ASIW Minor Classes

Minor Classes for 2018

**NOTE: When registering, you will rank 10 minor 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!

ASW CHALLENGE COURSE

Alex Witte, Yona Lunken

Kids race through challenges in teams of two like the monkey bridge, zip line and mud mountain while trying to beat their own best time. Students will get VERY dirty and MUST wear secure closed toed shoes. Ages 10-18

 

CLAY PLAY

Ella Brown Dunn

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!

Ages 8-18

 

 

CREEPY CRAWLERS

Douglas Holmes

Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians. This is a brief introduction to these misunderstood animals. Ages 8-18

 

DISCOVERING MONARCHS

Karen Logan & Jana Maxwell

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. Students will also make butterfly and larva crafts to take home. Ages 7-11

 

DRAWING WITH THE SUN

Hiram Toraason

Drawing with the sun’s power. Students will have the opportunity to create with the use of optics and the sun. Ages 10-18

 

FORAGERS HARVEST

Dan Fitzpatrick.

Enjoy preparing and eating wild foraged foods. Learn how to process acorns, honey, make cat tail pollen pancakes, hickory nuts, walnuts and more. We will be cooking and eating many of these over a fire so save room after lunch. Ages 11-18

 

FOSSILS AND ROCKS

Merrill Foster, Ph.D.

Hike the creek bed to see what rock & fossil treasures you will find. Includes lecture, only students with a serious interest in geology should enroll in this class. Ages 10- 18

 

GLOBAL STREET ART

Michael Kershnar

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

 

HAND DRILL FRICTION FIRE

Nick Neddo

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. Ages 10-18

 

HENNA ART

Gretchen Fitzpatrick

Henna is a paste that when applied to the skin leaves a stain. This staining lasts 7-10 days and is an ancient art form. In this class we will learn about Henna and the history of Henna as a form of art. Each student will learn some basic design elements used in Henna Body Art and then get to try Henna on themselves or others. Ages 7-18

 

HENNA DESIGNS WITH NICKI

Nicki DePauw

Henna is a plant based paste that when applied to the skin, leaves a natural stain that lasts about a week. Students will  learn how  to apply traditional Indian designs as well as their own modern creations. Ages 8-18.

 

ILLINOIS INSECTS

Mark DuBois

We will learn about local insects through direct field observations. We will focus on different groups of insects each afternoon. Ages 8-18

 

KIT ROCKETS

Dennis Sparr

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) Ages 8-18

 

KNITTING IN NATURE

Julia Schwass

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. Ages 10-18

 

MANDALAS AND MEDITATION

Marilyn Steiner

Participants will be asked to look for mandalas and symmetry in the world around us. Students will then create individual and or group mandalas and use guided meditation to enjoy the energy and balance of this cosmic design. Ages 7-18

 

NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS & CULTURE

Jimmy Lakota Edwards and the Eagle Ridge Singers and Friends

Native drumming, dancing, flute, storytelling and crafts. Ages 8-18

 

NATURE CRAFT

Fiona Lake

Students will go on nature walks to gather material to create something special to take home. Ages 7-10

 

PAINT AND DRAW WITH DOUG DEPAUW

Doug DePauw

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!  Ages 7-18

 

RHYTHM AND RHYME

Oba William King

Sing, dance drum, recite and create an afternoon of resurrecting nursery rhymes and playground games through storytelling. This is the place to discover the voice inside of you. Ages 7-10.

 

SCULPT AND DRAW NATURE

Sharon Bladholm

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. Ages 7-18

 

SPLAT!

Adam Maas

Create splatter paintings like a master. This class requires no knowledge of painting or drawing — only a desire to make something awesome!

Ages 7-11

 

VIDEO CREW FOR A DAY 

Jim Morrissette

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 4-5 different students each afternoon to prepare a video to be shown at the Friday evening ASIW celebration.  Both boys and girls are encouraged to apply!

Ages 11-18

 

WATERCOLOR IN THE WOODS

Jody Tockes

Students will create a plain air sketch of local flora, fauna or a landscape and then create a watercolor painting of their observations. Ages 8-18

 

YOGA IN THE WOODS

Beth Ann Eggers

This class will introduce hiking, charcoal drawing, vision boarding, all centered around a yoga practice.  Let nature be your guide! Ages 7-18