With camp approaching soon, our campers are busy deciding which activities they’d like to take at camp. Ours is a completely elective schedule, and campers get 10 activities during each 2 week session. All of our 2012 activity choices are listed on the activity signup sheet, but I’ll start by reviewing our visual art choices in this post, and I’ll continue with performing arts, culinary arts and more the next time.

In visual arts, we offer: drawing (using a variety of media including charcoal, pastel craypas, pen and ink), general painting (watercolors, tempera, acrylic and gouache using a variety of painting techniques), portraiture, still life painting on canvas, pottery (using the wheel to create bowls mugs, vases and more), clay hand building (working with slabs, coils and modeling clay to  create original, functional and decorative pieces finished with glazes and stains); cartooning/anime; fiber arts (explore textiles and various ways of working with fibers as you design and create works of art both functional and decorative). printmaking (block prints, silkscreen & intaglio with plexiglass). sculpture (using a variety of media), maskmaking, bookmaking.

We also offer the following:

Fundamentals of Stained Glass (both hot and cold glass).  Campers will make a simple sun catcher to learn the process. They will also learn how to fuse and etch glass.  Once they feel comfortable they may pursue more difficult projects.  (ages 11 & up.)

Advanced Stained Glass: Continue to explore both cold and hot glass. Campers will create individually designed pieces such as a box, frame, panels and more with cold glass.  You must be comfortable working with the medium and understand how it works.

Mosaics: Campers will design an original glass mosaic and create it on a ceramic tile with cold glass.

Beading; Learn to create beautiful jewelry! Discover the basics to assembling & designing original pieces.

Bead Weaving: Learn the basics of peyote and right angle weave as you create original jewelry. Patience and tenacity is needed.

Intro to Metals: Learn the basics of metal fabrication and design beautiful jewelry. Learn a variety of techniques in working with copper, brass and silver wire, including how to do several cold connections.

Advanced Metals: Create original designs using the techniques of working with metal. Learn more advanced ways to work with copper, brass and silver, including how to solder metal, set cabochons, and do chainmaille techniques.

Sewing Fundamentals/Bag It!: Learn how to sew your own gym or beach bag. You’ll provide your own fabric to suit your taste and personality. You’ll learn the basics of how to follow a pattern and use a sewing machine.

Quilting: Learn basic quilting techniques as you create an original piece of art.

Advanced Sewing and Design: You will make a simple garment following a pattern. You’ll be given a specific pattern to purchase in your size along with the fabric. Then you may add embellishments to make it your own. You must be an experienced sewer who is able to use the sewing machine independently, and also follow the pattern directions. Proof of experience must be provided in a discussion with the directors or art director before camp.

Please visit our activities page to read more about our activities and see photos. We still have room in both sessions for summer 2012. To register, please download the camper application, and give us a call to let us know you’re sending it in: (561) 865-4330.

Please read my previous posts to learn more about how we handle homesickness, how to know if your child is ready for camp, and how we build character in kids at camp.

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