Minor Classes for 2017
ASW CHALLENGE COURSE
Kids race through challenges 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
BEAUTIFUL BEADS OF NATURE
Learn to use beads made from stone, metal, glass, clay, wood, bone or other organic materials to create jewelry of your own design. We will learn simple techniques to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Ages 10-18
BIRD IN THE HAND
In this class, birds will be carefully captured in mist nets and the instructor and students will apply a small metal band around their leg, which allows study of the future movement and behavior of birds after release. Students will learn about bird conservation, the value of identification of birds, how to tell males and females apart, and ways to determine the health of wild birds. Students will get an up close experience with living birds.
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!
Learn and play games such as Native American field hockey, hoop and stick games, lacrosse, double ball and awareness games.
Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians. This is a brief introduction to these misunderstood animals.
DRAWING WITH THE SUN
Learn to use a magnifying lens and the sun to burn designs into wood. Ages 10-18
Students will get an introduction to the overview of insect orders, a digital microscope, and insects in their habitats. Ages 8-18
In this class we’ll design and hand sew our own flags. Students will learn the basics of creating simple icons to represent objects and ideas and simple sewing techniques, including basic Sashiko stitching. Ages 8-11
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
At the end of this minor class students will leave with a friendship bracelet to keep for themselves or give as a gift along with the techniques to create infinite bracelets in the future. Students will get to select from a variety of colors and styles. This is a focused project and students should be passionate about creating something truly wonderful. Ages 8-12
GLOBAL STREET ART
Team up with the Elemental Skate and Create class to do art on broken or used skateboards. Take something that is used, repurpose it, and give it new life. Ages 11-18
HAND DRILL FRICTION FIRE
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 consisten success as we deepen our personal relationship with fire. Ages 10-18
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 8-18
HIP HOP NURSERY RHYMES AT THE IMAGINATION STATION
Oba William King
Sing, dance, drum, recite and create an afternoon of resurrecting nursery rhymes and playground games through storytelling. Based in the traditional folk-art of storytelling. Imagination Station is the place to discover the voice inside of you. Ages 7-10
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 & Lorraine 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
MILKWEED FOR MONARCHS
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 7-11
MY KIND OF MANDALA
Mandalas are a beautiful project to pull math, culture, art skills and geography together in an easily understood and highly succesful way. We will learn techniques to create a colorful and intricate design. Ages 7-10.
NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS & CULTURE
Jo Lakota, Jimmy Lakota
Native drumming, dancing, flute, storytelling and crafts. Ages 8-18
NATIVE AMERICAN FUN AND GAMES
Brian Fox Ellis
Games of strength, speed, cunning. skill and cooperation. These games are not only fun, they help us to be better animals on the earth. Ages 7-12
Students will create modular origami. Multiple pieces of paper will be folded and assembled into finished objects. Ages 10-18
PAINT AND DRAW WITH 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 8-18
PARTY IN THE PRAIRIE
Susie Grana Ingram
Imagine you are a traveler in the late 1700’s, traversing this vast countryside through territories of unknown. Both delights and dangers awaited American pioneers as they crossed the prairie. Travel back in time and discover the expansive grassland habitats of Illinois. Explore the science of the prairie with games, crafts and other activates that celebrate the Prairie State! Ages 7-11
SCULPT AND DRAW NATURE
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 8-12
SING SONGS, TELL TALES, MAKE & TAKE
We’ll gather together to sing camp songs, tell stories and make some fun things to take home. Ages 7-10
Create splatter paintings like a master. This class requires no knowledge of painting or drawing — only a desire to make something awesome!
THE BIRD’S BEAK
Every bird needs to eat and each bird’s beak gives us a clue about what the bird eats. In this class, students will learn how different birds use their beaks to gather and eat their food. Students will have the opportunity to both learn about different types of birds and use hands-on experiments to find out just how difficult it is to get certain types of ood. Ages 8-11
VIDEO CREW FOR A DAY
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 2 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!
WATERCOLOR IN THE WOODS
Students will create a plein air sketch of local flora, fauna or a landscape and then create a watercolor painting of their observations. Ages 8-18