2014 Members & Friends Exhibit

Members & Friends.

Don’t miss this popular annual exhibit, featuring the wonderful, diverse talents of our members and friends of the center.

 

Members & Friends.
Our Annual show featuring the wonderful, diverse talents of our members and friends of the Center.

Theatre Camps: Flying Squirrels & Flying Monkeys

Summer 2014 Youth Theatre Camps

Flying Monkeys Youth Theatre Camp  – July 14-18, 2014
For students entering 1st-6th grade [Download Info]

Flying Squirrels Theatre Youth Day Camp – July 7-11, 2014
For students entering 7th-12th grade [Download Info]

About Flying Monkeys

What: A day camp for kids with an interest in theatre. Using stories, movement, games, music and more, participants will develop a production centered on a theme they choose themselves! The culminating audience interactive performances will be fun for all. No previous theatre, singing or dancing experience or skills are required -just a desire to have fun!

Who: Children entering 1st – 6th grade in the fall of 2014.

When: Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18, 2014, 1-5pm
Performances: Friday, July 18, 7:00pm and Saturday, July 19, 2:00pm

Where: West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square, Macomb, IL

Why: Learn new skills, discover new talents, make new friends, stretch your imagination, and have fun!

How: Complete and mail registration form and payment to WCIAC, P.O. Box 692, Macomb, IL 61455, or drop off at the Arts Center. Registration deadline is July 12, 2014.
[Download Info]

Camp Information

With a focus on playful learning and creative cooperation, Flying Monkeys Theatre Day Camp is designed to spark the imagination, build self confidence, and promote teamwork. Whether new to theatre or experienced thespians, participants will enjoy developing new skills and discovering their interests, creativity and talents. Storytelling and script development, movement, theatre games, costume design, and more will all be part of this exciting week!

Notes for Parents:

  • Please plan to attend a 15 minute orientation on the first day of camp beginning at 12:45pm.
  • Drop off time is 12:45-1:00pm daily
  • Pick up time is 5:00pm
  • A snack, juice and water will be provided each day.

Fees: The cost of the camp is $100, which includes 2 tickets to the final performance. There is a $10 camp discount for multiple registrations in the same family. (First child is $100; all others are $90 each). $20 of the tuition for each child is due with the registration as a non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the tuition is due by the first day of camp. Limited campership opportunities are available.

Meet Our Staff

Rachel Chaves is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Head of the Graduate Directing program at Western Illinois University. She received her MFA from Illinois State University and her PhD from the
University of Minnesota. Rachel recently directed the musical Oklahoma! at WIU. She is the Artistic Director of Brasstown Repertory Theatre Company. WCIAC and the Flying Monkeys are excited to
welcome Rachel and her family to the Macomb community!

About Flying Squirrels

What: A theatre day camp for youth with an interest in the Performing Arts. Participants will work with the members of Core Project Chicago to create, produce and perform in an original production. Combining the idea of the “selfie” with master classes in various aspects of the arts, this year’s participants will explore and develop self-stories in their chosen art forms (spoken word, dance, theatre, writing, film, music and/or visual art). No previous theatre, singing or dancing experience or skills are required—just a desire to have fun!

Who: Students entering 7th – 12th grade in the fall of 2014.

When: Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11,  noon-5pm

Performances: Friday, July 11, 7:30 pm & Saturday, July 12, 2:00 pm

Where: West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square, Macomb, IL Learn new skills, discover new talents, make new friends, stretch your imagination, and have fun!

How to Register: Complete and mail registration form and payment to WCIAC, P.O. Box 692, Macomb, IL 61455, or drop off at the Arts Center. Registration deadline is July 5, 2014.
Download Registration (PDF)

Camp Information

Flying Squirrels Theatre Day Camp is designed to spark the imagination, build self confidence, and promote teamwork, with a focus on the creative process. Whether novices or experienced performers, participants will enjoy developing new skills and discovering their interests, creativity, and talents. The self-stories they develop will be woven into a culminating roving performance to be shared with family, friends and the public. Notes for Parents:

  • Please plan to attend a 15 minute orientation on the first day of camp beginning at 11:45am.
  • Drop off time is 11:45am-noon daily
  • Pick up time is 5:00pm
  • A snack, juice and water will be provided each day. Please notify us of any food allergies and/or other special needs.

Fees: The cost of the camp is $100, which includes 2 tickets to the final performance. There is a $10 camp discount for multiple registrations in the same family. (First child is $100; all others are $90 each). $20 of the tuition for each child is due with the registration as a non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the tuition is due by the first day of camp. Limited campership opportunities are available.

Meet Our Staff

Core Project Chicago is a movement based interdisciplinary arts collective pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Their mission is to empower communities through arts performance and education. Member artists of CPC’s Community Moves program dedicate their time and talents to foster the arts and to provide service to diverse communities not only in Chicago but beyond. CPC directors are: Erin Rehberg, Founder and Artistic Director; Tiffany Philpot, Community Moves Director; Ashley Murrell, Community Moves Director. They will be joined in Macomb by other Core Project Chicago members.

Nancy Crossman is the Executive Director of West Central Illinois Arts Center and the Managing Director of the WCIAC Theatre Day Camps. Questions?

Please contact Nan at: info@wciarts.org or 309-836-2782.

WCIAC is supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency

2014 Light Up the Arts Center!

Trivia Night

Alert all you trivia buffs – artist or not!!! We had such a fun time at last year’s trivia night, we’re doing it again!

Trivia up!

Registration form can be downloaded and dropped off or sent in to the Arts Center. $10 per person registration fee can be dropped off or paid the night of the event. For more information please contact trivia@wciarts.org.

[Download Registration Form PDF]  or  [Submit Online Team Registration]

 

trivia flyer

2014 Registrtion

Blast off for 2014!

As the chair of the communications committee for the past year I have neglected the newsletter for the WCI Arts Center. This year we have so many new and exciting things planned we have to keep everyone up to date! Today we e-mailed our first newsletter of 2014 and will be snail mailing them to our wonderful members who don’t subscribe via email. I would like to personally thank our members for hanging with us while we tweak our organization into becoming an amazing source of arts news in the west central Illinois region!

It’s going to be an amazing year!
Kate

Download (PDF, 3.6MB)

BCre8ive Arts Crew launch at WCIAC

West Central Illinois Arts Center invites area young people ages 13-18 to become part of the BCre8ive Arts Crew. Participants will have opportunities to share art experiences with peers, to develop collaborative art projects in the community, and to meet and work with artists around the region.

The first meeting of the BCre8ive Arts Crew will be Sunday, March 24th at 5:00pm at the WCI Arts Center, 25 East Side Square. Working as a team, the Crew will create a sculpture using nontraditional supplies and techniques. They will also begin planning future projects which may include creating a mural in the Arts Center, creating art for Earthfest, and creating artwork for the Community Gardens.

BCre8ive Arts Crew is a pilot project of WCIAC’s developing BCre8ive youth art education program. There is no cost to participants. For more information, please contact Chris Busker at CK-Busker@wiu.edu.

Shop Locally

How will you be supporting your local economy and local artists this holiday season? WCI Arts Center is holding its annual Art Martket two Saturdays in December, don’t miss out!

Shop locally at WCI Arts Center
Flyer for your WCI Arts Center 2012 Art Market.

This weekend Macomb is having its Dicken’s on the Square celebration and we’re handing out flyers to garner more interest for our upcoming art market. The vendors are going to have hand made art: jewelry, painting, prints, glass art – including glass hand made ornaments, ceramics and more! Prices for these unique hand made items start as low as $5. We will also be having the Fall Raffle drawing during the Art Market on December 15th at 3 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling all Artists!

There are only 45 days until Christmas! In an effort to aid our community in buying locally WCIAC provides an annual Art Market at our building on the square. This year our Art Market dates are December 8 and December 15 from 10am-4pm. The winners for our Fall Raffle will also be drawn during the Art Market on December 15th. If you are or know a local artist that is interested in selling their work please spread the word!

Calling all artists

What are Prints?

Our fifth and final post in a series of five on Printmaking.

“Prints, Prints, and more Prints” at the WCI Arts Center ended yesterday, I hope everyone was able to see it!

For the last two weeks we’ve discussed the four main types of traditional printmaking and how each technique influences the appearance of the final print. The four types are relief, intaglio, planography, and stencil or serigraphy.

Relief printmaking is the oldest of the four and is created from a raised surface. A simple example might be a rubber stamp on an ink pad pressed on a piece of paper. The matrix, traditionally made from wood or linoleum, is created by cutting away unwanted sections to reveal the image to be printed. The completed print is then a mirror image of the original woodcut.

Intaglio is a printmaking process in which the image is cut into the surface of the printing matrix, typically smooth thin pieces of metal made of copper or zinc. The print is made by pushing ink into the lines of the design. The surface is then wiped clean so only the areas to be printed, the grooves, have ink. A dampened piece of paper is placed on the matrix and, using pressure, the paper is forced into the grooves to transfer the image.

The images made with the methods of relief and intaglio are made under pressure, an amount of force is needed to create the images. Planography, commonly called lithography, is printmaking on a flat surface and needs no pressure. This printing method is derived from the natural revulsion between grease and water. Grease attracts grease and repels water while water attracts water and repels grease. Each color desired will need its own stone or plate. Modern day offset lithography, or offset printing, accounts for more than 40% of all published, packaged and printed material.

The last type of printmaking we discussed was stencil, also known as screen printing, silk printing or serigraphy. A screen printing stencil is a sheet of mesh stretched over a frame. The mesh has been treated with an emulsion that creates a resist for the ink where the artist does not want the ink to be printed. The image to be printed is “burned through” the emulsion with a specialized light and ink is forced through the opening onto the surface to be printed, traditionally paper. This method is quite versatile and allows for almost anything to be screen printed.

Printmaking is an amazing art form that has evolved through the ages. I enjoyed doing a little research and learning more about the various techniques. I hope the readers of this Blog learned something as well. The WCI Arts Center has excellent examples of lithography by local artist, Peggy West, and screen printing by the WIU emeritus professor of art and local artist, Sam Parker, in our Fall Raffle. Tickets can be purchased to win either or both of these images at one for $5 or five tickets for $20. Stop by and get yours today!

The next exhibit at the WCI Arts Center opens this Friday, October 19. “Photo Narratives” will have a public opening reception on that evening at 6:30pm. Hope to see you all there!