Summer is fast approaching and we're getting ready here at Windover! First stop: Open House on Sunday, May 20 from 1-4pm. Bring your friends, visit Windover, and say "Hi" to all of your favorite counselors. Snacks and drinks will be available. A great way to share Windover with your friends and a fun day to start to the summer off right!
We're learning to scan with the world with photogrammetry at Windover Art Center. The perfect combination of photography and technology, photogrammetry allows creators to make digital 3D models of the real world, accurate down to less than one inch. Here are some examples that Isaac has done at Windover using both a regular digital camera and their new UAV. To learn how to digitize the world with photogrammetry, sign up today!
Dear Windover friend;
Since last September, we’ve been busy. We’ve been planning for this summer, working on a long-term plan and with help from many, prepared the curriculum for a fantastic art experience for our young friends.
But things don’t always go as planned. Life interrupts us, and gives us new challenges.
The last ten days have been alternately frightening and hopeful for all of us. Mari Abercrombie, our director and spiritual guide, has been given an early diagnosis of breast cancer. There is good news—it’s been caught very early, and the prognosis is good—but Mari will need to devote her full energy and time to fight this.
As a board, we have decided unanimously that some things are more important than others. So rather than do anything half-way, including Mari’s care and the programming at Windover, we’re hitting the pause button for the balance of the summer. Even though we have skilled help, Mari has always been the keystone, and as we just don’t know what her treatment will bring, we feel she should be focused on her health.
This is a shock; and we know that, and we sincerely apologize to the children and families that are the lifeblood of this magical place. All of us on the board are parents, too, and all of our children have shared the joy that Windover brings into our lives.
For those who have paid in advance, we will refund your entire amount. If you paid online, it will be credited to your account; if you paid by check, we will mail you back a check. If you would like to maintain a credit for next year or convert it to a donation, we can accommodate either.
Mari loves the kids and the program called Windover. She loves teaching, directing, and building a program for young people to learn and grow. Windover has been around for 35 years, and this is by no means the end. Mari is already talking about next year, and Isaac has big plans for the students as well. We are already planning for 2018—for fresh, new, and fun programming, and with Mari back and stronger than ever, with her light to guide us once again.
Windover Art Center
Creativity is for everyone! And the future will require us to be more creative, and with new technologies. In a recent study done in part by Microsoft, over 80% of people are asked to be creative at work on a daily or weekly basis. And the overwhelming majority of those felt as though their jobs depend on their ability to be creative.
That's one of the many reasons we at Windover Art Center have been creating and expanding our digital art program since 2013. With the help of Bangor Savings Bank, we purchased four iPad 2s to kickstart classes in 3D digital sculpture, electronic music, photo composites ("Photoshopping"), game design, and digital painting. It has been a resounding success, with nearly every student at Windover participating in digital art with one art form or another. That means we are approaching 1000 students giving the chance to be creative with the tools of the future at Windover with the help of Bangor Savings Bank! And of course, a huge number of students use the iPads for multiple classes, meaning we've made countless monsters, songs, games, and impossible pictures.
Still, technology demands that you stay ahead of the curve. And so this year we are excited to announce that Windover has expanded its digital art program once again! In addition to the classic iPads and apps that Windover has always used, we are adding the just released iPad (5th generation) to our lineup. The additional CPU and graphics power, as well as over 4x more memory, will mean that students will be able to create more complex monsters, use advanced music creation tools, craft more detailed photo composites, and experience a new level of responsiveness while painting.
Stay tuned for an even more exciting announcement next week!
Registration is open for our April Vacation Art Club. Choose as many days as fits your schedule, or register for the whole week and save $50!
With many schools offering only a single hour or two per week, students have seen their art education reduced to 40-80 hours per year. At Windover Art Center, students receive 35 hours of art education per WEEK!
Get ready for the summer everyone!
Windover is adding special classes for students 12 and up! Advanced classes in digital art, photography, pottery, glass beads, and much more! These special sessions will be held during Week 3 (July 11-15) and Week 6 (August 1-5). Sign up today, space is limited!
Hey everyone! Just a quick reminder that our Open House is being he'd this Sunday from 1-4pm. There will be food, drinks, and all of your favorite counsellors. Come for a tour or just to say "Hi!" Bring your friends and show them all the fun they can have at Windover this summer!
We hope to see you all there!
Sunday May 15, 1-4pm
Windover Art Center
3001 Kennebec Rd Newburgh
Click for details on our April vacation program!
If you're like us, you can't wait for Windover to start this summer! Get ready by registering for Windover today!
Amazon has a cool program where they donate 0.5% of sales to a non-profit organization. You just have to follow this link when you shop at Amazon and they'll automatically make the donation to us! It won't cost a you anything, and it's super easy. Just click the link to the right and support Windover by getting yourself something nice.
NOTE: The link may say Windover Adventure Camp. Don't worry: that's us! It's just our "official" name.
All you have to do is shop like you usually would, and look for this when you're checking out. Then you'll know you're helping Windover!
Upcoming Windover Art Center Events
For Fall 2015
For more information on these or other classes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at Facebook.com/WindoverArtCenter or WindoverArtCenter.com/contact-us.
Fall Foliage Family Photography
Saturday, October 10, AM and PM Sessions, Windover Art Center
This fall, join us on Windover’s 160 acres to enjoy Maine’s beautiful fall foliage. On October 10, we invite you to walk our beautiful grounds while learning new photo tricks and techniques. Bring your own camera or use one of ours! Digital retouching classes and large format printing (11”x19”) will be available based on interest.
Video Game Appreciation
Saturdays, Time and Location TBD
Are you concerned that your son or daughter’s time with their favorite hobby is time wasted? Do you wish that they would do more than play mindless games? In our Video Game Appreciation course, we take a critical approach to playing games. We investigate game systems and design, artwork and art styles, and storytelling and narrative. A great class for anyone who likes games and wants to get deeper into their favorite hobby! Parents allow their children to play a variety of titles at home, and so this year we’re offering two classes to better suit what students are already playing.
Video Game Appreciation—”T” for Teen
This class will focus on games rated by the ESRB as “T” for Teen or lower. “T” rated titles are the equivalent to a PG or a PG-13 rating for films or a TV-PG/TV-PG14 rating for television. Games include The Stanley Parable, Journey, and Brothers: Tale of Two Sons.
Video Game Appreciation—”M” for Mature
This class will include titles that have been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB. While this is the equivalent to an “R” rating for movies or “TV-MA” for television, we are aware that many students are already playing “M” rated titles such as the ever-popular Call of Duty series, many of whom may not be receiving guidance from an adult. The instructor is also aware of the concerns of many parents, and communicates clearly the content of all games to parents through email before playing. We will NOT be playing Call of Duty, instead focusing on games such as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, The Last of Us, and the Souls-borne games by From Software. Games are always played with the instructor to contextualize content (such as violence) and to guide the students’ understanding of such issues.
What a gorgeous set of pictures from Windover students during Week 7! Enjoy the show!
A great week with great photos! Pictures by students of Week 6 2015.
More great photos from Windover students! Some great digital art from Week 5!
Check out these great pictures made by Windover students during Week 4 2015!
Here's a few of our student's great images from Week 3 2015! Enjoy the slideshow!
We use a lot of apps on our iPads here at Windover. Apps for music, 3D CGI, pixel art and more can be inexpensive and great ways to use technology creatively. Here's a list of some great apps you can get to bring Windover home.
A great app for creating musical loops and song sketches. It has dozens of different synthesizers and tweaks to give each song a novel sound. Great for all skill levels, musicians and non-musicians alike! Worth all 99 cents!
A great piano roll style beat sequence. Make and remix cool songs with ease! Comes free with a number of drum, bass, and lead synths with IAPs to add more sounds.
A fully featured music studio for iPad. Record any number of instruments, combine and remix loops from various apps, and add our own voice. An amazing array of tools for an inexpensive recording studio on the go.
The closest thing to Photoshop on iPad. Retouch, add filters, and create impossible composites with multiple images. A pricier app but often on sale for $0.99.
Make cool time lapses without the need of a tripod. Hyperlapse uses the iPhone or iPad's sensors to detect and remove hand movement from time lapses. Record your walks, car trips, and more! Can be rough on your battery so I recommend short sessions or keeping your device plugged in.
Create advanced shutter effects on your iPhone or iPad camera. Allows users to simulate a long exposure to blur waterfalls, make light trials, and best of all, light graffiti! Requires a tripod or placing your device on a steady surface.
Create awesome 3D sculptures in this powerful tablet app. Create of all shapes and sizes and capture custom photographic background to bring your creatures to life! Totally free app, with the option to purchase (expensive) 3D printed models of your artwork.
Craft timeless pixel art creations with Pixely, an inexpensive pixel art applications. Create canvases up to 1024x1024 and experience digital art from the past! Can be used to make animations and tile sets for games and other applications!
A cool ebook about the elements of nature. Beautiful and educational, and regularly featured by Apple for its beautiful design and educational value.
A companion to the above app, contains cool movies and demos of the elements and emir reactions!
Learn about the history of animation from one of the greatest animation houses in the world! Great examples of cell animation, flip books, and 3D computer graphics.
A free to start game centered around programming and logic. Code your way through levels and learn to make your own games and more! While free to start, much of Tynker's content is added through in app purchases.
Windover Endorsed Games
Like games? Want to MAKE and PLAY your own games? Pixel Press Floors is a great place to start. Using a grid-based system (just like the original Super Mario Bros), designers create their own levels to play and share. Learn about game design and level building while having fun playing your own games!
Watch your trees grow and help them reach the sunlight by pruning away needless branches. But watch out for the poisonous red orbs! A beautiful zen-puzzle game that offers a nice challenge and gorgeous visuals. Start your bonsai garden today!
One of the best puzzle games on mobile devices. Monument Valley uses impossible, MC Escher-like geometry to create clever spatial reasoning puzzles. Features an amazing art style, great puzzles, and a touching story of a princess and her, umm, giant yellow totem snake thing.
Stay tuned for more app recommendations! We update our iPads regularly with new apps and games for the kids—see them here first!
Thanks to an extremely generous donation from Peter Mallow, Windover is now home to some excellent photo equipment! Perhaps the finest among the collection is this Hasselblad 300C with 80mm and 120mm lenses. This is a camera Mari and Isaac have dreamed of for years! We're also excited to have a new enlarger with lenses for printing all sizes of film, from 35mm all the way up to 4"x5" negatives.
Two 35mm Canon cameras also join the Windover family, with an excellent 100mm macro lens. New timers, enlarging focusing scopes, and safelights will grace our darkroom. And a mint condition glass-bead screen will now be used in our camera obscura for brighter viewing!