Lillstreet Art Center summer camps have classes for every artist’s medium—drawing, animation, movie making, sewing and ceramics, for starters. Through the Kidstreet classes, students have the opportunity to work alongside artists in residence and with industry professionals. Young Monets and Michelangelos can build confidence and make new friends while developing their artistic skills.
Noa Goldman, 12, did just that. She began taking classes at Lillstreet Art Center when she was five years old. With seven years of camp experience under her belt, Goldman has experimented with many mediums in Lillstreet’s myriad courses. She quickly took to wheel throwing, and Lillstreet featured a clay house she created in a student showcase. Goldman tells us why she loves getting her hands dirty.
What are some of the multimedia projects you’ve worked on?
In my multimedia class I made watercolor paintings, and we put salt underneath the watercolors so it made really cool designs. We made sculptures in multimedia out of clay. My brother took junk, like cardboard and plastic he got from the camp, and made a big sculpture with it.
What other projects are you really proud of?
I’m really proud of some of the bowls I made. They’re really cool.
What do they look like?
Some of them are rainbow-colored. Others are half in blue, half in green. There are tons of different ones. They’re kind of small. We even use them now for meals. We put, like, olives in them. Sometimes we use them for cereal in the mornings.
Who’s your favorite artist?
I like Picasso. I like a lot of abstract art, but I also like [Joseph] Cornell. He made these boxes, and he put different things in them that represent different things for him. Some have, like, broken glass and sand in them to represent time. They have them at the Art Institute.
Do you want to be an artist when you grow up?
I want to be an art teacher.
Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N Ravenswood Ave (773-769-4226, lillstreet.com). Jun 10–Aug 30; full day 9am–3:30pm, morning 9am–1pm, or afternoon 1–3:30pm. Starts at $175 for members, $180. nonmembers. Ages 3.5 and up.