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Exploration Camps

For children ages 11-14 entering 6th-9th Grade in the fall. Arts & Sciences offers fun and affordable summer camps that embody our school culture of honoring the whole child – cognitive, social, and emotional development. Camps are led by experienced teachers and groups are divided by age. Camp activities are uniquely designed to meet the abilities and interests of each age group to foster a memorable summer camp experience.

CAMP TIMES: Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm. Beforecare (8am-9am) and Aftercare (3pm-5:30pm) are available for an additional charge.

COST: Exploration camps are $285 per week with no additional fees for materials.  CYFD subsidies accepted. Apply online for Financial Aid.

Week 1 – In the Artist’s Studio

June 13 – June 17 CAMP IS FULL

In this camp we will explore a wide variety of mediums, including sculpture, watercolor, collage, and drawing. Students will get an introduction to the practice of life-drawing and portraiture, build technique through creating a ‘master’s copy’ of a famous artwork, as well as many imaginative and fun projects designed to foster creativity and self-expression. Invite friends and family to our gallery opening on the last day of camp to share your creations! Lead Teacher: Arin Dineen

Option to be added to the waitlist is available on our registration form

Week 2 – Fabulous Fiber Art

June 20 – June 24 CAMP IS FULL

Express yourself through fiber! Campers will learn how to build a simple loom and warp it. We’ll explore design, color and texture as it applies to tapestry weavings, then design and complete two of three loom weavings: an abstract design and a landscape or a portrait/ face weaving. We will also spend one day learning macrame knots to incorporate into our weavings and to make a hanging potted plant holder. Lead Teacher: Jessica Patti

Option to be added to the waitlist is available on our registration form

Week 3 – Moving Images

June 27 – July 1

Calling all film buffs! Have you ever wanted to star in a movie or be the one behind the camera? This week we will go through the process of scripting, filming, directing, and editing a movie using the same techniques and software as Hollywood blockbusters. Be prepared to focus hard and become a real professional film crew for a week. Get ready to walk the red carpet on Friday when we share our creations at our camp film festival!

Lead Teacher: Arin Dineen

Week 4 – World Building 101

July 11 – July 15

Character creation week for the Fleet Academy games happening Weeks 4 – 7. See Menagerie Camps for more details.

Lead Teacher: Arin Dineen

Week 5 & 6 – Math Mindset

For students going into 7th-9th Grade

July 18 – July 22  OR  July 25 – July 29

Math Mindset camp will focus on doing math problems that reveal the beauty, creativity, and freedom of math. Campers will work in small groups with each other to develop a positive attitude and growth mindset toward mathematics. We will use games, activities, and rich mathematical tasks that emphasize visualization, pattern finding, and critical thinking while learning algebra. By working together, making conjectures, and defending our ideas, we will develop a positive community of mathematicians in preparation for middle or high school algebra classes.

Cost of Camp: $25-$285 Sliding scale offered. FREE week-long camp for students from households with annual income less than the median income in Santa Fe: $58,000 per year.

Lead Teacher: Nate Moore