Creativity, Nature, Mindfulness & Play
Explore a different artist, art style or theme each week. Ages 6-9 and 10-13 enjoy the same themes designed to challenge and engage kids with different skills and social needs for each age group.Some themes are new each year and other stay the same. Kids who have already joined a camp are encouraged to join again and build new skills. Camps include art instruction time, outdoor exploration, time for lunch, yoga, community volunteering, occasional field trips, and play. Each camp also includes tours of the historic neighborhood, led by Slabtown Tours. All camps are taught by professional artists and/or professional educators. Camps are held at Creative Roots in NW Portland, at 2661 NW Thurman Street, unless noted otherwise.
Instructor to student ratio is very low and space is limited, please enroll by May 30th to ensure your child’s space in camps. If you have questions about which camp your child should attend, please contact us.
Summer Camps 2018
Each Week Through the Summer
8:30am – 4:30pm
Join us for Summer Camps 2018!
Week 1 – June 11-15 – Mindfulness & Yoga Camp – Develop a yoga and mindfulness practice infused with creativity. We will explore strategies for self-care, stress reduction and wellness practices which campers can take home. Activities will be both indoors and outdoors throughout the week.
Week 2 – June 18-22 – Sewing Camp – Learn the basics of sewing. Make fragrant animal friends and simple sewing projects throughout the week. If campers have been to one of our sewing camps, or have prior experience, there is lots of room for creativity and support with sewing more complex projects.
Week 3 – June 25-29 – Art Around the World – Explore different cultural traditions which incorporate art, stories, and songs. Learn about geography, art techniques and cultural beliefs.
Week 4 – July 2-6 – Peace, Love & Sunglasses (No Camp July 4) –
Tie-dye, batik, sunshine and warmth during this fun exploratory camp. Campers will have a chance to try different dying techniques, create flags, banners and a box filled with peaceful images to take with them after camp is over.
Week 5 – July 9-13 – Enchanted Forest Hikes & Fairies – Campers enjoy a relaxing week of nature hikes, observations and fairy house building. Make unique and creative fairy houses to attract fairies to NW Portland, and take home a fairy house to attract fairies to your home.
Week 6 – July 16-20 – Cooking – Learn basic food preparation and cooking techniques while incorporating art in your food preparation. Leave camp with a recipe book of healthy and delicious snacks to make at home for yourself and your family.
Week 7 – July 23-27 – The Salamander Room – Based on the book, The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, kids will spend the week designing and creating a habitat for a salamander, or other favorite creature. This camp will incorporate a lot of hiking and outdoor time exploring small habitats in nature,
Week 8 – July 30-August 3 – Fiber Arts – In this summer camp we will study about nature as we work with fiber arts. Learn different fiber art techniques including carding, dyeing, needle felting, embroidery, sewing, weaving and all about where natural fibers come from.
Week 9 – August 6-10 – Bubbles, Silly Putty & Slime – Learn about the simple science of every day children’s toys and play materials. Each day campers will make one or two materials to use for countless hours of fun play time. Make bubbles the size of a person, silly putty which actually copies print, slime, play doh and more! Guaranteed hours of playful fun.
Week 9 – August 6-10 – Illustration – Ages 10-13 – Learn the basics of illustration using charcoal, chalk pastel, pencil, colored pencil and other drawing an paintingmedia. Learn about perspective, proportion and illustrate a short story or poem. Take hikes in Portland to illustrate landscape and observations
Week 10 – August 13-17 – Puppetry Camp – During this week of camp we will makemore complex hand puppets and marionettes. Design and make your own puppets each day using a variety of art materials, including paper mâché. Write your own plays and perform them with your friends at the end of the week puppet showcase.
Week 11 – August 20-24 – Leonardo da Vinci – Learn about the science and the art of Leonardo da Vinci’s work. We will study and re-create some of Leonardo da Vinci’s models, learn new drawing skills, and maybe invent something of our own!
Week 12 – August 27-31 – Mixed Media Camp – Campers will paint, work with clay,create paper mâché projects, work on fiber arts projects and more in a relaxing and child-led learning environment. Campers will also have time for outdoor artwork and take small hikes each day in and around Forest Park.