Summer Camps


Animation Creation Summer Camp | June 20-24, 2017

Animation Creation is a week-long day camp for students in middle school and high school (grades 7-12.) Students will use facilities in the Department of Art and work with professional artists to develop their creativity. The day camp is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. In the morning, students focus on drawing skills and in the afternoon they make animations in the computer lab. Students will learn drawing techniques, the principles of animation, they will make drawings talk, and experiment with pixilation and stop motion. All the tools and supplies will be provided.

Camp is 8-5 daily. 

Animation Creation Camp - Pachyderms from SHSU Computer Animation Program on Vimeo.

Art on the Edge | July 24-28, 2017


Art on the Edge offers a unique opportunity for middle school and high school students (grades 7-12), to explore art created during times of conflict and crisis. After looking at these historical examples, students will respond through creative writing and visual art projects culminating in a public exhibition. The camp will be led by SHSU faculty members, Edie Wells of the Department of Art, and Dr. Rebecca Wentworth of the College of Education.

This is a 8am-5pm day camp, Monday - Friday, divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Snacks, lunches and all materials will be provided. In the morning, through literature and documentaries, campers will look at art that was created by people faced with challenges. Campers will have opportunities to respond through creative writing and poetry that will be compiled into a printed anthology. The afternoon sessions will offer opportunities to explore and create art both individually and collaboratively. Projects will include painting, sculpture, papier-mâché, tie-dye, recycled art, murals and more. Campers will participate in curating, installing, and leading tours of their work in an exhibition to be held in the WASH facility on the final evening of the camp.



Art Educators’ Summer Studio Intensive | June 19-23, 2017

The SHSU Art Educators’ Summer Studio Intensive, offers a unique opportunity for art educators to nurture and feed their inner artist. The retreat style workshop aims to re-energize educators in their own creative practice while introducing ideas, materials, and inspiration to take back to their classrooms.  The intensive will be led by Cynthia Reid and Edie Wells, Department of Art, Sam Houston State University.

Participants will stay in dormitories on campus; all breakfasts and lunches are provided, as well as an introductory dinner on Sunday night.  (Participants are on their own for dinner on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; suggestions will be provided for Huntsville eateries.)  All materials will be provided, and extended hours for access to campus studio space will be available.

Each day will feature an introduction to a particular medium, with demonstrations of specific techniques, projects, and ideas for further exploration that can be used by the teacher as artist, as well as with students. A notebook chock full of hand outs, lesson plans, resources, and supplementary materials will be provided.  The proposed topics include Creating Hand-painted Papers with Acrylics; Textural Techniques in Watercolor; and Making Art with Recycled Materials. Writing activities, guest speakers, videos, and artist presentations will supplement the studio activities, as well as tours of some of Huntsville’s most interesting places, such as the recycled houses built by the Phoenix Commotion, the Hospitality House, and the Wynne Home Arts Center. 

There will be ample opportunities to share ideas with like-minded professionals, and keep the dialogue going through social media once the workshop has ended.  The week will culminate with an exhibit of the work of the participants at the Satellite Gallery downtown attended by the public.  This workshop is suitable for art teachers of all levels and in all situations.

Department of Art PO Box 2089, Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 77341-2089 Phone: 936.294.4311