SUMMER ART CAMP: Time-Lapse to Scaven-Journals: Workshops with Damon Ayers and Tessie Word

Tue, June 28 @ 9:30 am – Thu, June 30 @ 12:30 pm

SUMMER ART CAMP For Adults (and kids) Program*

Time-Lapse to Scaven-Journals: Workshops with Damon Ayers and Tessie Word

 Textured Landscapes (A Workshop for Children and Parents)

Three One-Day Workshops: RSVP for 1 or all 3

All three workshops will be fun and physically active. You are encouraged to attend with your child or if you like, drop them off, for a creativity-filled early morning exploring the multiple textures of the Long Beach Peninsula.

The minimum age for drop-off is 8 years old.


Tues June 28 9:30am – 12:30pm

Day One: Scavenjournal

In this workshop we will begin to expand the textual and visual potential of being–in-place. We will create collaborative journals with comics, poetry and collage inspired by the settings and materials we find around the Sou’Wester and the Long Beach peninsula. Each participant will leave with a notebook filled with shared creative exercises for further exploration.


Wed June 29 9:30am – 12:30pm

Day Two: Texternal Rewards

For this ramble/ derivé we will be armed with charcoal, paper-mache and large paper for making rubbings and recordings in the variety of landscapes around the Sou’Wester Lodge. We will walk or bike from the ocean beach to the Lone Fir Pine cemetery a half mile or so inland. Along the way we sample different interesting textures in the environment and then over-lay them with the cut and paste poetry we are able to find on the tombstones of Lone Pine. Everyone will leave with new impressions of the natural world and our place in it and also some unique artworks.


Thurs June 30 9:30am – 12:30pm

Day Three: Natural Theaters

Time lapse photography and stop motion animation.

In this workshop, we will explore the cinematic potential of the gorgeous and dramatic landscape around the Sou’Wester Lodge. Beach and rock, rippling grasslands and forests of low surf pines become the stage for our exploration of the art of beautiful images and fluid frame rates. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite doll, action figures, or toys but we are also open to exploring the way the landscape changes over time and how we might use the materials of nature to creatively engage with the visual sensations of time. If possible, participants should bring a smart phone, tablet, laptop or other portable electronic device that is wifi compatible and can run apps. We can provide two or three that we will share but personal devices are very encouraged.

Damon and Tess are both practicing artists and licensed K-12 teachers who are also parents of a two and a half year old daughter. We are learning to turn seemingly conflicting demands as parent-artists into new opportunities for creativity in family life. As workshop facilitators, we aim for participants of all ages to feel actively and creatively engaged, and to have opportunities for thinking critically about essential questions for continuing art practice.


Cost $75 for all three days or $30 each day. An additional material fee of $3 for the scavenjournal class, paid directly to instructor. Each class will have a short walk or fieldtrip, please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Please also bring a backpack or tote bag for carrying a notebook and collecting samples. If possible, participants in day three will need a smart phone, tablet, laptop or other portable electronic device that is wi-fi compatible and can run apps. Please bring a sack lunch and/or snack (optional lunch together after the workshop). Hot tea and coffee provided. Workshop for students ages 2+. All skill levels welcome. Max # of students:16.

Please RSVP   or   360 – 642 – 2542

*Currently Our SUMMER ART CAMP Workshops are Only Open to Guests Staying at The Sou’wester and they may fill up fast! Plan ahead.



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