Teen Arts

Get Inspired this Summer with Lymes Creative Arts!

Whether a true beginner who wants to try out a new idea, or an experienced artist working on their portfolio, Lymes Creative Arts offers something for everyone! Open to all Lyme & Old Lyme students in grades 6 -12.

Check back for additional programs or sign up for updates at LymesCreativeArts@gmail.com

In collaboration with Sustainable Lyme, Sustainable Old Lyme, and LYSB, Lymes Creative Arts is an initiative to encourage Lyme and Old Lyme students in grades 6-12 to participate in the arts this summer. All offerings will follow COVID-protective protocols.

Summer 2021 Offerings
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Now through July 31
Location: Lyme Art Association
Ages 5-18
Young artists are encouraged to submit a work of art inspired by the Lyme Art Colonists to this summer’s Young Impressions Art Show at the Lyme Art Association. The Art Association is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its gallery. Do you like to paint? Draw? Look to the original Art Colonists for inspiration in style and scenery (often painted in the en plein air style!) Submissions are accepted until July 31, 2021 and will be on display for the public as part of the centennial celebration August 7-29. See further details and ideas on the LAA website Click Here 

June 22-25, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Ages: for Grades 7-11
Instructor: LOLHS Art Department Head and Teacher William Allik
Learn the basics of caricature drawing! We will begin by studying and memorizing the proportions of a standard human head. We will then analyze the way various celebrities and fellow students vary from these proportions, magnify those differences, and create recognizable cartoons. Strong interest in drawing required; pencils and paper provided. This program is funded through Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.  
Fee: free

Begins the week of June 21; Ongoing
Pick up Location: OL-PGN Library
Ages: Grades 6-12
The Phoebe will continue to distribute free arts and crafts activities via its curbside pick-up carts. New projects for this age group every other week, help yourself! Look for projects like: Hanging Art Mobile, Soft Sculptures, Bud Vases, Sun Printing… and a playful DIY for dogs too! Visit the Library’s calendar for the release date of each kit. Provided by the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.
Kit Fee: Free

Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Various around Old Lyme and Lyme
Ages: Grades 6-12 (Beginners to those preparing college portfolios)
Instructor: Artist and Teacher Kristen Thornton
Join Kristen for a relaxed en plein air style class. We will be meeting at a new location each week to draw and paint with the medium of your choice. Get more experience with your favorite medium or try something new while being instructed and guided how to use the materials to make a finished piece. You may pick one day a week or get additional time on your piece and come to both days at the same location. We will be meeting at locations such as the DEEP Ferry Landing State Park, Studio 80+ Sculpture Grounds, and other scenic areas around Lyme and Old Lyme. A back-up location for rainy days will be announced. Upon registration, a suggested list of materials will be provided to you. This program is funded through Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.
One-Time Participant Fee: $10
Advanced registration required, drop-ins are welcome, but must bring own supplies)

OPEN STUDIO: The Art of 3D Sculpture
Tuesdays – July 6, 13, 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.; July 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Lyme Public Library
Grades 6-12 (Beginners to those preparing for college portfolios)
Instructor: Artist and Teacher Kristen Thornton
Kristen will provide guidance as you use a variety of available materials to create 3D pieces of art. Learn how to work with both additive and subtractive forms of sculpture with materials like wood, Styrofoam, clay, cardboard, and various natural materials. Presented by Lyme Public Library.
Participant Fee: Free (Open to both Lyme and Old Lyme students)
PRE-REGISTER by email to: programreg@lymepl.org

REACH FOR THE STARS! – with Jen Costigan
July 12-16th 8-10 am
Location: Middle School Tech Lab
Ages: Grades 6 – 8
Do you ever wonder about the universe, or how we got to the moon? If you are interested in Rocketry and breaking the barriers of gravity, then this is the camp for you. We will be exploring the beginnings of Rockets and building two different types of rockets to shoot for the sky. We will be creating and building Bottle Rockets and two-stage Estes Rockets. Someday soon rockets may bring people to Mars.
Fee: free

Monday, July 26 to Thursday, July 29, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau
For students entering grades 5 to 8
Have you ever wanted to make your own jewelry? In this class, we will explore basic jewelry techniques and wireworking skills, such as wrapping, forming and hammering. Using a variety of tools, beads, copper wire, and silver-plated wire, we will create 4-6 jewelry projects, including pendants, bracelets, and rings. Each student will be able to take home their tools at the end of the session, so they can continue crafting jewelry at home. Led by artisan silversmith Michaelle Pearson.
(*Note: students with a Copper or Nickel allergy should not take this class)
Fee: $125, including all supplies and toolkit to keep.  Scholarships available through LYSB.

Friday, July 30, 1:00 p.m. (rain date July 31)
Location: OLPGN Library Lawn
Cartoonist Cara Bean will lead participants through drawing exercises intended to lessen anxiety, boost confidence, and build playful and problem solving strategies. No prior art experience is required! She’ll also teach us about her own creative process: getting past drawing roadblocks, how to tell a story in a few words, and other in’s and out’s of drawing comics. Cara Bean is the cartoonist of Let’s Talk About It: A Graphic Guide to Mental Health (2020). Each participant will receive a Doodling Kit prior to the program. No prior art experience is required. This program is funded through Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.
Participant Fee: Free (Open to both Old Lyme and Lyme students)

Weekly Sessions Beginning June 28
Location: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
High School Students ages 14 to 18
The Pre-College Academy classes offer students with beginning to advanced level art training, a series of courses and workshops designed to foster creativity, build artistic skills, portfolio development and personal vision. Structured as one week sessions, classes include the fine art traditions of drawing, oil painting and sculpture. All Pre-college programs are taught by exceptional college faculty.
DRAWING:  June 28 to July 2, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
ILLUSTRATION: July 5 to 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WORLD BUILDING: July 12 to 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
OIL PAINTING: July 19 to July 23, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SCULPTURE: July 26 to July 30, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ANIMATION: August 2 to 6, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
CLASSICAL BOOTCAMP: August 2 to 6, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pre-College Academy Tuition: $375 (Classical Bootcamp Tuition: $425). Scholarships and financial assistance may be available through LYSB for Lyme and Old Lyme students (contact LYSB to inquire).

Weekly Sessions beginning July 5
Location: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Middle school students, ages 11 to 13
The Middle School Academy “Apprentice” program offers one-week full day workshops concentrating on a famous artist from history. Students, inspired by featured artists: Frida Kahlo, Alberto Giacometti, and Leonardo da Vinci, will create their own work reflecting the disciplines, skills and talents specific to each master. The Apprentice program is a fun, hands-on studio opportunity to make real art while learning about real artists and historically significant art movements.
FRIDA KAHLO: July 5 to July 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI: July 12 to July 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LEONARDO DA VINCI: July 19 to July 23, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Middle School Academy Tuition: $325.  Scholarships and financial assistance may be available through LYSB for Lyme and Old Lyme students. (Contact LYSB to inquire).

August 16 to 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: CT Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center (100 Lyme Street)
Ages: 5-11
Release the artist within! Science invites inquiry, while art inspires the creative process. The two will interconnect in this explorative hands-on session. By experimenting with a variety of materials and mediums, we will witness firsthand the intriguing, beautiful results that can happen! And for campers who wish to capture everything they learn and do, there will be daily time for journaling. Weekly project includes a large scale collaborative multimedia art piece using found and repurposed objects.
Fee: $355/week, (scholarships and financial assistance may be available through LYSB for Lyme and Old Lyme students)


Thursdays, June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 2021, 3:00-4:00 pm

Location: Nightingale’s Acoustic Café
Ages: Middle and High School Students
Ever wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument?? The ukulele is an inexpensive and easy to play instrument that can provide hours of enjoyment with a small investment of time. Learn to play simple songs that will provide a foundation for years of exploration and pleasure. Emphasis is on enjoyment and almost anyone can be successful. No experience required. Use you own uke or one of ours (let us know if you will be borrowing an instrument). Instructor Braiden Sunshine is a seasoned performing musician and finalist on “The Voice.”
This program is funded through Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.
Participant Fee: $10

First Session: July 7, 2021 at 3 p.m.
Location: Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe
Club Advisor: Professional Musician Dan Stevens
Like to play guitar? Sing with friends? Working on your percussion? This summer music club is what its participants make it. Join Ramblin’ Dan Stevens to decide together what you’d like to do and how often. Music sessions, mentoring, jamming together, songwriting, music instruction, finding inspiration from other artists … we’ll decide as a group what is of interest and plan the summer to keep musical interests active. This program is funded through Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.
Participant Fee: Free

Last Friday of Every Month, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Nightingale’s Acoustic Café (Outdoor lawn during pandemic restrictions)
Teen Open Mic Night is a place for young musicians to come and play music (whether original or cover) to an audience of like-minded young artists. Sets are two songs or 8 minutes per person, rotating through signups. Open Mic is strictly acoustic; please, no electric guitars or drums. A sound system and microphone will be provided – just bring your instrument and bring a friend! All are welcome. The café will be open during the session. Sponsored by Music Now Foundation, Inc.
Suggested Donation at the Door: $5
Sign-up to perform when you arrive.

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