Wildly Creative

For the second year, we’re pairing up with the Outdoor Discovery Center to offer four full days of art-making and the great outdoors. Meet wildlife up-close with Naturalists from the ODC in the morning followed by hands-on activities with the SCA in the afternoon. Drop off + Pick up will take place at the ODC.

August 6 – 9 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This camp registration is FULL.
Join the wait list for a chance to join if one of our friends can’t make it OR check out one of our other camps for your young adventure enthusiasts. For ages 8 – 12, check out Off the Wall (July 23 – 26) or for ages 7 – 11, check out Paint it Fun?! (June 13 – 14).

About this Camp

For a second year, Saugatuck Center for the Arts and the Outdoor Discovery Center team up to offer four full fabulous days of art-making and the great outdoors in this very special program. Explore and play outside and meet wildlife up-close with Naturalists from the ODC in the morning from 9:00 am -12:00 pm. Then, join the SCA from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm for playful art-making inspired by the wild!

In the morning, explore nature off-trail and up-close, or try your hand at frog catching and fishing! The ODC has a variety of habitats that you will explore and be inspired by, as well as native and captive wildlife to experience hands-on. You will be trekking throughout the preserve, so be sure to wear good walking shoes or sandals, and clothes that can get a little wet or dirty!

The SCA takes on the afternoon with art-making centered around play and the outdoors. Work hands-on with plants and create whimsical garden creations with professional gardener, Scotty Jacobs. Explore action art and create large-scale works with abstract artist, Shannon Mack. Create wild wearables and have a forest-side fashion show with artist Taylor Scamehorn. Don’t miss this truly collaborative outdoor experience that’s centered around playful learning!

Students must bring a lunch, morning snack, and a water bottle. A second healthy afternoon snack will be provided by the SCA. Drop-off will be at the ODC at 9:00 am and pick-up at 4:00 pm. 

In partnership with the Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center is advancing outdoor education and conservation in West Michigan. Their inquiry-based style of programming allows students to learn about and experience nature and culture in a hands-on manner with offerings for all ages and audiences.

Guest Artists

Scotty Jacobs

Scotty Jacobs is a boutique garden creator, community builder, creative collaborator & 2022 Artist in Residence at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Scotty’s personalized approach is rooted in enthusiasm and service to others. He intentionally curates visions for outdoor living spaces that encourage personal growth, self-improvement and social joy.

After 15 years of digging in the dirt, Scotty has also expanded on sharing his journey of self-improvement and other personal creative endeavors - cooking, writing, painting, kettlebell exercises, public speaking, community building & educating. His collaborations include: pop-up food socials, inspirational/motivational copy creation, personal art trading, community art installations, and garden & nature based workshops.

Artist info

Taylor Scamehorn

Taylor Scamehorn (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist in Kalamazoo, MI with a BFA in photography. Her focuses are in drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking and papermaking, and she believes that the pursuit of education across media sets artists’ creative ideas free to be realized in whichever form best communicates them.

Artist info

Shannon Mack

Shannon Mack

Shannon Mack is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She describes the origins of her work being derived from “of-the-moment” presence, in effect, leaving behind time capsules of the human experience. The layers that exist within her work are attempts to meet the moment with sincerity, each a foundation for the next, until a resolve is revealed. She is compelled by the time and labor invested in a “still” image, therefore making it an artifact in its own right; evidence of conscious and unconscious movements converging in a single tangible place.

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