Major Classes for 2014
ABORIGINAL SURVIVAL ARTS – BASIC
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. NOTE: THIS CLASS IS AN ALL DAY MAJOR.
ABORIGNAL SURVIVAL ARTS – ADVANCED
Tom Brown III
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. NOTE: THIS CLASS IS AN ALL DAY MAJOR
ALL ABOUT BIRDS
Travis E. Wilcoxen
This class will cover information about birds in general and specific information about local birds. We will capture and band live birds in different areas of the Sun Foundation
property. We will discuss the different types of birds, how they use their habitat, how and why they fly so far, and other unique things about birds. Students will 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 8-12.
Heidi Smith Parker
The study of animal behavior is known as ethology. In this class we will observe and learn about behavior in a variety of species commonly found in Illinois. We will do these
observations in the marsh and ponds of the Sun Foundation, but we will also bring back a few animals to our station to study during the duration of class. Students will also
design and carry out their own experiments! Ages 8-12.
ARCHAEOLOGY, ARTIFACTS, AND NATIVE AMERICAN
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 8-18.
ARE WE THERE YET?
Students will learn many different aspects of maps including drawing, reading and following maps, measuring elevation, use of compass, cache drops, and use of GPS. In
addition, the students also keep journals and learn about Lewis and Clark. Ages 10-18.
BECOMING A NATURALIST
Find your inner naturalist and come explore the unique prairie and wetland habitats of the Sun Foundation. Each day students will learn new field techniques used by scientists
to investigate the world around them. Together we’ll uncover the natural history of these fascinating ecosystems as well as learn to identify the plants and animals inhabiting the
area. Ages 9-11.
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.
ALL DAY MAJOR CLASS EXCEPT for Tue. And Wed. afternoons! Acting, singing,
dancing, creating costumes, scenery, props, and participating in all the steps necessary
to produce a musical theatre production from auditions to performance. Students will
work together using creative dramatic and theatre games to create characters in a minimusical
ASIW style! Experience not necessary, however memorization of material is done
quickly just like in professional theatre. Ages 9-14.
Ella Brown Dunn
Students will enjoy creating with clay using multiple construction techniques while being
inspired by examples from various cultures. Ages 8-18.
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. Ages 11-18.
Learn how to make better pictures and use software to design and print beautiful photo
collages, create fun video slideshows, add photo text to view photos on desktop or
screensaver. Students will take home a CD of their works. Students must bring their own
digital camera and computer connecting cord. Ages 10-18.
DRAW WITH BRUSHES/PAINT WITH PENCILS
Ready to draw and paint? This class will give you the jump start for a summer of art
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 8-18.
DRAWING & SCULPTING FROM NATURE
We will explore the marshes, creeks and woods of the Sun Foundation to observe the
larger natural world and to collect leaves and flowers to work from along with other
specimens we will have such as preserved fish, frogs, turtles, bones, shells, and coral.
We will draw and paint with watercolor, pencils and craypas for two days. On the
third day we will begin clay relief sculptural pieces with self-hardening clay. 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.
FISHING FOR FOOD
Tim is an expert fisherman who is excited to share his knowledge with
anyone interested. He will discuss both the old and new ways of fishing
and share different techniques that are used. Rods & reels will be
provided along with bait and lures. If students want to take home their
fish, ice and bags will be provided. Ages 8-18.
Come explore some of the older ways of cooking, processing foods and
wild game, using plant dyes, making lip balm, candles, homemade kites
and fermentation. Ages 11-18.
GETTING FAMILIAR WITH REPTILES
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. This is an introduction to herpetology
with hands on experiences. Class meets all day on Wednesday, you will not
have a minor class that day! Ages 10-18.
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 13 -18.
Insects come in millions of different forms and are incredibly beautiful.
Come search the woods, meadows and marshes, and enter a new world
as you discover the huge diversity of insect life. Learn about the different
kinds of insects, how they make a living, and how to collect them. These
weird, wonderful and fascinating creatures teach us about ourselves, and
our place in nature. This class is recommended for anyone with a passion
for exploring and understanding the natural world. Ages 8-18.
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.
Paper Folding, otherwise known as Origami, is an old art that has gone
beyond the simple folds. Students will learn the basics including terms and
folds such as mountain, valley, cupboard door, airplane, blintz, inside and
outside reverse, sink and others. Ages 10-18.
Students will learn basics of theater and acting through the use of improve
games and short scripts. They will choose and develop one or more short
scenes to perform for family on friends on Friday at camp. Opportunities
for costumes, make up, props and basic set design will also be a part of the
class. Ages 8-12.
Storytelling Time is an interactive performance based, traditional folk-art
activity. Students will learn a group story. Also, students will create or
memorize individual stories that fit their personality. We will participate in
many Sun Foundation field trips and roam the grounds finiding inspirations
for story ideas. Djembe Drum, Mbira, and additional hand percussions and
recorded music play a part in the final presentations Ages 8-11.
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.
WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING
Learn traditional drumming styles from Guinea West Africa. Drummers will
learn the rhythms that accompany dancers, warriors, harvest and planting
celebrations. Ages 8-18.
WILD ABOUT WETLANDS
Wayne Talbot and Paul Ritter
Want to learn what makes a wetland “tick”? You get to design the
exploration and investigation and present the results before Wayne sends
it to his friends at the United Nations. Uncover the mysterious processes
and mechanisms that make a wetland work and how they help you in your
everyday lives. See how the local wetland links to the planetary systems
we all rely on before learning how to make wetland work in your own
home. Explore the whole habitat in all its glory and find out why wetlands
are so important.
PEE WEE CLASS MAJORS
FOR 6 & 7 YEAR OLD STUDENTS
These classes are specifically for children ages 6 & 7. 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!
LITTLE CRITTERS ADVENTURE CLUB-PEE WEE CLASS
We will be exploring the outdoors while using nature to do arts and craft. Our class will be learning new things about nature and creatures of all kinds. We will explore, touch, listen, smell, and more than likely get a little dirty during our fun filled days. This is an all day major. Children will stay together as a group and be visited by other instructors in the afternoons.
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. This is an all day major. Children will stay together as a group and be visited by other instructors in the afternoons.
NATURE QUEST-PEE WEE CLASS
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. This is an all day major. Children will stay together as a group and be visited by other instructors in the afternoons.