Summer Camps at The Abbey Art Center with Julie Jeanseau
All checks written to Julie Jeanseau
Camps here are much more than just finding something fun to do for the summer. Students will walk away with high quality projects and skills that they will continue to build and have fun with far after camp. All supplies are included, but it is suggested that students who are invested in further learning purchase some of the materials to continue to practicing at home. Some of my camps this year are at different venues than the downtown studio, please make note of that before registering. Limited scholarships are available for eager students.
Register by filling out the online contact info and sending in payment checks to:
Julie Jeanseau, 331 State St, Salem Or 97301.
I can take payment by card at the studio. I hope to have online registration available soon!
Full/Creating waitlist--Week of July 5-7th, Drawing Intensive!
Ages: 9 plus
This three day class will guide students through all elements of embracing a love of drawing. We will be learning through observational drawing techniques and end our our time with confidence to draw from imagination with an expanded visual library. We will be using a variety of graphite and micron pens. We will be at the studio and at waterfront park during camp. Camps are small and all levels of ability are welcome, as long as they are dedicated to the fun and focus needed to learn to draw. If your child only draws manga this camp is essential, it will expand their understanding of line and improve their manga work.
Week of July 10, Print Camp at the Salem Art Association.
Register directly through SAA
Time: 9-1, Ages: 12 plus
Printmaking is paint, repetition, memory, color, line and so much more. Spend a week exploring this medium at SAA's new annex and print studio. We will explore collographs, gelatin printing, mono printing and relief. Students with an interest in any area of art will enjoy this camp as it will include drawing, painting, carving and construction, all within the foundation of printmaking.
Week of July 17th, Collage and Paint on the Corban Campus!
Time: 1-4, ages: 10 plus
This camp will be held at a beautiful venue called The Barn, which is on the forested and lovely Corban University campus. The campus is just 15 minutes from downtown or 10 minutes from south Salem. For those of you interested in a full day camp, Corban offers a two week theater camp that runs during the morning, https://inside.corban.edu/node/16909. My camp’s registration is separate, but is a great add on to create a full day. We will be exploring paint with both non traditional and classical methods of building a painting. We will be building some of our work with a playful method of collage, paint and experiential work. As well, we will be also exploring classical techniques of working with tonal underpainting, to value work, to a finished realistic painting.
Week of July 31st, Elementary Art
Time: 1-4, Ages: Going into First grade through Fifth
With art no longer a part of elementary school, our students are greatly lacking the fundamentals of what art is, how to make art and how to look at it! Students will be learning line, form, value, texture, and space, within fun techniques and not even realize how much they are learning! We will also include a trip to the Hallie Ford museum to learn how to look at artwork and experience a gallery setting and docent tour. Students will be coming home with lots of projects and ideas that will keep them going through the summer!
Week of August 7th, Open Studio, Choose a day and choose a project
Two sessions per day, 9-1 or 1-4, Ages 7 plus.
Cost: 30$ per session
Each day will have a menu choice for students to dive into and explore a medium and technique. Monday: Printmaking to bookbinding, Tuesday: Sew a stuffed animal or quilt block, Wednesday: Guided painting project, Thursday: Draw at the waterfront.
Friday August 10th,-- NEW!! Hike and Draw at Silvercreek falls! Only 5 spaces. 50$ all day 9-5. Ages 10 plus.
FULL Week of August 14th, Fiber and Fabric
Time: 9-1, Ages: 8 plus
This week will be looking at the wonderful art world of fiberart. Fiber and fabric is a wonderful medium that has been used traditionally but is often overlooked in our modern quick world. We will be making paper, creating bowls with yarn and roving(raw wool), learning to knit and crochet, weaving, yarn bombing some trees along our sidewalk and sewing some wonderful little stuffed animals. I also hope to have a couple guest artists come in to inspire our students with work that they are currently making.
We just completed our fourth year of classes and camps at The Abbey! I started The Abbey as a place for my own studio practice and a place to teach a few students, while my husband made it through grad school. It has now blossomed into something so much more and has affected so many students to tap in to their unending creativity. I've loved it and have had such a privilege of investing in the creativity of our community through our young people. This fall I will be changing my student focus to help manage and create events at Corban University's new Makers Space, called The Barn.
They have been working on renovating an old dairy barn on campus to create this new space, that will host events that spark Curioistiy, Creativity and Courage. The Milkshed has been transformed into a idea space to host events that focus not on final product, but on concepts, the hows and the ideas of a project. They will have a creative design studio to host classes, as well as house a tool library. They will also be adding a beautiful gallery down the hall of this wonderful space. All of this will be open to Corban students, staff and our community of Salem to rent, host a class and experience.
It is such a privilege to be a part of this, just as it is beginning, as I love building foundations and creating spaces for Creativity.
The most difficult part in all this is saying goodbye to you, my students and families, many have been with me several years.
After I get used to this new rhythm I will be taking a few private students and possibly hosting some workshops on holidays, so I'm not totally disappearing as an art teacher.
The Abbey will remain downtown, but will be changing as our lives change. My husband and I are working on some more community use for the space and I will make sure to let you know as that develops.
I still have hope that I can find a teacher that will use our space to independently contract with me, to build their own classes so that art classes can still be available to our young people. Salem Art Association will also be adding some children's classes this fall.
I will continue to use this email list to update you on The Abbey Gallery at The Mill, Upcoming classes and workshops after October, as well as updates about classes and workshops at Corban and my studio practice.
Please be in touch and I'll be updating you on this transition and how you can be a part of both, The Barn and the new Abbey transformation.
Much Love, Julie
The Abbey Gallery is up and running and it looks great! I'm still deciding the direction I want to take it, wether to begin to jury in other artists or wether to keep it as a space for my just my work. It is wonderful to have a place to bring all my creations-- from fine craft, to craftiness, to oil painting. I've begun doing some clay work again and am deeply enjoying creating simply pinch pots....which are beautiful hanging in trees or on a table to hold little collections or nature or a flower.
My oil work this summer has been focusing on the coast-- it's true, I've been exploring rock formations instead of trees! The exhibit will be ready to show in September and I'm really excited to share it with you. I've been playing in realism to learn the new shapes and colors and have finally allowed myself a looser hand this week, as I begin to abstract the work and play within the colors and shapes.
The gallery is open 10-5 Monday thru Saturday. I'm always glad to make an appointment with you to meet you at the gallery, as my appearance there this summer is hit or miss.
Remember our Art After Dark event of 2nd Thursday every month, we are open till 7, with new shows in the galleries, food and all the artist studios open to visit.
Where is my Focus and Energy the most life giving and productive?
I've been asking that question for the last couple of months. Sometimes we spend energy in places that just takes energy, some times that is necessary in this adult world. But sometimes it's just wasted energy. Then sometimes life starts showing you it's path.
I teach because I love it and it provides an income. I believe in the arts to change lives, give us a way to see the world and communicate, those deeply held feelings ,that often are difficult in words. I paint and create in my own studio for the same reasons.
So to all my friends, families and followers on social media. I'm starting to make some changes. Like Alice, I'm shrinking and growing simultaneously. Excited for some changes and still unsure of others.
So what I do know:
Spring Term is paired down and I'm back to my leading all classes.
We are offering more adult options on the weekends!
Fridays are open for Private Lessons for those of you who keep talking to me about trying out some painting/ creating!!
And I'm Opening my Gallery along side of my father's photography, The Abbey Gallery. Our soft, kinda quiet opening is tomorrow night, Thursday March 10th. We are jumping on to Art after at Dark with the galleries and studios at Willamette Heritage Center, Open 5-8 on each 2nd Thursday.
I will be there 4-6 and then need to scoot off to be a mom and celebrate my daughter at her school program.I'
Yes we do CANVAS PAINT parties! Either at the studio or in your home.
I will help you choose an image or I will choose for you
We have a room for treats and party and a room for the painting at the studio
Cost: 50$ base pay for two hours
5 guests or under, 12$ per Canvas. 6 guests or more 10$ per canvas
Cost: 35$ per canvas for up to two and a half hours.
Beginner weaving class for Adults
$175$ per person
Saturday, April 30 9am-4pm
*Please bring a sack lunch, or money to purchase lunch in the downtown area.
-Wooden frame loom to keep
-Various colors of Wool yarn to choose from
-Hands on instruction
Students will learn:
-how to set up the loom
-basic weaving techniques
- Students will go home with their own frame loom and wall hanging to keep- as well as a new skill and community!
- sign up by April 9th.
Our camps will run June 27th through Sept. 2 this year.
Cost: Half day camps will be 150$ and full day camps 250$
Ages: Vary depending on the camp, as always there is some flexibility based on experience.
Many of our same camps will be running
Painting Intensive and
Exploring the Arts Downtown
We are also adding Watercolor and Mixed Media
Learning Color and Paint
The Art Around Us
and The Art of Robots, Dragons and Mythical Creatures
Dates to be announced within a couple of weeks!
Why are the arts important to brain development? Why are they important to children that aren't going to be painters?
Teaching children to make, to create is the basis of Art Education. How do we make? What tools do we use and how do we use them. How do I create something that floats vaguely in my mind into 2-D or 3-D reality. What does that creation now represent. Does it represent on object or an idea?
This process of learning to make and create takes an even flow between the left and right side of the brain . The left side, our analytical side, learns the proper use of materials, but the right side wants to find and stretch the boundaries of those materials and see possibility.
Possibility is about future. It creates, software, clothing, machinery, robotics, buildings, cars, computer games, new insights into law, politics and science. A flexible mind expands our world.
Too much time off school and it's raining and gray, and nothing to do but stare at a screen...
I've invited a couple of my kids friends to come hang out at the studio tomorrow and thought I should invite your kids too!
We have a big supply of mat board and craft supplies right now and will be building fairy houses, minecraft houses and castles. I will also set up the smaller room as a chill painting studio for students.
Cost: is just 12$ for the afternoon
Register on line or just send me an email. There is not preregistration so please be commited if you send me a note saying you are coming.