Let nature inspire you while you enjoy a variety of traditional summer camp arts & crafts – and unearth your hidden creativity. Whether your creative side has been buried or is just waiting to be unleashed, you’ll find something to spark your imagination and (re)discover the joy of artistic expression.
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Art: The Art of Bookmaking Learn the skills and tools necessary to construct a four-page folded book that is designed to be tied open creating a 3-D display or closed and tied shut like a personal journal. Once constructed, the pages of your book can be painted, drawn on, or collaged. You’ll learn to manipulate & intertwine words, phrases, lyrics and more with imagery to realize a strong personal, visual statement destined to be a distinctive handmade souvenir of your week at Camp.
Art: Collage & Montage Explore the connection between recycling and art! Take fragments and samples of colors, patterns, textures, and images then combine them in novel and exciting arrangements. Learn some basic principles of design and discover how perceptions of colors and images change within various juxtapositions, all while developing a deeper appreciation of how mere chance can give form to content. And you’ll do all this while creating your own frame-worthy piece of art to show off to your friends back home!
Art: Concrete Teddy Bears Join us in the Art Barn as we execute, disembowel, and dissect stuffed animals and fill their tiny carcasses with cement. Get in touch with your inner Frankenstein and make a fun, adorably freakish ornament for your garden, home, or lawn.
Art: Blind Abstract Drawing the Matisse Way Learn this delightful drawing method that has been used by Picasso and others throughout the 20th century. This Zen-like approach to drawing will teach you to look more carefully and draw more freely than you ever have before.
Art: Figure Drawing Explore the magic of expressing yourself through drawing the human figure. Designed as an outlet of expression through drawing and not a measure of how well you can draw, the class will offer fun for the novice or advanced artist and will include instruction, a series of timed poses, and a little bit of gentle feedback.
Art: Oil Painting Let the Camp landscape be your inspiration as you utilize small canvases & oil paints to tap into your inner Monet. You’ll learn the oil painting process step by step, including the mixing of colors, underpainting, adding glazes, and scumbling. Though a great class for beginners, all skill levels are welcome. And no matter your skill level, you will have a Camp-inspired piece to take home with you by the end of class!
Art: Papermaking Convinced you haven’t a creative bone in your body? This fun class will prove you wrong. Learn how to turn found items – such as leaves, pieces of scrap paper, & old magazines – into unique pieces of paper that are works of art unto themselves. Or maybe you can use your creation in The Art of Bookmaking class or even for Camp’s traditional “Letter Home” at the end of the week. Whatever you decide, you’ll have an organic, earth-friendly, one-of-a-kind recycled piece of art to show all your friends back home.
Astrology Fascinating astrological insight to the meaning of your birth date & time! With your basic birth data, you’ll create your birth chart on the spot during a late afternoon consultation – then join fellow Campers for a morning seminar to learn more about your chart.
Blacksmithing Come try your hand at Blacksmithing at our forge! Work with Portland-based blacksmith, Ed Lutjens, on the basics of forging hot metal, including bending, twisting, tapering, and scrollwork. Not only will you create a piece to take home, you’ll contribute elements to a larger collaborative piece for Camp.
Beauty Parlour Join Princess (Camp’s resident semi-experienced drag queen) for some pointers and instruction on everything from frocks to make-up. Why, she’ll even help you plan a fabulous outfit for the Tea Dance on Thursday. A perfect way to unleash that inner (Drag) King or Queen you’ve always known – or suspected – was inside you!
Broadway Dance Ever dreamt of dancing in a big Broadway show? Well, here’s your chance, ‘Camp’ Camp style! In this three-part class, you’ll learn a choreographed dance to share to thunderous applause at Friday night’s big Talent/No Talent Show.
Cooking Classes Our Cooking Studio is only a few years old, and it’s already become one of our Campers’ favorite classes! Whether you’re a novice in desperate need of some culinary skills or an experienced cook looking to learn a new recipe or two, you’ll find something to interest you in one of our fun & informative Cooking Classes. Past offerings include Vegetarian Cooking, Grilling Off the Books, Healthy Alternatives, Cake Decorating, Middle-Eastern Cuisine, From Bubbe’s Kitchen (Eastern European Jewish Cooking), and Make-a Betta Pasta.
Dance Ever feel self-conscious and goofy on the dance floor? Now you can do so surrounded by other self-conscious goofballs! We do non-traditional lead/follow roles, so everyone can dance however and with whomever they please. Join our professional dance instructor and experience everything from modern dance (You’re a tree!) to ballet (You’re a ballerina!) to social dancing (You’re Rico Suave!). No partner? No experience? No coordination? No problem! Just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to try something completely new, and you’ll soon discover that, as long as you keep smiling and moving your two left feet, you’ll have the most fun anyone can have on a wood floor.
Digital Photography Learn how to get the most out of your digital camera equipment. The class includes an introduction to common camera features, basic concepts of composition and lighting, and lots of tips & tricks. Learn the basics, then capture the beauty of Camp during an afternoon Photo Walk!
Jewelry Get creative! Learn silver-smithing and create a gorgeous souvenir ring for you or a friend or even impress everyone with a pendant that you design and make yourself! Why, you can even pick up a ‘Camp’ Camp logo charm in the Camp Store and use it to create your own one-of-a-kind piece of Camp jewelry.
Knitting & Crocheting ‘Camp’ Camp’s knitting craze continues! Learn to knit and crochet – or add to your skills. Structured like a knitting club, each session will have a specific focus, but those who want to work on their own projects – or just “spin yarns” – are welcome anytime. …Warning: yarn can be highly addictive!
Pottery Get muddy as you explore your creative side! Enjoy wheel-throwing or hand-building down at our open-air Pottery Studio with its fantastic view of the lake and take home your very own high-fire stoneware clay creation. What could be better?
Stained Glass Choose a design or draw your own, then learn the techniques used to cut and solder colored glass to make a sun-catching gift for someone or to put in a favorite window. One of ‘Camp’ Camp’s most popular activities!
Tie-Dye Turn a piece of drab white clothing (or any other fabric-based item for that matter!) into a one-of-a-kind work of psychedelic art with this traditional summer camp craft.
Zentangle Zentangle is a way of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns that is enjoyed all over the world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. Fun and relaxing, almost anyone can use Zentangle to create beautiful images, increasing your focus and creativity while providing artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. …Anything is possible one stroke at a time.