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The Department Art, Art History, and Design Saturday Morning Art (SmART) program is part of the Art Education degree program, which affords pre-service Art Education Majors the opportunity to interact and work with school-age children. The creative program serves to broaden and enrich the art and educational experiences of all involved and is designed to expand SmART participants’ artistic and problem solving skills, as well as their aesthetic and cultural awareness and sensitivity.

SmART offers courses for students age 8 through 14 that culminate in an exhibition day to celebrate the artistic creations of the students. SmART is offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters in the Kresge Art Center.

To learn more about SmART class activities please follow and like the SmART Facebook page (External Link).

Class Information Summer 2021

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s Saturday Morning Art (SmART) program offers 5 class sessions of instruction, plus an exhibition day. For the Summer 2021 semester, the class dates are 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, and 7/17 with the exhibition scheduled online (more information is coming). All classes meet from 9AM to 11AM synchronously online. All classes work across 2D and 3D media. All art supplies and T-shirts are included in tuition and will be mailed to students before the class starts.

Classes are divided into the following age groups:

Class 1: 8 to 14 (maximum of 15 students)
Class 2: 8 to 14 (maximum of 15 students)

Summer Art Camp Theme: Paper Circuit Art

Art Camp Description

The 2021 Summer Art Camp will be held online synchronously, and the class will meet 5 weeks under the theme of paper circuit art. Paper circuit art is one kind of electric art, building an electrical circuit in a piece of paper to light up some interesting elements in the artwork. Students will learn how to build the parallel electrical circuit to light their artwork up with a set of user-friendly materials such as copper tape, LED circuit stickers, lithium batteries, and binder clips. All art supplies will be shipped to the student’s home before class starts. The first session provides a foundation in electrical circuits and matting for the remaining weeks, so attendance is highly recommended. Students will finish 4 projects using the technique of parallel electrical circuits across weeks 2–5, each with a different theme.

Learning Objectives

  • Campers can learn how technology brings a new insight to art
  • Campers can learn how contemporary artists use parallel circuit to make art for different purposes.
  • Campers can learn how to use parallel circuit to make art to express their emotion or perspectives according to the assigned theme.

We would like to acknowledge  funding support from the Excel Network for the 2021 Summer Art Camp. With this funding support, we are able to provide competitive teaching stipends for two art teachers and one graphic designer. Meanwhile, it offers an academic internship opportunity for students who study in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. 

Enrollment is CLOSED for Summer 2021

You must also fill out the following forms and send them to to be considered registered.

Application Form Summer 2021 [PDF]
MSU Media Release Form [PDF]
MSU Medical Treatment Authorization Form[PDF]
MSU Youth Program Parent-Guardian Consent Form [PDF]
Pick-up, Drop-off, Commuter Permission Form [PDF] (not required for summer 2021)

Please View Our Virtual Art Galleries 

Spring 2021 and Fall 2020 now up! Click Here

Parent Feedback

“My daughter is having a great time with this Art workshop and is looking forward to the interesting activities in their next sessions. Thanks so much!” – Mrs. Jaype