Camp Aldrich 2017
Join Museum educators and practicing artists for Camp Aldrich—full-day, week-long arts experiences for children. Campers explore the work on view as well as the Museum’s three-acre campus, are inspired by The Aldrich’s exhibitions, and learn to incorporate the world around them into their art. Each week culminates in a celebration for family and friends.
Caregivers receive personalized daily emails from Camp staff with updates on what the group did during the day, what their child accomplished and learned, and what is planned for the children the following day.
Entering grades 1 through 3
July 10 through July 14: Mixing Media with Erika Rohde
Build, create, and design during this week of material exploration with artist Erika Rohde. Back by popular demand, she will lead campers as they make mobiles, design large-scale paintings, and create with found objects, all inspired by the exhibitions on view and the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Students will unveil their masterpieces at an exhibition opening on Friday, July 14, at 5 pm.
July 17 through 21: Colossal Creations with Erika Rohde
Paint, sculpt, and draw BIG with artist Erika Rohde. Campers will discover how to make their work bigger, bolder, and more creative than ever through exploring collage, papier-mâché, painting, and sculpting techniques while building their own 3-D installations. Each student will create a portfolio of two- and three-dimensional works of art to feature in the exhibition opening on Friday, July 21, at 5 pm.
Entering grades 4 through 6
July 24 through 28: Me, Myself, and Art with Adam Handler
Explore the endless array of possibilities for including yourself in your art! Join teaching artist Adam Handler to experience how different artists have depicted themselves, interpreted others, and represented the human figure. Then experiment with creating your own work through painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The campers will unveil all the work they create at an exhibition on Friday, July 28, from 5 to 6 pm.
Entering grades 7 through 10
July 31 through August 4: Make it Work: Future Fashions with Jahmane
Jahmane is back to lead another Aldrich Fashion Week—with a twist! Inspired by exhibiting artist William Powhida’s look into the future, junior designers will create their own couture looks from the year 2050, imagining what the trends and styles may be thirty-three years from now. Using materials from the Ridgefield Thrift Shop, traditional art-making materials, and unexpected repurposed objects, teens will create a signature futuristic look that they will debut on the runway at The Aldrich Fashion Show on Friday, August 4, from 5 to 6 pm.
**ALL CAMPERS NEED PHYSICALS FROM WITHIN THE LAST THREE YEARS, AND MUST BRING A NUT FREE LUNCH AND SNACK EVERY DAY.
Erika Rohde is back for a fourth year! Rohde grew up in Easton, Connecticut, and now resides in Boston, where she completed her MA in Teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She works in a wide variety of mediums, such as stained glass, mixed media, porcelain ceramics, glassblowing, and painting, which she believes benefits both her artistic and teaching practices. Recently, she exhibited her paper installation work, Antumbra Apparitions, at the Arnheim Museum in Boston, exploring her interest in opening a unique poetic vein that questions the notion of movement. Interactions between light and shadows are the deciding and driving factors behind her work, fostering a sense of fragility and lack of solidity in the delicate paper forms. In addition to her artistic practice, Rohde is currently combining her love for learning and teaching visual art as an elementary school art teacher in Boston.
Adam Handler was born in Queens NY and grew up on Long Island. He currently has his studio set-up in Armonk, NY. Handler studied Life Drawing in Italy and went on to graduate from Purchase College with a double major in Art History and Fine Arts. He has also studied craft design with master carpenter Jorge Nieves and printing color photography with fine art photographer Debra Mesa-Pelly. Handler has exhibited his work at major galleries in New York City, Greenwich CT, Canada, and Texas. Handler has no plans of slowing down and continues to create new series of works, which include painting, sculpture and drawing. Handler has been a member of The Aldrich’s teaching artist team since 2015.
Jahmane is back for a fourth year! Jahmane’s career as an artist began in the form of graffiti, or “street art” and has evolved into a wide spectrum of mediums, including works on canvas, photography, fashion design, mural painting, screen-printing and graphic design. Through years of formal training and life experience as an “Artist of the People,” he has developed a unique style that combines social awareness, spirituality, mythology, and abstract language in a way that intrigues all who view his work. Currently, Jahmane produces his Fine Art and Kultjah clothing label at his studio in the Firing Circuits Artists Building in Norwalk, CT, and is a teaching artist, curator, and active member of several artists’ collectives in the Tri-State area. Daily Schedule:
Drop Off (9 am to 10 am): Campers have the option to draw, read, play, or participate in group activities while all the children arrive.
Artist Session (10 am to 12 noon): Campers work with the teaching artist on their projects, experimenting with art-making techniques, and exploring the galleries and sculpture garden.
Lunch (12 noon to 1 pm): Time to eat (outside if the weather permits) and then participate in games and activities in the sculpture garden or Education Center.
Artist Session (1 pm to 3 pm): Campers continue to work with the teaching artist on their projects.
Snack (3 pm to 4 pm): Children enjoy a snack (outside if the weather permits), and then have time to add final touches to their work for the day and/or take part in games/activities.
Pick Up (4 pm to 5 pm): Campers have the option to draw, read, play, or participate in group activities while caregivers pick up the children.