Mark Arts

Summer STEAM Camps

Mark Arts STEAM camps emphasize creativity and innovation, linking art to concepts in science, technology, engineering and math.

Camps are geared toward ages 6 – 11, run 1 – 4 p.m. and cost $120 per week ($110 for members).

Thanks to a grant from the Dwane & Velma Wallace Foundation, free extended care with more art is available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. If you would like to take advantage of this benefit, please mention after care in your order notes.

Each session is limited to 36 students with a maximum of 12 children per instructor. One nut-free snack will be provided daily. Students will be grouped by age and will explore mixed media, drawing, painting and clay according to the week’s theme. At the end of each camp, students will demonstrate and display their work to parents and visitors.  If you would like your child to be grouped with relatives or friends instead of by age, please indicate that in the order notes at checkout.

Payment is required at the time of registration. Refunds, minus a $20 processing fee, will be given for withdrawals that occur more than two weeks before the camp start date.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Need-based scholarships are offered thanks to a grant from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. Click here to apply.

WAYS TO SAVE

Siblings: The first child is regular price, but save $10 for each additional sibling enrolled. Discount will be applied at checkout. Mark Arts members receive a 10 percent discount on classes and camps year-round. The cost of a family membership is $75.

GET READY

Mark Arts provides all supplies, including one nut-free snack and water daily. Campers should wear clothes that can get messy as well as sunblock. Be sure to print and sign this Emergency Contact Form and Photo Release waiver and bring it on the first day.

CAPES AND SHAPES

June 26 – 30 / 1 – 4 p.m.

Whether bird, plane or superhero, this week will cover the aerodynamics of flying and the geometry behind linear perspective found in comic books and cartoons. Students also will learn how artists and architects convey emotions with a visual vocabulary.

Special Guest: Wichita Fire Department

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

July 10 – 14 / 1 – 4 p.m.

What time is it on Mars? How many moons orbit Jupiter? Students will learn what distances from the sun and other planetary environments would mean for human inhabitants.

Special Guest: Kansas Cosmosphere

TO THE RESCUE

July 17 – 21 / 1 – 4 p.m.

This week is all about exploring the chemistry and physics behind land-sea rescues, conservation of animal habitats, the density of different solutions and the mysteries of buoyancy. We’ll cover boats to balloons, and campers will construct and race their own watercraft.

Special Guest: Great Plains Nature Center

FEEL THE BEAT

July 24 – 28 / 1 – 4 p.m.

This week campers will learn about the Doppler effect and sound and light waves. They will create their own instruments and learn how the human body perceives the world

Special Guest: Arts Partners Musician

GEARS IN MOTION

July 31 – August 4 / 1 – 4 p.m.

Move over, Jetsons – this week campers will create their own Rube Goldberg machine, build robot hands with simple materials and study how function inspires form when it comes to architecture and machines.

Special Guest: Bicycle Pedaler

SUPER CHARGED

August 7 – 11 / 1 – 4 p.m.

Energy transfers shape the world around us. This week students will learn what electrical charges, flashpoints, land erosion and the revolutions on a potter’s wheel all have in common for this system of cause and effect.

Special Guest: Westar Energy

PAST STEAM CAMP TOPICS

LET'S FLY

Throughout the week, campers will learn how great artists throughout history have portrayed movement and flight and how the simple tools of observation can teach them ways to depict movement in their own art. Students will build and decorate their own flyers, including kites and simple hot-air balloons. Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketchbooks and inventions, the history of flight, the movement of the human body, and the history of flight technology will inspire students as their creative imaginations take flight.

DIVE IN

There’s a whole world in every drop of water, and students will discover it. They will use the images they see under microscopes to create artwork and will make their own water filters, too. Students will learn about the geometry of microscopic nature and about artists like M.C. Escher and Monet. They will also create their own clay Ascidiacea (“filter feeders”) and learn how they filter nutrients out of water at the bottom of the ocean. An Art and Chromatography activity will introduce the idea of polarity to students as they work in groups to decipher a mysterious message in a bottle.

Special guest: Dr. Ron Neugent, 1980 U.S. Olympic Swimmer

FIRE UP

Fire ignites imaginations and will be the focus of a week of learning that incorporates photography, dance and glassblowing. Students also will sculpt dragons that will be fired in a kiln. Campers will learn how famous artists have depicted fire through visual color-suggestion and how it makes us feel. Then they will explore the world of light and color wavelengths through spectroscopy light studies. They will also watch a live demonstration of the art of enameling.

SOUNDS LIKE FUN

Students will study sound and structure — learning how sound vibration influences architects and artists and how to depict them. Young artists will sculpt structures to make their own village and will visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center for inspiration. Geometric challenges and spatial visualization puzzles will give students a taste of the challenges of architecture. We will explore sound wavelengths and the Doppler effect before making our own orchestral ode to architecture and sound.

Special event: Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center Lego Exhibition

Special Guest: Museum of World Treasures

MAKING WAVES

Students will explore water media and create “Great Wave” sculptures of their own.  They will also design clay boats that actually float and learn a Japanese technique for marbling paper (“Suminagashi”). In addition to learning how different artists have depicted water and use water in their techniques, we will discuss natural disasters involving water, the process of desalinization, types of local watersheds, and test the quality of water samples taken from around the city.

Special guest: Ross Janssen and Millie the Weather Dog

BACK TO NATURE

Nature provides endless inspiration for budding artists. Our prairie ecosystem will become the students’ palette. They’ll even get to paint with light using the sun, natural objects and photo paper. Students will learn how the prairie where we live was not always dry land, as it used to be part of the “Permian Sea”. Nature installation artist Andy Goldsworthy will be an inspiration for young artists as we learn how his “site-specific” installations use and do not abuse the land on which they are found. Students will even get to make their own site-specific nature installation this week as we learn about how artists are often influenced by the nature around them. We will also have a special furry visitor come to the classroom as they learn about the ecosystems right here in our own backyards.

Special guest: Great Plains Nature Center and a furry friend

FULLY CHARGED

This week is about light-bulb moments. Students will learn how the eye sees light and will express that artistically. They also will learn about completing a snap circuit, cooking with the sun, magnets and simple motors. We will make math exciting through light wavelength studies as we explore the different colors in spectroscopy. After learning about circuits and blind contour drawing students will use conductive paint, Lego Mindstorms® kits and 3-D pens to charge up their ideas.

Special equipment: Kansas STARBASE Lego Mindstorms® kits