Minor Courses Alphabetically
Monday through Thursday afternoon classes are called Minors; a chance to do something different each day with different students about topics that interest you.
When registering you will choose ten (10) Minors, ranked in order of preference. Consider your top choices before beginning the registration process.
Participants will be placed in classes with students of similar ages. Age limits may be adapted as enrollment progresses. Pee Wee students must have completed kindergarten by June, 2019. Class sizes are limited in space and fill quickly. We encourage early registration.
This class is for students who have taken Henna and want to do more. Students will create 2-D designs using a cone filled with paint applied to a canvas. Traditional henna paste will also be available to design on skin.
We’ll have fun together making puppets and musical instruments using recycled and recyclable materials then, we’ll learn how to bring them to life as we share our creations, some stories and sing some songs together.
Kids race through challenges in teams of two—challenges include the monkey bridge, zip line, alligator pit, jungle swing and mud mountain—and trying to beat their own best time. Students will get VERY dirty and MUST wear secure closed toed shoes.
This course is full and closed for registration.
Come and see why clay has been an honored art form for thousands of years! Students will have time for both group projects as well as free expression time. We will use special clay that will allow you to take your masterpieces home the same day you create them! Bring a box to transport your treasures!
Students will learn about our state insect, the monarch butterfly and its importance as a valuable pollinator in the ecosystem. They will identify the life cycle stages, make seed balls for starting mini butterfly gardens at home and make a butterfly and larva to take home.
Students will explore the history of street art as a global phenomenon. By looking at the styles and mediums used in the U.S., Brazil, and Europe students will learn how this art movement dwells in both streets and museums. Participants will also experience team work, cooperation, balance and expression. Activities will include creating a character/name that represents you in your fullness and create it on stickers, walls, and other found objects with markers and bucket paint. Students should feel passionate about the subject matter and be willing to take creative and personal risks.
Learn the ancient skills of starting fire with friction with this universal technique – the hand drill. In this class we will learn how to find excellent raw materials on the landscape for building the hand drill friction fire kit. After we create the kit, we will build our form and technique for consistent success as we deepen our personal relationship with fire.
We will learn about local insects through direct field observations. We will focus on different groups of insects each afternoon.
To see what Mark’s students experienced last year, go to markdubois.info/ASIW —be sure to check out the new link for puzzlers!
Rocketeers will build and launch a level 1 rocket (ALPHA type), and take it home if recovered. Rocketeers will gain experience that will be beneficial to those who wish to continue into Blastoff Major the following years.
Please note $10.00 fee is required for rocket kit at the time of registration.
Students will learn the basic stitches to begin a project (called casting on), knitting, purling, and the technique to end a project (called casting off). Students will be able to take their needles and yarn home with them and a quick project to keep. Students will also get instructions to make simple fingerless gloves, a simple hat, and a simple scarf.
Oba shares new and old stories—folktales, fables—including Anansi, Brer Rabbit, and Obalina Willamina the world’s most beautiful ballerina. All material will be adapted to fit the age group of the day’s participants. Class will include music, drums and ensemble activity.
Spend an afternoon of drawing and painting in an open-air tent. This is a sampling of Doug’s major class or a refresher for previous students. The class starts with a fun & challenging still life, moves to self-direction, and grows to a free flow of art materials, subject & creativity. This might be just what you need for the momentum of your art making beyond the classroom setting!
Work from preserved specimens including fish, turtles, crayfish, frogs, shells, coral, fossils, and bones such as animal skulls. We will explore these forms on paper using a variety of drawing materials and watercolor studying the beautiful colors, textures and details they contain. Students will also have a chance to create some of these forms in self-hardening clay.
This course is full and closed for registration.
This is a rare opportunity for a few students to intern with a professional videographer for an afternoon. Applicants for this class should have a passionate interest in videography. Jim will work with 4 different students each afternoon to prepare a video to be shown at the Friday evening celebration. Both boys and girls are encouraged to apply!