Class Majors

Major Classes for 2016

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
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Heidi 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 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 8-12.
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
BUTTERFLIES
Jana Maxwell, Karen Logan
Become friends of these beautiful pollinators. Make observations in your
own sketchbook, feed and care for them in rearing cages that you make,
be inspired to make butterfly art and celebrate with a butterfly kite and
games. Ages 8-12.

CLAY CREATIONS
Ella Brown Dunn
Students will enjoy creating with clay using multiple construction techniques
while being inspired by examples from various cultures. Ages 8-12
COMEDY IN THE WOODS
James Darnell
This class will explore the zany art of comedy through pratfalls, pies in the
face and puns. Students will work together with a variety of comic theatre
games to perform a classic comedy, “Animal Crackers” about the mayhem
that ensues after a piece of art is stolen at a fancy dinner party held for a
famous jungle explorer. This will be an all day major class except for Mon.
& Tues. when students can sign up for minor classes. 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
CREATIVITY IN THE WOODS
Anna Williams
A basic course on getting ideas flowing; this class will include lots of games,
brainstorming and imagining . . . what if? We’ll make journals for capturing
all of our ideas as we explore Blue Heron Farm and we’ll use nature to
inspire several creative projects throughout the week including one group
project. Ages 8-12 years
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 10-18
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 8-12
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
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 12 -18
INSECT DIVERSITY
Joseph Parker
Insects come in millions of different forms and are incredibly
beautiful. Come search the woods, meadows, 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!
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 – 12.
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.
OUTDOOR EXPLORERS
Kara Baldwin
Using compasses and clues, find unique places to explore
all around the SUN Foundation grounds. From down in the
prairies to up in the hills, participants will learn how to use
compasses and have fun exploring the woods and ponds
and playing games along the way. Ages 8-12.
SMALL TO LARGE
Hannah Stouffer
Turn an illustration into a large scale mural. Ages 8-12
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 CRAFTED ART MATERIALS
Nicholas Neddo
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 12-18

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 five
or more great artists & 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.

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.
LITTLE
LEONARDOS
Pee Wee Class
Libby VerKuilen
Students will study the art and science
of Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci
was an artist, geologist. sculptor,
botanist and Little Leonardo’s will
paint, sculpt, create, explore plant
life & more.

CLASSY CRITTERS
Pee Wee Class
Therese Miller
This is an introductory class for
children to learn a love for, & 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.

 

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