Shadowbox Storytelling - Fall Break Art Camp

Prairie Arts Center is excited to partner with the OSU Museum of Art again this year for our Fall Break Camp. Camp will begin with a visit to the museum for an interactive tour of their current exhibition, Small Worlds: Carolyn Cardenas and Contradictions: Bobby Ross. Cardenas paints tiny, highly detailed interiors and complex urban scenes while Ross works on large canvases and creates surrealist settings that explore contradictions- good and evil, harmony and discord, truth and lies, etc. Both artists are storytellers. Students will think about how we tell stories visually in an artwork and imagine a story of their own into being. Making use of Ross' surrealism and Cardenas' scale and interior settings, we will create shadow boxes full of characters and strange happenings.

Students should bring a packed lunch, a snack, and dress for the weather.

Instructor’s name

Art educator Jen Johnson holds an undergraduate degree in art history and English literature from the University of Kansas, as well as an MAT (Masters in the Art of Teaching) from the English Department at the University of Montana. In her own practice, Jen is equally invested in understanding the larger world through her interactions with the art objects of others and the making of her own art objects. Jen considers her greatest strengths as an educator to be the facilitation of reflective and critical conversations about art and art making, as well as the creation of safe environments for authentic explorations into the practices of self-expression and making. Her preferred mediums are mixed media, printmaking, and photography, but she enjoys the act of creation no matter the medium and considers it one of her greatest joys to make art alongside others.

Course type 
Kids Camp
Class time 
Thursday, Oct 13th and Friday, Oct 14th, 10 am - 3:pm
*Drop off between 9:45-10; projects will begin at 10.

$70 members; $90 non-members

6-10 years old 

All Supplies Included 

To RSVP please fill out our
registration form here or call us at 405-744-1535.