As applications come into our office for summer 17 it is always exciting to see so many students returning. Between 60 and 70% come back every summer and here are some of the reasons why.
The teachers - We are proud to have dynamic, experienced teachers along with enthusiastic college students who are seriously pursuing the arts. In our classes, the joy of learning and finding new interests can be exhilarating. The laughter, camaraderie and excitement are palpable.
Choosing your own classes or as one camper said, “You get to choose your own adventure”. With over 60 classes to select from, everyone gets to decide the five classes they will take over the three - week session. If needed, during the second and third days of a session students can switch classes and select the course that is right for them. As a result everyone is motivated, interested and ready to explore his/her creativity.
Being part of an arts community – This is unique. Being in an environment where creativity is everywhere, where kindness, compassion and curiosity shape all that goes on, where you can be yourself without feeling judged opens the door to new possibilities that you have never considered before.
Noontime Show – Ok, the show is actually at 12:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to see this extravaganza filled with entertainment, humor, surprise, poignancy, awe and celebration. From a polished performance presented by a 15 year - old to an eight year old getting in front of an audience for the first time, everyone is always supportive, encouraging and respectful.
Festival Period –From the zany to the practical this period following the Noontime Show is an opportunity to try something new daily: relax and play games, run around on the sports field, take a dip in the pool or create something you’ve never created before in any of the art disciplines.
Arts Festival – An afternoon of celebrating the arts is a fantastic conclusion to our three - week session. With displays in the Art Gallery, film and animation presentations and dance, drama, and music performances, it’s always amazing to see the accomplishments that have taken place.
Friendships –One of the great gifts that comes out of Summer Arts is enduring friendships. We see this wonderful connection, closeness and bonding take place here every summer that carries into the school year and beyond.