Welcome to Ohlone Art Camp!

Contact: Kristen Lohnes Johnson - graffikdezine@comcast.net - 650-493-4383

Est. 1997

Dear campers, parents and friends, I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Ohlone Art Camp. If you are a returning camper, it’s good to see you again! If you are new, I look forward to introducing you to my favorite thing to do...creating art! Ohlone Art Camp started in 1997 at Ohlone Elementary School but moved to my backyard studio during remodeling at the school in 2001. I kept the name “Ohlone Art Camp” because I am sure that Ohlone Indians once lived in my neighborhood; I have found arrowheads, bones, and seashells in my yard! I believe in running a low-key, calm, and fun camp. Children are under so much pressure nowadays and I am happy to offer a fun space where they can set their own pace and create some amazing art projects. So much of our lives is filled with “hurry up, we’re going to be late!” so in my camp I believe in slowing down and taking time to think about what you would like to do and then creating – slowly and thoughtfully. I have no such thing as “late” to camp (with the exception of pickup times!!) so that the pressure is off of everyone. I believe that there are no mistakes in art... I tell children that no matter what comes from the brain, it is something that they have created and whether they like it or not, I guarantee that parents and even the person sitting next to them will! I no longer use the phrase “Good job!” as I find children are more interested in hearing my questions about their use of color or what a specific design element means...it prompts some amazing conversations! Children find great joy and often become highly animated in relating their artistic endeavor and in describing their masterpieces! It gives them a great sense of accomplishment and pride. I have two big, wonderful dogs, Sugar and Kita (sadly, we lost Mogley last spring); a beautiful corn snake named Willy; and two Chinese Silkie chickens, Sophie and Lucy. The vegetable garden is always in state of planting and young hands are welcome to help! If your child wants to do some reading, they are welcome to find a spot and do so. We will discuss one new word per day and find interesting subjects of conversation which in the past have ranged from King Tuthankamun to travels in Shanghai! We can bring out the encyclopedia (yes, I still have a set!) and cruise the world! Remember that art is so limited if not completely cut out of school curriculums and it is a critical form of human expression which fills a need in children for a multitude of reasons! I offer out-of-the-ordinary art forms with the silk painting and embroidery classes plus a variety of additional crafts such as mosaics and mask making. Of course, drawing and painting is always available! Classes and camps fill up quickly so get your registration in right away and reserve your spot! I look forward to seeing you soon!

Helllo all!
We will create exciting silk painting on beautiful silk scarves; discover the joy of embroidery, also known as painting with thread; make plaster and paper masks; explore color combinations with mosaic tiles; and much more!

Silk painting, embroidery, masks, mosaics and more!
We create ART AL FRESCO under a canopy beneath a huge pepper tree in a garden full of beautiful flowers.
Play with my three very friendly dogs, Sugar, Kita, and Mogley, visit the chicken coop (bring tomatoes, cantalope and lettuce...the Chinese Silkie chickens will be very happy to see you come in and visit!!) perhaps even hold Willy the corn snake! Don�t feel like drawing today? Bring your book and read or visit the vegetable garden! Weed pullers welcome!!

Camp is held in my back yard at 245 Wilton Avenue in Palo Alto.

I sincerely hope to have you join me. Space is limited so please sign up right away!

I look forward to hearing from you! Any questions, please don't hesitate to email graffikdezine@comcast.net or call - 650-493-4383.


Hours: Monday - Friday
HALF DAY: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. NEW! EXTENDED HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open for ages 5 and up (TEENS WELCOME!) and attendance is recommended for children who can maintain concentration for 4 hours on a daily basis.
(Please note: this is not a child care service!)

Kristen Lohnes Johnson, Owner
Ohlone Art Camp
245 Wilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 493-4383
web: ohloneartcamp.com
contact: graffikdezine@comcast.net

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General Information:
245 Wilton Ave
Palo Alto, 94306
M-F: 9am-4pm
5 and up, Teens Welcome!
Kristen Lohnes Johnson