed for mess!

All students take home their art projects and receive MOCA Art Camp bags and T-shirts. Space is limited, so register your child today!

Art Camp Student Paints 1
An Art Camp student paints a papier mâché creation. Image courtesy of Ingrid Damiani.

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