Monday, August 26, 2013

Soapbox Holistics comes to West Philly Arts

Here at West Philly Arts, we have been kicking off the last four summers with a two-week arts camp. This year, our theme was Art and Science. We really explored this connection by creating scientific experiments, carefully observing the outcome and translating the results into an art or craft. We made scientific illustrations, studied the solar systems, drew from observation, created kaleidoscopes, zoetropes so much more. We also had some very special visitors on one of the last days of camp: the ladies of Soapbox Holistics who showed us how to make lip balm from scratch!

Soapbox Holistics is a locally owned company featuring hand made body products. They came prepared with some scientific facts about the natural ingredients they use such as cocoa butter, shea butter, almond oil and more. We really learned the importance of taking care of our skin while making delicious mint-chocolate lip balm. The lip balm was set in minutes and we were eager to try it out...but first, we got to design the labeling and the packaging by personalizing our lip balms into our very own product. The result was a true merger of science, art, and design!

We were really thankful to Christine and Sharleen for such a unique experience! For a listing of all their products, visit their online shop at, and like them on facebook at

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Enrollment for Summer Camps Now Open!

West Philly Arts Studio presents an array of summer day camps to engage your child this summer. Please join us for our fourth summer filled with creativity and fun! 

Below is a calendar and descriptions of the 2013 Summer Camp Series. Cost includes materials. Please bring a smock and a lunch and snack. Contact us at to enroll your child!

JUNE 24 - JULY 5, 2013 -  Arts and Crafts Camp 
Campers will start their day with drawing and painting. We will draw and paint from observed landscape, still life, and our imaginations using acrylic, charcoal, watercolor, and mixed media. After lunch and play time, we learn a fun afternoon craft. This year's theme is Art and Science: we will be creating a multitude of crafts using recycled materials to make Kaleidoscopes, Praxinoscopes, Soda Rockets and More!

Two weeks from June 24th to the July 5th
Full day 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Camp is held at Renewal Presbyterian Church, 
4633 Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

Children will bring their own Lunch and snack.
The cost for this camp is $360.00 / two weeks
Space is limited to 15 kids ages 6 to 12
Contact: or call 215-303-7179


JULY 8 - JULY 19, 2013 -  Sewing Machine Camp
Campers will learn how to work with a sewing machine, work with fabrics, use a needle by making a hem and sewing buttons, learn different kind of stitches, take measurements, and learn how to make and read a pattern.

Two weeks from July 8th to the 19th
Full day 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Camp is held at 516 South 46th St
Children will bring their own Lunch and snack.
The cost for this camp is $360.00 / two weeks
Space is limited to 4 kids ages 8 to 12
Contact: or call 215-279-3156

JULY 22 - JULY 26, 2013 - Jewelry Camp

We will use our creativity by exploring different kinds of methods and materials such as beads, findings, polymer clay to create anything the kids choose to make such as a bracelet, necklace, broche or earrings.

One week from July 22 to July 26
Full day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Children will bring their own lunch and snack
The cost for the camp is $ 225.00
Class is limited to 6 kids ages 7 to 12
Contact: or call 215-279-3156

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pictures from the Winter 2012 Art Show!

Our winter art show was a big success filled with art, food, and good times! This time, we combined some of the projects from the crafts class and the painting classes into a festive arrangement: Origami and painted glass ornaments hung along side the artworks in a holiday display!

Among other works showcased were these small, but intricate egg tempera works in the style of the Canadian artist Emily Carr. Egg tempera lends itself well to producing small brush marks, which we used to create movement and distance.

Lastly, we learned about cubism and made works inspired by contemporary artists working in that style. We used Nupastels, which are higher in pigment than regular pastels. 

Currently, During the Spring I session, we are working on adding 3-dimensional elements to our paintings. We are also working on a large scale superhero mural. Stay tuned for more pictures and announcements about our Spring II session and Summer Camp!