Submitted by Laurie Marechaux
Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in Ludlow, Vermont invites you to join us in our Young Artists Day Camps. Boys and Girls ages 6-17 are welcome, plus parents can also join their youngster in theses classes. Please note that these are not Drop-in classes. Students must be registered for the entire session. Be sure to sign up early as class space is limited.
July 5, 6, 7, 8-Nature Drawing and Journaling
Ages 7 & up-Mon.-Thu. 9:00am-3:00pm
This class integrates Science with Art! Have you ever really observed a bug long enough to be able to draw it? We will take time to sit in a meadow and observe the kinds of flowers that grow there, and the tiny bugs that make these flowers their home. We will also explore the life in a nearby stream or pond by actually getting into it. Field microscopes and computer projection of these living organisms will be used in the classroom to spy on a very different world than the one we inhabit. Students will record their observations in a nature journal similar to the ones made by Lewis and Clark on their journey across the continent.
July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9- Folk Art Crafts
Ages 6-11-Mon.-Thu. 9:00am-3:00pm, Fri. 9:00am-2:30pm
Discover the way our forefathers handcrafted folk art as we construct a wooden game board, sew a functional pouch with an Early American penny rug design, and weave a small market basket and maybe even put together a cloth figure. The origin of each functional object will be discussed. We will close the week with a Folk Art Crafts, Open House in the classroom to show other students and instructors on campus what we have learned and accomplished.
July 12, 13, 14, 15, 16- Rug Hooking Camp
Ages 8-11-Mon.-Thu. 9:00am-3:00pm, Fri. 9:00am-2:30pm
Pillows, Purses, "Mug Rugs", and more! We'll learn punch needle rug hooking by making our very own pillows! Draw a simple picture of your favorite thing… your pet… your house? Turn it into a cushy "picture pillow". You'll get an easy-to-use tool and a simple frame to take home, plus loads of colorful yarn, fabric and stuffing to make your pillow in the class. Students will leave class at the end of the week with all tools, skills, and samples you need to continue having lots more rug-hooking fun at home.
July 17, 18- Lets Make Fairy Houses
Ages 6-17-Sat. & Sun. 9:00am-3:00pm
ALL AGES WELCOME AND PARENTS TOO! Tap into your inner child for a weekend of whimsy and fairy-lore. We'll be exploring the fairy lands around Fletcher Farm School to find inspiration and materials to create inviting and magical fairy houses for the little visitors around your garden, backyard and even your house. Your imagination will be stretched and you'll see the nature around you in a completely different way. We'll use twigs, leaves, pine cones, pebbles, feathers… anything we can find to build with. Ages 6 to 9 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
July 19, 20, 21, 22, 23- Drawing and Painting
Ages 10-14-Mon.-Thu. 9:00am-3:00pm, Fri. 9:00am-2:30pm
This class is designed for the student who would like to focus on drawing and painting. This one week class provides children with diverse experiences in various art mediums. Observation and detail drawing will be the primary focus. The class will be working both inside the classroom and outdoors, students will go home with many completed projects.
July 26, 27, 28, 29, 30-Basket Cases
Ages 10-17-Mon.-Thu. 9:00am-4:00pm, Fri. 9:00am-2:30pm
This class is designed to give students the opportunity to learn a variety of basket making techniques. The children will make many different baskets during the course of the week. Children do not need to bring any tools; the instructor will supply the tools for the students to use.
July 26, 27, 28, 29, 30-Jewelry Camp for Young Artists
Ages 11 & up-Mon.-Thu., 9:00am-4:00pm, Fri., 9:00am-2:30pm
PARENTS WELCOME! This class is geared for a parent and young artist to learn together the fun and simple forms of Silver Fabrication. Sterling Silver will be the primary medium. Other metals and methods of jewelry fabrication will be explored. Young adults love jewelry and now they can learn the basics. Students do not have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Aug. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6- Kids Art Camp
Ages 7 & up-Mon.-Fri. 9:00am-2:00pm
Each day students will be working in a different media to give kids the chance to experiment with new materials. Explore drawing, creating crayon resist watercolor painting, 3-D sculpture with self hardening clay, and mixed media. If you are serious about art this is the perfect class for you!
Aug. 7, 8- Woodcarving Camp
Ages 10-17-Sat. 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun. 9:00am-2:30pm
PARENTS WELCOME! This course will give beginning carvers the opportunity to carve and finish a basic carving project. These projects will include a variety of different items. Most of these will be simple “whittling” type projects (i.e. dog, bear, spoon, or snowman) which you can complete with a minimum of tools. You will learn about the different types of carving tools and how to sharpen them safely, and how to make basic knife cuts.
Aug. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13-Arts and Crafts Extravaganza
Ages 8-13-Mon.-Thu. 9:00am-4:00pm, Fri. 9:00am-2:30pm
Bring on the fun! Introduce your young artists to the fascinating world of arts and crafts. A variety of creative adventures including book- art, one-of-a-kind painted T-shirts, solar painted windsocks, flags and more. We will explore, rubber stamping, nature art and more! This class is taught by our very talented Board members! Boys and girls will have so much fun in this creative class.
Please call for tuition pricing. A materials fee is paid to the instructor in class and most courses also have a Supply List which are items which students should bring to class.
View all of these classes and more on our website at http://www.fletcherfarm.orgfor more information. One-on-one instruction is always emphasized in all of our classes. If you are a Ludlow, Cavendish or Proctorsville resident (age 7 & up) you are entitled to 50% off one class per calendar year. Register online or for a copy of our fall flyer call 802-228-8770.