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  CHOOSE FROM A VARIETY OF EXPERIENCES THAT WILL ENGAGE YOUR CHILD IN NATURE AND THE ARTS ON OUR BEAUTIFUL, PARTIALLY WOODED CAMPUS RIGHT NEAR PEN PARK.

Wildcrafts with Amy Guzzardi
Grades 1-5: Cook over campfires, explore local hiking trails, and try your hand at natural dyeing in this week-long summer program of outdoor themed activities. From athletics to art, Wildcraft campers will enjoy diverse projects that encourage curiosity, creative thought, and team work in an encouraging and joyful environment.

Wood Sculpture with Robert Hale-MacKinnon
Grades 1-2: Gluing, sanding, and painting cut-offs of wood can create beautiful small sculptures. Children in 1st & 2nd grades will enjoy the simple art found in these geometric shapes. Both individual and group work is encouraged as well as constructive commentary on each other’s sculptures. Freestanding sculptures, small villages, and models are some examples of the work that campers may create.

Grades 3-5: Symmetry and balance are the focus during this week of wood sculpture. Repeated designs and personal symbols take center role as we explore the meaning of shape and form in the oak pieces we glue and fasten together. Initial preliminary drawings help the campers expand upon their ideas and lead to a deeper experience with the sculptures they create. There are no limits to size and shape as the campers express and develop their sculptural visions.
 
Printmakers! with Robert Hale-MacKinnon
Grades 1-2:  Simple materials make the best prints with paints and dyes and an eclectic array of paper, wood, cardboard or fabric. Printmaking is as much fun as it is serious art. Objects found in nature as well as common household items can and will be used in this experience to build a familiarity with design elements and visual balance in two dimensions.

Grades 3-5:  Human hands are the most primitive and complex printmaking tools available. Campers in Printmakers! will begin creating symbolic images using simple tools and progress to using found objects, paint, ink, and precise tools. While paper is the most traditional type of material for printing, the group will be encouraged to explore other possible substances and forms for presentation. Campers will create an array of printed artwork during this week-long experience.
 
Collage with Robert Hale-MacKinnon
Grades 1-5:  Simple natural materials can be combined to create illustrative and fascinating designs. Cut paper, tissue, and pre-printed materials will provide opportunities for thematic arrangements each day. Collages can teach us many things about each other and ourselves when we share constructive comments in a group.

Clay Sculpture I, II, III with Robert Hale-MacKinnon
Grades 1-2:  Getting their hands dirty and using simple materials make a fine start to small, hand-building construction. Basic forms with red earthenware, attachment methods, and slab construction will be introduced. Younger campers will create a variety of projects following the initial presentations on pinch pots, soup bowls, mugs, and even ceramic spoons. Possibilities and opportunities for free-form sculpture emerge out of the introductory techniques presented.

Grades 3-5:  Basic hand-building forms with red earthenware using simple attaching methods and slab construction will be introduced. Campers can create a wide variety of projects following the initial presentations: bowls, cups, platters, even ceramic spoons, forks, and knives are possible! Many possibilities and opportunities for free-form sculpture emerge from the introductory techniques presented.

Grades 6-8:  Advanced forms will be explored in this week-long experience from simple pinch pots to complex hand-building techniques. Campers will learn about slab construction for functional pieces such as vases, bowls, and platters. Extended work time allows for proper drying and finishing time of the campers work. Small sculptural forms as well as larger busts and figures are possible in this week designed for middle school campers. A final wood firing of all completed material takes place off-site and is scheduled for the last week of August 2014.

Joinery with Robert Hale-MacKinnon
Grades 6-8:  Finger joints and dovetails cut by hand are considered some of the most elegant and strong unions between two pieces of wood. Learning to lay out careful joinery, cut pieces by hand using a coping saw, chisel the final touches, and fit the wood together will be the focus in this project week. Soft woods and templates will guide campers from the beginning steps to the final stages of gluing a personal treasure box or other small container together.
 
Bookbinding with Robert Hale-MacKinnon
Grades 6-8:  Bookbinding is an ancient art dating back to early India. From single signatures to multiple codices, campers will learn to create, stitch, bind, and finish in both long-stitch methods and Coptic or Nag Hammadi bindings. Records books, journals, address books, and sketchpads are all possibilities in this book making experience. Campers will be supported and encouraged to incorporate found, natural objects into the covers or construction of their book.
 
9 week program:
Pick just one or any of the weeks that fit your summer needs.
WEEKS IN SESSION
COST IS $250/WK
[$200 for Wk of 6/30]
Availability
 
PROGRAM
GRADE RANGE
 
June 9 - 13 Wildcrafts 1st & 2nd Available
June 16 - 20 *Wildcrafts & Wood Sculpture 1st-5th FULL
June 23 - 27 *Wildcrafts & Printmakers! 1st-5th Available
June 30 - 3 (no camp on July 4) *Wildcrafts & Collage 1st-5th Available
July 7 - 11 *Wildcrafts & Clay Sculpture 1st-5th Available
July 14 - 18 Wood Sculpture 1st & 2nd Available
July 21 - 25 Clay Sculpture 1st & 2nd Available
July 28 - August 1 Clay Sculpture & Joinery 6th-8th Available
August 4 - 8 Wildcrafts 1st & 2nd Available
NOTE*: During weeks 2-5 the campers will be divided into two groups: Group 1 (1st & 2nd graders) and Group 2 (3rd-5th graders). Each group will participate in both programs listed, working with one instructor during the morning lesson and the other instructor during the afternoon lesson.

 

SUMMER OPENINGS GO QUICKLY, SO WE ADVISE YOU TO ENROLL EARLY.

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A $50 deposit for each session must be included with the application.
Full payment for all sessions must be made by May 30, 2014.

Each session is dependent on a minimum enrollment of students. If enrollment has not been met 14 days prior to the session, parents will be notified of cancellation and receive a full refund.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Hale at 434-973-4946 x102 or enrollment@cwaldorf.org  

 

 SAMPLE DAILY RHYTHM
 8:00 - 8:30    Arrival
 8:30 - 10:30    Morning Lesson
 10:30 - 11:00    Snack & Recess
 11:00 - 12:00    Nature Walk
 12:00 - 12:30    Lunch
 12:30 - 1:30    Free Time
 1:30 - 3:00    Afternoon Lesson
 3:00    Dismissal
 
 

Amy Guzzardi is the grade school aftercare teacher at the Charlottesville Waldorf School. Amy graduated in 2001 from James Madison University, where she majored in English Literature and minored in Women's Studies. Before moving to Charlottesville, Amy spent her summers as a camp counselor and program director for the Eagles Nest Foundation in Brevard, North Carolina.

Robert Hale-MacKinnon has spent 16 years working with children from birth to 18 years old across the U.S. He has worked as a metal and ceramic artist, a building restorer, and an art therapist. He has his BA in Studio Art, an MS in Special Education, as well as the AMI Elementary Montessori Diploma at the 6-12 level. He lives on a Civil War era farmstead with his wife and daughter.