Minor Classes for 2014
ACTING WITHOUT A NET
Improvise, Adlibb, Making it up as we go along – all of these describe the art of Improvisation! The form
of acting that helped create many a TV sit com and made Second City School of Improv. In Chicago so
famous! Students will learn about this art form by participating in creative dramatics and theater games.
ASW CHALLENGE COURSE
Rope bridges, zip lines, muddy hills and woods galore all challenge you on your journey to the finish line.
(Note students in Wild Harvest Major class will do this in their major class time. Students will get VERY
muddy! Please bring extra change of clothes the day you have this class and securely fitting closed toe
shoes are a must! 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.
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. Ages 12-18.
Travis E. Wilcoxen
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 food. Ages 8-11.
BUILD A BIODIVERSITY LAB
Paul Ritter, Wayne Talbot
Build and use your own science equipment from junk and scrap then test it out with Paul & Wayne. Ages
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!
Learn and play games such as Native American field hockey, hoop and stick games, lacrosse, double ball
and awareness games. Ages 10-18.
Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians. This is a brief introduction to these
misunderstood animals. Ages 8-18
Maybe you’re supposed to be a drummer! Let’s find out at ASIW before you disturb your neighbors!
FISHING FOR FUN
Join us for good time fishing in the fresh air! Ages 8-18
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.
Learn the basics about amphibians and get to know some local species up close and personal. Students
will observe and identify local species and their calls. Ages 8-11.
FUN WITH ACTING
Students will learn about the basics of theatre and acting techniques through games and collaborative
group activities. They will then interpret a script and perform for other class participants. The instructor
will also demonstrate makeup techniques. Ages 8-18.
Rocketeers will build and launch a level 1 rocket (ALPHA type) to take home if recovered. Rocketeers will
gain experience that will be beneficial to those who wish to continue into Blastoff the following years.
(Please note $10.00 fee is required for rocket kit at the time of registration) Ages 8-18.
OH DEER, OH DEER!
Students will explore the behavior and life of Illinois’state mammal, the white tailed deer. Children will
learn how to look for deer in the wild along with signs of deer activity and will learn how to make a
deer themed craft. Ages 8-14.
ORIGAMI CRANE AND MORE
The crane is the fold associated with origami. You will learn several ways to fold the crane. Several other
folds can also be created. Ages 8-18.
PAINT AND DRAW WITH DOUG DEPAUW
Spend an afternoon of drawing and painting in an open-air tent. This is a sampling of Dough’s major class
or a refresher for previous students. The class starts with a fun & challenging still life, moves to selfdirection,
and grows to a free flow of art materials, subject & creativity. This might be just what you need
for the monentum of your art making beyond the classroom setting! Ages 8-18.
PLANET OF THE INSECTS
In the forest a different world exists at your feet. Come and learn about the millions of kinds of insects,
and the fascinating lives they lead. See the different sizes, shapes and colors of beetles, butterflies and
bugs, and explore nearby habitats to find amazing insects of your own. Ages 8-18.
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.
Create splatter paintings like a master. This class requires no knowledge of painting or drawing. Only a
desire to make something awesome! Ages 8-18
Oba William King
Express yourself using your imagination to make new stories, rhymes, songs, chants, and group dance.
TAKING PICTURES WITH DIGITAL CAMERAS
Find out what makes a good photography and then have the chance to do it yourself as we take pictures
of Art & Science in the Woods activities. Students must bring their own digital cameras. Ages 8-18.
Why do we need trees? Find out with this class as we explore the forest in search of the answer! We sill
also make tree art . . . because we love trees! Ages 8-14.
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!