Backyard Art Camp

Summer 2023

Backyard Art Camp is 4 full days of art and ritual, in a collective outdoors.

Backyard Art Camp will enroll in the late winter 2023.

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Summer Camp dates will be in early August.

We create paste paper and then construct two Coptic Stitch journals together.

All the supplies and instruction are provided, along with libations and bug juice for our days together.

You provide your housing and travel and your own lunch.

Here is what BYAC Alum, Karlee Fain said about what she loved about Camp 2021:

"Slowness.  Room to revel and explore and be with the back yard, our papers, our own sturdy hands, each other.  There is a spaciousness at camp that gives room to expand into.  Gentle.  Sweet.  Just as we are.  There are always 20 more things I want to do, but it possible to sink into the moment at camp, and go deeper instead of faster and that is medicine.  I also love our first and last circle ups so much.  The blessings from Sarah, the wisdom from Linda, the support from Kayleigh.  The assistants are so special."

This program is for you if you are: 

16 years old on up

happy in all weather, working outdoors

want to visit the cultural Berkshires

are ready to replace those nasty messages you got about how messy or wild your art making is.

if you are new to book art or are an established artist needing to fine tune your skills

if you are ready to explore other mixed media techniques, learn more about inhabiting a journal, and are curious about what creative activity exists at the intersection of literary and book art.

yearn for creative community and sanctuary where your creative expression will be valued above all else.

Here is what one of my skilled assistants, Linda Jackson, says about Camp:

I find every part of camp inspires me. Especially this year when we were able to meet in person after a year on Zoom. I always appreciate learning with and from others. Every conversation is an opportunity for inspiration and creativity.

Next time you are in a book store, look for the latest issue of Mingle Magazine. They have run a gorgeously illustrated article about Camp in 2021. Here is a preview.