SUMMER CAMP: Mobiles
June 1, 2021
The Dapper Hammer
In this 4 day summer camp experience (1:30pm – 5pm) 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”.
Date: June 21-24, 2021
Time: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
(youth enrolled in the morning session may stay and hang out with us from 12:30-1:30pm)
Who: Youth ages 8-18 (All Genders)
*A Dapper Hammer scholarship fund is available to young women, LGBTQIA+ youth, & Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for Dapper Hammer classes, lessons, and workshops. Please contact us to request scholarship funds.
Please complete a waiver upon arrival on the first day and plan to return 15 mins before the end of camp each day.
Camps are held at The Dapper Hammer Workshop, which is a large, open, well ventilated space. All adults and youth are asked to wear a mask at all times.
- 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
About the Instructors:
Kim Shaw (she/hers) is an art educator, illustrator and working art maker with an emphasis in painting and the practice of expressive art therapy. Kim is on the visual arts faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is the former Arts Director of the Kazoo School in Kalamazoo. She stepped away from the school in response to Covid 2020 in order to create her own virtual and Covid-safe outdoor art programming to better support individuals of all ages in deepening their connection to the art world. 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 people. Dell loves the energy & empowerment that comes from a space designed for inclusivity & diversity – especially when it’s about a niche that has historically been exclusive to so many of us. Dell loves Jeeps, vintage motorcycles, campfires with friends, and being Kim Shaw’s fiancé.