Class Majors

Major Classes for 2015

ABORIGINAL SURVIVAL ARTS – BASIC ALL DAY MAJOR CLASS
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 MAJOR CLASS
TOM BROWN III, DEAN POIGNANT
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


ACTING AS STORYTELLING
CHARLES BROWN
THE PURPOSE OF ACTING IS COMMUNICATING TO AN AUDIENCE A COMPLETE STORY; FACTS, FEELINGS, IDEAS AND INTENT. WE WILL EXPLORE HOW ACTORS DEVELOP AND USE THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO “TELL THE STORY”. MOVEMENT, VOICE, GESTURES, COSTUMES AND MAKE UP. STUDENTS WILL WORK TOGETHER USING CREATIVE DRAMATIC AND THEATRE GAMES TO PREPARE AND PRESENT A PRODUCTION OF SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ASIW STYLE! EXPERIENCE NOT NECESSARY, HOWEVER MEMORIZATION OF MATERIAL IS NEEDED TO BE DONE QUICKLY JUST LIKE IN PROFESSIONAL THEATRE. AGES 9-14.

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 THAT MAKE THEM VERY UNIQUE ANIMALS. 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

ARCHAEOLOGY, ARTIFACTS, AND NATIVE AMERICAN LIFEWAYS
MICHAEL WIANT
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?
YONA LUNKEN
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.

BLAST OFF
DENNIS SPARR
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

CLAY CREATIONS
ELLA BROWN DUNN
STUDENTS WILL ENJOY CREATING WITH CLAY USING MULTIPLE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES WHILE BEING INSPIRED BY EXAMPLES FROM VARIOUS CULTURES. AGES 8-18

COYOTE GAMES
LUKE SCALISE
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

DRAW WITH BRUSHES/PAINT WITH PENCILS
DOUG DEPAUW
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 8-18

DRAWING & SCULPTING FROM NATURE
SHARON BLADHOLM
WE WILL EXPLORE THE MARSHES, CREEKS AND WOODS OF THE SUN FOUNDATION TO OBSERVE THE LARGER NATURAL WORLD. WE’LL COLLECT LEAVES AND FLOWERS ALONG WITH OTHER SPECIMENS (SUCH AS PRESERVED FISH, FROGS, TURTLES, BONES, SHELLS, AND CORAL.) WE WILL DRAW AND PAINT WITH WATERCOLOR, PENCILS AND CRAY PAS 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. AGES 8-18

ELEMENTAL AWARENESS SKATEBOARDING
LEVI BROWN, DYLAN CHRISTOPHER, ANDY DICKER, TODD LARSON
THIS CLASS WILL GO OVER HOW SKATEBOARDING CAN TEACH AN AWARENESS OF THE URBAN LANDSCAPE JUST AS TRACKING AND SURVIVAL TEACHES AN AWARENESS OF THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE. WE WILL GO THROUGH THE BASICS OF SKATEBOARDING AND HOW KIDS CAN GAIN AN APPRECIATION OF NATURE THROUGH THE SPORT. AGES 12-18. FISHING FOR FOOD TIM PRESLEY 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

FOXFIRE
DAN FITZPATRICK
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
DOUGLAS HOLMES
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! AGES 10-18

GIVE THE DRUMMERS SOME
CHAD DUNN
AFRO-BRAZILIAN DRUMMING AT ASIW! HAND DRUM, STICK AND MALLET INSTRUMENTS. REPINIQUE, SURDO, TIMBAU, AGOGO, CAXIXI, ATABAQUE. ALL THE THINGS YOU COULDN’T SAY, NOW YOU CAN PLAY. AGES 8-18.

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 AND 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

MARK-MAKING AND MOVEMENT
SARAH NESBIT
DRAWING AS AN EXTENSION OF THE BODY. WE WILL EXPLORE THE VARIOUS KINDS OF MARKS MADE AS AN EXTENSION OF THE BODY AS WELL AS USING THE MIND. WE WILL DO EXERCISES WHERE STUDENTS MAKE MARKS FROM THE WRIST, ELBOW AND WHOLE SHOULDER. STUDENTS WILL MAKE DRAWING APPARATUSES USING FALLEN BRANCHES THEY FIND ON A WALK IN THE FOREST AND WORK TOGETHER ON A LARGE COLLABORATIVE DRAWING. WE WILL OBSERVE THE MOVEMENT IN NATURE AND MIMIC THAT WITH OUR MOVEMENTS AND MARK-MAKING. THE CONCEPTS WILL BE ANCHORED IN ART HISTORY – GESTURE DRAWING, SYMBOLS, ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM (PARTICULARLY “ACTION PAINTING”). AGES 8-11 YEARS.

MURAL, MURAL, MURAL!
ADAM MAAS
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

ORIGAMI
KATHY KNAPP
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 AND EXPLORE HOW ORIGAMI HAS GONE BEYOND THE PAPER AIRPLANE AND JUMPING FROG. AGES 10-18.

SINGIN’ ROUND THE CAMPFIRE
FRAN MOSS
LIKE TO SING? WANT TO LEARN LOTS AND LOTS OF CAMP SONGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD? WANT TO WRITE A FEW TOO? WE’LL SING TOGETHER, SHARE SOME RHYTHMS AND ROUNDS, LEARN HOW TO BE A SONG LEADER, MAKES SOME INSTRUMENTS, SHARE SOME STORIES, EXPLORE THE SUN FOUNDATION FOR IDEAS, LEARN HOW TO BUILD A CAMPFIRE, ROAST MARSHMALLOWS, MAKE S’MORES AND LOTS MORE! AGES 8-11.

STORYTELLING TIME
OBA-WILLIAM KING
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 FIELD TRIPS AND ROAM THE SUN FOUNDATION GROUNDS FINDING INSPIRATIONS FOR STORY IDEAS. DJEMBE DRUM, MBIRA, ADDITIONAL HAND PERCUSSIONS AND RECORDED MUSIC PLAY A PART IN THE FINAL PRESENTATIONS AGES 8-11

TREASURE HUNT FOR THE PAST
MERRILL FOSTER
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 ABOUT WETLANDS
WAYNE TALBOT AND PAUL RITTER
WANT TO LEARN WHAT MAKES A WETLAND “TICK”? YOU GET TO DESIGN THE EXPLORATION & 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. AGES 10-14

 


 

Pee Wee Classes 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!

BUDDING ARTISTS – Pee Wee Class
Jody Tockes
Children will be introduced to at least five great artists and explore their styles and techniques, as well as how nature and/or their environment inspired their work. In addition to many pieces of art, we will create an art journal to document the week. The children will stay together as a group and be visited by other instructors in the afternoons.
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CLASSY CRITTERS – Pee Wee Class
Therese Miller
This is an introductory class for children to learn a love 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! 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
Sue Fischbach
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.

GROWING UP WILD EXPLORING NATURE – Pee Wee Class
Emily Dawson
Children will spend their week exploring the Sun Foundation – learning about the forest, marsh and creek environments. We will get wet and muddy as we create art based on the science discoveries we make. We’ll keep nature journals to document our week, using exploring backpacks filled with tools and have a blast while learning about nature in Illinois. This is an all-day major. Children will stay together as a group and be visited by other instructors in the afternoons.

 

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