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Local artist Anthony Campusano hold a drawing workshop as part of a summer series at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia Credit: Michael Chien

Artists of all skill levels can partake in art-related activities this month — local artist Anthony Campuzano is hosting a month-long “Summer Studio” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Summer Studio is a “free-form art school and working artists’ studio” with a calendar of free events, according to the ICA’s website.

On Wednesday, Campuzano taught the first part of his four-part Kite Technique Drawing Class. Students were given paper and loaned pencils, erasers and boards. A model posed for students to draw using the specified technique.

Michael McGeehan, a local photographer not affiliated with Penn, attended the class because Philip Guston, a famous artist and printmaker, used the Kite Technique.

McGeehan said he brought his son along to “absorb the technique that was passed down by a great American painter.”

Nsenga Knight, a School of Fine Arts graduate student, said he could “see” his mind being able to “relate these different points and seeing it turn into something.”

Summer Studio events are diverse, including a drawing technique class as well as a screening of a rare film the diversity of Summer Studio events, according to Kathryn Kraczon, Assistant Curator at the ICA.

Other events include a childrens' coloring workshop and a workshop about artist statements and grant proposal writing.

According to Kraczon, Summer Studio is a new program designed to use the galleries on the ICA’s second floor, which would have been empty in July. Preparations included importing part of Campuzano’s Philadelphia studio and designating areas for general drawing and teaching classes.

Planning began for Summer Studio in January, according to Campuzano.

Not all the planned events came together, Campuzano explained. “It took a series of months to kind of plan everything,” he added.

He decided to work on Summer Studio because of good previous experience with the ICA.

According to Kraczon, some events — including a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs — are called “extra credit” because they do not take place at the ICA.

These events aren’t part of the Summer Studio, but are “something that we think is great that we want other people to go see,” Kraczon said.

All Summer Studio events are free and public.

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