Visual & Performing Arts

Choral Camp I

When: June 19-23
Age level: Grades 1-4
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $225
Instructors: Dr. Tae Sakamoto, Independence General Music and Orchestra Teacher and Choral Director, and Mr. Daniel Kitching, Independence Director of Bands
Are you ready to have fun making music in a relaxed group setting? In Choral Camp I, students will learn to sing and perform music from all walks of life, including popular songs, show tunes, hits from animated films, and even some patriotic songs. This camp will let students showcase their talent and live out their musical dreams through performing. At the end of the week, campers will perform on stage for all to enjoy! No prior experience necessary - just bring your voice!

My First Camp with Strings

When: June 19-23
Age level: Grades 1-4
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $225
Instructor: Mrs. Banu Fields, Independence Strings Instructor
Come and get to know your favorite member of the strings family this summer! A violin, a viola, or maybe a cello! If you are a beginner, this week will be a great time to learn how to play a strings instrument. If you already know how to play, then polish off your technique and learn new music. Students are expected to bring their own instruments to class.

Art Exploration **sold out**

(maximum 20 participants)
When: June 26-30
Age level: Grades 3-8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $375
Instructor: Ms. Cristen Hess, Art Teacher at Family Foundations Academy
Grab those paint brushes! Art Exploration is one week of refined painting and collage work. Students will experiment using different types of paint (oil, acrylic, watercolor) and heavy body gels and gloss to build texture on a painting, experiment painting on different types of surfaces, such as canvas and paper, and create a large, detailed landscape, still-life, and a collage. Students will learn the basic requirements for an artist portfolio and artistic displays to prepare for high school studio art. They will also study contemporary artists and the newest trends in the art world. This is a specialized class fit for students who excel in art and have a natural artistic talent. This is not a beginner-level course. Campers can be added to the Wait List through Online Registration.

Digital Photography **SOLD OUT**

(maximum 12 participants)
When: July 10-14
Age level: Grades 6-8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $250
Instructor: Mrs. Kelli Wilke, Professional Photographer
What middle schooler doesn’t love taking pictures? This introduction to photography camp, taught by a nationally published advertising, portrait, and wedding photographer, will give campers the confidence to be creative and thoughtful about the photos they take. This camp will introduce the basics of photography to budding photographers. Topics include basic camera knowledge, portraits, still life, using natural light, and even using studio lights! We will set up a real-life studio and take portraits, go on a photo scavenger hunt, photograph objects brought from home, and learn basic editing techniques. Each day will wrap up with an informal round-table critique of each student’s favorite photo from the day. Campers will be able to bring home their printed artwork that same day! Supplies needed: The instructor believes people, not cameras, take good photos, so any device that takes digital photos is fine – a DSLR, an iPhone, or basic point and shoot is all that you need! Campers can be added to the Wait List through Online Registration.

The Art of Rock Drumming **limited space available**

(maximum 10 participants)
When: July 10-14
Age level: Grades 2-4
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $225
Instructor: Mr. Daniel Kitching, Independence Director of Bands
If you want to play the drums like a rock star, look no further than this camp! Campers will get the opportunity to play actual percussion and drum instruments along to famous rock, pop, and hip-hop tunes. Bring your drum sticks (or borrow a pair from Mr. K), break out your wild side, get your head banging, and come prepared to ROCK! No prior experience necessary!

What do you do with Six Strings?

When: July 10-14
Age level: Grades 5-8
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $225
Instructor: Mrs. Banu Fields, Independence Strings Instructor
Would you like to be a one-man band or accompany your friends while singing? Then you need to come to this camp! Join us for a week of exploring the guitar! Learn to play chords, play rhythm guitar, and read music! Campers will need to bring their own acoustic guitars.

Music and Stories **limited space available**

(maximum 10 participants)
When: July 17-21
Age level: 4 years old-Kindergarten
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $225
Instructor: Mrs. Banu Fields, Independence Strings Instructor
Every story should have its own song, and that’s what this camp is all about! We will read stories with a wide range of themes and learn songs to accompany them. Campers will play percussion instruments, move with the music, and talk about each character in our stories. Join us for a week of music-making!

Indy Rock Camp

When: July 17-21
Age level: Grades 5-8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $225
Instructor: Mr. Daniel Kitching, Independence Director of Bands
Get ready to rock! Campers will learn to play basic guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums to classic rock songs, then show off their skills on stage at the end of the week. Instruments will be available, but campers are encouraged to bring their own guitars or bass if they own them. No prior musical experience necessary.

Creative Drama

When: July 24-28
Age level: Age 3-Grade 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $335
Instructor: Child Drama Workshops staff
Your child’s fun-filled week at camp will include theatre games, creative movement, story dramatization, improvisational role playing, and much more. The week will conclude with the creative production of an original play – complete with professional direction, choreography, and makeup.

Beginning Acting

When: July 31-August 4
Age level: Grades 2-6
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $435
Instructor: Child Drama Workshops staff
Your child’s exciting week at camp will include theatre games, improvisation, acting techniques, monologues, creative movement, character building, and audition techniques. The week will conclude with the creative production of an original play – complete with professional direction, choreography, and makeup.

Mock Trial **sold out**

(maximum 14 participants)
When: July 31-August 4
Age level: Grades 6-8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $250
Instructor: Mr. Kevin McDonald, Summer at Independence Director and Middle School English Teacher
Public speaking, acting, writing, problem solving, teamwork, and debate. These are only some of the skills students will learn while participating in Mock Trial. The Mock Trial Camp will take rising sixth through eighth graders step-by-step through the process of preparing a real court case from the opening statements to the closing arguments. Campers will learn vital skills to help them express themselves effectively and to work independently to accomplish their goals. This camp is ideal for students who are interested in being part of the very competitive high school Mock Trial league, as well as those who enjoy acting and debating and want to improve their public speaking skills. A live mock trial will be held on the final day of camp! Campers can be added to the Wait List through Online Registration.