Major Classes for 2018
**NOTE: When registering, you will rank 6 major classes in order of preference. Every effort will be made to place you in the class you rank highest, but we only have limited space in each class. Thank you!
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
Perrin Hendrick, TBA
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
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. Ages 11-18
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
Bollywood Dance combines traditional Indian dance with contemporary jazz and hip hop moves. Students will spend the week learning a unique and energetic dance, and will participate in a group performance on Friday. Ages 10-18
BUTTERFLIES, OUR FRIENDS
Karen Logan, Jana Maxwell
Students will learn about the life cycle of butterflies, what plants they need to survive, where they can be found, and why they are so important as a pollinator insect in our ecosystem. Children will collect, identify and release butterflies found at the camp. If available, students will gather butterfly eggs and larva to watch them develop into chrysalis and emerge into beautiful butterflies. Students will also work with clay, paint and make their own butterfly books and perform science experiments.
Focus will be on learning how to protect monarch butterflies – our state insect which is struggling to survive. Ages 7-10
Students will create crafts Fiona grew up doing in San Francisco, CA. These projects include 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 favorites. Ages 8-11
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
Students will learn the fundamentals of the zany art of comedy. Students will work together to put on a production of the classic comedy “You Can’t Take it With You”, where all the members of the family are a bit crazy. This will be an all-day major except for Monday and Tuesday, when students can sign up for minor classes. Students MUST be able to stay for a Friday evening (around 7:00 pm) performance. Please do not sign up for this class unless you can commit to being available for Friday evening activities. Ages 8-11
COYOTE WARRIORS – ALL DAY EVERY DAY
Luke McNally, Luke Scalise
Ever wondered how to track animals? Catch fish? Start fires without matches? Workout like a ninja warrior? Explore Illinois with new eyes in this interdisciplinary new course. Start the week by building a fortified wilderness camp that will serve as our home base as we explore streams and rivers and forests with wilderness warriors Luke McNally and Luke Scalise. In addition students will learn to catch turtles, scout the forest, throw spears, learn self defense, run faster, raft down the creek, play sports and learn lifelong skills in the field of natural resources including ecosystems, watersheds and wildlife. Inspired by the team comradery of Coyote Games, this course expands on old traditions at ASIW to broaden students’ exposure to the richness of the landscapes and ecosystems on which humans and animals depend.
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
Students will have the opportunity to create with the use of optics and the sun. Students will use glass marbles and protective glasses. Ages 10-18
GET 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
Learn about the Illinois insect fauna (biology, behavior, identification, and much more). You will have the opportunity to experience Illinois insects under the guidance of a professional entomologist with decades of experience studying insects. We will explore a number of different habitats during the week and learn about the role insects play in these ecosystems. Ages 10-18
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
An introduction to Native American animal tales which will be brought to life on screen. Skills include experimenting with light and shadows; paper puppet and mask construction and acting. Ages 8-11
TELLIN’ STORIES AND PLAYING DRUMS
Explore your imagination, share an adventure with folktales and stories, celebrate the art of communication, build a friendship that will last forever. We are storytellers, some of the stories we learn in our childhood help shape the adults we become. Sharing experiences with one another through story helps open the doors to unity and equality. In this class we will take the theme of the week and create a wonderful story with rhythm and song to share with our parents and friends at the Friday performances. This class includes poetry, folktales, drum playing, singing, and performances on Friday afternoon and evening. Students in this class are requested but not required to remain for evening performance. 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.
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
YOGA GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Beth Ann Eggers
Play, Create, Explore! Be ready for a yoga experience of a lifetime. In this energetic class, you will roar like a lion, walk like an elephant, howl like a wolf. Together we’ll hike, experience powerful ecosystems, and above all discover the fire in your own mind. Join us for a yoga experience like no other; where art, nature and yoga dance as one. Let your own internal flame ignite! Ages 7-10
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 2018. 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.
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.
NATURE IN ART & ART IN NATURE
Students will explore the woods, prairie and wetlands of the Sun Foundation while discovering unique plants and animals that live there. We will build on their sense of wonder by taking walks looking for the beauty of nature and using that beauty to inspire works of art. Through this class, students will feel more connected to nature as they listen to a bird or insect, sit under a tree, or marvel at the shapes and colors of a flower.
Children will spend their week exploring the Sun Foundation – learning about the forest, marsh and creek environments. We’ll get wet and muddy as we create art based on the science discoveries we make. We’ll keep nature journals to document our week.