Creativity, Nature, Mindfulness & Play
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Explore a different artist, art style or theme each week. Ages 6-10 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.
Each Week Through the Summer
8:30am – 4:30pm
Week 1 – June 10-June 14 – Frog Town – This camp is based on the book, “One Night in Frog Town”, by local author Phillip Pelletier. Campers will explore relationships in nature, music and art while learning about concepts of diversity, friendship and self-awareness during this camp. Campers will explore depths of imagination, art and thoughtful appreciation of our differences.
Week 2 – June 17-June 21 – Yoga & Mindfulness – 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 3 – June 24-June 28 – 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 4 – July 1-3 – Mixed Media – 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.
Week 5 – July 8-12 – Wooden Creations – Join us for a fun-filled building camp. Campers will work individually or together to build wooden creations using hammer and nails or hot glue, wood, and natural materials. Projects may be inspired by models or campers’ individual creative designs. Camp time includes outdoor time playing at the park and hiking at Forest Park.
Week 6 – July 15-July 19 – 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 7 – July 22-July 26 – Fiber Arts – In this summer camp we will study aboutnature 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 8 – July 28-August 2 – Multicultural Art – Explore different cultural traditions which incorporate art, stories, and songs. Learn about geography, art techniques and cultural beliefs.
Week 9 – August 5-9 – Puppetry – 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 10 – August 12-16 – Salamander Room – Based on the book, The Salamander Room by AnneMazer, 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 11 – August 19-23 – Slime, Silly Putty & Bubbles – 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 12 – August 26-30 – Te of Piglet – Campers explore relationship dynamics between well-loved Winnie the Pooh characters and how those relationships may share similarities in their own relationships with friends and family. Using a variety of art media and plenty of time outdoors in nature, campers will explore Taoist concepts of living in harmony with others and the natural world. Using a variety of art media, campers will create artistic representations of friendship and harmony with self and others.
Week 13 – September 2-6 – Mixed Media – 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.