A Week of Creativity!Fine arts camp

 

Embark on a journey of self-discovery with friends! Professionally-trained instructors guide campers in one discipline: art exploration, puppetry, dance, music, and theatre. Fine Arts Camp focuses on educating young girls and developing their communication, critical, and analytical thinking skills. At the end of the week, campers present their work in a Performing Arts Forum on the O'Laughlin stage at Saint Mary’s College. 

Over five days, participants will explore five fine arts disciplines: music, dance, theater, and puppetry, and art. Daily classes in these disciplines are combined with a performance class where each camper specializes in a specific art form. At the end of the week, families are invited to attend a performance of what the campers have been creating

We are excited to offer both residential and day camp options this coming summer! We encourage all young women with a passion for the arts- from beginners through experienced artists- to enroll in Saint Mary's Fine Arts Camp. The only requirement is the desire to learn and have fun!

2024 Camp Information

Fine Arts Day Camp

For girls entering grades 4-8 as of September 2024

Dates: July 15-19 (7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. drop-off | 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. pick-up EST)

Cost: $395
Scholarships Available - Apply Now

$50 Early Bird Discount Available until March 31st 

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Fine Arts Overnight Camp

For girls entering grades 5-9 as of September 2024

Dates: July 21-26

Cost: $749
Scholarships Available - Apply Now

$50 Early Bird Discount Available until March 31st 

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Pick your concentration — Experience them all!

At Fine Arts Camp, campers explore five fine arts disciplines: art, music, dance, puppetry and theatre. Based on the camper's preference, each camper will attend a daily performance class where they will work alongside our professional trained instructors to create a piece of art within that discipline. At the end of camp, each camper will have the opportunity to present their art to family and friends in our Performing Arts Forum!

Take a look at what we offered in the Summer or 2023 and our new classes for 2024 will be posted soon! 


ARTart class

Dream Weavers

Performance Class: We will build off the basic techniques we learn in the exploration class and amplify the project. Available to use will be hula-hoops for large scale projects, tree limbs for life size mobiles and wire hangers to create three dimensional weaving sculptures. We’ll also dive into small weaving accent projects using plastic straws, pompous, and tassels! 

Exploration Class: We’ll work on basic weaving techniques. Mixing nature, wire, and yarn to create simple and colorful wall art. If time allows we’ll add in pompoms and tassels. 

Swirls and Curls

Performance Class: Campers will use their own marbled paper to make rolled beads and create custom jewelry and wearable art to take home!

Exploration Class: Campers will explore marbling paper and create swirling designs of color. Campers can use their personalized papers as bases for their own drawings, letters, or even stickers!


MUSICUke Jams

Music is Everywhere!

Performance Class: Campers will sing a medley of songs from the hit Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast! Specific song selections may include Belle, How Does a Moment Last Forever, Be Our Guest, Evermore, and Beauty and the Beast! We will work together to choreograph, rehearse, and stage this group of songs. We will also enjoy sharing some of our drumming circle work and original sound explorations from the day classes.

Exploration Class: Through games, singing together, and other musical activities, campers will learn the fundamental building blocks of music - beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, and movement. We will also create original pieces through found percussion instruments, bucket drumming, and body percussion. Our explorations will be done in whole group, small group, individual, and pair settings!


DANCEDance

Camp Spirit!

Performance Class: Team spirit is when a group of people really feel invested in reaching a goal together and are there to support each other. At Fine Arts Camp, we encourage working together to create all forms of art.  This year in dance performance class, we will show our Fine Arts Camp team spirit by writing original camp cheers and chants and making fun dances to accompany them. Shake those poms, kick up those legs, and cheer for Fine Arts Camp! 

Exploration Class: A dance marathon is a great way to fundraise for a cause you’re passionate about! It’s a fun event that allows your organization to raise money while having a great time dancing.  In our dance exploration class, on day one campers will plan a mock dance marathon geared toward raising funds to support arts in the schools, and on day two they’ll dance their hearts out! Campers will learn how to plan a dance marathon by forming committees, developing a theme complete with designs for t-shirts and posters, and choreographing dances to inspire participation and boost morale during the “event!”


THEATREtheatre class

Whodunit? Youdunit!

Performance Class: In the dark of the night someone steals something extremely valuable right out from under the noses of a quirky cast of characters. Luckily, the best detectives in the world are on the case! Or maybe they are not the best detectives. Or maybe the treasured items were being returned to their rightful owners. Or maybe there is some magic at play. The possibilities are endless and it’s all up to you! This summer, the theatre performance class will be crafting a heist story of epic proportions. Individually and in small groups, campers will develop a character entirely of their own making - from an elaborate backstory, to an alibi for when the crime was committed, to whether or not they are in on the heist. They will write, rehearse, and perform small skits over the course of the week that will carefully reveal the true story – hopefully with a few suspenseful twists and turns. Each part will be fine-tuned by the entire class so that they can be woven together to create a cohesive story for our final performance in front of our family and friends. I can’t wait to find out whodunit!

Exploration Class: All campers will explore the process of building a character through creative prompts, improv games, and collaborative projects. We will use costume props, famous quotes, and fairy tale storylines to spark our inspiration before moving on to our own creative whims. In our theatre classes everyone is expected to participate in simultaneous voice and movement work, partner and group improv, and eventually short group skits. We ease campers into performing by starting with low-pressure, whole group activities and then allowing them to choose whether they take on more or less in the subsequent activities, building confidence, a support structure, and trust as we work.


Storytellingstorytelling class

Folds and Flips!

Performance Class: Have you ever wanted to be an animator?  Campers who chose storytelling as their performance class will start off drawing up storyboards for a idea of their choice and then transfer their story to paper as they make flip books to bring their stories to life with analog animation.  Campers will get to show their “silent shorts” to parents and fellow campers on Friday. 

Exploration Class: How many words does it take to tell a story?  In every day classes, campers will experiment with different ways to tell a story and then learn some different folding techniques to create accordion style books of their short stories.  Campers my choose to illustrate and decorate their books to help their stories come to life!

Meet the Director

Michele Foust, Academic Co-Director & Dance Instructor, is a Professor with Saint Mary’s College Program in Dance during the school year.  She loves to do all forms of dance from ballet to jazz to folk and believes everyone can learn to dance!  She also loves dogs, ginger ale, and camp t-shirts. If you’ve always wanted to dance, Fine Arts Camp is the place to give it a try- if you’ve always danced, Fine Arts Camp is the place to share that joy with your camp friends!

Questions?

We know how important choosing a summer camp is for you and because of this, we are here to answer any questions that you have!

Call: (574) 284-4778

Email: camps@saintmarys.edu

 

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