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Art Camp For Adults – Building the Hive

August 7 - August 16

George Lea
August 7 - August 16
Cost: $685

This class will be more fun than a barrel full of Art Gorillas! The emphasis of this eight-day intensive workshop is to build collaborative and leadership skills, in a creative socially active atmosphere. We learn by doing. We will work cooperatively as individuals and as a collective to identify projects, themes, resources, and processes that will bring us together to address common goals as an Art Hive Collective.

The class is facilitated and led by George Lea ( Heartwood’s Art Programs Manager). He is passionate about the transformative power Art Collectives can have on communities and the lives of those who reside within them. From the moment class starts Saturday morning Aug. 8th it will be “hands-on and minds-on”  in a creative process that is likely to change your perception of “what you can do” by the time the class concludes Saturday evening Aug. 15th.  

The following bullet points emphasize the process by which an Art Hive Collective and Collaborative Art Project will be built. Diverse mediums are utilized to accomplish these goals. The class has been designed to sharpen abilities at both creative and critical thinking, and basically flows as follows:

  • Introductions: An opportunity to identify an individual’s expectations, talents, and potentials.
  • Project Themes and Selection: To be facilitated by the instructor through prompts and further developed through group participation.
  • Goals and Objectives: Really an integral part of any “valid theme”. What the project aspires to accomplish.
  • Resource Identification: What mediums, tools, and materials are available to the Collective Hive which will effectively express the themes, as well as address the goals and objectives.
  • Venue Identification and Public Engagement: Where will various aspects of the project be presented (with an emphasis on non-traditional venues).
  •  Authorship & Leadership: What does it mean? How can it be effectively managed and in many cases delegated to facilitate project completion and to further enhance creativity?
  • Project Documentation: An incredibly important component that should start from the beginning. This is how a project continues to live and can enable it to reach a broader audience.
  • Project Presentation: In some cases, this will be a grand finale, in many cases, it’s an ongoing process involving a variety of project components.
  • Impacts and Outcomes: An assessment of what was accomplished, a useful tool that refines working processes for individuals as well as for the collective whole.

Note: The tools of the trade are diverse on these types of art projects and may include: documentation, photography, painting, sculpting, costuming, music, the written word, performances,  land art, pop-ups, dance, skits, site-specific installations, and more. The point of the class is to engage in as many aspects as possible, discovering new talents and strengths that we can bring to our work.    

      No prior experience is required for adults that wish to participate, though we encourage those from a variety of art disciplines or with arts administration experience to register. 

        Enrollment will be limited to 24 participants. The course fee is $685.00 and includes all course materials. Various options are available for camping, housing, and meals and may be selected while registering. Check-in is by 5:00 pm Friday, August 7th at our Welcome Center, check out time is by 1:00 pm Sunday, August 16th.

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August 7
August 16
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George Lea


Heartwood Main Campus
220 Harmony Lane
Garberville,CA95422United States
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