ed summer2020 Summer Camps!

Summer camps for ages 3-17 inspire young artists to explore, innovate and create!

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2020 Summer Camps:

YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS

Unbelievable Art I
Outdoor Art
Outdoor Painting 
Fashion Design 1
Parade Float
Fashion Design 2
Make Believe With Molly
Comics and Cartooning
Outdoor Mural Making
Young Printmakers
Cooking Around the World
Illustration Camp
Woodworking
Poetry + Play
Digital Art in Motion
Microscope Magic
Baking + Branding
Screenwriting for Film
Wearable Art
Filmaking
Jewelry Making
Unbelievable Art II

 


Instructor Bios


 

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UNBELIEVABLE ART 

Ages 5-10
June 17-June 19
8:30am-12:00pm 
Register with Stowe Rec

From working with clay and wood to painting on canvas, these campers will experience it all with art history and outdoor fun mixed in!

Instructor: Stephanie Drews-Sheldon

Register for this camp at:
www.stowerec.org or call 802-253-6138

*HDAC membership discount does not apply for this camps


OUTDOOR ART

Ages 3-5
June 22-June 26
8:30am-12:00pm or 3:00pm
Half day: $190(member) $215(non-member) Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)

Join Stephanie as she guides young campers through painting, building and outdoor fun! From Fairy house design to woodworking with tools and outdoor painting, everyone will get a chance to enjoy the outdoors and learn about new ways to make art!

Instructor: Stephanie Drews-Sheldon

 

Outdoor Art!


 

OUTDOOR PAINTING

Ages 6-10
June 22-June 26
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)


Just think of the amazing ways to paint the outdoors! From using acrylics and tempera to spray bottles of watercolor, these campers will experience it all while learning about composition, color and some art history along the way!
Instructor: Rachael Wells

 

 

Outdoor Painting


FASHION DESIGN I


Ages 11-17

June 22-June 26
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Back by popular demand, Donna Collins will help these fashionistas gain important skills on sewing machines to redesign old clothing into new favorite outfits. So, raid your closet, campers, or visit a used clothing store! There is so much material and accessories to choose from, but bring some of your own like buttons, sequins, lace, ribbon, etc. Basic sewing skills are helpful but not necessary.
Instructor: Donna Collins

Fashion Design

  


PARADE FLOAT 


Ages 5-10

June 29-July 1
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Campers will get a lot out of this 3 day camp dedicated to showcasing all Helen Day Art Center has to offer! Campers will help design, paint, cut wood and showcase their talents in a parade float for the Stowe Fourth of July Parade and ride in the float during the parade! We are working with a boat theme, so come aboard and join the fun!!
Instructor: Chris Roncarati

Parade Float Camp

 


FASHION DESIGN II

Ages 11-17
June 29-July 3
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Session II with Donna Collins can be for new campers to Fashion Camp or those wanting to build on their skills from the first session, gaining important skills on sewing machines to redesign old clothing into new favorite outfits. So, raid your closet, campers, or visit a used clothing store! There is so much material and accessories to choose from, but bring some of your own like buttons, sequins, lace, ribbon, etc. Basic sewing skills are helpful but not necessary.
Instructor: Donna Collins

 

Fashion Design II

 


MAKE BELIEVE WITH MOLLY

Ages 3-5
July 6-10
8:30am-12:00pm or 3:00pm
Half day: $190(member) $215(non-member) Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
This camp features lots of theatrical play. The students will spend this week exploring lots of different aspects of theatre. Set design, movement, costume play, stage directions, story telling, improv, rhythm, shadow puppets, and more. This is a wonderful way to introduce your child to this beloved performing art!
Instructor: Molly Mitchell

Make Believe with Molly

 

 

 


COMICS AND CARTOONING

Ages 9-13
July 6-10
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Work with accomplished cartoonist Dorinne Dorfman and learn what it takes to become a cartoonist and how cartooning can be applied to character design, animation, storyboarding, and comics. Young artists will also explore why they're drawn to a specific visual style or genre from their reading or viewing experience. They will expand on their concept of cartooning and illustration while strengthening their drawing skills.
Instructor: Dorinne Dorfman

Comics and Cartooning

 

 

 


OUTDOOR MURAL MAKING

Ages 11-17
July 6-10
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Join accomplished muralist Averill McDowell and learn every step of the mural making process. Participants will understand what it takes to make a mural come into fruition, from community outreach and design consensus to mapping out the concept and of course the joy of painting it into life!
Instructor Averill McDowell

Outdoor Mural Making

 

 

 


YOUNG PRINTMAKERS

Ages 5-8
July 13-17
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Rachael Wells will help guide these young printmakers throughout nature to find printmaking surprises and learn techniques for printing. From creating foam imprints to using natural materials, and even some light carving, campers will have the ability to improve their printing skills on the HDAC printing press!
Instructor: Rachael Wells

 

Young Printmakers

 

 


COOKING AROUND THE WORLD!

Ages 9-12
July 13-17
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Join avid cooking enthusiast Senora Reina as she guides young chefs through the world of cooking. From Mexican salsa to Asian noodles, campers will cut, chop, and puree their way through countries, tasting their flavors and learning about their culture along the way...with a grand fiesta on the last day!
Instructor: Soraya Reina

 

Cooking Around the World!



ILLUSTRATION CAMP

Ages 11-17
July 13-17
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
We are thrilled to have New York Times Best-selling illustrator Nancy Harrison teach campers some amazing tips and tricks while they create their own illustrations. From traditional to digital, these young illustrators will be inspired and challenged with new materials and techniques that will take their art to the next level. Projects that are adaptable to what each student loves to draw will have their creative brains on overdrive!
Instructor:Nancy Harrison

 

Illustration Camp

 


WOOD WORKING + STOWE LAND TRUST

Ages 5-7
July 20-24
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Come and explore the outdoors and learn about trees and woodworking with Stephanie and Stowe Land Trust! Campers will work with Stephanie saw, nail and design woodworking projects such as a personalized sitting stool that can be used for outdoor drawing! Their outdoor time with Stowe Land Trust will help them identify plants and trees and bring those skills back into the woodshop to make identification labels for the rec path! So much outdoor fun with fantastic projects!
Instructor: Stephanie Drews-Sheldon

Woodworking + Stowe Land Trust

 

 


POETRY + PLAY

Ages 6-10
July 20-24
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Join us this fantastic week as Molly teaches your child the performance art of Theatre. Each actor will choose a piece from Dr. Seuss to memorize, and then design a costume. If you sign up, plan on helping your child with their piece at home. Each young actor will learn stage directions, theatrical movement, light sewing, and how to be a supportive audience member. The week will culminate with a performance showcasing your child’s work!
Instructor: Molly Mitchell

 

Poetry + Play
Poetry + Play


DIGITAL ART IN MOTION!

Ages 11-17
July 20-24
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
In this fascinating class where digital meets traditional art practices, Kristina Gosh guides campers through the world of Thaumatropes and zoetropes, old-timey animation toys that are incredibly fun to make! Long before film and video were invented, people would entertain themselves by making these whirling image wheels to delight their friends and family. Campers will create their own theme/story that comes to life through these toys and flipbooks, while learning about the fascinating history of moving pictures and translate their stories into digital formats using iMovie, GIFs and animation software. They will take walking trips around the Art Center and Recreation Path to collect inspiration for their moving stories. Online portfolios will be created for each camper to document their artwork and creative process.
Instructor: Kristina Gosh

Digital Art in Motion

 


MICROSCOPE MAGIC

Ages 3-5
July 27-31
8:30am-12:00pm
Half day: $190(member) $215(non-member)
These young artist will use be amazed at the micro world around them! Rachel Mirus will show them the world through the lens of a microscope or magnifying glass and use art to describe what they see! From food based finger paint to bubble prints and nature collages, campers will experience the outdoors and all nature has to show them through the looking glass!
Instructor: Rachel Mirus

 

Microscope Magic: A Science/Art Adventure!

BAKING + BRANDING

Ages 6-10
July 27-31
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Baking is not only a fun learning experience, it can be a vehicle for many future endeavors! In the mornings, campers will learn baking skills in the morning with fresh, healthy ingredients and spend some great time outdoors as well! In this afternoon, Rachael Wells will guide young graphic designers in creating fun and functional packaging for the yummy goods they’ve made in cooking class. From mason jar ingredient gifts to marketing their own concoctions, campers will learn about branding and how to make a delicious product stand out using traditional art materials as well as digital design!
Instructor: Stephanie Drews-Sheldon, Rachael Wells 

Baking + Branding

 


SCREENWRITING FOR FILM

Ages 11-17
July 27-31
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Stella Drews-Sheldon will help lead campers through the fascinating steps to writing a screenplay. From group brainstorm activities and location scouting to generate ideas to individual one-on-one story development, these young writers will learn the ins and outs of screenwriting while adding standout content to their portfolios!
Instructor: Stella Drews-Sheldon

 

 

Screenwriting for Film

 


WEARABLE ART

Ages 8-12
August 3-7
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
Shannon O'Connell will help guide these imaginative campers through the world of high fashion. They will examine the fashion industry and how ideas can emerge from anything they see and find inspirational. They will hone their sewing machine skills while thinking outside of the box of everyday fashion. From bottle caps to upholstery samples and other found materials, these fashion forward campers will try it all with amazing results!
Instructor: Shannon O'Connell 

Wearable Art


FILMMAKING

Ages 11-17
August 3-7
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)
What a gift to have Joe Smith back again to help guide young filmmakers through all of the steps in creating a short film. Campers will learn to work collaboratively, conceptualizing and producing a film from start to finish. They will also have a chance to view and discuss other films of merit and and identify why they were successful. Whether you like editing, filming, prop making, makeup or acting, this is the camp for you!
Instructor: Joe Smith 

Filmmaking

 

 


JEWELRY MAKING

Ages 11-17
August 10-14
8:30am-3:00pm
Full day: $300(member) $325(non-member)

In the mornings, Carrie will help campers explore the world of wire fabricated jewelry and find inspiration from the outdoors. The patterns, textures and rhythms of nature will inform their creative process in many ways! Students will learn about natural gemstones, wire wrapping, texture hammering, and stamping to complete a jewelry set.


Instructor:Carrie Heintzelman/Rachael Wells

Jewelry Making


 

UNBELIEVABLE ART WITH REC

Ages 5-10
August 17-21
8:30am-12pm
Register with Stowe Rec

From working with clay and wood to painting on canvas, these campers will experience it all with art history and outdoor fun mixed in! 

Register for this camp at:
www.stowerec.org or call 802-253-6138

*HDAC membership discount does not apply for this camp

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Instructor Bios - Summer 2020

Donna Collins has been in the garment industry since the 4th grade when she sold doll clothes to her friends. She has done costume design for the Lyric Theatre and The Flynn Center for Performing Arts. She has also worked for Garnet Hill, Burton, Brystie and the Johnson Woolen Mill. Donna does everything from designing to pattern making and is currently working as a freelance design technician.

Dorinne Dorfman, Ed. D. studied fine and commercial art at the School of Visual Arts, the University of Vermont, and Goddard College. For ten years, she taught a wide range of art courses to K-12 students and served as the director of a career academy of the arts. She completed masters and doctoral degrees in education and served as a school administrator. As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught at the Technical University of Berlin and conducted research on democratic secondary education in Germany. Her interests include child development in the arts, mindfulness, restorative practices, and full-service community schools.

Stella Drews-Sheldon bio coming soon

Stephanie Drews-Sheldon recently moved to Vermont and creates commissioned and gallery furniture pieces, as well as small production work She earned her MFA in Wood Design from East Carolina State University where she taught design and wood design classes. Stephanie spent 12 years working at an independent school in Washington D.C. teaching and creating art, woodworking, and ceramic curricula for all ages.

Kristina Gosh is an interdisciplinary teaching artist, curriculum designer, and art activist based in Chicago and Vermont. Her creative practice twists together digital and analog imagery, and explores the dichotomies of everyday life through installation, digital collage, social performance, writing, sculptural painting and yoga. Kristina taught at Columbia College Chicago for five years where she was on faculty in the television department and an arts integrationist and after-school instructor at the Center for Community Arts Partnerships. Her work has been exhibited at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Center for Book & Paper Arts, The Chicago Humanities Festival, and Art on Track Chicago-a mobile performance art festival on a CTA train. Kristina holds a double BA in Studio Art & French from the University of Vermont and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College Chicago.

Nancy Harrison bio coming soon

Carrie Heintzelman bio coming soon

Averill McDowell bio coming soon

Rachel Mirus is a STEAM teaching artist with a focus on drawing and painting subjects from nature following the traditions of natural history illustration. She uses a variety of media, but especially acrylic, watercolor, and graphite. Her art, whether it's drawing, painting, or craft, is a way of learning about the natural world. While she loves making art, Rachel is also passionate about using art to teach the life sciences, encouraging students to slow down and look closely at small details, like a beetle on a leaf, giving you the time and space to really see and understand. This practice of thoughtful observation is the skill she most want to teach, considering it the foundation of effective illustration and how to think like a scientist. 

Molly Mitchell is the founder and Director of Stowe Children's Theatre. Molly participated in theatre in high school and was accepted into two different Actor/Training programs. She decided to pursue her medical interests and obtained an Associate of Applied Science through the college of Southern Idaho. She practiced veterinary medicine for a number of years before taking a break to raise her children. In the summer of 2014 Molly began teaching theatre games to children through the Stowe Free Library. Through the support and encouragement of this community, Stowe Children's Theatre has grown. She loves to see children learn valuable life skills through participating in all aspects of theatre. She feels children can benefit greatly from the unique situations that students learn to navigate during rehearsals. She is proud to offer more classes for the amazing children in this community!

Shannon O’Connell bio coming soon

Soraya Reina bio coming soon

Chris Roncarati bio coming soon

Joe Smith is a native Vermonter currently enrolled at Northern Vermont University pursuing a degree in Art Education. Along with filmmaking, he focuses on graphic design and other forms of digital media. His artwork has been exhibited in the Vermont Congressional Art Show and Johnson Studio Center. He has previously participated in the Vermont SkillsUSA advertising design competition in which he garnered second place. Joe takes pride in assisting young filmmakers in directing their own vision and sense of life into their work. He is currently involved in social justice work and travels around the world to assist communities and explore their social, political, and cultural dynamics.

Rachael Wells bio coming soon


 

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