Mark Arts

Partnership Camps with The Independent School Summer 2017

Mark Arts is proud to partner with The Independent School again this summer.

Location: Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central, Wichita KS 67211. Shuttle buses to and from The Independent School can be arranged, but must be scheduled with The Independent School one week before the scheduled camp.

Pricing: $120 each or enroll in two camps during the same week and receive a discounted rate of $230 for both camps. This price includes camp tuition and all supplies.

Minimum: Four students on “Enroll By” dates listed. Max. of 12 students per camp unless otherwise listed.

Registration: These camps are open to the public and not limited to students currently enrolled at The Independent School. Please click here to enroll for these camps through the Independent School’s summer program website. For questions regarding the camp topics and programming, please contact the Mark Arts Education Director at 316.634.2787, ext. 219.

LOWER SCHOOL (Elementary School age programs)


June 5 – 9 | 8 – 10 a.m.

This week, students will learn how to take found objects and discarded materials and “up-cycle” them into works of art. Through collage, layering and other mixed media methods, we will explore how to give new life to otherwise unused objects. We will also look at the art history of found object art and the stories they tell. All supplies are provided, but students are welcome to wash and bring recycled plastic lids, trays and bottles.


June 5 – 9 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This camp draws inspiration from superheroes and Pop art as we explore the artistic side of exciting images. Students will learn how to draw their own comic book sagas through the use of perspective, shadows and action poses. We will also create our own superhero costumes and create a story for our heroes.


July 10 – 14 | 8 – 10 a.m.

From the depths of the ocean to the mists of the jungle, this week is a wild ride through the animal kingdom. The wide-eyed stare of the slow loris, the natural camouflage of the chameleon and the dance of the mantis shrimp all serve as inspiration for colorful works of multi-media art.


July 10 – 14 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This camp will cover creative ways to re-purpose “found objects” into wearable art. Anything from Lego blocks to paper clips, buttons and shells can be art with a few creative choices. All supplies are provided, but students are welcome to bring “found objects” to inspire their jewelry.



June 12 – 16 | 8 – 10 a.m.

This camp will cover the wonderful world of wet mediums. Through watercolors, acrylics, paper marbling and paper making experiments, students will explore techniques and challenges of the watery arts.


June 12 – 16 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Using paper as the primary medium, this camp is all about testing the limits of the imagination and the materials–structural engineering made simple. Students will learn why ancient Greek and Roman architects used columns and test exactly how high they can build a paper rollercoaster.


July 17 – 21 | 8 – 10 a.m.

This week, the ancient art of bookbinding will inspire different sizes and styles of books as students learn techniques to be able to make their own books at home. Among other projects, students will design a cover and bind the pages for their very own sketchbook.


July 17 – 21 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This camp will cover the “parallels” between math and art, from the Golden Ratio to symmetry and perspective. Using origami, string art, painting and optical illusions we will explore the fun side of math and how it inspired artists like Leonardo da Vinci.

UPPER SCHOOL (High School age programs)


June 19 – 23 | 8 – 10 a.m.

This camp will explore the world of fashion illustration in multiple mediums. Materials will include conventional art supplies such as charcoal, watercolor, pastel, and graphite, as well as unconventional supplies like flower petals, paper collage, food and found objects. All supplies provided but students are welcome to bring “found objects” to inspire their fashions.


June 19 – 23 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This week we will bring ideas from paper to life, using a 3D pen. Building from squares to cubes, students will learn how to support the capacity of their structures. From robots and buildings, to flowers and letters, if you can think it, you can draw it-in 3D. This camp is limited to 8 students.


July 24 – 28 | 8 – 10 a.m.

This camp will explore often overlooked female artists (past and present) and their contributions to the world of art. Students will practice using the style of these artists and explore the meaning behind chosen subject matter.


July 24 – 28 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This camp will explore the art of telling a three-dimensional story with clay. From classic portrait busts to science fiction creatures, we will explore any sculpture subject the students desire. Technical topics include armatures, realistic or exaggerated proportions and cold-casting. Projects will be fired at the end of the week and then returned to students.