SUMMER CAMP 2022: Mobiles

Event Date:

June 20, 2022

Event Time:

1:30 pm

Event Location:

The Dapper Hammer

In this summer camp students will explore the wonder of mobile art! A mobile is a type of sculpture that is formed from a variety of components which are suspended and move in response to air currents. Students will explore carpentry and drawing to create wood components and combine them with a wide variety of other materials to find balance and design in a finished piece. All materials and safety equipment will be provided. Students will also learn about the lives and work of mobile art makers such as Alexander Calder and Gertrud Louise Goldschmidt (Gego). 

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is known for inventing wire sculptures and the mobile, a type of kinetic art which relied on careful weighting to achieve balance and suspension in the air. 

Gego (1912-1994) is perhaps best known for her geometric and kinetic sculptures made in the 1960s and 1970s, which she described as “drawings without paper”. 

Class Details

Date: June 20-22, 2022

Time: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

(youth enrolled in both morning and afternoon sessions may bring a lunch and stay with us from 12:30-1:30pm)

Cost: $195*

Who: Youth ages 8-18 (All Genders)

*A Dapper Hammer scholarship fund is available to LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC youth. We also offer a sliding fee scale. Please contact us to inquire about our financial support options.


Please complete a waiver upon arrival on the first day and plan to return 15 mins before the end of camp each day. 

Covid Safety

Camps are held at The Dapper Hammer Workshop, which is a large, open, well ventilated space. As of May 1, 2022, The Dapper Hammer has moved to a mask optional policy. 

What To Bring:

  • Upon arrival, please complete a waiver for your youth before camp begins
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes
  • Avoid wearing clothing with long ties (ie no hoodie strings)
  • Any long hair should be tied/clipped back
  • Sanitized eye and ear protection will be provided
  • Please bring a water bottle and light snack

About the Instructors:

Kim Shaw (she/hers) is an educator, illustrator, and working art maker with an emphasis in painting and the practice of expressive art therapy. Kim currently teaches at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Education for the Arts, and is on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. The focus of Kim’s work in education and therapeutic practice is to grow individual and community enrichment through creative process, active art-making, and human experience. Her goal is to encourage students to follow curiosity, cultivate emotional resilience, foster self-esteem, and nurture wonder. Kim has a great love for Lake Michigan, twinkle lights, tap dancing, nachos, and collaborative art endeavors.

Dell Darnell (they/them) is the founder of The Dapper Hammer and is a carpenter, contractor, and woodworking educator. Dell started The Dapper Hammer in 2019 to chase a dream…a dream of supporting the community with their hands, helping families in need, building beautiful things, and sharing their passion of teaching people who are not traditionally represented in the trades including women, trans, & non-binary folks. Dell loves the energy & empowerment that comes from a space designed for inclusivity & diversity. When they aren’t swinging a hammer, Dell provides facilitated trainings, keynote speeches, and customized workshops as a Certified Transgender 101 Facilitator and serves on the Board of Directors for both Equality Michigan and Radicle. Dell loves Jeeps, vintage motorcycles, campfires with friends, and being Kim Shaw’s fiancé.

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  • The Dapper Hammer
  • 1415 Fulford St
  • Kalamazoo
  • MI
  • 49001

Event Schedule Details

  • June 20, 2022 1:30 pm   -   5:00 pm
  • June 21, 2022 1:30 pm   -   5:00 pm
  • June 22, 2022 1:30 pm   -   5:00 pm
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