On June 29, 2014, local Echo Park resident Evanicé Holz will host a free day camp for kids, Wee See Hue, At Echo Park Lake. The event will be part of a series of summer art pop-ups that will focus on introducing kids to art history through lessons and hands-on workshops.
Evanicé Holz is also the founder of Eye See Hue, an online quarterly journal featuring interviews and conversations with contemporary artists.
The following is a short interview with Evanicé about the event and her online publication. Enjoy!
Q: What is Wee See Hue, and what can parents and kids expect on June 29th at Echo Park Lake?
Wee See Hue is a creative collective that wants to see the world they live in paved brightly by a future generation of creative minds. Wee help kids in their most educationally developmental years (5-9) by introducing them to art history along with the starting tools in the interpretation of art. I’ve designed a series of bi-monthly pop-up camps as a platform for kids to express themselves creatively during the summer breaks. Each camp has its own theme, the first in this series being “Keeping It Surreal”. Through engaging lessons and hands-on workshops led by artists, creatives, and educators alike, kids will discover how Surrealist artists in the first few decades of the 20th century found new ways to interpret the world around them!
Kids can expect a super fun, engaging lesson and workshop for Keeping It Surreal. One of the workshops involves adapting Rene Magritte’s famous 1928 painting “The False Mirror” with what the child wants the eye in the painting to see. Parents can expect kids to return with exciting trivia on Surrealism and Surrealist artists along with timeless art pieces to share at home.
Q: Why was surrealism chosen as the theme for your first art camp?
I couldn’t picture a better way to introduce children to art history than a movement steered by dreams and the imagination. Kids are pure imagination and dreams. Much of what they see in reality is for the first time, and the things they imagine are so fanciful and wild as though at any given moment, they could be possible. It’s their full time job to imagine! What a special way to connect the one thing they’re most familiar with to something as culturally vital as art history.
Q: Why was Echo Park and Echo Park Lake chosen as the setting for the first pop up art camp by Eye See Hue?
I believe in supporting local establishments and giving back to the community you inhabit. I live walking distance to Echo Park Lake and often I’ll walk over to do some writing and notice the buoyant energy about. There’s a sublime sense of community here– it is the heartbeat of this park. I wanted the first camp to be in a familiar place kids and families all love, and above all, make it free and accessible for all children.
Q: Finally, the event is organized through Eye See Hue, an online quarterly journal. Can you tell us more about your role in Eye See Hue, more about the publication, and how it came to expand into the physical area of pop-up day camps?
In each issue, I curate a group of artists who independently set the mood for their interviews through the work they produce. I interview each artist about the nature behind their creating rhythm. I’ve always been more interested in the why’s and how’s in what physical, emotional, and spiritual elements encompass an artists psyche and creative methodology. In 2011, the magazine came to me as the perfect platform to share these questions and answers.
Working with USNC for UN Women and Save The Children for the past few years has really connected me with children. The idea to merge my passion for the arts and humanitarian work and has come almost too easily! One moment I had the idea, and the next I knew, two days had passed and I had a full lesson plan, partial staff of volunteers, flyers made, and 200 emails sent! The camp is giving children the kind of tools I use to interview artists for Eye See Hue. There are hardly any programs for young kids to learn about art history, especially ones at no cost. It’s essential to me that kids are given the opportunity to learn new ways of thinking and, most importantly, do so for free.
Thank you Evanicé Holz for the interview! To take part in the camp, visit the event website for more information on how to register your kid(s). Space is limited!
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