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Monday, May 24, 2010

Camp Firebelly and the Pikaland Artist Bootkamp

Please excuse the lateness of this post. I've wasted most of my morning reading a bunch of commentaries about the LOST finale. I didn't want to post anything about the finale in this post since all of you might not yet have seen the finale, but I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Getting back to work now: here are two interesting opportunities for artists that landed in my inbox recently.

The first is Camp Firebelly (please note that the application for this year's camp has already past, but keep this in mind for next year, because it sounds awesome!):
For 10 days, 10 campers live and work with us (Firebelly) to craft a strategic design solution for a non-profit client, from initial research to final implementation. Our Chicago loft office serves as the campground where campers work, play, sleep (rarely) and dine on a healthy menu of organic/vegetarian-friendly grub.
It costs $1,000 to participate, but that fee includes everything - meals, lodging, etc. In addition, there are two scholarships available for designers who couldn't otherwise attend. Camp Firebelly offers the next crop of socially-minded designers the chance to use their talent and creativity to make a difference, experiencing what professional life is like Firebelly-style.

The other interesting opportunity is an online Artist Bootcamp by Pikaland - a course designed that provides one-on-one critiques of artist's work to help them develop and refine their personal style.
Divided into two modules, the Pikaland Artist Bootcamp will enable artists to cement their personal style and also help them thrive and have fun as an artist online – with weekly exercises and personalized, constructive, one-on-one critiques to help emerging artists find their footing and ways to set themselves apart from others in the vast online world. No matter if they're just starting out, or have been doing this for a long time, all are welcome!
I'm a big believer in the value of collaboration and critique, which is why I love the idea behind the Artist Bootcamp. The Pikaland Artist Bootcamp is $80 for each month-long course.

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