Creatively Centered: Summer course lineup expands for budding artists | ETC


From September through May, after-school art classes are a staple at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, with K-12 students coming together in the late afternoon to explore new media, new concepts and expand their visual vocabulary.

But in these warmer months, CCAT is thrilled to offer a fun and expanded range of kids’ classes and activities to ignite creativity throughout the summer.

On July 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., children and their adults can come and do a variety of cherry-themed art projects. One project we love is using native plants (including cherries, of course!) to make natural watercolor paints. We’ll also have cherry zentangles, a printing press, and an ice cream sundae collage (with a cherry on top).

“We are thrilled to be part of the National Cherry Festival again, after two pandemic-altered years,” said CCAT Director of Education Kristi Wodek. “It’s such a fun day and a great opportunity for our neighbors and visitors to experience what CCAT has to offer and see our beautiful space.”

Wodek is also the creative brain behind CTAC’s “Bauhaus Inspired” art camp, which takes place the week of July 11 for students in grades 4-8. The Bauhaus was an influential art school that operated from 1919 to 1933 in Germany and had a strong influence in the 20th century as it radically redefined design and architecture. The Bauhaus artistic movement is characterized by its geometric and abstract style and the idea of ​​uniting artists and artisans.

During the afternoon camp, students will learn about the Bauhaus art movement and tackle mixed media projects inspired by different artists throughout the week, including fused glass, 3D mobiles, collage, and arts graphics.

The week of July 18, CCAT presents Animals!, an after-art camp for animal lovers. Students will design their favorite animals (real or imagined!) using fibers, collages, lessons and mixed media. Registration for summer art camps is available online at

The Crooked Tree Art Fair returns July 30 for its 61st annual event. Held at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, the art fair welcomes 100 artists and artisans from across the country.

To make the Art Fair a great event for all ages, CTAC is introducing a new Kids Quiz Creation Station, designed for children in preschool through elementary school. Every hour during the art fair, we will introduce a new making and taking activity.

And finally, it wouldn’t be summer at CTAC without Paint Grand Traverse and the Pint-Sized Paint Out for Kids. On Saturday, August 20 at 10 a.m., young artists ages zero to 15 will experience the fun and challenge of painting a real-life “outdoor” scene in beautiful Hannah Park next to CCAT on Sixth Street.

All supplies are included and prizes will be awarded. For more information on the Pint-Sized Paint Out and other Paint Grand Traverse activities, visit

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