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 2022 Offerings

SUMMER POTTERY WORKSHOP

Session I: Tuesdays, July 5 to August 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Session II: Thursdays, July 7 to August 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – FULL

This program is part of the Lymes’ Creative Arts Initiative

For grades 6 to 12.  Five weeks workshop. Making your own pottery from start to finish working both on and off the wheel.  Classes include demonstrations by Potter Wayne Kirk and lots of hands-on time to play with the clay.  Fee includes the clay, glazes and firing fees with the use of potters wheels, benches and all tools you need.  Classes are held in Walt’s Studio located in the basement of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  Space is limited. Fee: $25.

ACTING UP!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 5, 7, 19, 21, 26 & 28, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
(no class 7/12 or 7/19)

Middle School students are invited to learn about the fun of improv with LOLHS alumnus Jacob Olsen! We’ll begin with theatre basics and understanding how improv differs from other kinds of performing arts. Classes will then focus on building confidence both on and off the stage, learning different kinds of improv games, and culminate in a show for friends & family.  Fee $25 includes t-shirt.

YOUNG ARTISTS EXHIBITION

June 10 to August 12, 2022
At Lyme Art Association

“Water All Around Us”

Calling Young Artists!  This summer we invite artists ages 3 to 18 to celebrate the waters that surround us! We are asking young artists to look for inspiration from the bodies of water that are all around us, from Long Island Sound to the Lieutenant River to ponds or streams or puddles in your own backyard or local park. The beach, marshes, seabirds, marine or freshwater wildlife, boats, waves, buoys, docks, pools, puddles, glasses of water … any of these would be great subjects for this show!  We ask that each person submit only one piece. Choose your best work! Any 2-dimensional media are welcome – from paints to pencils or pastels to markers and crayons.  Artwork must be framed, with a wire or sawtooth hanger. Framed pieces should be no bigger than 18 x 24 inches.  Please also email a photo of your piece before it is in the frame to elsbeth@lymeartassociation.org.

Important Dates: We will be accepting artwork on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 10am – 5pm. Fill out the attached form, and bring it and your piece to the Lyme Art Association at 90 Lyme Street.  Pickup will be Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14.

Family Day.  We are planning a family celebration on Sunday, June 12th from 12 – 2pm, featuring prizes for the 1st place winner in each age group (3-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-15, 16-18), certificates for each artist, and fun activities for all!

For more information, contact Elsbeth Dowd at elsbeth@lymeartassociation.org or 860-434-7802.

BOOK BINDING WORKSHOP

Thursday, June 30, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
At Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library

Using traditional materials, create your own blank journal.
For Teens and Tweens. Registration requested.

XEROX ART WORKSHOP

Thursday, July 2, 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.
At Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library

Experiment with Art and Technology in this playful print making session. OL & NYC-based Artists Candy and Greg will lead us through the exercises, and everyone will have the opportunity to display their experiments in the library afterwards. Registration requested.

OUTDOOR STUDIO DRAWING & PAINTING FOR TEENS

Tuesdays: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

This program is part of the Lymes Creative Arts Initiative

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 meet 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 guided how to use the materials to make a finished piece. You may pick any combination of the  eight dates/times available. 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 backup location for rainy days will be announced. Advanced registration required.  Supplies are not included and a supplies list wll be provided in advance. Fee $25.

UKELELE WORKSHOP with BRAIDEN SUNSHINE

Four Wednesdays: July 6, 13, 20, & 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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

PAINT POURING

Thursday, July 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m.   

Local Artist Adam Campos guides us through this trending technique for abstract art.
All materials provided, but please dress for mess!
Limited spots available, registration required.

READ BEYOND THE BEATEN PATH – Bird House Painting

Thursdays, July 12 and 19, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  

For students in grades 6 to 12.
Location: Lyme Public Library, Community Room
With instruction from local artist Kristen Thornton, attendees will be painting bird houses and posts to be placed around Lyme/Old Lyme by the Lyme Garden Club, Lyme Land Trust and Lyme Parks and Recreation Department. Pizza and beverages will be provided to the artists. 

COMICS & MENTAL HEALTH: Drawing Workshop

Thursday, August 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m.   
At Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library

Comic Book Artist Cara Bean returns with another drawing workshop. Participants will engage in a fun and meditative mark making process and leave understanding of comics/drawing as a way to lessen anxiety and boost confidence. Cara will also answer questions about her career as a comic book artist who focuses on mental health topics.
All skill levels welcome. Registration Required.
Cara Bean is the cartoonist of Let’s Talk About It: A Graphic Guide to Mental Health (2020).

INTENSIVE CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

At Florence Griswold Museum
Week 1: Monday-Friday, June 20-24
Weel 2: Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1

For students in grades 6 to 8.
This five-day camp is perfect for the middle school student with an interest in art. Campers explore a variety of skill-building exercises. Camp includes a t-shirt, materials, and snacks.

PRE-COLLEGE ACADEMY at LYME ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

Weekly Sessions Beginning June 28

Location: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
High School Students ages 14 to 18
Beginning- to advanced-level art instruction through a series of workshops designed to foster creativity, build artistic skills, and develop a clear personal point of view. Each one-week session includes learning the fundamental principles of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, while introducing contemporary perspectives and dialogues. For students wishing to explore the exciting worlds of illustration and narrative art, workshop offerings include: Illustration Essentials and World-Building. All Pre-college programs are taught by exceptional college faculty in the Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities. Perfect for those young artists developing their portfolios.
FIGURE PAINTING:  June 13 to 17
MASK MAKERS WORKSHOP: June 20 to 24
PRE-COLLEGE DRAWING: June 27 to July 1
PRE-COLLEGE PRINTMAKING: July 5 to 8
PRE-COLLEGE ILLUSTRATION: July 11 to 15
ACADEMIC SUMMER INTENSIVE (PART I DRAWING): July 11 to 29
PRE-COLLEGE OIL PAINTING: July 18-22
ACADEMIC SUMMER INTENSIVE (PART II PAINTING): August 1-19
PRE-COLLEGE SCULPTURE: August 1-5

MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMY at LYME ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

Weekly Sessions beginning July 5

Location: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
The Middle School Academy, or “Apprentice Program,” offers students ages 11-13 week-long workshops concentrating on a significant artist in history. In the summer of 2022, students look to Edgar Degas, Sandro Botticelli and Georgia O’Keeffe for inspiration, creating original works that reflected the qualities specific to each master. The Apprentice program is a fun, hands-on opportunity to work in a professional artist’s studio, while learning about iconic artists and art movements.
EDGAR DEGAS: July 11-15
SANDRO BOTTICELLI: July 18-22
GEORGIA O’KEEFE: July 25-29