SUMMER CAMP 2019 REGISTRATION OPENS IN JANUARY

Summer workshops include dance, puppetry, theater, creative storytelling, filmmaking, parading, and mixed media arts. By focusing on one discipline per week, our campers deeply engage with and explore the workshop’s artistic discipline. Young artists celebrate their achievements each Friday with a performance or gallery walk for family and friends. Daily schedule includes two art workshops, morning warm up activities, free time at Markey Park, and swim twice a week at Stalling Rec Center.

Check back in January for workshop schedule and registration!

COST: $225/week. Includes material fee, snack, pool transport and Friday Pizza Party. Campers must bring own lunch Monday-Thursday. Aftercare 3-5pm: $15 drop in, $60/weekly.


SUMMER 2018 WORKSHOPS:

June 4-8: CONTEMPORARY Dance:  Ages 5-13

Get up and moving in this fun, energetic week of dance and movement. Students explore various dance techniques and work towards a final dance performance. All levels welcome to attend!

Morning Session: Yoga Flow/Intro to Hip Hop Dance - Taught by Sophia Rabinovitz

The first hour will focus on Yoga where we will warm up, stretch, and strengthen our bodies in preparation for the day. The second hour will focus on a variety of different Hip Hop dance techniques including Breaking, House, and Waacking. In this half students will work on rhythm, inversions, and freestyling with an emphasis on lifting each other up and building community through dance.

Afternoon Session: The Sweet Spot -Taught by Reese Johanson

The Sweet Spot - Dance theatre techniques and composition for performance.  Students will individually and collaboratively explore improvisational exercises to develop character and story that will to be performed at the end of the week.  


June 11-15: Puppet Theater, Ages 5 - 13

Explore the many elements of Puppet Theater – including script development, engineering movement, functional sculptural techniques, visual communication, set & prop construction, and more. Students work in small groups to either create their own story or reimagine a story they already know. Students learn a variety of techniques for making stick puppets, marionettes, hand puppets and full-body puppets. They will work with craft foam, acrylic paint, fabric, sequence, cardboard and a variety of other materials to fabricate their idea. At the end of the week, each group will perform a puppet show for family and friends.


June 18-22: Experimental Theater Arts, Ages 5-13

Learn about various experimental theater techniques – audience participation, non-conventional theater space, discovery through performance and more. Students are introduced to performance artists that expand our understanding of traditional theater spaces. Each morning begins with warm up Improv exercises. Students work small groups to create their own story OR reimagine an already existing story. Each group writes a script, constructs sets, builds props and costumes, and rehearses. At the end of the week, the campers put on an experimental theater production.


July 9-13: Papermaking and Creative Storytelling, Ages 5-13

Learn how to create unique, pressed paper using recycled materials and collage - then use this paper to tell a visual or written story. Students use their paper to create illustrated storybooks, graphic novels, pop-up books, chapter books, movie posters, or an individual art piece. They will explore a variety of mediums to illustrate their stories - watercolors, oil pastels, collage techniques, acrylic paint, colored pencil and more. They will learn various book binding techniques - such as yarn, metal rings, sewing - or their own creation. Stories can follow a traditional plot format (beginning, middle, end, protagonist, antagonist), or students may choose an experimental storytelling approach.  Students present their work in a Storytelling performance for family and friends.


July 16-27: Film Production & Theory, Ages 9-15

In this TWO WEEK workshop, students learn the basics of film production and work in groups to create their own short film. They learn about the various jobs on set and choose one to focus on in their group. Over the course of two weeks, their group will write a script, build sets, props and costumes, film and edit. We cover intro to film theory, cinematography and production design in the first few days, and campers spend the majority of the workshop creating their film. No prior film experience is required, although we recommend campers come with some previous knowledge or experience in film or a related art. We encourage previous film students to re-enroll - this course expands on our previous workshops.


July 30-Aug 3: Parade workshop, Ages 5-13

Mardi Gras comes early for our Parade Workshop kids! In this workshop, students learn about the different ways carnival is celebrated in New Orleans and around the world and create their own parade. At the beginning of the week, students vote on a theme and name for their Krewe. Students then split up into sub-krewes based on their interests. Each sub-krewe makes coordinated costumes, throws and banners! Students also have the option to make shoebox floats or decorate wagons for their sub-krewe. The week culminates in a parade through the neighborhood.


Aug 6 - 10: Mixed-Medium Collage Art, Ages 5-13 

Students learn a variety of collage techniques with an emphasis on layering and composition. They will work with a variety of materials including watercolors, oil pastels, and acrylic paints, textiles, mosaic tiles, found objects, and patterned paper to bring their work to life. They discuss foreground & background, and ways to create an interesting composition. Their collage is then photographed and printed on a transparency - and the students use this transparency to create a photo lightbox. The week concludes with a Friday gallery show where campers will display their original collage and final lightbox.