Summer Camp – Environmental Art

Monday, June 24th – Friday, June 28th
9 am – 3:30 pm (Full Day Camp)
All instruction will begin and end at The Artsmiths in Mt. Lebanon. Students will walk to nearby Dormont Park as weather permits.

CAMP DESCRIPTION: Does your child love interacting with the natural world? If they would be interested in an art and science experience that has a focus on environmental education with exposure to the professional fields of Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design and Urban Planning than this field school is the camp for you. We will combine morning site-study and making in Dormant Park with afternoon making activities at Artsmiths. Lessons include plant identification, the basics of ecology and landscape systems via observation. Students are introduced to field study techniques used in the environmental sciences combined with artistic expression of landscape drawings, making with found objects in nature in the style of earthwork artist Andy Goldsworthy, and earth building techniques using found and recycled materials. Basic hydrology (the way water moves in the landscape) is a focus and students will learn to see, identify and draw on the ground land topography and map it on paper. Mud drawings, paper-making, and watercolor are all featured in afternoon making sessions at Artsmiths. There will be a mid-week day of making with clay where we will make fairy houses and plant mosses.

INSTRUCTOR: Ashley Kyber is an environmental sculptor, public artist and landscape designer. She is a teaching veteran and former Professor of Landscape Architecture at West Virginia University and Iowa State University. She is certified in permaculture design and a ceramicist that makes public artworks that collect and bio-remediate stormwater. Her academic career was spent helping communities design and build community spaces, community gardens and community-made art. Kyber holds degrees in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture from Clemson University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

AGES: 9-14

TUITION: $250 (Eventbrite fee and materials fee are included)

MATERIALS NEEDED: All materials are provided by the Artsmiths of Pittsburgh and costs are included in the tuition.

LUNCH: Students must bring a packed lunch.

CANCELLATIONS: Occasionally camps are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, we will notify you approximately 3 days before the camp was scheduled to begin & the full tuition will be refunded.

WITHDRAWALS & REFUNDS: Students may withdraw from a camp by calling the Artsmiths. A $25 charge applies to all withdrawals, regardless of when it occurs. No camps will be refunded with less than two week’s notice.

DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS – Families who register more than one student or students who take more than one class in the same summer will receive a 10% discount on the registrations after the first one. You must email us at to receive this discount. Students who would have financial difficulty registering for a camp may apply for a scholarship.  A very small number of scholarships are available at this time but if you need financial help, please click here and complete our scholarship application. All correpondance is entirely confidential.

CORRESPONDENCE: The Artsmiths communicates to students and parents through email. Please make sure to include your email address when you register. You will receive a confirmation email for your registration. In addition you will need to complete our Emergency and Authorization Information, and Special Needs Forms. These can be found by clicking here. You will also receive a reminder email 7 days before the start of camp.