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Art Camps

Art Camps (Ages 12-18)

Ages: Boys and Girls 12 to 18
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (M-F)
Dates: June 18 to July 15
Tuition: $1,995

The very popular YAT offers quality instruction in all aspects of drama and musical theatre, culminating in a live performance of a Broadway musical. Previous shows have included Little Shop of Horrors, In the Heights, Into the Woods and more! Under consideration for this summer is Legally Blonde the Musical. Those who join the camp will receive practical on-stage experience in acting, dance and vocal music, as well as professional theatre workshop opportunities during this four-week camp. Performances will be open to the public. YAT also includes an end-of-camp trip to see a professional production at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.

To sign up for YAT and schedule an audition, contact Rachel Ayers Waller at yatproductions@gmail.com. More information can be found on the YAT website: www.yatproductions.com.

Young Filmmakers Camp (Ages 5-9)

Ages: Boys and Girls Entering Grades 5 to 9
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (M-F)
Dates: Session 1: June 18 to July 6
Dates: Session 2: July 9 to July 27
Tuition: $1,290 per session

In its twelfth sold-out season, Young Filmmaker’s Camp focuses on scripting, filming, and editing imaginative and original films using IMovie. Under the direction of seasoned teacher Will Detwiler and a group of skilled counselors, campers work in groups to create movie trailers, music videos, commercials, and a final film. The session also includes Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier Pro, Celtx script-writing programming, and active outdoor and indoor games. This is a great camp for young people who like to work collaboratively!

All materials and equipment will be supplied by the camp. At the end of the session, all campers and families will be sent a file with all of the video projects to share and enjoy.

Visual Arts Camp (Ages 9-14)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 14
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (M-F)
Dates: June 18 to July 6 (three-week camp)
Tuition: $1,045

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. The group will also visit two of Baltimore’s top museums to learn about past and present artistic innovators. 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.

Circus Camp Juniors (Ages 6-8)

Ages: Boys and Girls 6 to 8
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: Session 1: June 18 to June 22
Dates: Session 2: June 25 to June 29
Dates: Session 3: July 2 to July 6 (4th of July Week)
Tuition: Session 1 & Session 2: $375 each; Session 3: $300

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 theme arts and crafts will round out the days and campers will get to "pie" their instructor on Pie-in-the-Face Day. This camp is run in conjunction with Circus Camp Stars.

The camp is directed by Michael Rosman, a graduate of Ringling Brothers & 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 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: Session 1: June 18 to June 22
Dates: Session 2: June 25 to June 29
Dates: Session 3: July 2 to July 6 (4th of July Week)
Tuition: Session 1 & Session 2: $375 each; Session 3: $300

This program is for kids who want to have a blast while experiencing the wonders of circus. As campers learn juggling and other circus arts, they will discover that with practice and a positive attitude they can learn almost anything. Tight wire, 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 & 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 Roots Rock Shop (Ages 9-15)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 15
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (M-F)
Dates: June 25 to June 29
Tuition: $350

This new music camp will give young musicians the experience of learning and playing some of the ground-breaking foundations of Americana music including elements of Blues, Bluegrass, early Rock n Roll and Country, Gospel, and Jazz music. Campers will have the opportunity to learn songs in each style while also discovering the musical innovations and instruments that were particular to each genre.

Guest performers with expertise in these musical areas will give presentations and performances to the campers. The Camp will culminate in a open concert and picnic for families at the Roots barn on McDonogh’s campus.

McDonogh Rock Shop (Ages 9-15)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 15
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (M-F)
Dates: Session 1: July 2 to July 13
Tuition: $700

Led by McDonogh teacher, musician and Rock Shop founder Steve Martel, 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 CD that will include all studio and live performance.

McDonogh Rock Opera Shop (ages 9-15)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 15
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (M-F)
Dates: July 16 to July 27
Tuition: $700

Campers will work on original songs that will become the basis of a musical production that will be performed on the last day of camp. This camp is ideal for performing musicians, budding composers, and young actors who might want to have a hand in the creation of an original music show. Instruction will be provided for learning instruments, song crafting , and incorporating elements of theatrical production during the two weeks.

This new version of Rock Shop Camp will be led by McDonogh teacher, musician and Rock Shop founder Steve Martel. The camp will intentionally be a highly collaborative adventure for the campers and musician teachers alike.

Theater Without Limits Musical Theater Workshop (Age 8-11)

Ages: Boys and Girls 8 to 11
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: July 16 to July 20
Tuition: SOLD OUT

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. On Friday, parents and friends can attend the mixed media SHOWCASE featuring entertaining snippets of the week's activities along with large and small vocal performances accompanied by choreography. Campers will experience the excitement of preparing a show and the exhilaration of performance under the nurturing care of seasoned educators and performers.

Advanced Art Techniques - Drawing (Ages 9-14)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 14
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: July 16 to July 20
Tuition: SOLD OUT

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)

Ages: Boys and Girls 9 to 14
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: July 23 to July 27
Tuition: SOLD OUT

This week can be taken alone or in conjunction with the Advanced Drawing. During this time 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. We will also be exploring color theory and how the use of different combination 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. We will be working water soluble graphite and color pencils, tempera, watercolor, and acrylic paint.