Advocate Slideshow: Graffiti and street art camp

Taking it to the Streets is not your typical summer camp. The week-long art workshop teaches children subcultural styles of art with the help of some local masters.

The street art camp began last summer and initially was just for kids to learn spray-paint art with Oak Cliff graffiti artists Sour Grapes.

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“This summer we wanted to add another layer to it,” says Diane Sikes, the education and outreach program manager at Dallas Contemporary.

So screen printing with Oil and Cotton was thrown into the mix. Sikes says she hopes to continue to add other styles of art to the camp every summer.

The kids worked on design and screen-printing in the morning with Oil and Cotton mentors Shannon Driscoll and Jessica Trevizo, plus Autumn Hill of Dallas Contemporary.

In the afternoon, campers worked with two Sour Grapes members, Arturo and Carlos Donjuan, to polish their skills with spray paint.

Arturo and Carlos had never taught before the camp began last year, and Sikes says they are great at breaking the students out of their shells.

“They’re naturals; they’re great with kids,” Sikes says. “They are very good at challenging and pushing their students so their talent comes out very quickly.”

The camp is over for the month of June, but the next camp is July 16-20 and is from 9 a.m. to noon daily. It costs $150.


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