Arts Smarts 2017

 ARTS SMARTS CAMPS 2017

June 19-23 & 26-30

 

The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster

 

Morning camps: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Afternoon camps: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Supervised lunch from 12-1 for those campers staying full day.

 

CLICK ON THE CAMP NAME BELOW FOR FULL DESCRIPTION WITH INDIVIDUAL LINKS TO REGISTRATION.

 

 
Week 1 -  June 19 - 26
 
Age Group - Time
Art
Music
Theatre
Multidisciplinary
Preschool (ages 4-5) - AM
 
 
 
Grades K-2 - AM
 
Grades K-2 - PM
 
Grades 3 -5 - AM
 
Grades 3 -5 - PM
 
Middleschool (gr. 6-8) - PM
 
 
 
 
Week 2 - June 26 - 30
 
Age Group - Time
Art
Music
Theatre
Multidisciplinary
Preschool (ages 4-5) - AM
 
 
 
Grades K-2 - AM
 
Grades K-2 - PM
 
Grades 3-5 - AM
 
Grades 3-5 - PM
 
 
Middleschool (gr. 6-8) - PM
 
 
 
 
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF REGISTRATION LINKS FOR ALL COURSES, CLICK HERE.
CLICK THE NAME OF THE CAMP BELOW TO REGISTER.
 
VISUAL ARTS
 
Grades K-2
 
(Week 1: June 19-23)
 
Morning Camp -  ALL ABOUT ART.  This camp is intended for every young artist at any skill level, and will focus on a variety of mediums and techniques. We will work on drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Come have a blast being creative and expressing your artistic side.
 
Afternoon Camp - CRAFT & DESIGN. Do you like to be crafty and design your own jewelry, puppets or masks?  Come make your own creative crafts, wearable art, and superhero accessories in this action- packed fun camp.
 
(Week 2: Jun 26-30)
 
Morning Camp - FOUND OBJECT ART.  Learn that art is everywhere around us - even where you may least expect it!  This camp will focus on 2D & 3D art that is made from found objects, recycled items, and nature. We will use found objects to inspire drawing, painting, printing, and building. Come and see what rare treasures you can make out of ordinary things.
 
Afternoon Camp - YOUNG MASTERS. This camp will take a fun and penetrating look at art throughout history and explore the ways we can become inspired by the ideas and techniques that drive art-making. Come learn about different artists and their masterpieces, and then create your very own!
 
Teaching Artist:
 
Jenn Tarr is a first year art teacher and recent art education graduate from Millersville University. She is an artist with a focus in ceramics and printmaking. Currently living in Lancaster County, Jenn teaches fifth through eighth grade art at Bermudian Springs Middle School in York Springs. With a passion for student choice, Jenn focuses her instruction on teaching for artistic behavior and shaping her students into becoming excellent problem solvers. This will be her third year with the Arts Smarts Camp, and we are thrilled to have her return!
 
Grades 3-5
 
(Week 1: June 19-23)
 
Morning Camp - MIXED MEDIA MADNESS will explore new ways of creating art using unconventional tools and methods. The campers will learn how to approach their art in highly original ways.
 
Afternoon Camp - CONSIDER COLOR. Participants here will get a one-week course on exploring how the use of color affects the world around us. Color theory will be front and center for each project we work on, making for a most “colorful” week.
 
(Week 2: June 26-30)
 
Morning Camp - ART TELLS A STORY. In this camp, we will consider many ways that artwork can help tell a story. Campers will be invited to bring a narrative component to their creative visual art work, creating an exciting fusion of image and word.
 
Afternoon Camp - ART BUFFET.  Enrolling in this camp, you will get a little of this and a little of that. With a grand menu of activities, we will examine multiple kinds of mediums and materials. We will also explore famous artists and their own “specialties,” and determine what best suits our personal tastes.  A veritable feast of visual art experiences! 
 
Teaching Artist:
 
James Arnold returns to the Arts Smarts camps for his third summer, and looks forward to being back!  He recently graduated from Millersville University with a degree is Art Education.  As an artist, James specializes in a multitude of disciplines. Painting, drawing, and mixed media are some of his favorites. He also has a degree from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a concentration in Illustration. James believes that creativity is a vitally important skill, and one that a person can learn to develop through experiences such as the Arts Smarts Camps.
 
MUSIC
 
Grades K-2
 
(Week 1: June 19-23)
 
Morning Camp - EXPEDITION INSTRUMENT! In this camp we will go on an exciting expedition to explore all types of musical instruments. The recorder, xylophone, auxiliary percussion, and the voice will be used daily. Campers will gain a greater understanding of both familiar instruments and the instruments of other cultures. Get ready to sing, pluck, blow, strike, and play!
 
Afternoon Camp - PERCUSSION EXTRAVAGANZA!  Campers here will have the opportunity to learn rhythmic skills through the introduction of various percussion and drumming activities. Rhythm sticks and hand drums will be utilized daily, as well as other “out of the box” percussion instruments.  Expect to “drum-up” lots of learning and fun in this camp.
 
(Week 2: June 26-30)
 
Morning Camp - MOVE-SIC!  Campers will explore the ways that their body and voice interact with music and the world around them. Through different forms of dance, creative movement, and musicianship, the children will learn how to express themselves in fun and interesting ways. Make sure you come ready to move!
 
Afternoon Camp - ViVA LA MUSICA! In this camp we will discover and explore how music plays a part in our everyday lives. Campers will learn how to make music anywhere, anytime! From finding the music of books, in the sounds of nature, and everywhere in between, everyone will have loads of fun discovering their innate musical talents. 
 
Teaching Artist:
 
Madeline Heraty is a recent graduate of Millersville University, with a BSE in Music Education. She began working with children several years ago, interning with elementary music teachers and directing the St. Mark’s Children’s Choir in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Madeline has continued her experience in the music classroom, giving private instruction and teaching class lessons at James Buchanan Elementary, Hambright Elementary and Ephrata Middle School. Because of Madeline’s knowledge and skills, her charismatic nature, and her enthusiasm for teaching children we are delighted to welcome her back for her third summer on the ARTSMARTS CAMP faculty.
 
Grades 3-5
 
(Week 1: June 19-23)
 
Morning Camp - DANCING AROUND THE WORLD. Campers here will gain knowledge of musical elements and different cultures while remaining active, energized, and loaded with fun! A number of activities such as singing games, dances, and other forms of creative movement from all around the world will be used to allow the students to internalize music and develop their listening and memorization skills.  Come ready with a lot of energy and always prepared to move to the music!
 
Afternoon Camp - PERCUSSION PARTY. In this camp, participants will have the opportunity to learn basic drumming skills through the introduction of various rhythm activities and cultural references.  Rhythm sticks and hand drums will be used daily, as well as other ‘out of the box’ percussion instruments. The camp will conclude with a fun and over the top performance, displaying the impressive new skills of our students. 
 
(Week 2: June 26-30)
 
Morning Camp - INSTRUMENT EXTRAVAGANZA. Throughout this camp, participants will be exposed to a variety of different instruments, as well as gain an understanding of the music of different cultures.  Each day will focus on a different instrument family, allowing the campers to learn music not only playing these instruments and playing games, but also by exercising creative musicianship and exploring different cultural traditions. 
 
Afternoon Camp - SING LIKE A STAR! Campers will learn the importance of proper techniques for singing and how even the smallest things can make the biggest difference!  We will focus on learning how to sing with others and while accompanying ourselves with instruments.  Each day will consist of learning new songs, playing games, and enhancing musicianship with the use of various instruments.  This camp is the perfect opportunity for participants to sing their hearts out and discover that even a little kid can have a big voice!
 
Teaching Artist: 
 
Christopher D’Imperio is excited and overjoyed to begin his third summer as an ARTS SMARTS camp teaching artist! Music has always been a huge part of his life. Chris has been singing and performing from a young age in a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles, as well as theatrical productions.  Chris is a recent graduate of Millersville University with a degree in Music Education and plans on teaching music to all ages and continuing his own music education beyond the undergraduate level.
 
THEATRE
 
Grades K-2
 
(Week 1: June 19-23)
 
Morning Camp -FAIRY-TALE TIME. Someone once sang that “fairy tales can come true, they can happen to you..”  Well, in these sessions we are going to make that happen!  Each camper will choose his or her  favorite fairy tale character, learning to bring them to life while the other campers try to guess who’s in their midst. This magical and dreamy week will help teach the campers the basic foundation of theatre: character, plot, setting.
 
Afternoon Camp - HEROES VS. VILLAINS. In these sessions campers will be harnessing their imagination and creating their very own superhero - or villain. They’ll get the week to develop their powers and come up with their very own battle cry/catch-phrase. Gathering them all in their very own Super School, their characters will foster relationships with one another and determine how they will interact. Everyone will leave the week with a stronger ability to develop character, and their practiced battle cries will improve their diction and projection. So up, up, and away!
 
(Week 2: Jun 26-30)
 
Morning Camp - PLAYWRIGHT ADVENTURE. Playwrights are the backbone of theatre. Without them there is no show. Here each camper will become a playwright, coming up with an original character and the problem that character faces - for someone else in the group to act out!  Seeing their creative work come to life, with build confidence, imagination, and collaborative skills.
 
Afternoon Camp - DIVE IN! Campers bring their favorite songs or stories to camp as we spend this week immersed in them. We will dive into the lyrics or the words, pool our thoughts, and come up with exciting ways to move them from the page to the stage.  Using both our bodies and our voices, we will learn how to bring our lines to life in performances that are sure to make a big splash!
 
Teaching Artist:
 
Rachel Gloss is currently a Millersville University communications major with a focus in theatre. She transferred from Bloomsburg University where she was a full theatre major. Theatre has been a huge part of Rachel’s life ever since she got the chance be a part of the musical Annie in 5th grade. It was in that experience that her passion burst to life and she realized the stage was where she was meant to be. Since then she has performed widely and has worked in camps to instill such joy for the art form in children. She is thrilled to be able to bring that light and that passion into young people’s lives and cannot wait to share that love with her campers!
 
Grades 3-5
 
(Week 1: June 19-23)
 
Morning Camp - #ACTORSPLAY. Participants will explore the basics of theatre performance using fun theatre games that will build confidence and develop their collaboration and concentration skills. Campers will grow in their ability to react honestly in the moment in order to create truthful acting moments.
 
Afternoon Camp - CHARACTER CREATIONS. Through the use of improvised physical and vocal exercises, campers will create an original multi-dimensional character, including a written monologue. Participants will explore their characters’ motives and emotions in different given circumstances and will practice their memorization skills.
 
(Week 2: June 26-30)
 
Morning Camp - MASKS AND MOVEMENT. Campers will be introduced to a variety of theatre masks from history and cultures around the world, as well as create original character masks. Using movement, mime, gesture and music we will bring these new masks to life through a series of improvised solo, partnered and group scenes.
 
Afternoon Camp - STORYBOOK SHAKESPEARE - MACBETH.  In this playful camp,
participants will interact with the language of Shakespeare in an age-appropriate context,
creating their own mini-version of Macbeth using their bodies, voices, minds and imaginations. We will discover the basics of dramatic structure and how to create the world of the play through simple technical choices including costumes, props, sound and lighting.
 
Teaching Artist:
 
Renée Morth has twenty years’ experience in theatre as an actor, director and educator, working both nationally and internationally. She holds a BFA in Acting and a MA in Educational Theatre from New York University and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Renée is a believer in the power of theatre to form strong relationships and create empathetic individuals. She is excited to be joining the Arts Smarts Team and we are pleased to welcome her.
 
 
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTS
 
Morning Camp: Ages 4-5
Afternoon Camp: Middleschoolers, grades 6 -8
 
(Week 1: June 19-23)
 
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS. During the visual art portion of this multi-disciplinary pre-school camp, participants will be exploring different cultures and their spectacular artwork!  We will be traveling to countries like Tibet to experiences the radial symmetric art form of mandalas, and hop over to Panama to learn how to make beautifully designed fabric molas!   In the performing arts component, participants will learn how art, theatre, and dance blend to form a shared language within a community, using Panama’s Kuna people as an example.   We’ll build community spirit as campers work together on a final “performance” in which their fabric molas can be fashioned into costumes to recreate traditional dances and stories of the Kuna. The dance challenges the students to work as a cohesive unit, much in the way the Kuna have in order to keep their traditions alive. It will contribute rhythm and musicality, as it incorporates the use of maracas to keep a steady beat.
 
Ages 4-5 : Using stories and poetry of the Kuna, campers will also explore character development, building empathy exercising their imaginations and providing a more robust concept of culture, tailored to their needs. Through these age-appropriate ways of traveling around the world together, we will explore how visual and performing arts help create a group identity and how art and culture are intertwined at a fundamental level.  So grab your passport and let's get going! Click here to register ages 4-5  for AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS. (AM)
 

Grades 6-8 : Using stories and poetry of the Kuna, campers will explore character development as they perform at week’s end. This will challenge them to understand and empathize with their characters, and connect, ultimately, with the Kuna people. By doing so, they learn how performance can open up dialogue and relationships with those from other cultures. Through these age-appropriate ways of traveling around the world, campers will explore how visual and performing arts help create a group identity and how art and culture are intertwined at a fundamental level.  So grab your passport and let's get going! Click here to register grades 6 -8 for AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS. (PM)

 
(Week 2: June 26-30)
 
BUILDING LIVES. Here is a fun exploration of “building” through both the visual and performing arts.  Participants in the multi-disciplinary camp will be able to construct their own imaginative structures.  With supplies as simple as boxes, recyclables and more, campers will follow the creative examples of such architectural greats as Frank Lloyd Wright, Iggy Peck, and Antoni Gaudi to become young architects themselves!   They will learn what makes a structure work and what makes it unique to each person who builds it. Architecture is also a fundamental aspect of both acting and movement/dance.  The very core of dance is an exploration of aesthetic. Different genres of dance have different aesthetics, and therefore their core structures are different. In architecture and building, foundation is key.  Campers will learn how to shape their bodies and create geometry in their space, and explore how changing their foundation creates new possibilities for shapes.  In theater, structure is multi-dimensional as well. Participants will learn about the structure of plays and also character arcs, and create their own characters blending both movement and acting.
 
 
 
 
Teaching Artists:
 
J. Leigh Grant, currently a project manager with Theatre for Transformation, is a free-lance dance and theater instructor. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Philosophy and Theater, Leigh endeavors to bring her extensive background in dance to challenge traditional perspectives of the art form.  Additionally, she promotes the fundamental value that dance is a universal language; a universal tool of expression that can be used as a means to foster and nurture group identities, diversity, and harmony in communities. 
 
Cristina Maymi, currently a senior art education and fine arts major at Millersville University, returning to Arts Smarts camps this summer.  In completing her degree, Cristina has focused on painting, but the work she has exhibited on and off the Millersville campus has included ceramics, printmaking, and drawing, as well as paintings.  She strives to investigate new perspectives as well as new material in her work.  She notes that “within my own family there are multiple cultures, languages, and values.  Growing up in this diversity has driven me to find what really connects us all to each other while having so many separations.  My goal when making and presenting my work is to evoke an emotion that the viewer experiences unexpectedly.” Cristina incorporates both world cultures and art history into her unique lessons, giving her students the opportunity to create relevant projects that both engage and illuminate young minds.
 

ROVING Teaching Artists (helping out as needed):

Ariana M. Horn is a junior at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in speech communication with an option in theatre. Horn’s theatre experience at Millersville includes working stage crew and helping build the set for Shrek and choreographing The Wedding Singer last spring, for which she received a Merit Award.  This spring Horn will be choreographing the production of Heathers.  Horn is the Public Relations chair for ACMO, she is also on the Millersville University Dance Team and holds the philanthropic chair position. She hopes to attend graduate school for teaching and education.    

 

Trent Soto is thrilled to join the Arts Smarts Camp team this year, and can’t wait to help kids find their own passion in the arts. He is an Early Childhood Education major at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.  Trent has been involved in both music and theatre since 2010 and, among other things, has served as a performance mentor at the Steel River Playhouse.  Most recently he performed in the musical Shrek at Millersville and is now in rehearsals for the campus production of Heathers.