SUMMER CAMP 2022: Protest Art 2 (Middle School & High School)

Event Date:

July 18, 2022

Event Time:

10:00 am

Event Location:

The Dapper Hammer

Protest Art II is for anyone who has completed Protest Art I and is looking to deepen their connection to the history of protest art and their voice in the conversation. 

Art has a powerful capacity to illustrate narratives and perspectives. Due to the expressive nature of art, artists are often activists who build their artistic output for a cause near and dear to their hearts. From fighting for AIDS awareness, to protesting government censorship, artists have been at the forefront of activist movements throughout time. 

In this camp students will build a wooden diptych. A diptych is an artwork consisting of two pieces or panels that together create a singular art piece; these can be hinged together or presented adjoining each other. The artwork for our wood panels will be done with mixed media: Paint, collage, marker, pencil, and ink. Students will prepare for this endeavor by learning about the history of protest visual art, the written word, music, and pop culture/social media/TV.

We recognize the serious and sensitive nature of  this work and have built a curriculum that is age appropriate. All materials and safety equipment will be provided. 


Class Details

Date: July 18-21, 2022

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm (please bring a lunch)

Cost: $365*

Who: Middle School & High School youth

*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. All adults and youth are encouraged to wear a mask indoors at all times. Due to the ever changing health and safety needs of our community we will evaluate, update, and share our Covid safety protocol this Spring.

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

Event Schedule Details

  • July 18, 2022 10:00 am   -   4:00 pm
  • July 19, 2022 10:00 am   -   4:00 pm
  • July 20, 2022 10:00 am   -   4:00 pm
  • July 21, 2022 10:00 am   -   4:00 pm

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