Elementary School (K-5th Gr)

Arts and Crafts

Discovering Art

Students are introduced to a variety of different media and techniques. We explore the invention of culture and how the original arts reflected human intelligence and civilization. We will learn about art and artists from many cultures from prehistory up to the early Middle Ages in Europe. Hands-on experiences in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture will encourage self-expression and develop creative problem-solving skills.

Beginning Sewing

Stuffed animals, tooth fairy pillows, and mini-patchwork quilts are just a few of the projects that will be offered in this class. Learn how to thread a needle, do basic hand and embroidery stitches, make a simple pattern, and pin and cut fabric. Use a sewing machine to practice your new knowledge, and take home your many new creations.

Comic Book Design

Our artists will explore drawing techniques in all different mediums and styles in a fun and creative environment. The workshops will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the comic book industry, animation fundamentals, and the art world as a whole. Our instructors demonstrate and teach students various techniques including proportion, perspective, composition, 3D drawing, and the principles of character design.

Fashion Design

If you have a passion for fashion and want to learn how to design and draw beautiful fashion images – this is the class for you! In our class students begin by learning the basics of fashion rendering and illustration, as well as learning fun facts about famous fashion designers and fashion history.

Once students are comfortable with fashion illustration, they design and illustrate their very own fashion lines. Students create original croquis and are guided through a series of design inspirations.

Enrollment runs month to month, encouraging students to progress according to their own unique abilities – students may join at any time. Each student works on their own individual project and can come to different class times throughout the month.

Jewelry Making

Our team of highly trained, experienced, enthusiastic staff love teaching the art of jewelry making to children in a fun, engaging and age appropriate way. We offer Jewelry Making, Art & Immersion classes for children – learn a new skill & increase your creativity!

Our classes focus on teaching children real jewelry making techniques such as beading, wire work, copper etching, enameling, resin, waxed Irish linen, stamping & dapping, bead stringing, crimping, wool felting and much more in a fun way!

Knitting and Felting

Beginning and intermediate knitters, come and learn to finger knit and needle knit to make scarves, coin purses, or more advanced projects. We will also dye yarn and make pom-pom wreaths and our own French knitters. Campers will also learn a basic crochet along with wet felting balls, leaves, and angels. No experience required.

Manga (Japanese Comics)

This is your chance to learn not only how to draw Manga characters but to develop and write manga. Learn how to make panels, incorporate text, design your page, create fantastic creatures, and more! Manga is an incredible way for kids who love to draw to find their own path and be cool at the same time. Highly stylized and easy to learn, kids master proportions, line weight, how to use a nib and a brush, and much more, all while using their brains and imagination to create their own fantastic characters and stories.

Theater

Our mission is to provide the highest caliber of performing arts education to students of all ages and abilities, and to foster individual growth in a caring, supportive artistic community. We create a positive, fun environment where friendships and love for the arts grow and flourish.  Our classes build each student’s self-confidence on and off stage, and provide a variety of opportunities for students to demonstrate the new skills they have mastered.

Chess

Experience the power of chess in developing intellectual, educational and analytical skills.

We provide high quality instruction and professionally run competitions for chess players of all skill levels. The comprehensive course gives each student the precise material they need at every stage of their development.  We offer a wide range of activities for students who wish to learn and have fun.

Using a proven curriculum designed to make chess fun and exciting, our Certified Instructors can help your child to develop the skills that will help him or her excel in the future.

Computers

GameMaker Introduction

Do you want to develop computer games without spending countless hours learning how to become a programmer? GameMaker allows you to make exciting computer games without the need to write a single line of code. In this class students learn how to make characters move and have events occur on collisions, mouse clicks, and more. Students build their own renditions of Pong, Breakout, and other classic video games. Go home with your games and software to let you keep building!

Scratch I Programming: Introductory Program

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art, and to share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Students ease into object-oriented programming concepts with Scratch, creating stories and interactive adventures with stackable code blocks!  Students master the intuitive user interface of Scratch and learn the functions of the most important blocks, which beneath their friendly appearance represent important computer programming functions.

Scratch II Programming: Intermediate

This class builds on Scratch programing basics. Students continue to explore, learn, and experiment with Scratch’s more advanced features and dive into the world of game design. We will also be investigating the extensive online resources for continued learning.

Smartphone App Development (Grades 4-5)

Your child will program a fully functional smartphone app.This program uses color-coded blocks that snap together, avoiding confusing computer syntax.  The course will emphasize logical thinking, knowledge of tools, self-expression, presentation skills, and collaboration with peers.  No smartphone is necessary, but each student should bring a laptop computer to class.  This course is a logical extension of Scratch.

Creative Writing

The goal of this class is to help every child develop a love of writing. We will practice creative journaling, free writing, and creative writing in a safe environment where confidence can bloom for each child. Children may enter at any skill level and exit the class feeling good about themselves as writers.

Gifted and Talented Preparation

Our mission is to nourish the appetites of gifted and talented (G&T) students by providing them with appropriate challenges, and effectively preparing them for G&T tests. Our instructors take extra care to foster a level of comfort and understanding during the classes.  From the wide set of standardized tests that are given, the G&T tests are perhaps the trickier of the bunch. In addition to developing the problem-solving techniques that are the crux of our test-prep tutoring, our instructors also take care to emphasize the specific knowledge, concepts, strategies and skill sets required for success on these tests. We emphasize the kinds of problem-solving skills that will enable your student to effectively wrestle with unusual and/or unfamiliar questions.

Math and Logic Grades K-3

Our math program for early elementary school children (K-3) utilizes a variety of activities that create a foundation for mathematical understanding, problem solving, and developing logical thinking. Fun is critical to learning at this age. Our students will be entertained by creative intellectual games that develop their imagination and intellectual abilities. Our classes promote healthy challenge, the kind that allows a child’s cognitive abilities to reach their full potential.

Our instructors implement the learning plan and work with each student to ensure they master the material. They foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn!

The results are transformative—families will see measurable changes in attitude, confidence, and school progress.

Mathematics Grades 4-5 (Singapore Math System)

Our math program includes sections designed to help students prepare for the fast-paced, multiple-choice problem solving they will need to excel on standardized tests, as well as a non-routine approach and creative thinking that is required to solve challenging word problems commonly found on tests such as ISEE and in the Math Olympiads. By strengthening their grasp of Arithmetic and learning the interconnectedness of fundamental math concepts, students will gain the tools to improve their grades and test scores in the classroom.

Science: Engineering is Elementary

Exploring topics such as  Astronomy, Air and Weather, Energy, Organisms, Solids and Liqiuds, Light and Sound, to name a few, will not only support students when it comes time to learn physics, chemistry and biology, but it will also spark their lifelong exploration of science, technology, engineering and math.

STEM subjects are relevant to their lives, the lives of others and to our society as a whole. Each lesson consists of research-based, teacher-tested activities that develop creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Our hands-on, cooperative, project-based engineering activities that integrate with science instruction not only engage children and teach them how to investigate the way scientists work, but also aligns with the National Science Education Standards.  Each lesson teaches children how to think and behave like scientists.  Children learn how to form hypotheses, test their ideas, document their experiments, observe the results and make conclusions.

The Write Stuff

Build confidence in your writing while having fun! This camp will introduce you to new writing techniques and styles that will take your writing to the next level. Whether you come to camp loving to write, or just wishing you did, you will leave with myriad new ways to express yourself and capture the world around you. We will journal, write poetry, play games, write and publish books, examine idioms, and explore the use of technology in writing.