As part of Popopstudios’ ongoing educational programming initiative a summer camp will be held to cater to aspiring young artists between the ages of 8-16 years.
During the camp they will be exposed to various disciplines and participate in both group and individual activities, which will be led by working artists.
Popopstudios’ Education Officer, Katrina Cartwright has secured three prominent, well-respected professional Bahamian artists as the instructors for the camp.
They are: Carla Campbell, Jace McKinney and Michael Edwards.
Jace Mckinney earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He has participated in a number of art shows locally and internationally. Jace currently resides in the Bahamas working as an illustrator and storyteller.
Most recently he participated in a mentorship programme which sought to unify the young male Bahamian community through the arts by pairing professional artists with high school students to produce a body of work.
Jace McKinney: “Nurturing Brotherhood has been like a time traveling experience where I feel I have gone back in time to guide myself through the tutoring of my young brother.”
Michael Edwards studied at The College of The Bahamas under Antonius Roberts before completing his BFA in 2000 at the Rhode Island School of Design in painting.
He furthered his studies at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenberg, Sweden where he received a Master of Science Degree in 2006. Edwards has exhibited his work in The Bahamas and Europe.
He is also an experienced teacher, who has held several educational positions, including Senior Education Officer at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. He taught Environmental Art, The Cape Eleuthera Island School and Drawing Fundamentals at the College of The Bahamas.
Carla Campbell recieved her BFA in Painting with Cum Laude honors from the University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Campbell has had several solo exhibits and has participated in numerous group shows since 1998. She is an Art Teacher at the C.R. Walker Senior High School in Nassau, Bahamas and has been inspiring the youth of the Bahamas for 10 years.
About her work she says, “I typically draw upon life experiences, conceptual ideas from books, conversations and even T.V. to gather content for my pieces. My main character is the Black, Bahamian, Afrocentric, Politically Aware and Nuturing Woman.”