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Arts Camps

Visual Arts Camp (Ages 9-14)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 14
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dates and Tuition: June 17 to July 5 (three-week session) - $1,255
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

This camp will help individuals unleash their creativity and imagination through the discovery of well-known artists and various techniques. Under the direction of experienced artist and art educator Gigi Lepski, campers will draw, paint, and sculpt with an array of traditional and nontraditional methods and materials to create unbelievably unique pieces of art. Campers will also enjoy field trips to local art museums.

Mrs. Lepski worked for many years as a production artist for television, stage, and special events before becoming an art educator. With training from MICA and Towson University, she is certified to teach K-12 art classes.

Jr. Visual Arts Camp (Ages 7-10)

Ages: Boys and Girls 7 to 10
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dates and Tuition: June 17 to July 5 (three-week session) - $1,255
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

This new camp will run in conjunction with the long-running Visual Arts Camp but is created with the younger camper in mind. The camp will be directed by Judy Rodman, an accomplished international artist and experienced art educator. Judy earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SVA and has focused her artistic passions on integrating art and nature. With the addition of Ms. Rodman's creativity, we have the opportunity to expand to a younger group of artists. 

The camp will help young campers unleash their creativity and imagination through the discovery of well-known artists and various techniques. Campers will draw, paint, and sculpt with an array of traditional and nontraditional methods and materials to create unbelievably unique pieces of art. Campers will also enjoy field trips to local art museums.

Ms. Rodman will work in collaboration with our Visual Arts Director, Gigi Lepksi. Mrs. Lepski worked for many years as a production artist for television, stage, and special events before becoming an art educator. With training from MICA and Towson University, she is certified to teach K-12 art classes.

Advanced Art Techniques - Drawing (Ages 9-14)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 14
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dates and Tuition: July 15 to July 19 - $460
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

This intensive one-week workshop is for young artists of all levels who are interested in expanding their abilities in sketching, drawing, and image manipulation. Experienced artist and art educator Gigi Lepski will help campers learn how to draw complex images, by focusing them on the images they see rather than what they perceive. They will create complex forms by breaking them down into simple shapes and forms and then use learned techniques for drawing lines, texture, and shading to create works of art with assorted materials. Campers will explore various media such as pencil, graphite, charcoal, color pencil, pen and ink, and oil pastel.

Advanced Art Techniques - Painting (Ages 9-14)

THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT. To get on the waitlist, visit the Summer Camps registration page.

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 14
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Dates and Tuition: July 22 to July 26 - $460
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

This week can be taken alone or in conjunction with the Advanced Drawing. During this week we will concentrate on painting techniques. This exploration will also encompass the experimentation of standard and unique materials used to apply assorted painting media to produce a variety of effects and textures to create shading, form, and self-expression.

Artists will also be exploring color theory and how the use of different combinations of color along with tints and shading affect the overall final painting. During this week, we will create figurative as well as non-figurative expressions of art. Our group will be working with water-soluble graphite and color pencils, tempera, watercolor, and acrylic paint.

Theater Without Limits Musical Theater Workshop (Age 9-12)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 12
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Dates and Tuition: June 24 to June 28 (one-week camp) - $440
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

Theater Without Limits Camp provides learning techniques and processes geared to the experienced child performer and the shy beginner. Using a differentiated approach allows each camper to learn and develop requisite theater skills in their own fashion in a supportive environment.

Led by McDonogh School's OnStage director Suzanne Eldridge and supported by a team of actors, directors, and singers, campers will receive differentiated instruction on voice quality and singing, audition technique, clowning, improvisation, Broadway dance, and scene study. Typical camp days include powerful workshops led by professional guests, rehearsals of spirited song and dance numbers, creative theater games, free play time, and focused rehearsals. Campers will experience the excitement of preparing a show and the exhilaration of performance under the nurturing care of seasoned educators and performers. Campers will be showcased in a musical theater performance at 2:00 p.m. on the last day of camp.

A Midsummer Shakespeare Performance Workshop (Ages 13-18)

Ages: Boys and Girls 13-18 (rising 8th to rising 12th grades/minimum 8 campers, maximum 16 campers)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dates and Tuition: July 1 to July 26 – $1760
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

Campers MUST be available during the week of Tech/Dress Rehearsals and Performances: July 22-26.

Summer Shakespeare is a 4-week intermediate/advanced theater arts camp for teens that culminates in a live performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Some performing arts experience is preferred, and comfort with diving into Shakespeare’s language is necessary! Students who participate in this camp will receive practical on-stage experience as well as workshop opportunities in acting, improvisation, comedy, voice, text analysis, character work, unarmed stage combat, theater games, monologue development, and auditioning.

Campers will gain confidence and self-esteem and will grow their team-building skills through experience working in an ensemble. During the first few days of camp, teens will participate in an audition process that will determine their roles in the play. While some campers will be cast in roles that will have more spoken lines than others, ALL campers who perform in the production will have ample stage time with featured moments in scenes. There are no small parts!

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed in one of McDonogh’s indoor theater spaces, and if weather permits, an outdoor performance will be considered.

Summer Shakespeare is led by McDonogh School Counselor Dan Wagner, Psy.D., who also holds a B.A. in Theater Arts with a concentration in acting and directing.  He has performed in numerous productions in New York and on regional and national tours, including in several of Shakespeare’s plays.

Circus Camp Juniors (Ages 6-8)

Ages: Boys and Girls 6 to 8
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dates and Tuition: July 1 to July 5 (Week of July 4th) - $375
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

Younger circus stars get their introduction to circus skills like spinning plates, balancing feathers/sticks, and juggling scarves. Acrobatics and tumbling are introduced as well as lots of clowning and gags. Some circus-themed arts and crafts will round out the days, and campers will get to "pie" their instructor on Pie-in-the-Face Day.

The camp is directed by Michael Rosman, a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown College, and a veteran of many circus performances in both traditional American and Cirque-style shows. Rosman and his coaches have more than 20 years of experience teaching circus skills.

Circus Camp Stars (Ages 9-15)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 15
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dates and Tuition:
Session 1: July 8 to July 12 - $470
Session 2: July 15 to July 19 - $470
Session 3: July 22 to July 26 - $470
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

This program is for kids who want to have a blast while experiencing the wonders of the circus. As campers learn juggling and other circus arts, they will discover that with practice and a positive attitude, they can learn almost anything. Tightwire, stilts, acrobatics, rolo bolo, unicycling, spinning plates, and physical comedy (clowning) are just some of the areas of focus. Other highlights include Pie-in-the-Face Day and the Big Camper Show for friends and parents on Friday.

Improvements in hand-eye coordination, balance, and self-confidence are just some of the benefits. Kids will be divided by ages and abilities, and safety is emphasized in all activities.

The camp is directed by Michael Rosman, a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown College, and a veteran of many circus performances in both traditional American and Cirque-style shows. Rosman and his coaches have more than 20 years of experience teaching circus skills.

McDonogh Rock Shop (Ages 9-15)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 15
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dates and Tuition: July 8 to July 19 (two-week session) - $895
*Optional Weekly Transportation Fee: $35 per camper

This camp is designed to help aspiring artists participate in all facets of the musical experience. In addition to receiving instruction on instruments of their choice, campers will compose music, practice original and cover songs in small bands, listen to guest performers, and record in a camp studio.

Campers will also participate in a daily outdoor activity such as swimming, field play, rock wall climbing, or a nature trek. Each participant will receive a broadcast-quality camp song download link that will include all studio and live performances.

Summer Music Lessons

McDonogh Community Arts (MCA) offers individual instruction in piano, drums, voice, and strings this summer. The 30-minute lessons can be purchased in 3- or 6-week bundles and will be scheduled based on camp/vacation schedules and the availability of both teacher and student. All lessons will take place on campus in the Keelty Building. Please use the link below to sign up for lessons.

REGISTER HERE

McDonogh Summer Camps