WOW! Mark Kistler and his group of AMAZING ARTS EDUCATORS from around the country are joining creative talents to offer an AWESOME FULL-WEEK FULL-DAY VISUAL AND PERFORMING FINE ARTS SUMMER CAMP. Art Camp will be Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm for ages 6-16.
Our Visual and Performing Fine Arts Summer Camp teachers include National Award Winning Claymation Animators, Visual Arts Teachers, Musical Theater Directors, Singing and Music Performers, Puppeteering Creators …and of course “Mark Kistler” from Public Television’s Emmy Award winning “Imagination Station”!
Mark Kistler’s Full-Day Visual and Performing Fine Arts Summer Camp will be Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm for ages 6-16. ALL CAMPERS will have the thrill of experiencing ALL classes including…Claymation, Puppetry, Cartooning, Singing, Music, Drama, and Drawing in 3-D.
Take a look at last year’s awesome daily schedule of creativity below!
Cost For Full-Day Art Camp for 5 Days
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
REMINDER: Please triple check your calendar as all sales are final, thank you.
If your schedule changes and you are unable to attend, your enrollment will always be honored with a credit towards future camp dates or Mark Kistler products, we are unable to provide refunds.
Cost Per Student
Ages 6 – 16
Ages 6 – 16
Mark Kistler – Dad – Author – TV Host – Teacher – Ring Leader
Over the past four decades, Mark Kistler has taught millions of children how to draw in 3-D at over 4000 school assembly workshops and summer camps around the world, including Australia, Germany, England, Scotland, Mexico and the United States.
His starring roles as Commander Mark and Captain Mark in the hit children’s public television series The Secret City (1986), The Draw Squad (1989), and The New Secret City Adventures, have been enjoyed in six countries. His most recent self-produced public television series, Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station (1996, 1999 and 2008), has aired on over 150 Public Television stations nationwide. This series won an Emmy Award in 2010.
Mark has written and illustrated many popular children’s drawing books with Simon & Schuster Publishers, Learn to Draw with Commander Mark, Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad, The Imagination Station, and Drawing in 3-D with Mark Kistler. With Scholastic Publishers, his four book children’s series is titled Dare to Draw in 3-D! This past February, he released his first book oriented more for adults, “You Can Draw in 30 Days. ”
Mark deeply believes that learning how to draw in 3-D builds a child’s critical thinking skills while nourishing self-esteem. His positive messages on self-image, dream questing, environmental awareness and the power of reading have inspired millions of children to discover their awesome individual potential.
Born in Ohio, raised in San Diego, Kistler now lives outside Houston, Texas. He enjoys tennis, sailing, dense novels and not travelling. His family has 2 cats “Flash”, and “Gordon”, he loves cats! Unfortunately, Mark’s allergies to cats causes him to cry like a baby.
Sample of Art Lessons from Mark’s Classes at Summer Camp
McNair Wilson, Former Disney Imagineer
Unlike many who spend their entire life wishing upon a sunlike most people who spend their lives wishing upon a Star, McNair Wilson grabbed one and climbed aboard. Having spent ten years making dreams a reality as a Disney Imagineer (on design teams for seven new theme parks) and Artistic Director of a multi-million dollar theatre company, McNair has become a master at working with individuals, corporate teams, and kids to unleash their creative spirit. Using tools developed over a thirty-year life in the theatre, he engages audiences and inspires everyone to recapture their creativity.
As founder of the Assume Brilliance Group (Consulting + Training), Wilson will teach a variety of workshops designed to re-ignite personal creativity in all of our summer art campers! As a fully certified trainer for Ken Davis’s Dynamic Communicators Workshop, McNair trains individuals, students, corporate teams, ministry professionals and business leaders to communicate with focus, clarity and power.
With three published books, so far, McNair is a frequent contributor to numerous magazines from Rolling Stone to Leadership Journal with articles and cartoons. (His illustrations appear in all of his books.) His newest book, “HATCH! Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer,” is available now on Amazon.com
Past President, National Speakers Assoc.
Co-author, “Speaking Secrets of the Masters”
Joel Gori, Actor/Director/Theater Arts Educator from Harrisburg PA
Joel Gori co-Starred with “Commander Mark” Kistler in the 1985 65-episode Children’s PBS Television Series, The Secret City. Millions of viewers around the world know Joel as the 3 character roles he played “Cyndi The Dragon”, Zebtron The Robot”, and “MetaMan The Scientist”.
Joel Gori is a movement-theater artist. His solo shows for young audiences physicalize literature and emphasize the creative process of imagination. He has been a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for more than 30 years. Through his arts-in-education program has performed and conducted workshops for thousands of young audiences.
He is the artistic director of the Metamorphosis Performing Company which creates and tours interactive, issue-oriented programs to colleges, professional organizations and corporate America. He has taught at the college level, senior citizens, and preschool through high school.
His Summer Fine Arts Camp CLASS:
“Theater and the Actors Imagination”:
In this class students will learn how to think like an actor and learn to work as an ensemble (team). They will work on pantomime, improvisation,characterization and story drama. Young actors will learn to be confident in their ideas and develop divergent and elaborative thinking, and have loads of fun doing it!
Diane Barton- Music Educator- Hickory Center Elementary, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Diane began her love of music when her parents sent her to piano lessons at the age of 5! From there, the clarinet, the bassoon and choir led her to know that music education and working with children was her passion. She attended Indiana University and graduated with a Bachelors degree from Ball State University. Diane received her masters degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and has spent many hours studying the teaching methods of Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly and Jaques Dalcroze.
Diane spends her school days teaching singing, folk dancing and movement, instrument playing, creating, beginning band, and directing musicals and choirs. She has led teacher workshops for FAME (Foundation for Art and Music in Education) and presented at local and state music educator workshops. She believes in bringing the music of the world into her classroom so that her students can experience and appreciate multicultural music through singing games and dances.
Some of her proudest professional accomplishments are being named the Sweetwater Sound Teacher of the Year, and the Northwest Allen County Schools Teacher of the Year two times. She has also been awarded the Keegan Award from Arts United of Allen County. Diane is also pleased to mentor beginning teachers and serve as a leader teacher for student teachers, many of whom are now teaching colleagues.
Most of all, Diane enjoys bringing the joy of music making to her students!
Jamie Hazelwood-Artist, Claymation, Graphic Designer
At the ripe ol’ age of 6, Jamie Hazelwood discovered a whole new world in animation and hasn’t left it since! From the classic hand drawn Disney films to the amazingly detailed recent stop motion films, inspiration has never stopped for Jamie!
Following his love of drawing and film, Jamie studied at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Art and Animation under the tutelage of Former Disney Animator Professor Tim Decker. During his time at UWM, he specialized in stop motion and created the short “The Misadventures of Nigel and Reginald: The Necessity of Narcissism”, following the tales of two arrogant bumbling treasure hunters in search of fame and adventure.
Continuing his education in Animation, Jamie went to the Milwaukee Area Technical College to learn the craft of 3D Animation and helped create the short “Bradley Acting Badly” which takes place all inside a mischievous character’s head! Upon his graduation, he was awarded the Lamp of Knowledge trophy, given to one student who best represents the program through hard work and dedication handpicked by the department professors. Jamie is very excited to be included in this years group of “Superstar” Arts Educators at Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Camp in Albuquerque, NM and Spring, TX this year! He has a billion brilliant claymation ideas to share with your children this year!
FINE ARTS CAMP WALL OF FAME!
Past years Fine Arts Camps roster of incredibly talented inspiring Artist!
THANK YOU for your years of sharing your passion and talent with us!
Tommy Simms – Animator, Puppeteer, Cartoonist, Illustrator
Tommy Simms has enjoyed cartoons and drawing for as long as he can remember. He was inspired at a very early age… growing up watching “Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station!” on public television! He always remembers to follow Mark’s 3-D’s of Drawing – “Dream it! Draw it! Do it!”
Tommy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, specializing in stop-motion animation, puppetry, and cartoons. While at UWM, he studied the art of animation under Former Disney/Simpsons animator and current UVM professor, Tim Decker.
Tommy is the creator of such animations as “FEED ME!” (an excerpt from Little Shop of Horrors is posted below) and the award-winning, The Legend of Leatherface Larry, an original claymation that follows the adventures of a sheriff in the Wild West. The five years of hard work and dedication which Tommy put into animating Leatherface Larry finally paid off. It was showcased in multiple film festivals, including the Short Film Corner at the 67th Festival de Cannes, the International Film Festival in Cannes, France.
It has been a dream come true, animating, traveling the world, and getting to work with Mark Kistler, his childhood inspiration. For nearly a decade, Tommy has been teaching the new genius generation the art of animation, claymation, and puppetry at Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Camps in Albuquerque, NM and Spring, TX. Most recently, Tommy has partnered with fellow animator, Jamie Hazelwood, bringing their claymation classroom to a computer near you! Students can learn to animate year-round with Tommy and Jamie at their website, www.OutOfToonStudios.com!
Tommy is thrilled to once again join Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Camp’s creative collection of talented teachers! Stay Animated!
Jamie and Tommy have collaborated for years on many Claymation and Puppetry projects, (Jamie even assisted Tommy in his Cannes Film Festival Film “Leatherface Larry”!), most recently in creating/producing an entire online Claymation Course for www.MarkKistler.com
Ann Gordon – Art Educator
Ann Gordon started her career by working in the computer graphic industry. She soon realized, she wanted to inspire children to use their talents and realized their potential as artists.
After getting her education degree, she started molding the lives of her students. She has been teaching visual arts for the last 20 years, from pre-school all the way to high school.
She is the board president of FAME, the Foundation for Art and Music in Education. The mission of FAME is to foster and perpetuate creativity through multicultural arts education. Each year she is in charge of putting on an arts festival that showcases the talents of young people through different cultures through the arts. It is the single largest weekend festival in Northern Indiana.
She wears the FAME motto close to her heart “Believe in the value and power of the arts to kindle the imagination, encourage creative thinking and enhance human development.”
In her spare time she love to garden and spend time with her husband George and their dogs. She has two grown sons, Spencer a high school biology teacher and Simon an electrical engineer.
Christopher J. Murphy
CHRISTOPHER J. MURPHY is the Assistant Director/Director of Outreach of Fort Wayne Youtheatre, where he also directs and teaches. Murphy served as the Director of Theatre at Blackhawk Middle School from 1993- 2015. He is a Master Theatre Teacher with F.A.M.E. (Foundation for Art and Music in Education). He has served as a producer/director/narrator for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, overseeing, among other productions, their annual Holiday Pops! and “Family Series” shows. In addition, Murphy is an award-winning actor and director whose work is regularly seen on stages throughout northeast Indiana.
Eve Ross is an award winning illustrator, designer, and art director.
Eve and Mark are closing in on 35 years of friendship after meeting as young kids growing up on the beach surfing in San Diego, California! Eve spent this time in her life painting, teaching children’s art classes, was awarded first place in the San Diego Watercolor Society competition, and “Best Young Artist in Southern California” at the Del Mar Fair / SoCal Exposition. Her painting, also a watercolor, went on a tour through national museums across the country.
While Mark was suiting up as Commander Mark and launching the Imagination Station, his children’s drawing show on PBS, Eve was headed off to Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, and then on to Europe to study at Parsons in Paris, France.
While there she studied fine art painting (watercolor, oil, gouache, and acrylic), sculpture (metalworking, welding, and bronze casting), woodworking, ceramics, printmaking (linoleum block, copper plate, lithography, and letterpress), and photography. She has expansive knowledge and experience in a wide multitude of mediums. Watercolor and gouache, an opaque watercolor, are her passion.
Her time in Paris turned her eye toward illustration and communication design, launching her into a lifetime love of typography and pantone color chips. Over the course of her design career, she has had the privilege to work with some of the most talented and interesting people in her industry, developing brand identities and marketing campaigns for some of the largest businesses and entertainment franchises in the world.
Following college she had the privilege to work with one of her most highly regarded professors at Otis, Melanie Paykos, one of the original designers of the Star Wars and Raider’s of the Lost Ark franchises for Lucas Films. She then headed for San Francisco where she worked at a gem of a studio, Jim Ales Design designing marketing and retail campaigns for Levi Strauss. Jim has been heading the design department for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California for nearly 25 years now.
Her most exciting adventure brought her back down to Los Angeles to head up the Creative Department for Klasky-Csupo, Inc., working with Nickelodeon on such animated classics as THE RUGRATS, REAL MONSTERS, and THE WILD THORNBERRY’S. Serving as Art Director and Designer for this exceptional animation studio, she was responsible for creating press kits, style guides, logos, trade show booth designs, advertising campaigns, packaging, and sales promotional materials for all divisions of the company. While at Klasky-Csupo, she won the London International Design Award for her Press Kit and Style Guide designs for their animated show on CBS, SANTO BUGITO.
In addition, she ran her own small design studio, working as an independent designer with various clients and studios including Disney, Nickelodeon, to name a few, and wrote a children’s television show she is working to bring to life.
Fun fact about Eve, and one of her proudest achievements …she was one of two final candidates for a position as a rare female Blacksmith (only one other has ever held the position) at Historical Colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia! Her metal-working, sculpture, and construction experience made her a frontrunner. In the end, the position was given to someone with specific 18th century metal-working experience, but boy was she close!
As the Mom of two amazing kids, most of her time is spent making magic….cooking, baking, sewing Halloween costumes, washing the dog, tending her garden, taking care of the fish, hand-casting plaster dinosaur teeth for party favors, volunteering, and shuttling kids around from baseball to theater, and yes, lots of time teaching kids art! Her most recent creative undertaking has been creating elaborate cookie art for various clients and events. You wouldn’t believe what this woman can do with gingerbread and icing!
If she had it to do all over again she would be a paleontologist and roam around the world digging for dinosaur fossils. Her husband swears she was a dog in a previous life, and her favorite movie of all time is Finding Nemo.
Christopher Zappe – Animator
Christopher Zappe is an animation and digital media arts teacher, practitioner, and enthusiast in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His passion for the arts sprang from a childhood diet of Looney Tunes cartoons, early Pixar feature films and, of course, Mark Kistler’s “Imagination Station” show on PBS. He is still known to punctuate pencil strokes with rocket sound effects and sing “shade, shade, shade” while laying down blocks of color with his Wacom tablet.
Christopher earned his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he specialized in art and technology studies, dipping his fingers into everything from traditional and 3-D animation to holography and robotics. Digital 3-D is where he finds his greatest personal fulfillment, though, and he loves the challenge to think dimensionally and to simultaneously work as a director, cinematographer, actor, sculptor, editor, and storyteller.
Christopher currently teaches several flavors of animation, film, and visual effects at Desert Academy, where he enjoys helping to nurture future generations of creative voices in New Mexico. He continues to pursue his own work parallel to teaching and recently completed “Complementary,” an award-winning short animation about trigonometry and love, which screened internationally at film festivals. Christopher is currently working on his next short animated film, based on a poem by G.K. Chesterton and never leaves home without his sketchbook.
She is so excited to be teacher Color Theory and Application with Color Pencils and Watercolor at Mark Kistler’s Visual and Performing Fine Arts Camp 2017!
Ryan Shaw-Cartoon University, Artist, Cartoonist, Children’s Book Illustrator, Graphic Designer
Practically ever since he was able to pick up a pencil, Ryan Shaw has been drawing. After many years of “cartooning” with pencil and paper as a hobby, and with the encouragement of friends and family, he decided to turn his love of drawing into his occupation. He worked hard to improve his skills, becoming a cartoonist, graphic designer, and published children’s book illustrator.
To date, Ryan has illustrated nine children’s books for 4RV Publishing and LongTale Publishing, and in 2009 won 1st place in the nationwide ABC’s Children’s Book Competition. From 2010 through 2014 he taught drawing and illustration techniques for kids in grades 2 through 8 at Creative Writing and Illustration Summer Camps for iWrite Literacy Organization.
It was through teaching at these camps that Ryan decided that he wanted to focus his talents more on inspiring kids directly to open up their creativity and imagination through drawing. In 2013, Ryan created Cartoon University (or “Cartoon U”) to help teach kids the building blocks of drawing cartoons through the use of shapes. With Cartoon U, he has created How to Draw books for kids of all ages that build upon this technique. Ryan is super excited to be a part this year’s group of art instructors for Mark Kistler’s Visual and Performing Fine Arts Camp!
Ryan is member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the non-profit iWrite Literacy Organization. He resides in Spring, TX with his wife Maddi and two dogs Sherlock and BeeGee.
The goal of Ryan’s lessons are:
* To inspire kids to expand their creativity and imagination through drawing.
* See for themselves the satisfaction in creating their own art, and cartoon characters
* Build their confidence to open doors to art, writing, and other activities they may have not thought were attainable.
Here are some samples of work done by Ryan:
Johanna Shread- Artist, Animator, Illustrator, Art Teacher- 3-D Pop-Up Art
Hi I’m Johanna! I’m originally from New England, I grew up watching cartoons and drawing in many, many sketchbooks during the long one hour commute to my grade school.
My dream as a child was to be an animator. However, as a young adult I decided to try something different and went into Interior Architecture and Design. I spent years working as a high end commercial interior designer in the heart of New York City.
After a while, being a spontaneous artist I felt the need to change it up. I decided to move closer to my parents in the Midwest. This was a good move for my inner child. At the suggestion of my Mom I finally took some classes in animation at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Not long into the first semester I was encouraged by instructors to pursue further education as an animator. The thought of a chance to really fulfill my childhood dream was exciting! I applied and was accepted to the Vancouver Film School in the Classical Animation program. It was during my time at VFS that I created my first traditionally animated short film; “It Gets Worse.” My hand drawn film which is basically a stack of paper about 14” tall making up 02:43 minutes of cartoon fun, has graced the screens of a dozen or more film festivals.
Shortly after graduating from VFS I landed a job at Bardel Entertainment, also in Vancouver B.C., as an animator on Disney Jr’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” As we all say in the field, “animation is easy, it’s like riding a bike, but the bike is on fire, you’re on fire, everything is on fire.” Despite the hard work and long hours, it was still fun and totally worth it!
Feeling homesick for the U.S. after living in Canada for over two years, I moved back home to once again be close to friends and family in Wisconsin, where I now reside.
My artistic goals and education have brought me to many different places, introducing me to a wide variety of artists, building on my personal artistic style and abilities. I currently freelance fine art, cartoons, and interior design. I enjoy substitute teaching with a career in art education in sight. My assortment of art degrees and experiences make me the “crazy” artist I am today. I’m happy to work with kids from K-12 in schools, especially in art classes! I always tell my students that anyone can do art, and you can always “Do More Art!”
I’m sooooo THRILLED to be teaching 3-D POP-Up Art at Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Camp!
Portfolio Website: http://johannaschread.wix.com/johanna-l-schread
Vimeo Demo Reel and Films: https://vimeo.com/104209550
Feature LIVE Webcast Guest Artists – Rod Thornton and Brandon Ray!
Rod Thornton – “Spider Man”, “Bat Man” Comic Super Hero Artist, retired Houston Fire Fighter, Planet Earths BEST BBQ Chef!
Not only has Rod been a Featured Guest Artist in our Virtual Classroom, he is also our Special Guest Artist at our Visual and Performing Arts Fine Arts Summer Camp! ALL CAMPERS will have the fun of learning how to draw Super Hero comics with professional Comic Artist Rod Thornton. Rod has drawn professional comics for Anarchy Studios (Sci-Fi Channel), submissions for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and has his own Comic Publishing Company. He will soon be releasing his own Children’s Comic Series, too. Here is one of his drawings that was the published cover of the Comic Convention Guide Book…how many characters do you recognize?
Rod has been a “Featured Guest Artist” several times on Mark Kistlers LIVE weekly webcast Virtual Classroom, (www.markkistlerlive.com), During these LIVE hour-Long classes we have learned that Rod is a retired Firefighter with The Houston Fire Department for 15 years. He was in a terrible car accident that broke his femur in six places and a radiating break into the hip. After 2-1/2 years on crutches and going through intense re-hab, his personal faith in god forced him into realize he had to “act as if it was so”. He tossed the crutches aside and hobbled into his local Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts Training school. Through pain, perseverance, and an unflappable spirit of optimism he WON TWO GOLD MEDALS AND ONE SILVER at THE WORLD KUK SOOL WON CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1996! Yeeeehaw!!
Rod Thornton went on to teach martial arts and pursue his childhood dream of being a professional comic book artist! Now he runs his own comic book publishing company, travels the country drawing commissions at Comic Con conventions, drawing freelance for Indy Comic Companies… Also during his spare time, he trains professional protection bodyguards. Four of these guards offer personal protection for visiting celebrities and National Sports Figures.
Rod is very enthusiastic about sharing his passion for Comic Book Illustration with ALL CAMPERS at our Summer Fine Arts Camp!
Click on images below to see Rod Thornton’s work!
Brandon Ray Introductory Video
Brandon Ray – Paper Cut Animator/ Media Creator
B.Ray is a self-taught animator that likes cheese tasting, beard grooming, and pretending to be a musician. If you’d like, you can call him B. Ray (pronounced like, “Beehray”). That’s basically how he rolls.
Most recently animated the opening for the 2013 Only in Houston Awards honoring Alfred Cervantes of the Houston Film Commission. Before that, he animated a single sentence from Sam Pink’s novel “Rontel” for Electric Literature.
B. Ray has been doing a web series for the past couple years called Paper People Jokes (people send him jokes and he animates them with stop-motion construction paper). In fact, the series was a Shortlisted for the Vimeo Festival + Awards in both 2010 and 2012, which was pretty cool considering that there were 15,000 other entries it was competing with.
B. Ray’s animated works have been featured on Nickelodeon’s Channel Frederator three times, as well as numerous international film festivals and screenings. His animations have also been chosen as a Staff Pick by Vimeo on four different occasions.
In 2008, B. Ray met his childhood hero “Commander” Mark Kistler and had him make a guest appearance on a 5-part animated series.
Now, take a look at some actual 1-hour class session lesson paper cut animation movies!
Now, take a look at these ACTUAL STUDENT Paper Cut Animated Movies…YOU CAN LEARN TO DO THIS TOO!
Meet Valerie Flynn, her love of drawing, painting and creating art began at age 4. She began teaching in 2000, continuing with her more recent YouTube Channel, Art ala Carte, which has over 240,000 Subscribers and 30 million views.
Take a peak at Valeries artwork and youtube channel!
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What Parents Are Saying about Mark Kistler Art Camps!
Christina -Wichita, KS
Thank You a million times for bringing PBS’s Imagination Station Mark Kistler to Wichita State University!!!! Just Wonderful!!! The parents had MORE fun than the the kids! Here is a photo of our daughters working with Mark online…his lessons are BRILLIANT!
Shannon R. -Kalamazoo, MI
What a BLAST! What a terrific teacher and motivator! Mark is so funny, genuine, and has amazing talent! Thank you for allowing parents to participate for free! I’m having as much fun as my children…I didn’t have any idea I could draw!
Becky Johnson -Greenville, TN
Your class is my children’s first exposure to live, on-line learning, and I must say that I am very impressed with your classes! I love that they’re learning more drawing techniques and that they get a gentle introduction to live, on-line classes. You are a fabulous teacher and the kids love the classes! I am also impressed with how well you interact with kids.