Agnes Art Camp, 2023. Photo: Garrett Elliott
In July, over 80 children ages 6–12 join us in our André Biéler Studio for Agnes Art Camp. Experienced art educators Eileen Raisbeck and Claire Dobbie alongside Student Program and Education Assistants Sonia Riabtchik and Alex Wilson, guide small groups of campers in process-based artmaking and interpretation. They combine studio-based learning with tours and sketching in the galleries and outdoor field trips. The final day of each week includes an exhibition of work created.
Camp is also supported by Queen’s Concurrent Education student Harvey Doniego, high school co-op student Gracie Bark and our volunteers Eva Kolomitro, Hannah Perez and Isabella Andrews.
We received tremendous interest in our camps this summer, with registration ﬁlling up in only 30 minutes! Thanks to the generosity of the Rita Friendly Kaufman Fund, we were able to provide 14 children with bursaries to attend camp this summer. The positions of Program and Education Assistant were made possible through Queen’s Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP).
We are so incredibly pleased with the experience at the Agnes Art Camp. My son came home feeling so empowered, restful and so happy; it was a joy to see. He loved telling us what he did and how he was learning to see the world differently.”
We’re continuing our partnership with Queen’s Athletics and Recreation, hosting a joint camp in August where children ages 8–12 spend half of the day in our studio with art educator Po Chapman creating art and half the day at the Queen’s Athletics Centre participating in sports activities.
Also in August, we’re thrilled to be partnering with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to support Math Quest, a mathematics camp for high school girls who have a curiosity for exploring new ideas. With a focus on problem-solving, hands-on activities are led by female mathematicians, statisticians and physicists. This summer, participants will also explore the intersection of math and art in our André Biéler Studio!