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August camps
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August 1-5
 

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For Ages
11-14

Nature Art Studio for Older Kids 

(ages 11-14)

Deborah Bazer

Here is a class designed especially for older kids. If you are wanting a more serious focus on art, you will be able to spend time learning about different techniques and materials and honing new skills. We will spend our time outside, drawing, painting, and making sculpture. We’ll explore the woods and fields, interacting with the environment, observing, and documenting our experiences in our sketchbooks. If fantasy art is more your interest, we can search for dragons and other mythological creatures in the forest! We’ll use natural materials, as well as a wide variety of traditional art supplies, learning about perspective, shadow, form and line. We’ll also create our own inks and explore dying wool with plants to use for weaving or knitting. Choose what kind of art interests you most and enjoy a week of exploring it more fully. There will be plenty of time to share stories of all kinds, while we work. Bring your enthusiasm and your imagination.

Mon.-Fri., August 1-5, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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August 1-5
 

In the Magic Realms of Imagination

(ages 7-11)

Lahri Bond

Where do the knights of King Arthur, Ireland’s male and female warriors the Fianna, the defenders of Narnia and the Tolkein’s Fellowship of the Ring all reside? In the magic realms of imagination. Through the magic of storytelling, children will hear tales of faeries, wizards, dragons, selchies and other magical creatures found in Celtic and Norse myths and classic fantasy literature. We will then create our own magic land of art and wonder, making mythological creature drawings and paper maché, sculpture, heraldic shields, boffer swords, armor, leaf crowns and Greenman masks for imaginative play. There will also be plenty of time spent in the green spaces and woods, for games, finding dragons hidden in the landscape, building faerie forts and making magical habitats in nature. Please bring your lunch, water, snack, cape and your imaginations.

Mon.-Fri., August 1-5, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Class is Full

August 8-12

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Muddy Days: Clay Session II   

(ages 7-10)

Deborah Bazer

With delightfully muddy hands, we will create a wide array of art using clay, that gorgeous squishy stuff that comes from the ground! You can push it, pull it, poke it into just about anything you can imagine. Come learn about where clay comes from, and how to make amazing art with it. We'll use coil, pinch and slab techniques, and then finish it with colorful slip (liquid colored clay) and glaze. We’ll also have plenty of time outside for playing games, exploring other malleable materials, as well as hearing and telling stories of magical and muddy places. All artwork from this session will be fired and ready for pick up a few weeks after class. Please bring a lunch, water and a snack.

 Mon.-Fri., August 8-12, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Class is Full

August 8-12

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A Plethora of Puppets 

(ages 6-10)

Lahri Bond

Puppets have been loved by children for centuries. They are also an age-old form of theater and communication, often allowing children to safely act out their dreams, fantasies and emotions. Over the course of the week, we will explore a variety of puppet-making techniques, from basic sock and hand puppets, to rod puppets, finger puppets and shadow puppets. Along the way, children will gain skills in sewing, paper maché, construction, painting and character creation. Individual mini-puppet theaters will be made, with a group puppet performance ending this week of playful fun. An equal share of the day will be spent playing noncompetitive games and exploring the beautiful woods of the Hampshire College campus. Please bring a lunch, water, snack and your imaginations.

Mon.-Fri., August 8-12, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Class is Full

August 15-19

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Pollinator Palooza

(ages7-11)

Deborah Bazer

Thanks to pollinators, summer is alive with a myriad of brightly colored, fragrant flowers and our gardens are growing beautiful, tasty vegetables. Insects (bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, flies, beetles) are the most common pollinators, as well as 1,500 species of vertebrates and mammals, such as hummingbirds, flying foxes, fruit bats, possums, lemurs and even geckos also serve as pollinators. We’ll celebrate through art-making, the pollinator system of plants, animals and insects and learn how closely we are connected to them. Using our hive minds, we’ll collaborate to create artwork together as well as individually. Working with natural found materials, paint, charcoal, and clay, we’ll make paintings, leaf masks, drawings, fanciful headdresses, leaf pressings and sculpture. We’ll share stories about plants and animals and look to other artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Andy Goldsworthy and Georgia O’Keeffe who were inspired by the beauty and awesome design of nature.

Mon.-Fri., August 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Class is Full

August 15-19

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Homemade Instruments Jamboree

(ages 8-11)

Lahri Bond

Playing music is one of life’s many joys, especially when it's created on instruments you make yourself. Using a wide variety of repurposed materials, we will turn household junk into beautiful, colorful and very playable musical instruments, including tin can drums, spool drums, baking pan gongs, homemade shakers, maracas, tambourines, and rain sticks, bottlecap castanets, popsicle stick harmonicas, panpipes made with straws and a range of stringed instruments. Children are also encouraged to experiment with the materials to create whole new, original instruments.  We spend time learning to play our new instruments and create music together as part of a junkyard band. An equal share of the day will be spent playing noncompetitive games, and exploring the beautiful woods of the Hampshire College campus. Please bring a lunch, water and a snack.

Mon.-Fri., August 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

$335.00 - price includes materials

Class is Full