Art 4 Life – Summer Art Internships

“Join us for a two week in-person, immersive art experience at YES FARM, a local Black led farm in Seattle, Washington. During camp, students will work together with the farm to create a warm and colorful mural centered around farming, creativity in nature, land justice, and community.” – Vega Simone

“Come join us digitally for two weeks to learn new digital art skills or strengthen precious knowledge. In the course of this internship we will learn how to create our own NFT with Procreate and Vectornator tools, learn basic entrepreneur skills and build connections with other young artists.” – Arielle A Labra Campos

Where art meets technology & community from July 18 – 30, 2022!

Arts Corps is pleased to offer youth in 9th-12th grades TWO paid arts internship opportunities, one virtual/hybrid and one in person from July 18th – 30th. Earn $550 for the engaging work of expressing your passion either through digital art or mural painting. 

ART 4 LIFE DIGITAL: ART ON WEB 3 VIRTUAL (with one in-person event) The Art 4 life: Digital curriculum offers skill building in the craft of digital art and mixed media. Express your ideas utilizing Procreate on program provided iPads. Come join us digitally for two weeks to learn new digital art skills or strengthen precious knowledge. In the course of this internship we will learn how to create our own NFT with Procreate and Vectornator tools, learn basic entrepreneur skills and build connections with other young artists. Youth will learn skills in:

  • Digital art, advanced track
  • NFTs, web 3, the metaverse and the blockchain
  • Career paths in creative and technology spaces
  • Performance/presentation opportunities
  • $550 stipend upon completion of internship

ART 4 LIFE ANALOG: SUSTAINING EXPRESSION IN-PERSON

The Art 4 life: Analog curriculum offers skill building in the craft of public art and mixed media. Join us for a two week in-person, immersive art experience at YES FARM, a local Black led farm in Seattle, Washington. During camp, students will work together with the farm to create a warm and colorful mural centered around farming, creativity in nature, land justice, and community. Through its design, conception, and execution, students should be prepared for manual labor, collaboration, and painting rain or shine! Youth will learn skills in:

  • Painting
  • Public art
  • Urban farming
  • Performance/presentation opportunities
  • $550 stipend upon completion of internship

Below, see some student work from our Digital Arts Camp last summer in collaboration with the Salishan Association in Tacoma. 

We are committed to creating an intersectional learning environment to ensure that all students are supported and able to be brave in the Art 4 Life community space.

WHO SHOULD APPLY:

High school youth interested in visual art.

Digital: some one who wants to express themselves, their ideas, and beliefs and be willing to collaborate with others to develop a themed collection of NFT’s.

Analog: someone who is interested in sustainability, the environment, urban farming and is willing to collaborate with others to develop a themed mural at an urban farm in person in Seattle.  

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN:

  • Art Intensive with dope master teaching artists (learn more about Arts Corps TAs here: https://artscorps.org/ta/)
  • $550 stipend upon completion of the program
  • A community of peer collaborators
  • Professional development
  • Leadership and exposure to industry professionals
  • Community of artists

*All technology supplies and gear will be provided to youth. If you do not have reliable internet access we can also work with you to find a way to get access. 

APPLICATION PROCESS SCHEDULE:

  • Applications due on Monday, May 29th @ 7 PM: https://www.tfaforms.com/4982032
  • We will notify you Friday, June 3rd if you are invited to interviews
  • Interviews will take place the week of June 16th – 18th
  • Acceptance will be confirmed on June 24th

   

 

Teaching Artists

Arielle A Labra Campos (She/Her/They/Them) is a Queer Latinx artist born to Immigrant parents in Zimbabwe. Moving to South America at the age of 5, living in Chile and Argentina before moving to Seattle in 2018. From an early age, Arielle has explored different art forms to express and find herself. Growing up, they would spend their school breaks at their grandparents beach house in Chile. In summer playing with the waves, the sand and seashells, and in winter Arielle would fill her time with drawings, paintings and crafts. She is inspired by the feeling of belonging and her long-life connection to the sea and their creatures – utilizing blue and purple colorways, and detailed lines and dots to bring her illustrations to life. Her art often combines the creatures of the surface (humans) with oceanic themes. In her work, Arielle brings together elements that sometimes looks like they don’t belong together, bringing harmony and balance to it.

Vega Simone (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, creative thinker, youth art educator, and tree hugger raised in Duwamish Coast Salish Territories (Seattle/WA). They are also a non binary, mixed descendent of Black enslaved Americans, and an abolitionist. For Vega, creativity is a way of seeing the world that’s completely unique to each person and lives interdependently with each other. Vega is a predominantly self-taught artist who enjoys using watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, or whatever feels right in the moment. They are currently teaching with Pratt Fine Arts Institute as well as freelancing murals, logos, and other creative projects within the community. Vega is passionate about arts accessibility and nurturing creative confidence in people of all ages. When they’re not making art you can find them reading in their favorite tree. Vega is absolutely tickled to be on the Arts Corps team!

Greg Thornton by Amy PinonGreg Thornton is a teaching artist, small business owner, visual artist and screen printing instructor who has a great passion for teaching youth.  Greg was a restaurant manager and had been for many years when he was asked in the fall of 2013 by a local school district to present a curriculum for an art program in the district’s middle schools.  From the first minute of his first class, Greg knew he had found the job that he wanted to do for the rest of his life – teaching and engaging students with art. At the beginning of his teaching artist career, Greg also had an opportunity to teach teens at an inpatient drug/alcohol treatment facility and at programs involving court-involved youth.  Those experiences solidified Greg’s desire not only to teach students in a public school setting, but also to work closely as a teacher and mentor at-risk youth and youth in need. Greg engages students in the creative process by focusing on them as individuals, helping them to express their fears and their dreams, to set goals, and to develop the desire to succeed despite possible difficulties.  Greg’s main goal is that each of his students learn to express their own voices in a creative and positive way. Greg’s lessons also teach skills that translate to other areas of the students’ lives – collaboration, leadership, acceptance, empathy, public speaking. Greg realizes that not every youth will become a great artist during his courses – but that truly is not the goal. Greg simply asks each student to embrace the journey of discovery and hopes that creating art helps build confidence in his students and that they have fun.

Sorel Nica is an artist and youth educator. Through their art, Sia reflects on their lived experiences being queer, neuro-atypical, and the child of immigrants. Their recent work focuses on speaking through the body—externalizing what we can’t verbalize—using the mediums of tattooing, textile art, and folklore-inspired portraits of natural decay. Within the Seattle arts community, Sia has designed posters for plays and protests, as well as theater backdrops, tattoos, and album covers. They joined the Arts Corps community through the Arts Liberation & Leadership Institute (ALLI). Sia volunteers at the Vera Project, and they are also part of the Digital Production Lab youth cohort run by the Vera Project and Northwest Arts Streaming Hub. During the winter, they continue their work as a youth educator as a ski instructor on the slopes. Sia is currently a student at the University of Washington, studying linguistics and sociology. In their free time, they enjoy nighttime biking and recording found sounds. Their favorite part of working with youth is learning from their students.

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Adam Collet has been taking photographs and making art since childhood. Adam went to school in Seattle, also attended Seattle Central Community College and the UW where he earned a BFA in Photography. In 2008, he began teaching and passing on an interest in art and design to the next generation. Still living in Seattle with wife, children, and cat.

Besides Adam’s photography and illustration work he’s also a Teaching Artist specializing in Visual Art with a focus on integrating Art and STEM disciplines. In addition to Arts Corps, he’s taught classes, and online content for King County Library System; Seattle Public Library; stArt Exploring, a project of Sound Transit; Seattle Parks and Rec; High Point Neighborhood House; Yesler Terrace, Youth Tutoring Program; Family Learning Program; and various schools in Highline and Seattle Public Schools.

Recent projects include Essentially Seattle – photographing essential workers for City of Seattle/SPU, from the Office of Art & Culture; Public Art Program – photographing publicly sited artworks for City of Seattle, from the Office of Art & Culture. Ethnic Artist Roster, Seattle; Creative Advantage Arts Partner Roster, Seattle; ShoreLake Artist Roster, Shoreline.

ZAG, real name Amr Awwad, is a Hip-Hop Artist, Spoken Word Poet, Producer, and DJ originally from Zagazig, Egypt. He has been heavily involved in the community since moving to Seattle (and the country) in late 2015, Performing at MoPop’s Sky Church and The Moore Theatre, becoming a Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, as well as working with different organizations mentoring youth, including Arts Corps and Totem Star.

In the future, ZAG hopes to go back to Egypt and found an organization that provides youth with a safe space to freely express themselves through art.