Class Minors

Minor Classes for 2016

ASW CHALLENGE COURSE
Yona Lunken
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 & MUST wear secure closed toed shoes. Ages 10-18
BEAUTIFUL BEADS OF NATURE
Lorraine Schwass
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 11-18
BIRD IN THE HAND
Travis Wilcoxen
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
BUTTERFLY SAMPLER
Jana Maxwell, Karen Logan
Go on a hunt for these beautiful and useful insects. Let them inspire you to make art and learn
about their life cycle through games. Ages 8-12
CLAY PLAY
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! Ages 8-18
COYOTE GAMES
Luke Scalise
Learn and play games such as Native American field hockey, hoop and stick games, lacrosse, double
ball and awareness games. Ages 10-18
CREEPY CRAWLERS
Douglas Holmes
Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians. This is a brief introduction to these misunderstood
animals. Ages 8-18
EXPLORING ILLUSTRATION
Hannah Stouffer
Learn different water based mediums. 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

FROG FRENZY
Heidi Parker
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
GLOBAL STREET ART
Michael Kershnar
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 12-18
HAND DRILL FRICTION FIRE
Nick Neddo
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 ART
Gretchen Fitzpatrick
Henna is a paste; when applied to the skin, it leaves a temporary stain lasting 1-2 weeks. Participants
will explore this ancient art form and learn how to apply and use Henna. Learn how to make basic
designs and get to practice on themselves and others. Students will also get professional Henna
Body Art from the instructor. Ages 10-18

KIT ROCKETS
Dennis Sparr
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
NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS & CULTURE
Jo Lakota, Jimmy Lakota
Native drumming, dancing, flute, storytelling and crafts. Ages 8-18
ORIGAMI BOXES
Kathy Knapp
Boxes are useful and decorative containers. Learn to make them without any scissors or glue.
Ages 8-18.
PAINT AND DRAW WITH DOUG DEPAUW
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
Forest Park Nature Center Naturalists – TBA
Imagine you are a traveler in the late 1700’s, traversing this vast countryside through territories of
unknown. Travel back in time and discover the expansive prairies of Illinois. Explore the science of
the prairie with games, crafts and other activates that celebrate the Prairie State! Ages 8-11
PLANET OF THE INSECTS
Joseph Parker
In the forest a different world exists at your feet. Come 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
Sharon Bladholm
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

 

SPLAT!
Adam Maas
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

STORYTELLING TIME
Oba William King
Express yourself using your imagination to learn/share old and make new stories, rhymes, songs,
changes and folk tales. Ages 8-18
THE INS AND OUTS ABOUT INSECTS
Ellen Herget, Jim Herget
Discover the amazing things insects can do! In this class we will show you how to identify and
collect insects. Also learn about beekeeping while having fun with games such as Beetle Bionics
and Spider Web Printing. Ages 11-18
VIDEO CREW FOR A DAY
Jim Morrissette
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! Ages 11-18
WILD KINGDOMS
Anna Williams
What if you were the ruler of your own wild kingdome? What would your flag look like? What
kind of crown would you wear? In this class, we’ll use wildlife and nature to inspire our flag-making
and crown-making crafts. Students will go home with their own flag, crown and an imaginary
kingdom to rule. Ages 8-11

Close
loading...