We are excited to announce our new Summer Art Residency and Summer Writing Residency! Spend 3 weeks this summer in an immersive art or writing residency on one of the premier arts campuses in the US. Participate in classes, workshops, evening tours, lectures, and events that will stretch you as an artist or writer. The residency concludes with an art and reading show and a portfolio review. Priority will be given to students who have participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Applications are currently being accepted.
UPDATE: All seats are now filled for September 9th; however, we do still have availability in our October date for 4th-6th graders and 6th-8th graders, and February classes will be up soon. You may also join the waitlist for classes that are full – occasionally we have drops and can add students from that waitlist.
Do you have a 2nd-8th grader with an interest and talent in robots, circuits, geography, art, or science fiction? Check out the classes for our upcoming WINGS date on September 9th in Iowa City!
A variety of classes are available, such as Watercolor Science (grades 2-4). In this workshop, students will use chemistry to create their very own watercolor paints. Using cabbage dye and household items, students will learn about the pH scale and mix their own liquid watercolor palette. Using our homemade watercolors, we will learn about other nifty watercolor tricks and techniques including using salt, rubbing alcohol, and wax to create watercolor works of art!
Another option is Making A World Through Science Fiction Writing (grades 6-8). Want to build and explore your favorite sci-fi setting in VR? In this course, we’ll talk about what makes our favorite sci-fi worlds so rich and enjoyable.
We’ll try designing and possibly exploring some of these worlds using the virtual reality design program, CoSpaces. Once we’ve spent some time exploring, we’ll work on coming up with ideas for worlds of our own and some stories that could happen there.
And if you already have plans on the 9th, we have several additional WINGS dates coming up, too.
Students who received a Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention for their submission to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Iowa or Midwest Regions) were invited to our Scholastic Celebration!
Check out more about the courses below and additional academic programming at belinblank.org/summer.
We are very pleased to announce that the Belin-Blank Center and Assistant Director for Student Services Jan Warren received the 2016 Gold Key for Excellence in the Field award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This award is given annually to an Affiliate Partner organization that demonstrates extraordinary dedication to creative young people, perseveres through challenges over time, and expands the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program to reach more participants.
Virginia McEnerney, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, presented the award to Ms. Warren during the annual celebration of national award winners in New York City. “The Alliance selected you and the Belin-Blank Center to receive this Award because the organization has gone above and beyond basic program requirements to provide additional opportunities for creative teenagers in the state of Iowa, as well as the thousands of students in the greater Midwest who do not have the same local opportunities for recognition.”
This past year, the Belin-Blank Center processed and adjudicated almost 10,000 pieces of art and writing from nearly 7,000 students. In addition to the awards process, the Center has engaged community partners to provide additional scholarship opportunities and developed a blog (Freehand) for young artists and writers. Students may begin submitting works for the coming year in September.
We have WINGS coming up on March 5!
You Scream, I Scream! The Science of Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love ice cream!? Come learn about the science of ice cream, and maybe even get to do some taste testing!
We will learn about the Columbian Exchange! From it came many exciting times but also many consequences. Come learn more!
CSI: Crime Scene Investigators!
Come learn how to be a real crime scene investigator by learning how to lift fingerprints and analyze evidence!
Come create and perform a poetry slam with other young writers!
Two Observational Astronomical Instruments
Interested in learning more about astronomy and creating your own refracting telescope? Sign up to take this class!
Visit belinblank.org/WINGS to learn more and register!
Our December newsletter is out, featuring everything from bunny slippers to webinars!
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