Class Minors

Minor Classes for 2015

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 AND 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

BIRD’S BEAK
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 8-18.

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!) 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

CREATING A CHARACTER
CHARLES BROWN
ANYONE CAN READ LINES FROM A SCRIPT. CHARACTER IS WHAT MAKES A SCRIPT COME TO LIFE. DISCOVERING THE CHARACTER IS A SKILL ANYONE CAN LEARN. USING LIFE EXPERIENCES AND IMAGINATION, STUDENTS WILL LEARN HOW TO EXPLORE, DECIPHER AND PERSONALIZE A FICTIONAL CHARACTER OR REAL HISTORICAL PERSON. DISCOVERING THE CHARACTER BRINGS THE PERSON TO LIFE, AND ALLOWS THE ACTOR TO SAY “I” INSTEAD OF “HE”. AGES 8-18.

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

DRAWING WITH STYLE
KATIE VERKUILEN
YOUNG ARTISTS WILL HARNESS BASIC PROFESSIONAL DRAWING SKILLS USING PROFESSIONAL DRAWING MATERIALS SUCH AS VARYING WEIGHTS OF PENCILS AND CHARCOAL. TECHNIQUES ABOUT HOW TO DRAW FROM OBSERVATION AS WELL AS CREATIVELY FROM THE MIND WILL BE DEMONSTRATED. AGES 8-18

 

DRUM!
CHAD DUNN
MAYBE YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE A DRUMMER! LET’S FIND OUT AT ASIW BEFORE YOU DISTURB YOUR NEIGHBORS! AGES 8-18

FISHING FOR FUN
TIM PRESLEY
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

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

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 & OTHERS. STUDENTS WILL ALSO GET PROFESSIONAL HENNA BODY ART FROM THE INSTRUCTOR. AGES 10-18

INTRODUCTION TO COMICS
SARAH NESBIT
THIS CLASS WILL INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO THE EXCITING WORLD OF COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS – IN OTHER WORDS, TELLING STORIES PRIMARILY WITH PICTURES. WE WILL COVER CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, SEQUENCING, DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHX TTER FOR THE COMICS WILL BE ENCOURAGED. AGES 8-18.

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 TRAVEL BACK IN TIME AND EXPLORE THE EXPANSIVE PRAIRIES OF ILLINOIS. CELEBRATE THE PRAIRIE STATE WITH GAMES, DANCE, AND CRAFTS! AGES 8-12 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

SKATE AND CREATE
LEVI BROWN, DYLAN CHRISTOPHER, ANDY DICKER, TODD LARSON
TEAM UP WITH MIKE KERSHNAR’S ART CLASS TO DO ART ON BROKEN OR USED SKATEBOARDS. TAKE SOMETHING THAT IS USED, REPURPOSE IT, AND GIVE IT NEW LIFE. AGES 12-18

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

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

 

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