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Lake Pleasant, MA 01347

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July Classes 2020

July 6 - 10  

July 6-10

July 13 - 17

July 13 - 17

July 20 - 24

July 20 - 24

July 27 - 31

July 27 - 31

MUDDY DAYS: CLAY SESSION I

(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., July 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
$325.00 - price includes materials fee and firing costs

PAPER, PAPER, PAPER

(ages 6-10)

Lahri Bond
Paper is perhaps the most common, versatile and easily overlooked of art materials. This week-long class will explore the myriad ways paper can be used to create exciting and fun projects. Children will have the opportunity to explore traditional uses of paper such as paintings, collage and paper maché sculpture, as well as unusual projects like giant pinwheels, articulated dragon puppets, paper quilled 3-dimensional pictures, paper roll dinosaurs, and colorful paper mosaics. We’ll even spend some time making paper and using simple printing techniques to create hand-made books. An equal share of the day will be spent outside, playing noncompetitive games and exploring the source of all paper, the beautiful woods found locally on the Hampshire College campus. Please bring a lunch, water and a snack

Mon.-Fri., July 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
$320.00 - price includes materials fee

A FAERIE’S GARDEN

(ages 5-9)

Deborah Bazer
Join us for a week of painting, drawing, sewing, and sculpting all things faerie! We will create our own portable faerie gardens using real clay, bark, stones, seeds, and plants. Then, we will draw and paint faerie images of our own, and design ourselves a pair of fabric faerie wings and flower crowns. We’ll also explore the work of such artists as Brian and Wendy Froud, Arthur Rackham, and Alan Lee, who love to draw and sculpt faeries. While we work we’ll hear and tell stories of those gentle and magical creatures of the good green woods. At snack and lunch times, its off to the woods and fields, for imaginative play, faerie house building and non-competitive games. If we look carefully, perhaps we’ll even see some tiny visitors. Please bring a lunch, water and a snack. 

Mon.-Fri., July 13-17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |

$320.00 - price includes materials fee

   

PUPPET PANDEMONIUM

(ages 7-10)

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. There will still be plenty of time spent outside, gathering natural materials, playing noncompetitive games and exploring the beautiful woods of Hampshire College. Please bring a lunch, water, snack and your imaginations.

Mon.-Fri., July 13-17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 

$320.00 - price includes materials fee

 

SQUISH! An Exploration of Clay & other Malleable Materials

(ages5-8)

Deborah Bazer
Come explore wonderfully “squishy” mediums, such as clay from the ground, wax from bees, dough, aluminum foil and fleecy wool from sheep. We will squish, poke and form each material into amazing sculpture, beautiful wool pictures and innovative toys, while comparing how each medium feels differently to our hands and other senses. An equal share of the day will be spent outside, playing noncompetitive games and exploring the beautiful woods of the Hampshire College campus. Please bring a lunch, water, snack and come prepared to get delightfully messy

Mon.-Fri., July 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,

$320.00 - price includes materials fee

 

 

 

FIONN MACCOOL: Heroes & Heroines of Celtic Legends

(ages 6-10)

Lahri Bond

They say not a day should go by without someone on Earth mentioning the name Fionn MacCool!  Fionn MacCumhail or Fionn MacCool was a legendary chieftain and leader of a band of male and female warriors known as the Fianna, who defended Ireland’s shores in the 3rd Century AD. Through the magic of storytelling, children will learn of Ireland’s mythical past, along with tales of faeries, wizards, dragons, selchies and other magical creatures found in the Celtic myths and folklore of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. We will then create our own magic land of art and wonder, making mythological creature drawings and paper maché, sculpture, wizardly bubble wands, heraldic shields, leaf crowns and Greenman masks for imaginative play. There will also be plenty of time spent outside, for games, finding dragons hidden in the landscape, building faerie forts and making magical habitats in nature.

Mon.-Fri., July 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,

$320.00 - price includes materials fee

NATURE ART STUDIO FOR OLDER KIDS

(ages 11-14)

Deborah Bazer

Here is a new class, designed especially for older kids. Those who are wanting a more serious focus on art will be able to spend time honing skills and exploring techniques and materials. Outdoors and inside, we’ll spend time drawing, painting and making sculpture. We will explore the fields and woods, interacting with the environment, observing and documenting our experiences in our sketch books and through our art. We’ll use natural materials, as well as a wide variety of traditional art supplies, learning about perspective, shading, line and form. We’ll also create our own inks from natural materials, and explore dyeing wool with plants to use for knitting or weaving. Choose what kind of art you are most interested in making and enjoy a week of exploring it more fully. Bring your enthusiasm and imagination.

Mon.-Fri., July 27-31, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,

$320.00 - price includes materials fee

MAGICAL TABLETOP GAME CREATION FOR KIDS

(ages 7-10)

Lahri Bond
Tabletop gaming is a great way to enable kids to use their natural sense of wonder to learn how to work co-operatively and solve problems. This introduction to Role Playing Games (RPGs), begins with kids creating their own characters such as wizards, elves, knights, dragons and enchanters. Each child will make their own unique tabletop biomes, terrain, and magical creatures from recycled supplies, paint, glue, and natural material found in our immediate surroundings. We will build our collective worlds both in the classroom, and outside among the trees. The class will create imaginative terrains from ordinary materials, while supporting and fostering cooperation, mutual creation, decision making, and creative problem solving. An equal share of the day will be spent outside, playing noncompetitive games and exploring the beautiful woods of the Hampshire College campus.. 

Mon.-Fri., July 27-31, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,

$320.00 - price includes materials fee

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