Major Classes for 2017
ABORIGINAL SURVIVAL ARTS – BASIC – ALL DAY EVERY DAY
Zack Roh, Tom McElroy
A fun, informative class teaching students basic survival skills, awareness skills and Native American Indian philosophy. We will be focusing on the basic 4: shelter, water, fire and food plus many other Native-American Indian skills. Ages 11-18
ABORIGNAL SURVIVAL ARTS – ADVANCED – ALL DAY EVERY DAY
Dean Poignant, Bill McConnell
This class is for students who have participated in the basic aboriginal survival arts class and want to fine tune their old skills and learn new ones. New skills this year include brush & branch bows and survival arrows, primitive traps, new fire making techniques, and fish catching baskets. Ages 12-18
ALL ABOUT BIRDS
This class will cover information about birds in general and specific information about local birds. It will include capturing and banding live birds in different areas of the Sun Foundation property. We will discuss different types of birds, how they use their habitat, why they fly, and other things that make them very unique animals. Students will also complete hands on activities to learn about eggs, nests, and what birds eat. Finally, students will learn how to use binoculars to find and identify local birds in different habitats. (Bring your own binoculars if you have them. . Ages 8-11
ARCHAEOLOGY, ARTIFACTS AND NATIVE AMERICAN LIFEWAYS
Archaeologists recover and study artifacts to learn about Native American ways of life. In this class, we study artifacts such as spear points and pottery to learn how they were made and used. Then we will make modern examples and learn how to use them. Activities will include: artifact drawing, spear point making, pottery reconstruction, pottery making, spear throwing, storytelling, nature hikes and Native American games of skill and fun. Ages 8-12
ARE WE THERE YET?
This class is designed to teach several different aspects of maps including drawing, reading and following maps, measuring elevation, use of compass, cache drops and use of GPS. In addition, students will keep a journal, and learn about Lewis and Clark. Ages 10-18
Rocketeers will build & launch individual rockets made of materials common in most homes. Students will also participate in an expert group engineered project to be flown at the Friday performances. It is preferable that students have prior participation in a kit rocket minor class. *Please note a $10.00 rocket fee is required at time of registration. Ages 10 – 18
BUTTERFLIES, OUR FRIENDS
Jana Maxwell, Karen Logan
Monarch butterflies are insects on a journey. We will explore the beauty of these unique insects, the challenges they face, and what we can do to help them on their odyssey. Ages 7-10
Students will create crafts done weekly at Grolwery Art Nights in San Francisco, CA. These projects which students will get to take home include friendship bracelets, memory boxes, sewing, masks, mosaics, zine making, partner portrait drawing and collage. California crafting will offer a modern West Coast twist to classic summer camp favoirtes. Ages 7-10
Ella Brown Dunn
Students will enjoy creating with clay using multiple construction techniques while being inspired by examples from various cultures. Ages 8-12
COMEDY IN THE WOODS
This class will explore the zany art of comedy through pratfalls, pies in the face and puns. Students will work together with a variety of comic theatre games to perform classic skits from British comedy troupe Monty Python including “Albatross”, “Ministry of Silly Walks”, and “Penguin on the Telly.” This will be an all day major class except for Mon. & Tues. when students can sign up for minor classes. Students who sign up for this class are required to remain for Friday evening performance.
Please do not sign up for this class if you cannot commit to remain for the Friday evening activities. Ages 8-11
This fun and exciting class on Native American games and adventuresome field exercises uses the landscape as a classroom. Games such as Native American field hockey, hoop and stick games, lacrosse, double ball and awareness games are all part of the excitement. This major class usually fills up immediately but minor classes are usually open a bit longer! Ages 11-18
CREATIVITY IN THE WOODS
A basics course on getting ideas flowing, this class will include lots of games, brainstorming, and imagining… what if? We’ll make journals for capturing all of our ideas as we explore the Blue Heron Farm and we’ll use nature to inspire several creative projects throughout the week including one group project.. Ages 8-12 years
DRAW WITH BRUSHES/PAINT WITH PENCILS
Ready to draw and paint? This class will give you the jump start for a summer of creativity. Here the art supply box is wide open, so the class can learn new techniques with new and familiar art supplies. Students are given individual direction as needed, but encouraged through the week to follow their own path. Ages 10-18
DRAWING & SCULPTING FROM NATURE
We will explore the marshes, creeks and woods of the Sun Foundation to observe the larger natural world, taking sketch books with us to make “Nature Notes” We’ll collect leaves and flowers to use other specimens (such as preserved fish, frogs, turtles, bones, shells, and coral.) back in our barn to create more detailed art. We will draw and paint with watercolor, pencils and cray pas for two days, incorporating our notes form the natural world. On the third day we will begin working with clay, learning how to translate our ideas into #-dimensions. We will combine our own inspirations and observations of the natural world as well as use our imaginations to create drawings and paintings, and sculptures with clay. Ages 8-12
DRAWING WITH THE SUN
In this class we will learn to burn designs on wood using a magnifying lens and the sunshine. It is an opportunity to draw with sunlight. In this beginning class we will learn the technique of solar burning and then use this skill to ‘draw” in various situations. A main focus will be to experiment with ‘solar drawing’ on various materials with the goal of finding, conceiving and creating a personal ‘walking stick” or “magic wand” using the focused sun, and other found natural materials to decorate these personal totems. Ages 10-18
EXPLORING THE INSECT WORLD AROUND US
Students will explore the various habitats of the Sun Foundation to discover what insects live where. Students will also learn about metamorphosis and the main orders of insects and their importance. Students will also get an introduction to a digital microscope. Ages 10-18
GETTING FAMILIAR WITH REPTILES
This is an introduction to herpetology with hands on experiences. Be ready to get wet and dirty and learn where these unique animals live. We will spend the week learning how and what they eat, where they are found and how to care for them. Class meets all day on Wednesday, you will not have a minor class that day!
GLOBAL STREET ART
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 creating a character/name that represents you in your fullness ad 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. Ages 11 -18
This class will use guided imagery stories to inspire an original artwork based around an imaginary world (Imagination Nation) All week the focus will be on the imagination and creation of artwork based on this Imagination Nation. Kids will be drawing, painting, sculpting and exploring the world around them for inspiration. Ages 7- 10
MURAL, MURAL, MURAL!
In this class we will work on and complete a LARGE mural as a group. We will draw our inspiration from nature and the life around us using bright colors and vivid expressions that capture the artist/explorer in each of us. Get ready to get messy and creative and leave this class with the knowledge to make a painting of any size. Ages 8 – 18
PAINT ON THE PATH
Participants will spend much time exploring the beautiful grounds of the Sun Foundation and learn to record (in the form of a nature journal) what they see and hear in nature through drawing, painting and journaling. A traveling nature journal pack will be created from repurposed items and will be used throughout the week. Each day a different conservationist, scientists, artist or explorer will be high-lighted. Ages 8-11
Storytelling Time is an interactive performance based, traditional folk-art activity. Students will learn a group story – Firefly and Light Star – I See the Light In You.. Also, students will create or memorize individual stories that fit their personality. We will participate in various on site field trips and use 1 day to roam the Sun Foundation grounds finding inspirations for story ideas. Djembe Drum, and recorded music play a part in the final presentations Ages 7-10
TREASURE HUNT FOR THE PAST
Prowl creek beds with Dr. Foster searching for informative and/or attractive pebbles. Learn to interpret earth and life history from pebbles. Learn to recognize and illustrate various minerals, rocks and fossils.
Class includes lecture. Only students interested in a serious introduction to geology should enroll in this course. Ages 10-18
WILD CRAFTED ART MATERIALS
Forage for your own art materials from the wild landscape and use them to express your creativity! In this class we will be making paint from stones, paintbrushes from sticks, fur and feathers, inks from plants and trees, pens and crayons from . . . you get the picture. We start from scratch and end with high quality art materials we can use for any of our artistic endeavors. Ages 11-18
Pee Wee Classes for 6 & 7 year old students
These classes are specifically for children ages 6 & 7 who will have completed kindergarten by June 2017. Students will remain with their major class groups all day and will be visited by other instructors in the afternoons. All classes will expose children to both art and science activities shared by professionals who are passionate about what they teach! These classes fill quickly so register early if interested!
Please note – if you have a “mature” 7 year old you could check out regular class listings for a couple of other options for that age group.
CLASSY CRITTERS – Pee Wee Class
This is an introductory class for children to learn an appreciation for, and connection to, the animals we share this earth with. Students will be encouraged to explore the great outdoors while using all their senses to identify and group animals commonly found in our “neck of the woods”. We will learn about these interesting creatures and their habitats, and use our awesome surroundings to do arts and crafts every day!
LITTLE EXPLORERS – Pee Wee Class
This class is an introduction to the Sun Foundation. Children will develop an appreciation for nature’s beauty and an understanding of their connection with the environment. Students will complete many fun art projects and conduct a few science experiments as well.
LITTLE LEONARDOS – Pee Wee Class
Students will study the art and science of Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was an inventor, artist, sculptor, botanist and geologist. Little Leonardo’s will paint, sculpt, create, explore the creek and Great Oak Tree to examine rocks and plants, create secret codes, and study the use of a trebuchet!