Join us this summer for virtual camps that provide engagement, creativity, and entertainment!

We are pleased to announce that we will offer virtual camps this year including the beloved "Mother West Wind" Camp along with new ones like "Pop-Up Bookmaking" Camp.  We are also offering virtual camps that are as short as 45 minutes ("Morning Math Club"), or ones that enchant your child for the day ("Leather Making/Bow and Arrow" Camp).

We hope that you enjoy choosing the camp(s) that will work best for your child as much as we have enjoyed thinking about all of the fun that our summer camps will offer them!

Please do not hesitate to contact Christen Leonard, cleonard@washingtonwaldorf.org, if you have any questions.


Creative Clay Camp 

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Ages: 11 through 18 years of age

Instructor: Jon-Joseph Russo

Dates/Weeks:  June 21st
                          
June 28th
                          July 5th
                          July 12th

Cost: $150 (Includes materials of an assortment of clay modeling tools, clay, and the firing of end products.  See "Materials Needed" list below for details). 

Description:
Clay is one of the oldest and simplest sculpting and building materials used in all Pre-Colombian cultures.  Techniques of coil and slab building will be taught, plus exploring directly, the malleability, spontaneity of clay. Students will create 3D forms and decorative vessels drawn and developed from images or imagination, drawings or pictures.  Historical examples will be shown.  All work will be kiln fired for lasting artworks and available to be picked up at WWS shortly after the camp.

Daily Rhythm:
10:30 am, Welcome & Introductions
10:35 am, Power Point presentation (first day), discuss your ideas, answer questions
10:50 am, Technique demonstration
11 am, Students drawing/sculpting then we discuss ideas individually
11:15 am, Students work individually on clay project while I check their progress
11:50 am, Share/review work as a group
12 pm, Class ends

Materials needed:
~Clay & tool set which will need to be picked-up at Washington Waldorf School before camp.
~Have pencil or charcoal and paper to sketch ideas.
~Suggested: Improvised rolling pin, 750 ml straight side (empty) wine 

About Jon-Joseph Russo:
Jon-Joseph has been the sculpture instructor at WWS HS for 4 years teaching stone carving and clay modeling.  He has taught in Washington, DC since 2011, at GWU/Corcoran School of Art, Wash. Studio School and their Summer Teen Program for 3 years. Jon-Joseph is a working artist/landscape architect with his own studio in downtown DC.


 

Drawing & Painting Camp

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Age/Grade: 9 to 12 years of age

Instructor: Allysun Sokolowski

Date/Week: June 28th

Cost: $180/week,(Includes some of the materials.  See "Materials Needed" list below for details). 

Description:
For this art camp we will come together on zoom for painting and drawing together! In addition to creating neat paintings and fun drawings together, we will also learn new techniques: combining crayons and watercolor together, how to use underdrawings, layering watercolors, and more. Our pictures will feature animals, plants, nature scenes, and more. Participants will need space to set up their paints, water in a glass, a towel that will get stained, and a hairdryer. We will work fluidly between painting and drawing over the course of the week.

Daily Rhythm: 
9:30 am, Welcome and opening of our time together via zoom
9:35 am, Art time
10:05 am, Story time
10:25 am, Quick break
10:30 am, Art time
10:55 am, Review our work 
11:00 am, Closing/Goodbye

Materials that will be supplied by Allysun:
~Paint Kits
~Crayons

Materials that need to be on-hand/supplied by the parents:
~Watercolor painting notebook with 140lb paper
~Colored pencils
~Hairdryer (Note: Each participant will need to have a hairdryer near their workspace)

About Allysun Sokolowski:
A recent transplant from California, Allysun had been a Waldorf class teacher for over 11 years. She loves teaching children of all ages, and particularly enjoys drawing and painting together! Next year she will be teaching the sixth grade at WWS. Allysun holds a BA in Education from Mills College in Oakland, CA and is currently writing her thesis for her MAed from Antioch University of New England.


Morning Math Club

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Ages: 8 through 11 years of age

Instructor: Allysun Sokolowski

Dates/Weeks: June 21st
                         June 28th
                         July 5th

Cost: $100/week,(Not including materials. See "Materials Needed" list below for details). 

Description:
Join me in the mornings for a week (or more!) of mastering times tables and subtraction facts! Together we will draw number houses, practice our step counting, and work on memorizing the times tables for our 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12s. We will learn multiplication songs, have practice worksheets, movement activities, and more! Our time together will be balanced between recitation, drawing our number houses, and writing math sentences. Each week we will cover different times tables and participants may sign up for any or all weeks. Students headed into second through fifth grade are encouraged to join! This camp is geared toward students who have not yet mastered their math facts but already understand all math processes.

Daily Rhythm:
8:00 am, Welcome/Instruction begins
8:45 am, Goodbye/Closing

Materials needed:
~Blank paper
~Graphite pencil with eraser and sharpener
~Crayons and colored pencils

About Allysun Sokolowski:
A recent transplant from California, Allysun had been a Waldorf class teacher for over 11 years. She loves teaching children of all ages, and particularly enjoys drawing and painting together! Next year she will be teaching the sixth grade at WWS. Allysun holds a BA in Education from Mills College in Oakland, CA and is currently writing her thesis for her MAed from Antioch University of New England.

 


Mother West Wind Drawing Camp

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Ages: 8 through 11 years of age

Instructor: Allysun Sokolowski

Date/Week: June 21st 

Cost: $180/week, (Not including materials. See "Materials Needed" list below for details). 

Description:
H
ear the stories of Old Mother West Wind and draw pictures of the characters in crayon. Children will draw with instruction, learning techniques for shape, saturation of color, shading, and line work, while building a sense of spatial orientation on paper. This class will be primarily for rising second graders and up who would like to sit and draw in a group with a teacher! Drawings and story time will be taught via zoom. The mischievous fun of Reddy Fox, Peter Rabbit, and Johnny Chuck await!

Daily Rhythm:
9:30 am, Welcome and opening of our time together via zoom
9:35 am, Story time - I will read the story that we will draw
9:55 am, Drawing time
10:30 am, quick break
10:35 am, Story time - I will read the story while the children free-draw
10:55 am, Review our work
11 am, Goodbye/Closing

Materials needed:
~11x14" sketch paper
~Crayola Twistable Crayons

About Allysun Sokolowski:
A recent transplant from California, Allysun had been a Waldorf class teacher for over 11 years. She loves teaching children of all ages, and particularly enjoys drawing and painting together! Next year she will be teaching the sixth grade at WWS. Allysun holds a BA in Education from Mills College in Oakland, CA and is currently writing her thesis for her MAed from Antioch University of New England.


Pop-Up Bookmaking Camp

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Ages: 6 through 9 years of age

Instructor: Jennaway Pearson

Days/Weeks: June 21st
                      July 12th

Cost: $275/week, (Includes some of the materials.  See "Materials Needed" list below for details). 

Description:
This course will explore the world of pop-up books!  Children will learn how to build five different types of pop-up book structures. We will begin by using plain paper to build a maquette, and to ensure we understand how to construct that model.  After a quick break, we will work to build a second book, applying the structure we learned into a book with content.  In the second pop-up, students will be able to draw, paint, collage, or include writing in their book.  This course will be taught over zoom, and is ideal for students who enjoy cutting, drawing, collage work, and making book
s.

Daily Rhythm:
1:00 pm, Welcome/Greeting, we will gather, settle in and explore examples of the structure of the day
1:15 pm, We will build our maquette together leading the campers in step by step instructions for building our structure
1:40 pm, Break
1:50 pm, We will begin our second structure, during work time the campers will be chat about content ideas
3 pm, We will share our work with one another
3:15 pm, End of camp/Goodbyes

Materials that will be sent to the camper:
~Book, cover-board materials and glue-stick
Materials that the camper should have on-hand:
~Scissors
~Drawing materials (crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
~For campers who enjoy collage-work, they will want to have collage materials (old magazines/calendars, paper scraps, etc.).
~For campers who enjoy working with watercolors, they will want to have watercolor paints/brushes available.

About Jennaway Pearson:
Jennaway is a bookbinder and printmaker. She owns Three Snakes, a print and book studio located in Newburgh, New York where she lives with her husband Pierre, daughter, Lu, and her pug, Hagrid. Jennaway has taught at American University, George Washington University, George Mason University, Penland School of Craft, Studio 2-3, and others. Her work can be found in collections including: The National Museum for Women in the Arts, The Library of Congress, John Jay College of Law, & Private Collection.



You Choose: Leather Work/Knife Making or Bow/Arrow/Quiver Camp

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Ages: 8 through 16 years of age

Instructor: Peter Yenken

Dates/Weeks: July 5th
                       July 12th

Cost: $350 (Includes materials). Materials will need to be picked up at Washington Waldorf School with details to follow after registration.

Students will make the handle of a knife and the leather sheath in which to carry it safely.  Campers will form the handle to fit their hand so each handle is particular to the individual child (the blades of the knife will be Mora Scandinavian blades).
Campers will then make a leather sheath to fit their knife.  After making a leather sheath, next is to make a leather shoulder or hip bag. This will be a bag that is either carried over the shoulders or carried around the waist.  They will design them to fit their individual needs of how they prefer to carry the knife and sheath.  If the camper is advanced enough to complete all of this, Peter will also teach them how to make a wooden spoon!
OR
Campers will make a wooden bow by hand from hickory wood, wooden arrows with real turkey feathers, and a leather quiver. They will also learn to shoot their bows using the instinctive archery or traditional archery methods.

Daily Rhythm:
9 am, Welcoming/Check in
9:15 am, Instruction
10:30 am, Snack break
10:45 am, Instruction
12 pm, Lunch Break
  
1- 3 pm, Instruction based on students needs

About Peter Yencken: Peter has been making bows for more than 25 years. He started making bows while working at Tom Brown Jr's Tracker School. He is a guest teacher to many wilderness schools here in the U.S. and in Australia. Peter has taught the art of making bows to well over 1,500 people ages six to 89.