Course Catalog

Special Interest

Special Interest Camps age 3 – rising grade 1

List of 18 items.

  • Adventures at Sea

    Ahoy, Mateys…let’s set sail on an adventure into the world of mermaids and pirates. Treasure hunts, sandcastle building, and mystical ocean discoveries await our pirates and mermaids. This adventure will dive deep into music, arts, language development, and social skills- just don’t tell the real pirates!
    Grades: Age 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: June 25 -29, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Edible Essentials

    This is the camp for a beginner chef to get a start on making basic recipes that will serve throughout a lifetime. Recipes made in this class are so kid friendly your camper will feel confident about making them at home. A sampling of items on the menu: omelets, quesadillas, mac-n-cheese, pasta, brownie sundaes and ice cream
    Grades: Age 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 23-27, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $280
    Instructors: Edible Education
     
  • Enchanted Adventures

    Sprinkle some pixie dust and jump on your unicorn, we are heading into the Enchanted Forest!  This camp is filled with imagination building experiences and fun!  Campers will spark their creativity as they learn about the secret world of fairies, gnomes, elves, unicorns and all things imaginary.
    Grades: Age 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: June 18 -22, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

    Get your body moving with active songs, processed art, learning games and creative play all designed to strengthen the core muscles and motor planning skills used for fine motor skills. Children will learn correct number and letter formation,pencil grip and scissor skills as we use or Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes! We will explore fun,hands-on techniques to help your child grip the pencil correctly and control fine-motor muscles effectively through a variety of multisensory activities.
    Grades: Ages 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 23-27, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Jumping Beans

    Hop, Run and Skip to Jumping Beans! S-T-R-E-T-C-H your muscles and get your giggles out while learning about a new sport each day. Jumping Beans is great for developing gross motor and fine motor skills in a structured format that builds coordination, balance and confidence.
    Grades: Age 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Junior Kindergarten, Here We Come

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye, calling all girls entering St. Catherine’s Junior Kindergarten in the fall 2018! Come meet new classmates and explore the campus in a play-oriented environment.
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3,  8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Grade: Rising St. Catherine’s JK students
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructors: Sara Waechter and Mandy Jernigan
  • Kick Start to First Grade

    Fun-filled activities to help practice and review math, reading and study skills in preparation for the upcoming school year. You do not have to be a St. Catherine’s student to attend this class.
    Grade: Rising grade 1
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: James Tullner
  • Kindergarten, Here We Come

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye, calling all girls entering St. Catherine’s kindergarten in the fall 2018! Come meet new classmates and explore the campus in a play-oriented environment.
    Grade: Rising St. Catherine’s Kindergarten students
    Session A: July 23-27, 8:45-11:45 a.m.; 
    Session B: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m. 
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Tara Seward
     
  • Latin Ballet of Virginia Day Camp

    Discover dance while connecting various dance forms to Latin language and culture. Each camp includes classes in Latin dance, ballet, modern and hip-hop. Dance history, drums and percussion, arts, crafts and much more will also be explored. This unique program is taught by professional dancers and musicians who have years of performance and teaching experience to share with students. Each session culminates with a final student performance, based on international legends and myths.
    Ages: 5-14
    Half day: June 11 -15, 9 a.m.-noon
    Class Fee: $250
    Full day: June 11 - 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Class Fee: $350
  • Princess & Superheroes

    Do you have what it takes to save the world? Do you have the sparkle to rein the world? Come and train to be the superheroes or princesses you were meant to be! Save the world from evil-doers everywhere in this interactive and high-energy camp. Training combines cooperative games, team building activities, literature and much more.
    Grades: Age 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: June 25-29 , 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Ready Readers

    Experience literature while engaging in language art activities that focus on phonemic awareness, comprehension skills and decoding.
    Grades: Rising kindergarten–grade 1
    Session A: June 18-22, 8:45-11:45 a.m.; 
    Session B: June 25 - 29, 8:45–11:45 a.m.; 
    Session C: July 2 - 6, 8:45–11:45 a.m.  (no camp July 4)  
    Class Fee  $250
    Instructor: Melissa Armstrong
     
  • Rock & Roll Club

    We are looking for the next rock and roll star this summer! We will jam out with handmade instruments, learn hip songs and dance the camp away. Rocking scholars will build social skills, gross motor and fine motor skills. We will have a final performance to show off our moves.
    Grades: Age 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 2-6, 8:45-11:45 a.m.  (no camp July 4)
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Rockets, Planes, and Flying Things

    Watch it soar, see it glide, come take a ride with rockets, planes and flying things! We will build flying machines, test gliders and soar to the moon through art, stories and lots of play! Our adventures will sharpen your imagination, kick start your motor skills and ignite a passion for flying!
    Grades: Age 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 9-13, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Singapore Math

    This class is designed to provide the foundation to Singapore Math through hands on activities and application of skills to problem solving. Designed for students new to St. Catherine’s Lower School.
    Grades: New students to St. Catherine’s in rising grades 1-4
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
     
  • World Travelers

    Grab your passport because we are going to take a journey around the world! Visit a new country each day through literature, games, art activities, geography and history.  Discover the thrills of travel without leaving the comfort of summer camp.
    Grades: Age 3-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 16-20, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Yoga Camp: Blast into Outer Space

    Get ready for the most fun you’ve ever had doing yoga! We will use music, games crafts as well as other tools and activities to help the children focus their minds and stretch their bodies all while having loads of fun!  Your little yogi will go on adventures, explore different worlds and learn about how to build and maintain a yoga and meditation practice.
    Grades: Age 4-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 23-27, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Marshie Boswell
     
  • Yoga Camp: Explore the Jungle

    Get ready for the most fun you’ve ever had doing yoga! We will use music, games crafts as well as other tools and activities to help the children focus their minds and stretch their bodies all while having loads of fun. Your little yogi will go on adventures, explore different worlds and learn about how to build and maintain a yoga and meditation practice.
    Grades: Age 4-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 9-16, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Marshie Boswell
     
  • Yoga Camp: Mindfulness for Superheroes

    Get ready for the most fun you’ve ever had doing yoga! We will use music, games crafts as well as other tools and activities to help the children focus their minds and stretch their bodies all while having loads of fun. Your little yogi will go on adventures, explore different worlds and learn about how to build and maintain a yoga and meditation practice.
    Grades: Age 4-rising grade 1
    Dates: July 16-20, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Marshie Boswell
     

Special Interest Camps for Rising Grades 2 – 3

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  • ¡Hola, Mis Amigos!

    Join us on an exciting journey as we explore the Spanish-speaking world! We will learn the basics of the Spanish language while enjoying the thrill, movement and color of this diverse culture. We will sing, dance, create Spanish inspired artwork and even sample some yummy traditional Hispanic food, such as burritos and tacos. ¡Vamos!
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates:
    Session A: June 18-22, 8:45-11:45 a.m.;
    Session B: June 25 -29, 8:45-11:45 a.m.;
    Session C: July 2-6  (no camp July 4), 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Anamaria Scozzaro
  • 21 Century Readers and Writers

    Increase reading fluency and comprehension while enjoying various digital texts. Use fun iPad apps to improve reading, vocabulary and writing skills.
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 23-27, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Caroline Van Ness
     
  • American Girl Doll Camp

    Join us for an all American adventure as we learn about the crafts, recipes and fashions that the American Girl Dolls and their friends experienced during their historical eras. Participants should plan to bring a doll each day. There will be time to create jewelry for each doll and, of course, the dolls will want to participate in the tea party that will take place on Friday. Learn, play, fashion and socialize with friends and their American Girl Dolls!
    Grades: Rising  2-3
    Dates: June 25-29, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Sarabeth Kawugule
     
  • Art, Garden and Mindfulness

    This class is designed to teach students about basic mindfulness practices and techniques while exploring how nature has the potential to inspire.
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Jacque Minarik
     
  • Author Study

    Delve deeply into the lives and works of various authors such as: Laura Numeroff, Theodor Geisel, Eric Carle, Jan Brett and Kevin Henkes. Make connections and critically evaluate an author's writing style. Then, use mentor texts to craft your own pieces of writing!
    Grades:  Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 2-6, 8:45-11:45 a.m. (no camp July 4)
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Caroline Van Ness
     
  • Builders

    Calling all inventors, creators, builders and designers!  Come build some awesome creations with us! We will create our own designs and make structures using recyclable materials, Legos and many other interesting items.  Skills necessary: none and skills gained: communication, problem solving, creativity and teamwork.
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 23-27, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Cruise at Sea Cooking Class

    Kon’nichiwa, Chairete, Ciao, Marhabaan, Aloha, Hello! Campers will create recipes that are enjoyed in ports of call: Egypt, Italy, Hawaii, Japan and Greece. A sampling of items on the menu: flatbreads, pasta, sushi, hummus and pineapple smoothies.
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: June 18-22 , 8:45-11:45 a.m
    Cost: $280
    Instructors: Edible Education
     
  • Design the Runway

    Design your very own fashion line with us! Budding designers will create a fashion portfolio, create a one of a kind piece with recyclable goods and end the week with a Runway Show! Fashionistas will participate in several design challenges too. Come design your own runway with us!
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: June 25 -29, 8:45 -11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Ed Sherod Basketball Camp for Boys & Girls

    Come work with Coach Sherod in a fun camp environment to improve your overall basketball skills while having fun with an amazing coaching staff!
    Lead Instructor: Ed Sherod
    Grades: Rising grades 3,4-6, 7-9
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 2018
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
     
     
  • Fairy Tale STEAM

    Target your 21st-century skills through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Enjoy your favorite, classic fairy tales then use critical thinking skills to plan, construct, and test corresponding challenges.
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: Session A: June 18-22, 8:45-11:45 a.m.; Session B: July 16-20, 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Caroline Van Ness
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 2: Aug. 6 - 10

    (Grades 2-3)
    Session Two: Aug. 6 - 10
    9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    Cost: $395 per week
     

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing or all-day mountain biking camps. Students meet in the Maple Avenue parking lot and are transported to various locations in the James River Park System and surrounding wild spaces.
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 3: Aug. 13 - 17

    (Grades 2-3)
    Session Three: Aug. 13 - 17
    9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    Cost: $395 per week
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 4: Aug. 20 - 24

    (Grades 2-3)
    Session Four: Aug. 20 - 24
    9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    Cost: $395 per week
     
  • Food for Fitness

    Campers will learn to prepare recipesthat are super healthy andsuper flavorful. Emphasis is placed on local, in-season foods at the peak of vitality and freshness. A sampling of items on the menu are fruit leather, orange power bars, green-machine smoothies and chocolate quinoa cupcakes.
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 2-6, 8:45-11:45 a.m.  (no camp July 4)
    Class Fee: $280
    Instructors: Edible Education
     
  • Foods of the USA

    Who needs to cruise anywhere when the good old USA has such awesome food! Campers will learn about food indigenous to a variety of different regions in the USA. A few recipes on the menu are: Apple Fritters, Cheesy Grits, Potato Corn Chowder and Better Burgers.
    Grades: Rising 2 -3
    Dates: July 16-20, 8:45 -11:45 a.m
    Class Fee: $280
    Instructors: Edible Education
     
  • Green Thumb Club

    Catch a ladybug, chase a firefly and grow a garden … all while learning about nature and the world around us through stories, songs, art, exploration and imaginary play. The Green Thumb Club will ignite your passion for nature, recycling and learning about the earth through tactile activities and developmentally appropriate science investigations. It’s time to join the Green Thumb Club!
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 16-20,  8:45–11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $250
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Kick Start to Second Grade

    Fun-filled activities to help practice and review math, reading and study skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.
    Grade: Rising 2
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Katie Crook
     
  • Kick Start to Third Grade

    Fun-led activities to help practice and review math, reading and study skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.
    Grade: Rising 3
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Mayan Cavallo
     
  • Latin Ballet of Virginia Day Camp

    Discover dance while connecting various dance forms to Latin language and culture. Each camp includes classes in Latin dance, ballet, modern and hip-hop. Dance history, drums and percussion, arts, crafts and much more will also be explored. This unique program is taught by professional dancers and musicians who have years of performance and teaching experience to share with students. Each session culminates with a final student performance, based on international legends and myths.
    Ages: 5-14
    Dates: June 11 - 15
    Half day: 9 a.m.-noon, Cost: $250
    Full day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cost: $350
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 1: July 30 - Aug. 3

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session One: July 30 - Aug. 3
    8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing or all-day mountain biking camps. Students meet in the Maple Avenue parking lot and are transported to various locations in the James River Park System and surrounding wild spaces.
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 2: Aug. 6 - 10

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Two: Aug. 6 - 10
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 3: Aug. 13 - 17

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Three: Aug. 13 - 17
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 4: Aug. 20 - 24

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Four: Aug. 20 - 24
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • National Treasure Hunt

    Feeling patriotic? Celebrate our nation with the ultimate treasure hunt. Unravel mysteries, crack clues and decode cyphers to unlock the secrets to our nation’s history. Learn to solve a variety of complex coded puzzles as you delve deep into the symbols of our past. Who will be the first to claim the treasure?
    Grades: Rising 2 - 3
    Dates: July 2-6, 8:45-11:45 a.m. (no camp July 4)
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Number Crunchers

    Have you ever been in a mental math game? Do you like to roll the dice? Do you have the edge to tackle mathematical concepts? Join us as we explore math in an all-new way! We will enrich your math skills through math fact games, problem-solving competitions, logical reasoning and spatial math concept tournaments. Who knew math could be so much fun!
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Out of this World

    5, 4, 3, 2, 1 …BLAST OFF to a galaxy far, far away to learn about earth and the amazing solar system. Discover all things galactic such as comets, planets, shooting stars, rockets and more. Learn about flight, the adventures of space travel and participate in a rocket launch!
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 9-13, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Science of Cooking

    Measurements can be a fun way to brush up on math skills. Edible Education chefs will help you discover the reactions between foods, the how of heat and the why of working with unique ingredients to prepare delicious foods.
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 9-13, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $280
    Instructors: Edible Education
     
  • Singapore Math

    This class is designed to provide the foundation to Singapore Math through hands on activities and application of skills to problem solving. Designed for students new to St. Catherine’s Lower School.
    Grades: New students to St. Catherine’s in rising grades 1-4
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructors: Dr. Annie Kapetanis and Katherine Applewhite
     
  • World of Wizards

    Calling all wizard fans! This is like no other camp you have experienced. We will take a magical journey into the world of wizards. We will design wands, make magic potions, go on a magical creature hunt, play Quidditch, and participate in activities that will astound all Muggles.
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: June 18-22, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     

Special Interest Camps: Grades 4-6

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  • ¡Viva México!

    Discover our neighbor, Mexico and learn about its language, history, culture, people, food and more. Great for students new to the Spanish language and those that want to practice over the summer.
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: July 23 - 27, 8:45-11:45 a.m
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Susan Steenrod  
  • Art Factory

    Our D-I-Y camp is for all your artsy-crafty kids who love to express yourselves with one-of-a-kind masterpieces like canvas art, bead making and watercolors. Find your inner artist and keep your creativity sharp this summer as we design many treasured mementos.
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: July 2-6, (no camp on July 4), 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Babysitter Certification

    Become a certified babysitter while learning how to care for infants and children, create a safe environment, make good decisions, solve problems and handle emergencies.
    Grades: Rising 6-8
    Dates: Aug. 6-8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Class Fee: $160
    Instructor: Tara DiGiacomo
     
  • Brilliant Summer Detective Agency

    Calling all amateur detectives! Come develop crime investigation skills and learn forensic science techniques like fingerprinting, footprint casting, evidence identification, and more. Fine-tune your problem-solving and critical thinking ability as you decipher clues and process crime scene evidence. Put your sleuthing expertise to the test to solve mock crimes around campus.
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: June 25-29, 8:45-11:45 a.m
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Jennifer Harper
  • Brilliant Summer Detective Agency

    Calling all amateur detectives! Come develop crime investigation skills and learn forensic science techniques like fingerprinting, footprint casting, evidence identification, and more. Fine-tune your problem-solving and critical thinking ability as you decipher clues and process crime scene evidence.  Put your sleuthing expertise to the test to solve mock crimes around campus.  
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: July 9-13, 8:45-11:45 a.m
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Jennifer Harper
  • Creative Writing

    Come discover the lifelong joys of creative writing – and get to know yourself better in the process. We will do creative writing exercises and also enjoy some selected writing examples from wonderful writers, both old and new. You will learn important writing and creative skills that will help make you the best writer you can be.
    Grades: Rising 5-6
    Dates:  July 16-20, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: Taryn Chesshire
     
  • Ed Sherod Basketball Camp for Boys & Girls

    Come work with Coach Sherod in a fun camp environment to improve your overall basketball skills while having fun with an amazing coaching staff!
    Lead Instructor: Ed Sherod
    Grades: Rising grades 3,4-6, 7-9
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 2018
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 1: July30 - Aug. 3

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session One: July 30 - Aug. 3
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing or all-day mountain biking camps. Students meet in the Maple Avenue parking lot and are transported to various locations in the James River Park System and surrounding wild spaces.
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 2: Aug. 6 - 10

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Two: Aug. 6 - 10
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 3: Aug. 13 - 17

    Fishing Camps (ages 9–14)
    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Three: Aug. 13 - 17
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 4: Aug. 20 - 24

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Four: Aug. 20 - 24
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Future-Preneurs

    Are you a natural born leader? Do you want to experience the thrills of creating a “company?” Don’t miss out on this camp where you will create and sell handmade products at the Sale-A-Thon. This camp will dabble in the world of stocks and current events as it relates to businesses.
    Dates: July 16-20, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Girls Lacrosse Camp

    Come work with the Saints coaches to improve your shooting, defensive, stick skill and overall team strategy.
    Grades: Rising 4-8
    Dates: June 18-21, 4-7 p.m.
    Camp Fee: $155
    Instructor: Alexa Anderson
  • Invention Convention: Hands-On Design & Engineering

    We’ll have tons of fun as we explore basic engineering principles. Tinker, design, build, test and refine your very own inventions using littlebits Electronics (easy-to-use electronic building blocks), Makey-makeys (simple invention kits that turn everyday into a keyboard controller) and a 3D Printer. Perhaps you will build a top-secret safe that responds to movement or noise, construct a trash-ketball game that keeps score, or design a one-of-a-kind interactive keychain for your backpack. What will you create?
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: June 25-29, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Jennifer Vermillion
  • Kick Start to Fourth Grade

    Fun-filled activities to help practice and review math, reading and study skills in preparation for the upcoming school year. You do not have to be a St. Catherine’s student to take this class.
    Grade: Rising grade 4
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Sloan Hiscock
     
  • Kick Start to Middle School

    For students new to St. Catherine’s Middle School. Get your motor running! Come experience fun-filled activities to help you get acquainted to St. Catherine’s Middle School while learning new skills in math, reading and studying.
    Grades: Rising 5-6 new to St. Catherine’s School
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Rachel Stoller
     
  • Latin Ballet of Virginia Day Camp

    Discover dance while connecting various dance forms to Latin language and culture. Each camp includes classes in Latin dance, ballet, modern and hip-hop. Dance history, drums and percussion, arts, crafts and much more will also be explored. This unique program is taught by professional dancers and musicians who have years of performance and teaching experience to share with students. Each session culminates with a final student performance, based on international legends and myths.
    Ages: 5-14
    Half day: June 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon
    Class Fee: $250
    Full day: June 11-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Class Fee: $350
  • Let's Open a Bakery

    Do you dream of cookies, cakes and pies? In this fun baking class, you will practice math, science and more. A sampling of items on the menu: Fruit pies, quick breads, cookies and muffins, just to name a few. Your family will love the results! Parent’s/family members are welcome to stop out on the last day to sample the confections made in camp
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: July 16-20, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $280
    Instructors: Edible Education
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 1: July 30 - Aug. 3

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session One: July 30 - Aug. 3
    8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing or all-day mountain biking camps. Students meet in the Maple Avenue parking lot and are transported to various locations in the James River Park System and surrounding wild spaces.
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 2: Aug. 6 - 10

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Two: Aug. 6 - 10
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 3: Aug. 13 - 17

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Three: Aug. 13 - 17
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 4: Aug. 20 - 24

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Four: Aug. 20 - 24
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Saints Basketball Camp

    Work with Coach Sherod on all aspects of the game: shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding and defense. You will improve as a player and have fun!!
    Lead Instructor: Ed Sherod
    Grades: Rising 5-6, 7-8
    Dates: June 11-15, 2017
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Kenny Center
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Saints Girls Lacrosse Camp

    Come work with the Saints coaches to improve your shooting, defensive, stick skill and overall team strategy.
    Lead Instructor: Alexa Anderson
    Rising grades  4-6, 7-8
    Dates: June 18-21, 2018
    Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register under 2018 Sports Camps
  • Saints Volleyball Camp

    The Saints volleyball staff will teach you skill progressions and tactical strategies for all offensive and defensive positions on the court.
    Lead Instructor: Skip Weston
    Grades: Rising grades 5-6, 7-9
    Dates: June 11-14, 2018
    Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Kenny Center Gym
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
  • Science Exploratorium

    Come discover, experiment, and create as we learn about the colliding worlds of art and science in this STEAM-based camp. We will create biomes from around the world, stargaze at constellations, master meteorology, investigate how things work and dabble in chemistry and physics.  Put on your learning cap and grab the art supplies because this STEAM camp will rock your world.
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: July 9-13, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Singapore Math

    This class is designed to provide the foundation to Singapore Math through hands on activities and application of skills to problem solving. Designed for students new to St. Catherine’s Lower School.
    Grades: New students to St. Catherine’s in rising grades 1-4
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
     
  • Top Dog Field Hockey Camp

    The session will provide instruction in skills needed to be successful at all levels. Athletes will have the opportunity to put those skills into action in game situations.
    Lead instructor: Don Warner
    Grades: Rising grades 4-6, 7-9
    Dates: June 11-14, 2018  
    Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
  • Whiz Kids

    Join us on a science discovery mission! We will explore the world of science through everyday objects and encounters. This camp will enhance the STEM education philosophies with a big punch of fun. Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy and Zoology will all be covered in the camp.
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: July 23-27, 8:45-11:45 a.m
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Wonders of Ancient Art

    Take a journey back in time to the mysterious world of Egyptian Pyramids, Greek Gods, and the Roman Empire.  The wonders of this class will lead you on an exploration of hieroglyphics, ornate masks, and mosaics, all while competing in the ancient Olympic Games.
    Grades: Rising 4-6
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45-11:45 a.m
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars

Special Interest Camps: Grades 7-12

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  • Babysitter Certification

    Become a certified babysitter while learning how to care for infants and children, create a safe environment, make good decisions, solve problems and handle emergencies.
    Grades: Rising 6-8
    Dates: August 6-8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $160
    Instructor: Tara DiGiacomo
     
  • Design Your Dream: Intro to Entrepreneurship

    Learn how to design a business through foundational lessons in entrepreneurship and experiences with dynamic guest lecturers and local small businesses. From vision and market research to personal branding and business plans, get a taste of what it means to transform dreams into reality.
    Grades: Rising 6-8
    Dates:Dates:  June 18-22, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: Jean Goodman
     
  • Driver Education Endorsement Course

    This course prepares students for safe motor vehicle operation. Students will receive endorsement for driver education, meeting state mandated requirements for the classroom phase.
    Grades: Rising 9-12
    Dates: June 18 - 28, Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $160
    Instructor: Denise Manuel
     
  • Ed Sherod Basketball Camp for Boys & Girls

    Come work with Coach Sherod in a fun camp environment to improve your overall basketball skills while having fun with an amazing coaching staff!
    Lead Instructor: Ed Sherod
    Grades: Rising grades 3,4-6, 7-9
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 2018
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 1: July30 - Aug. 3

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session One: July 30 - Aug. 3
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing or all-day mountain biking camps. Students meet in the Maple Avenue parking lot and are transported to various locations in the James River Park System and surrounding wild spaces.
     
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 2: Aug. 6 - 10

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Two: Aug. 6 - 10
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 3: Aug. 13 - 17

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Three: Aug. 13 - 17
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 4: Aug. 20 - 24

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Four: Aug. 20 - 24
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Get Ready for Algebra

    Join us to firm up those Algebra I skills so you can be ready for the first day of math class in the fall.
    Grades: Rising 8-10
    Dates:July 16-20,8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $240
    Instructor: Kelly Martines
     
  • Girls Lacrosse Camp

    Come work with the Saints coaches to improve your shooting, defensive, stick skill and overall team strategy.
    Grades: Rising 4-8
    Dates: June 18-21, 4-7 p.m.
    Camp Fee: $155
    Cost: $250
    Lead Instructor: Alexa Anderson
     
  • Leaders in Training Program

    This is an opportunity to participate in meaningful service to the local community. In this service learning program, we will enhance our group and interpersonal skills through working with diverse members in the Richmond community. Our goal is to establish sustainable relationships with our community while also creating meaningful connections.
    Grades: Rising 7-10

    St. Catherine’s Community Garden in partnership with St. Stephen’s Church!
    Week One: June 18-22
    Time: 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 115
    Cost: $220
     
     
    Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope! Leaders in Training will spend part of the week working in the Richmond Habitat ReStore and the other part of the week on campus organizing an on-campus book drive for Habitat for Humanity students.
    Week Two: June 25-29
    Time: 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 115
    Cost: $220

    Shalom Farms is a regional food access and community development project started in 2008 by United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR). Shalom Farms works with communities to ensure access to healthy food and support healthy lifestyles. Through sustainable food production and hands-on experiences at the farm and in the city, Shalom Farms provides thousands of people in Richmond with access to healthy food! From planting and harvesting, to weeding and field preparation, join Leaders in Training as we support Shalom Farms!
    Week Three: July 2-6
    Time: 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 115
    Cost: $220


    Join Leaders in Training as we serve at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to harvest produce for the Central Virginia Food Bank and local food pantries, dig in the garden, and play with worms in the compost bin! We will spend time learning about horticulture, environmental education, and the importance of food access in our community!
    Week Four: July 9-13
    Time: 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 115
    Cost: $220
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 1: July 30 - Aug. 3

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session One: July 30 - Aug. 3
    8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing or all-day mountain biking camps. Students meet in the Maple Avenue parking lot and are transported to various locations in the James River Park System and surrounding wild spaces.
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 2: Aug. 6 - 10

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Two: Aug. 6 - 10
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 3: Aug. 13 - 17

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Three: Aug. 13 - 17
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 4: Aug. 20 - 24

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Four: Aug. 20 - 24
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Saints Basketball Camp

    Work with Coach Sherod on all aspects of the game: shooting, ball handling , passing, rebounding and defense. You will improve as a player and have fun!!
    Lead Instructor: Ed Sherod
    Grades: Rising 5-6, 7-8
    Dates: June 11-15, 2017
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Kenny Center
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Saints Girls Lacrosse Camp

    Come work with the Saints coaches to improve your shooting, defensive, stick skill and overall team strategy.
    Lead Instructor: Alexa Anderson
    Rising grades  4-6, 7-8
    Dates: June 18-21, 2018
    Time 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Saints Volleyball Camp

    The Saints volleyball staff will teach you skill progressions and tactical strategies for all offensive and defensive positions on the court.
    Lead Instructor: Skip Weston
    Grades: Rising grades 5-6, 7-9
    Dates: June 11-14, 2018
    Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Kenny Center Gym
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Top Dog Field Hockey Camp

    The session will provide instruction in skills needed to be successful at all levels. Athletes will have the opportunity to put those skills into action in game situations.
    Lead instructor: Don Warner
    Grades: Rising grades 4-6, 7-9
    Dates: June 11-14, 2018  
    Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Writing the College Application Essay

    Don’t put off what you can do today. Take this course and by the end of the session you will have several drafts that could be used for topics that colleges predictably assign.
    Grades: Rising 11–12
    Dates: July 9-13,  10 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: John Morgan

Parent and Child Workshops

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  • Art, Garden and Mindfulness

    Learn basic mindfulness practices and techniques while exploring how nature has the potential to inspire.
    Age: Adult and students in rising grades four and above.
    Date: July 30-August 3
    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Class Fee: $100 per parent/child pair
    Instructor: Jacque Minarik
     
  • Crochet Jewelry Making

    Learn how to create beautiful jewelry by stringing beads on fine cording. Crochet and finish necklaces, anklets and bracelets.
    Age: Students in rising grades 4 and above with a parent
    Dates: June 18, 25 and July 2
    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Class Fee:  $100 per parent/child pair
    Instructor: Sarah Abernathie
     
  • Earrings Galore

    Learn how to create beautiful, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pierced earrings. This is a great opportunity for mothers and daughters to spend quality time together.
    Age: Adults and students in rising second grade and above
    Date: June 19
    Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Class Fee:  $30 per parent/child pair
    Instructor: Kat Cockerham
     
  • Family-Friendly Desserts

    Join the Head Chef from Meriwether Godsey to learn how to create family-friendly desserts which are sure to be a big hit! This hands-on class will give you a taste of what it is like to be a Master Chef. Recipes included.
    Age: Students in rising grades 4 and above accompanied by a parent.
    Date: July 13
    Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Class Fee: $20 per parent/child pair
    Instructor: Meriwether Godsey Catering for St. Catherine’s School
     
  • Mosaic Making

    Learn how to make detailed and colorful mosaics using a variety of materials.
    Age: Students in rising grades 4 and above with a parent
    Dates:  July 12, 19 and 28
    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Class Fee: $100 per parent/child pair
    Instructor: Sarah Abernathie
     

Adult Special Interest Classes and Workshops

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  • Gluten-Free Cooking

    Join the Head Chef from Meriwether Godsey Catering at St. Catherine’s School to learn the basics about gluten-free cooking. Participants will learn how to incorporate gluten-free cooking into their healthy lifestyles. It is much easier than you think!
    Ages: Adults
    Date: June 26
    Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Class Fee: $15
    Tony Arrington, Head Chef, Meriwether Godsey Catering at St. Catherine’s School
     
  • Heart Healthy Cooking

    Learn how to cook food that is both healthy and delicious. The Head Chef from Meriwether Godsey Catering at St. Catherine’s School will teach you how to make a meal that you will enjoy sharing with your family and friends.
    Ages: Adults
    Date: July 31
    Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Class Fee: $15 per person
    Tony Arrington, Head Chef, Meriwether Godsey Catering at St. Catherine’s School
     
  • The Beauty of Art

    This amazing studio art class is back by popular demand! Get in touch with your inner artist and learn the basics of lighting, composing, drawing, and painting from a master artist. You will create a still life beginning with a
    charcoal study and culminating with an acrylic painting on canvas. In addition, you will discover beauty and significance in what first appears to be the mundane. No prior painting experience is necessary to take this class.
    Ages: Adults
    Dates:  July 30 - August 2
    Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
    Class Fee: $200
    Please come dressed ready to paint and create
    Catherine Both, St. Catherine’s Faculty and Professional Artist
     

Design Your Day Camp

Design Your Day Rising Grades 2-3

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  • Backyard Zoology

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    The most amazing science begins in the backyard! Start by identifying and observing some of the simplest organisms and ending with the most advanced. Through discussions and observations, learn about habitats, life cycles and predator-prey relationships. Science Through the Eyes of a Child Class fee: $50
    David Polak
     
  • Ball Games

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    The ball’s in your court as you learn basic skills for a wide variety of games with balls. Play classic games and games you’ve never played. Fun drills will improve ball-handling skills.
    Meagan Edwards, Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Center Stage Singers

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Start your summer of dancing and singing with your friends! Have a blast learning popular music and dance moves. Learn to read notated music, while practicing healthy vocal techniques, musical accuracy, expression and ensemble skills.
    Emma-Claire Polich
     
  • Ceramics

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Explore the wonders of clay and learn traditional hand-building methods of clay construction. Using coil, slab and sculptural techniques, learn to texture, weave, carve and layer hand-built creations.
    Joel Moses
     
  • Christmas in July

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Experience the joy of giving handmade gifts all year round. We’ll create a variety of gifts perfect for sharing and then print our own wrapping paper, cards and gift tags…and it's okay if you keep something for yourself.
    Mary Beth Conley
     
  • Collage Creations

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Using decorated sheets of paper, newspaper, fabric, photos and found materials you’ll discover ways to cut, tear, arrange and adhere materials to create amazing pictures and three-dimensional assemblages.
    Kitty Lane
     
  • Cool Chemistry

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Make things bubble, fizz, splatter and ooze. Learn about solids, liquids and gases and conduct experiments to grow crystals and produce slime. Science Through the Eyes of a Child Class fee: $50
    David Polak
     
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Step into an aromatherapy oasis!  Learn how to use organic materials and natural ingredients like essential oils to create your own health, beauty, & spa products.  Make cool products like relaxing bath fizzies & bath salts, calming lavender sachets, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms & body scrubs, decorative hand soaps, and more!
    materials fee: $15
    Ashley Cogbill
     
  • Digital Photography: Beginner

    Grades 2-3
    Starting with the basics, learn how to hold the camera and how to frame an image. Experiment with close-ups and shots taken from different angles, perspectives and distances. Learn how to upload images and prepare for printing.
    Keith Browne
     
  • Drumming

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Create soundscapes of musical fun. Follow behind Robbie as he leads you to success in rhythm. Discover polyrhythms and syncopated beats and learn the skills and basic techniques of drumming and percussive music.
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Fabulous Flowers

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Do you love flowers? From ancient times to today, flowers have inspired famous artists all over the world. Create representations of flowers using a variety of media including printmaking, watercolors and sculptural paper techniques.
    Mary Beth Conley
     
  • Flute: Beginner

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Learn to play the flute, a well-beloved and beautiful instrument through the Suzuki method and the teacher’s own instructional style. Class fee: $25
    Susan Davis
     
  • For the Love of Animals

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    In this fun exploration of animals, we’ll learn interesting and fun facts about animals around the world. From the colorful frogs in the rainforest, to the barn owl in your backyard we will use animals as inspiration as we draw, bake, sew print, paint, and  collage our own animal creations.
    Kitty Lane
     
  • Gone Fishin’ (3 Periods)

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Explore the ecosystems of local freshwater ponds and the James River while fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish. Learn to tie knots, bait hooks and take fish o of hooks to release back into the water. Virginia Outside. Class Fee: $50
    Virginia Outside
     
  • Guitar: Beginner

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Guitar is one of the most popular instruments
to play. Start with the fundamentals and then learn to read tablature, play chords and soon be playing songs. No experience required. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Gymnastics

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Few sports develop strength, flexibility and coordination the way gymnastics does. Work on tumbling skills and floor exercises, vaulting, rope climbing and balance beam.
    Gail Kingrey
     
  • Hippety Hop

    Grades 2-3
    This exciting, high-energy class will introduce campers to hip hop, beginning break dancing and movement games to get everyone dancing and moving to the beat. Hippety Hop dancers will develop and improve musicality, coordination and confidence while having fun.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Improv

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Spend this summer laughing while learning to think on your feet and say "Yes, And." We’ll work in an ensemble creating comic characters and stories on the fly, participating in well-known improv games like, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
    Jane Mattingly
     
  • Just Jump!

    Grades 3, 4-6
    Jump into this fun, challenging, heart-healthy class and learn single rope skills, double dutch, partner tricks and long rope games. Jumpers will learn to jump double unders, criss cross, rope releases and so much more! No experience necessary.
    Gail Kingrey
     
  • Karate

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Be part of a fast-paced modern martial arts curriculum led by masters from The Budo Center. Learn basic punches, blocks and combination moves that help build coordination, strength and flexibility. Practice self-control and gain confidence while displaying a positive attitude about yourself and others.
    The Budo Center
     
  • Magic Prints

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Experiment with a variety of printmaking techniques including rubbings, stamps, stencils and monotypes. Create prints with vibrant textures and bold colors appearing magically before your eyes!
    Dana Morris
     
  • Mosaic Madness

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Flowerpots, frames, birdhouses and more! An exciting class full of broken bits, glue, grout and gook.
    Sarah Abernathie
     
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    Grades 2-3 New!
    Cooking is art you can eat! Learn basic recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then watch yourself on the “Brilliant Summer Food Network”. We will learn basic cooking, baking, and food preparation skills while archiving class videos to share. Recipes will include (but not limited to): waffles, pudding, meatballs and potato salad.
    Mo Regulinski
     
  • Musical Theatre

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Experience the world of musical theatre by working on the three areas of musical theatre: acting, singing & dance. We will also learn focus, concentration & collaboration as an ensemble.
    Emma-Claire Polich
     
  • Mythical Creatures' Habitats

    Grades: 2-3, 4-6  New!
    Ever wanted to attract mythical creatures like garden fairies, gnomes, trolls, princesses, unicorns, mermaids, pirates, or dragons?  Now you can!  Build them a house or habitat using recycled cardboard, hot glue, and tons of natural materials & craft supplies.
    Class Fee: $15
    Ashley Cogbill
     
  • Origami: Beginner

    Grades 2-3
    The Asian art of paper folding is an ancient art form, but it’s as fun today as ever. Learn to fold flat squares of paper into incredible three-dimensional shapes.
    Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Papier-Mâché Works

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Paper and glue...who knew? Get a little messy with papier-mâché. Come create a menagerie of amazing three-dimensional sculptures. You’ve never had so much fun with old newspaper.
    Laura van Bylandt
     
  • Piano: Beginner

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Come and learn the fundamentals of playing the piano. Begin with pre-reading activities and move to more complicated material as music reading ability develops. No experience required. Class Fee $10
    Gloria Ramirez
     
  • Piano: Intermediate

    Grades 2-3,4-6
    Students must have completed Piano: Beginner or have taken piano instruction for one school year to select this class. Learn scales, triads and key signatures to move towards more advanced music. No advanced students please. Class Fee $10
    Gloria Ramirez
  • Pillow Pals

    Grades 2-3 New!
    Create a loveable, huggable soft sculpture while learning basic sewing stitches, color theory, and artistic craftsmanship.
    Mo Regulinski
     
  • Rockets, Robots & Crazy Chemistry

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Step into the dynamic world of STEM with Mad Science! Explore space technology and build your own rocket with NASA. Learn about robots while you build your very own awesome Komodo Dragon Robot that you get to take home. Finally, explore the crazy world of Chemistry while making slime and more!
    Lab Fee: $60
    Mad Science
     
  • Soccer

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Improve passing, trapping and shooting in this basic skills class. Learn offensive and defensive positioning, plus the strategies that make soccer fun. Develop speed, skill, technique and form.
     
  • Story Art

    Grades 2-3
    Every story is a new adventure.  Choose your favorite story and combine imagination and creativity to make an exciting piece of story art. Experiment with a variety of art materials to bring a storybook world to life.
    Kitty Lane
     
  • Street Jazz

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    It’s a little bit of jazz, a little bit of hip-hop and a whole lotta fun! Come move, groove, shake and bounce in this high-energy dance class.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Swimming: Beginner

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Learn basic strokes and how to float. Dive and participate in a variety of water games and contests. Of course water safety and pool rules are taught and always emphasized.
    Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
  • Swimming: Intermediate

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    If you can keep yourself afloat and feel comfortable in the water then this is the class for you. Work on stroke technique and participate in a variety of games. Water safety rules will be emphasized.
    Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Travel Trinkets

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Let’s explore some of America’s greatest cities! On our imaginary vacation we’ll learn fun facts about some of America’s best places to visit and we will create souvenirs from our travels including postcards, picture frames, snow globes, magnets and key chains.
    Mary Beth Conley
     
  • Ukulele

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Aloha! The ukulele is becoming one of today’s most popular instruments for all ages. It’s easy to carry and play. Learn to read tablature, chords and songs. No experience required. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Violin 1

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Learn the basics of playing the violin in a fun group setting. This class is for beginners only. Performance is optional. Class fee: $25
    Sharla Gordon
     
  • Violin 2

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Did you take Violin 1 last year or did you play the violin a few years ago and need a refresher class? Violin 2 is for you! Brush up on the basics of playing the violin and expand on your skills. There is an optional performance at the end of each session. Class fee: $25
    Sharla Gordon
     
  • Voice Lessons

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Whether you want to sing for enjoyment, school plays, chorus or auditions, this class will help you reach your full potential. Learn proper breathing, posture, tone production, intonation, diction, phrasing and ear training and you will gain confidence and consistency in your singing.
    Emma-Claire Polich
  • Watercolor Techniques

    Grade 2-3, 4-6
    Dive into watercolor to explore wet on wet, dry brushing, resist and mixed media techniques. Learn traditional and experimental watercolor techniques in this exciting class.
    Laura van Bylandt
     
  • Weaving: Beginner

    Grades 2-3
    Weaving has taken many forms from ancient times to today. Learn the difference between the “warp” and the “weft” and rediscover the ancient art of weaving. Use a simple loom and explore a variety of “over and under” techniques to create woven masterpieces. It’s easy and fun and the results are amazing.
    Kitty Lane
     
  • World Mask Making

    Grades 2-3
    Design wearable artwork while exploring mask-making traditions used by cultures throughout the world. We will learn the stories behind the masks as we create Mexican Tona Animal masks, Italian Carnival masks, Mardi Gras masks and African ceremonial masks.
    Dana Morris
     

Design Your Day Rising Grades 4-6

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  • Acting Academy

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10  New!
    Are you made for the stage? Are you the next big movie star? This class will help you learn new skills as an actor as well as polish the ones you didn't know you already had!
    Jane Mattingly
     
  • American Sign Language

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Say something without ever speaking a word. Learn American Sign Language and investigate the culture that surrounds this language and the people who speak it.
    Rebecca Sopher
     
  • Animal Houses

    Grades 4-6
    Create miniature animals with Sculpey polymer clay and then create a house for them. Don’t forget to include furniture, furnishings and maybe even food!
    Brigette Newberry
     
  • Asian Art Adventures

    Grades 4 -6, 7- 10
    Learn about China’s 5,000 years of technical and artistic achievements and create Chinese- inspired arts and crafts. Make lanterns, kites, dragons, masks and more.
    Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Backyard Zoology

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    The most amazing science begins in the backyard! Start by identifying and observing some of the simplest organisms and ending with the most advanced. Through discussions and observations, learn about habitats, life cycles and predator-prey relationships. Science Through the Eyes of a Child Class fee: $50
    David Polak
     
  • Ball Games

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    The ball’s in your court as you learn basic skills for a wide variety of games with balls. Play classic games and games you’ve never played. Fun drills will improve ball-handling skills.
    Meagan Edwards, Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Band Works

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Let’s jam! Haven’t you always wanted to join
a band? Learn basic skills for a variety of individual instruments — and you choose the instruments. Experiment with the saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet, trombone or drums. No experience necessary. Class fee: $25
    Susan Davis
     
  • Basketball

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Here’s a chance to improve your basketball skills to enjoy the game more. Work on dribbling, passing, shooting, layups and ball handling, while improving motor skills, eye-hand coordination and team play. Both boys and girls are invited.
    Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Brilliant Summer Live!

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Do you love the sound of laughter and the exhilaration of applause? Then join the festivities with other campers who like to write and perform scripts — and who won’t be shy about showing what they can do!
    Session One: Grades 4-6 Session Two: Grades 7-10
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Candle Making: Beginner

    Grades 4-6
    Candle making is an ancient art. Learn all the steps in this informative class, from melting, molding, rolling, dripping and dipping to painting, sticking, building and carving. Create candles of all shapes, sizes and scents.
    Brigette Newberry
     
  • Center Stage Singers

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Start your summer of dancing and singing with your friends! Have a blast learning popular music and dance moves. Learn to read notated music, while practicing healthy vocal techniques, musical accuracy, expression and ensemble skills.
    Emma-Claire Polich
     
  • Ceramics

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Explore the wonders of clay and learn traditional hand-building methods of clay construction. Using coil, slab and sculptural techniques, learn to texture, weave, carve and layer hand-built creations.
    Joel Moses
     
  • Chess Blitz

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Engage in the basic tactics and strategies of chess. Learn about the game of kings and queens as you improve your chess playing through daily games and strategy sessions.
    Championship Chess
  • Chinese Language and Culture

    Grades 4-6
    Experience a hands-on approach to the art, language and culture of ancient and modern China. Learn how to speak and write in Mandarin Chinese and use bamboo brushes to paint Chinese calligraphy. Also learn to count in Chinese and how to use a Chinese calculator called an “abacus.”
    Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Christmas in July

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Experience the joy of giving handmade gifts all year round. We’ll create a variety of gifts perfect for sharing and then print our own wrapping paper, cards and gift tags…and it's okay if you keep something for yourself.
    Mary Beth Conley
     
  • Claymation

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10   New!
    Create your own movie using clay and photography! Learn how to sculpt small characters, write movie scripts, make sets and arrange photographs in video editing software to create a claymation.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Collage Creations

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Using decorated sheets of paper, newspaper, fabric, photos and found materials you’ll discover ways to cut, tear, arrange and adhere materials to create amazing pictures and three-dimensional assemblages.
    Kitty Lane
     
  • Comedy Hour

    Grades 4-6, 7-10  New! 
    How many times have friends and family told you that you are so funny you should be on stage? It’s not as easy as it looks, but in this class get the support and inspiration needed to give it a try. Learn to synthesize improvisation, storytelling, and acting to write and perform your own stand-up comedy routine or sketch show.
    Jane Mattingly
     
  • Cool Chemistry

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Make things bubble, fizz, splatter and ooze. Learn about solids, liquids and gases and conduct experiments to grow crystals and produce slime. Science Through the Eyes of a Child Class fee: $50
    David Polak
     
  • Crazy About Crochet

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Design and make a crocheted necklace and bracelet using silk cording and a variety of beads. Many colors will be available to spark your creativity.
    Sarah Abernathie
     
  • Creative Bloggers

    Grades 4-6
    Explore the digital side of writing through creative blogging. Join the blogging community on a secure, kid-friendly site where you and your peers can collaborate on and experiment with different types of writing.
    Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Step into an aromatherapy oasis!  Learn how to use organic materials and natural ingredients like essential oils to create your own health, beauty, & spa products.  Make cool products like relaxing bath fizzies & bath salts, calming lavender sachets, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms & body scrubs, decorative hand soaps, and more!
    materials fee: $15
    Ashley Cogbill
     
  • Digital Photography

    Grades 4-6
    Learn the basics of holding the camera and selecting the proper modes. Experiment with framing, close-ups, composition and manual settings. All you need is a digital camera and the desire to take regular picture taking to the next level.
    Keith Browne
     
  • Dollhouse Decorators

    Grades 4-6, 7-10   New!
    Join us as we learn to create everything from flowers to furniture in miniature. Let your imagination be your guide. Create a mini model of your dream room or a flower garden. Everything's cuter in miniature!
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Drumming

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Create soundscapes of musical fun. Follow behind Robbie as he leads you to success in rhythm. Discover polyrhythms and syncopated beats and learn the skills and basic techniques of drumming and percussive music.
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Embroidery & Cross Stitch

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn different stitches and techniques for creating designs in hand embroidery and cross stitch. Create a sampler  sachet and embellish keepsakes and make wearable art.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Engineering Physics

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Physics is the study of forces and motion. Learn about gravity, friction, centrifugal force and rotational pull through hands-on experiences. Build bridges and test the load capacity. Engineer launchers and water rockets for flights up to 400 feet! You’ll soon see why physics is fun. Science Through the Eyes of a Child Class fee: $50
    David Polak
     
  • Fabric and Yarn Creations

    Grades 4-6, 7-10 New!
    Use printed and solid fabric to create paintings, pillows and placemats. Create your own combinations of color and print using iron-on fusible materials. Some basic sewing will be taught as well.
    Brigette Newberry
  • Fabulous Flowers

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Do you love flowers? From ancient times to today, flowers have inspired famous artists all over the world. Create representations of flowers using a variety of media including printmaking, watercolors and sculptural paper techniques.
    Mary Beth Conley
     
  • Fashion Apprentice - Circle Skirts and Capes

    Grades 4-6 New!
    Who’s going to be the next fantastic fashion designer this summer? Get inspired at Brilliant Summer Fashion Institute Apprentice program where you will create a one of a kind garment with personalized textile design. The goal of this class is to develop visual design, construction, and stitching skills. You will have the choice to make a circle skirt or cape in this workshop.
    Mo Regulinski
     
  • Felting Frenzy

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Transform soft, colorful wool into beautiful sculptures, bags, phone cases and wall art. We'll use wet and needle felting techniques to make these bright textile artworks.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Field Games

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Come play Ultimate Frisbee, Ultimate Football and capture the flag. Practice throwing and catching skills with the Frisbee and football, as well as learn offensive and defensive strategies. These fun, fast-paced games provide plenty of exercise.
    Meagan Edwards
     
  • Flute: Beginner

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Learn to play the flute, a well-beloved and beautiful instrument through the Suzuki method and the teacher’s own instructional style. Class fee: $25
    Susan Davis
     
  • For the Love of Animals

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    In this fun exploration of animals, we’ll learn interesting and fun facts about animals around the world. From the colorful frogs in the rainforest, to the barn owl in your backyard we will use animals as inspiration as we draw, bake, sew print, paint, and  collage our own animal creations.
    Kitty Lane
     
  • Gone Fishin’ (3 Periods)

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Explore the ecosystems of local freshwater ponds and the James River while fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish. Learn to tie knots, bait hooks and take fish o of hooks to release back into the water. Virginia Outside. Class Fee: $50
    Virginia Outside
     
     
  • Guitar: Beginner

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Guitar is one of the most popular instruments
to play. Start with the fundamentals and then learn to read tablature, play chords and soon be playing songs. No experience required. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Guitar: Intermediate

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Build on your previous guitar experience by learning new chords and songs. Examine the guitar’s role in popular music by listening and playing. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Gymnastics

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Few sports develop strength, flexibility and coordination the way gymnastics does. Work on tumbling skills and floor exercises, vaulting, rope climbing and balance beam.
    Gail Kingrey
     
  • Improv

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Spend this summer laughing while learning to think on your feet and say "Yes, And." We’ll work in an ensemble creating comic characters and stories on the fly, participating in well-known improv games like, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
    Jane Mattingly
     
  • Jammin’ on the James (3 Periods)

    Grades 4-6
    Climb, fish, float, hike, hammer, paddle, paint, snorkel and swim as you explore the James River and James River parks, guided by a naturalist, a historian and a wildlife photographer. Investigate plants, mammals, birds, bugs, fish and reptiles and learn about the river and how to enjoy it safely and with respect. Class Fee: $65
    Lisa Foster
     
  • Jewelry Design

    Grades 4-6, 7-10 New!
    Using techniques real jewelers use, we’ll make jewelry using wire, beads, chain, cord and findings. Make wearable art that sparkles! (Caution: your Mom will want to borrow your jewelry.)
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Just Jump!

    Grades 3, 4-6
    Jump into this fun, challenging, heart-healthy class and learn single rope skills, double dutch, partner tricks and long rope games. Jumpers will learn to jump double unders, criss cross, rope releases and so much more! No experience necessary.
    Gail Kingrey
     
  • Karate

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Be part of a fast-paced modern martial arts curriculum led by masters from The Budo Center. Learn basic punches, blocks and combination moves that help build coordination, strength and flexibility. Practice self-control and gain confidence while displaying a positive attitude about yourself and others.
    The Budo Center
     
  • Knitting: Beginner

    Grades 4-6
    Learn the lifelong skill and pleasure of knitting with master knitter Betsy Manson. Create a sweater for a favorite stuffed animal or a scarf for yourself. Basic techniques you will learn are cast-on and purl.
    Class fee: $25
    Betsy Manson
     
  • Knitting: Intermediate

    Grades 5 – 10
    Master the basics of knitting, purling and putting together a finished product. Learn how to make a colorful sock monkey.
    Class fee: $25
    Betsy Manson
     
  • Lyrical Dance

    Grades 4-8
    Let the song’s lyrics inspire personal artistry and creativity. Dancers learn to tell the story of the music through their movements in this fusion of ballet and jazz.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Magic Prints

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Experiment with a variety of printmaking techniques including rubbings, stamps, stencils and monotypes. Create prints with vibrant textures and bold colors appearing magically before your eyes!
    Dana Morris
     
  • Mash-up Book

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Part journal, part scrapbook- a mash-up book is all about you! Write, doodle, draw, design, color, and paste on the pages of your smash book. Get inspired with tons of examples or think of your own ideas—it's up to you! You don't need to be an artist or an author to enjoy making a mash-up book.
    Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Mosaic Madness

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Flowerpots, frames, birdhouses and more! An exciting class full of broken bits, glue, grout and gook.
    Sarah Abernathie
     
  • Mountain Biking (3 Periods)

    Grades 4-6, 7-8
    Richmond has some of the best urban mountain biking trails around. Develop beginner and intermediate mountain biking skills including steering, shifting, hill climbing and descending, log hopping, dodging obstacles, etiquette, maintenance, safety and more. Bikes provided.
    Class Fee: $50
    Virginia Outside.
     
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    Grades 4-6 New!
    Cooking is art you can eat! Learn basic recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then watch yourself on the “Brilliant Summer Food Network”. We will learn basic cooking, baking, and food preparation skills while archiving class videos to share. Recipes will include (but not limited to): omelets, biscuits, pesto and skillet chicken & rice.
    Mo Regulinski
     
  • Musical Theatre

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Experience the world of musical theatre by working on the three areas of musical theatre: acting, singing & dance. We will also learn focus, concentration & collaboration as an ensemble.
    Emma-Claire Polich
     
  • Mythical Creatures' Habitats

    Grades: 2-3, 4-6  New!
    Ever wanted to attract mythical creatures like garden fairies, gnomes, trolls, princesses, unicorns, mermaids, pirates, or dragons?  Now you can!  Build them a house or habitat using recycled cardboard, hot glue, and tons of natural materials & craft supplies.
    Class Fee: $15
    Ashley Cogbill
     
  • Nature Journaling

    Grades4-10 New!
    Sketch and explore the marvels of nature. Using nature journals and botanical illustration as references, we’ll spend the class drawing and writing outdoors. Learn to identify different plants and animals.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Origami for Everybody

    Grades 4-6
    Welcome beginners and returning friends. The Asian art of paper folding is an ancient art form, but it’s as fun today as ever. Fold flat squares of paper into incredible three-dimensional shapes!
    Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Paint Like the Impressionists

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    “En plein air” is a French expression for painting out in the open and a popular method with the Impressionists. In this class, paint “en plein air” while learning about how the Impressionists used color to depict light, shadow and mood.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Paint Your Pet

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Bring a photo of your favorite pet and learn how to paint a colorful, lively acrylic portrait. Explore the process of gridding a photo and canvas, creating a composition and applying paint to produce a finished pet portrait.
    Dana Morris
     
  • Papermaking and Bookbinding

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn to make your own paper and use decorating techniques to design beautiful cards and silhouettes. We'll then practice a variety of styles for making books and fill them with unique art and stories.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Papier-Mâché Works

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Paper and glue...who knew? Get a little messy with papier-mâché. Come create a menagerie of amazing three-dimensional sculptures. You’ve never had so much fun with old newspaper.
    Laura van Bylandt
     
  • Photography I

    Grades 4-6
    Take snapshots with a prototype pinhole camera, as well as use any type of point-and- shoot camera to take pictures all around the St. Catherine’s campus. Learn how to artfully hand- color photographs. Class Fee: $15
    Keith Browne
     
  • Photojournalism

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Photograph, write, collect, edit and publish pictures and stories to report on Brilliant Summer’s news and events.
    Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Piano: Beginner

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Come and learn the fundamentals of playing the piano. Begin with pre-reading activities and move to a more complicated material as music reading ability develops. No experience required. Class Fee $10
    Gloria Ramirez
     
  • Piano: Intermediate

    Grades 2-3,4-6
    Students must have completed Piano: Beginner or have taken piano instruction for one school year to select this class. Learn scales, triads and key signatures to move towards more advanced music. No advanced students please. Class Fee $10
    Gloria Ramirez
     
  • Power Jump Rope

    Grades 5-6, 7-10
    Take a jump rope class that challenges your athletic ability. Focus on single-rope skills, double dutch, rapid fire games, partner tricks and gymnastics moves to develop intermediate and advanced jump rope skills. Previous jump rope experience recommended.
     
  • Rockets, Robots & Crazy Chemistry

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Step into the dynamic world of STEM with Mad Science! Explore space technology and build your own rocket with NASA. Learn about robots while you build your very own awesome Komodo Dragon Robot that you get to take home. Finally, explore the crazy world of Chemistry while making slime and more!
    Lab Fee: $60
    Mad Science
     
  • So You Think You Can Dance?

    Grades 4-6
    So you want to make up your own dances? Now’s your chance. Work individually as well as collaboratively to choreograph dances that will be shared at the end of the session.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Soccer

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Improve passing, trapping and shooting in this basic skills class. Learn offensive and defensive positioning, plus the strategies that make soccer fun. Develop speed, skill, technique and form.
     
  • Street Jazz

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    It’s a little bit of jazz, a little bit of hip-hop and a whole lotta fun! Come move, groove, shake and bounce in this high-energy dance class.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Strings Rock

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Think only guitarists can rock? Think again! Strings students will learn rock and popular songs. Open to students with at least one year of experience on their instrument: violin, viola, cello or bass.
    Sharla Gordon
     
  • Swimming: Advanced

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Want to become a competitive swimmer? Master the four competitive strokes and develop swimming endurance. Participate in a variety of relays and games and dive into the knowledge needed to be a junior lifeguard.
    Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Swimming: Beginner

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Learn basic strokes and how to float. Dive and participate in a variety of water games and contests. Of course water safety and pool rules are taught and always emphasized.
    Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Swimming: Intermediate

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    If you can keep yourself afloat and feel comfortable in the water then this is the class for you. Work on stroke technique and participate in a variety of games. Water safety rules will be emphasized.
    Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Team Challenges

    Grades 4-6
    Test yourself and match wits with others as you take part in team challenges, stunts, tumbling and rope activities. Strengthen both mind and body, and learn the importance of working with others to reach a common goal.
    Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Travel Trinkets

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Let’s explore some of America’s greatest cities! On our imaginary vacation we’ll learn fun facts about some of America’s best places to visit and we will create souvenirs from our travels including postcards, picture frames, snow globes, magnets and key chains.
    Mary Beth Conley
     
  • Ukulele

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Aloha! The ukulele is becoming one of today’s most popular instruments for all ages. It’s easy to carry and play. Learn to read tablature, chords and songs. No experience required. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Violin 1

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Learn the basics of playing the violin in a fun group setting. This class is for beginners only. Performance is optional. Class fee: $25
    Sharla Gordon
     
  • Violin 2

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Did you take Violin 1 last year or did you play the violin a few years ago and need a refresher class? Violin 2 is for you! Brush up on the basics of playing the violin and expand on your skills. There is an optional performance at the end of each session. Class fee: $25
    Sharla Gordon
     
  • Voice Lessons

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Whether you want to sing for enjoyment, school plays, chorus or auditions, this class will help you reach your full potential. Learn proper breathing, posture, tone production, intonation, diction, phrasing and ear training and you will gain confidence and consistency in your singing.
    Emma-Claire Polich
  • Volleyball

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn the rules and strategies of this popular sport. Through drills and games, learn to serve, pass, volley and block and set and smash the ball.
    Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Watercolor Techniques

    Grade 2-3, 4-6
    Dive into watercolor to explore wet on wet, dry brushing, resist and mixed media techniques. Learn traditional and experimental watercolor techniques in this exciting class.
    Laura van Bylandt
     
  • Weaving: Intermediate

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10
    Come "warp" and "weft" again! If you already know a little about the weaving process let's continue with new projects, new ways to weave and additional weaving materials.
    Kitty Lane
     

Design Your Day Rising Grades 7-10

List of 54 items.

  • Acting Academy

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10  New!
    Are you made for the stage? Are you the next big movie star? This class will help you learn new skills as an actor as well as polish the ones you didn't know you already had!
    Jane Mattingly
     
  • American Sign Language

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Say something without ever speaking a word. Learn American Sign Language and investigate the culture that surrounds this language and the people who speak it.
    Rebecca Sopher
     
  • Asian Art Adventures

    Grades 4 -6, 7- 10
    Learn about China’s 5,000 years of technical and artistic achievements and create Chinese- inspired arts and crafts. Make lanterns, kites, dragons, masks and more.
    Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Band Works

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Let’s jam! Haven’t you always wanted to join
a band? Learn basic skills for a variety of individual instruments — and you choose the instruments. Experiment with the saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet, trombone or drums. No experience necessary. Class fee: $25
    Susan Davis
     
  • Basketball

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Here’s a chance to improve your basketball skills to enjoy the game more. Work on dribbling, passing, shooting, layups and ball handling, while improving motor skills, eye-hand coordination and team play. Both boys and girls are invited.
    Leslie O’Neal
  • Brilliant Bloggers

    Grades 7-10
    Do you have experiences, ideas, opinions, observations, or a story inside that you'd like to share with other like-minded people? If you do, then Brilliant Bloggers is for you!  Create and customize your own blog, choose your own topics, and blog away!
    Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Brilliant Summer Live!

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Do you love the sound of laughter and the exhilaration of applause? Then join the festivities with other campers who like to write and perform scripts — and who won’t be shy about showing what they can do!
    Session One: Grades 4-6 Session Two: Grades 7-10
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Candle Making: Advanced

    Grades 7-10
    Learn advanced candle making techniques and build upon established skills. Experiment with creative design methods by pouring wax into molds and glass containers, making candles from flat wax and even candles made with balloons.
    Brigette Newberry
     
  • Ceramics

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Explore the wonders of clay and learn traditional hand-building methods of clay construction. Using coil, slab and sculptural techniques, learn to texture, weave, carve and layer hand-built creations.
    Joel Moses
     
  • Chess Blitz

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Engage in the basic tactics and strategies of chess. Learn about the game of kings and queens as you improve your chess playing through daily games and strategy sessions.
    Championship Chess
     
  • Claymation

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10   New!
    Create your own movie using clay and photography! Learn how to sculpt small characters, write movie scripts, make sets and arrange photographs in video editing software to create a claymation.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Comedy Hour

    Grades 4-6, 7-10  New! 
    How many times have friends and family told you that you are so funny you should be on stage? It’s not as easy as it looks, but in this class get the support and inspiration needed to give it a try. Learn to synthesize improvisation, storytelling, and acting to write and perform your own stand-up comedy routine or sketch show.
    Jane Mattingly
     
  • Crazy About Crochet

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Design and make a crocheted necklace and bracelet using silk cording and a variety of beads. Many colors will be available to spark your creativity.
    Sarah Abernathie
     
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Step into an aromatherapy oasis!  Learn how to use organic materials and natural ingredients like essential oils to create your own health, beauty, & spa products.  Make cool products like relaxing bath fizzies & bath salts, calming lavender sachets, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms & body scrubs, decorative hand soaps, and more!
    materials fee: $15
    Ashley Cogbill
  • Digital Photo Adventure (3 periods)

    Grades 7-10
    Take an adventure around The city of Richmond with your digital camera. Students will be able to travel twice a week to a new location in the city and return to campus and edit their photography in the computer lab. Digital camera required, comfortable clothing, footwear, and a water bottle.
    Keith Browne
     
  • Dollhouse Decorators

    Grades 4-6, 7-10   New!
    Join us as we learn to create everything from flowers to furniture in miniature. Let your imagination be your guide. Create a mini model of your dream room or a flower garden. Everything's cuter in miniature!
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Drumming

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Create soundscapes of musical fun. Follow behind Robbie as he leads you to success in rhythm. Discover polyrhythms and syncopated beats and learn the skills and basic techniques of drumming and percussive music.
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Drumming: Advanced (S2)

    Grades 7-10
    Are you a serious drum student? If you have taken drumming classes for at least two summers, then this class of more advanced and challenging drum techniques and methods can help make you a more accomplished drummer.
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Embroidery & Cross Stitch

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn different stitches and techniques for creating designs in hand embroidery and cross stitch. Create a sampler  sachet and embellish keepsakes and make wearable art.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Engineering Physics

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Physics is the study of forces and motion. Learn about gravity, friction, centrifugal force and rotational pull through hands-on experiences. Build bridges and test the load capacity. Engineer launchers and water rockets for flights up to 400 feet! You’ll soon see why physics is fun. Science Through the Eyes of a Child Class fee: $50
    David Polak
     
  • Fabric and Yarn Creations

    Grades 4-6, 7-10 New!
    Use printed and solid fabric to create paintings, pillows and placemats. Create your own combinations of color and print using iron-on fusible materials. Some basic sewing will be taught as well.
    Brigette Newberry
  • Fashion Institute-Fashion Runway

    Grades 7-10 New!
    Become a Brilliant Summer designers as you artistically alter garments to upcycle denim clothing and create a “Back to School with Style” collection. Add and subtract elements from existing garments to create 2018 new trend looks. Then, model your creations on the Brilliant Summer Runway.
    Mo Regulinski
     
  • Felting Frenzy

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Transform soft, colorful wool into beautiful sculptures, bags, phone cases and wall art. We'll use wet and needle felting techniques to make these bright textile artworks.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Field Games

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Come play Ultimate Frisbee, Ultimate Football and capture the flag. Practice throwing and catching skills with the Frisbee and football, as well as learn offensive and defensive strategies. These fun, fast-paced games provide plenty of exercise.
    Meagan Edwards
     
  • Fun Fitness

    Grades 7-10
    Fitness is important and we’ll participate in a number of fun, challenging fitness activities and games both individually and in teams. This class will increase aerobic conditioning in a fun atmosphere.
    Meagan Edwards
     
  • Gone Fishin' (3 Periods)

    Grades 2-3, 4-8
    Explore the ecosystems of local freshwater ponds and the James River while fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish. Learn to tie knots, bait hooks and take fish o of hooks to release back into the water. Virginia Outside. Class Fee: $50
    Virginia Outside
     
  • Guitar: Intermediate

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Build on your previous guitar experience by learning new chords and songs. Examine the guitar’s role in popular music by listening and playing. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Improv

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Spend this summer laughing while learning to think on your feet and say "Yes, And." We’ll work in an ensemble creating comic characters and stories on the fly, participating in well-known improv games like, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
    Jane Mattingly
     
     
  • Jewelry Design

    Grades 4-6, 7-10 New!
    Using techniques real jewelers use, we’ll make jewelry using wire, beads, chain, cord and findings. Make wearable art that sparkles! (Caution: your Mom will want to borrow your jewelry.)
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Knitting: Advanced

    Grades 7-10
    If you already know how to cast-on, knit and purl, then apply your skills to create a finished product. Learn to use double-pointed needles and knit socks in the round.  Class fee: $25
    Betsy Manson
  • Knitting: Intermediate

    Grades 5 – 10
    Master the basics of knitting, purling and putting together a finished product. Learn how to make a colorful sock monkey.
    Class fee: $25
    Betsy Manson
     
  • Lyrical Dance

    Grades 4-8
    Let the song’s lyrics inspire personal artistry and creativity. Dancers learn to tell the story of the music through their movements in this fusion of ballet and jazz.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Mash-up Book

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Part journal, part scrapbook- a mash-up book is all about you! Write, doodle, draw, design, color, and paste on the pages of your smash book. Get inspired with tons of examples or think of your own ideas—it's up to you! You don't need to be an artist or an author to enjoy making a mash-up book.
    Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Mosaic Madness

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Flowerpots, frames, birdhouses and more! An exciting class full of broken bits, glue, grout and gook.
    Sarah Abernathie
     
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    Grades 7-10  New!
    Brilliant Meals - Learn to prepare and present an entire four-course meal one day at a time. Starters to dessert, budding chefs will prepare one course of a four-course meal each day. At the end of the week the class will upload their dynamic cooking creations to the Brilliant Summer Food Network. Experience Healthy Italian, American, and Tex-Mex cuisine.
    Mo Regulinski
     
  • Mythical Creatures' Habitats

    Grades: 2-3, 4-6, 7-10 New!
    Ever wanted to attract mythical creatures like garden fairies, gnomes, trolls, princesses, unicorns, mermaids, pirates, or dragons?  Now you can!  Build them a house or habitat using recycled cardboard, hot glue, and tons of natural materials & craft supplies.
    Class Fee: $15
    Ashley Cogbill
     
  • Nature Journaling

    Grades4-10 New!
    Sketch and explore the marvels of nature. Using nature journals and botanical illustration as references, we’ll spend the class drawing and writing outdoors. Learn to identify different plants and animals.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Paint Like the Impressionists

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    “En plein air” is a French expression for painting out in the open and a popular method with the Impressionists. In this class, paint “en plein air” while learning about how the Impressionists used color to depict light, shadow and mood.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Paint Your Pet

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Bring a photo of your favorite pet and learn how to paint a colorful, lively acrylic portrait. Explore the process of gridding a photo and canvas, creating a composition and applying paint to produce a finished pet portrait.
    Dana Morris
     
  • Papermaking and Bookbinding

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn to make your own paper and use decorating techniques to design beautiful cards and silhouettes. We'll then practice a variety of styles for making books and fill them with unique art and stories.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Photography II (2 Periods)

    Grades 7-10
    During this introduction to basic photography techniques, learn about 35mm controls, darkroom setup and how to print negatives onto black and white photographic paper. Experiment with toning images and other alternative printing processes. A 35mm camera is required. Class Fee: $15
    Keith Browne
     
  • Photojournalism

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Photograph, write, collect, edit and publish pictures and stories to report on Brilliant Summer’s news and events.
    Kimberlee Letourneau
  • Power Jump Rope

    Grades 5-6, 7-10
    Take a jump rope class that challenges your athletic ability. Focus on single-rope skills, double dutch, rapid fire games, partner tricks and gymnastics moves to develop intermediate and advanced jump rope skills. Previous jump rope experience recommended.
     
  • Printmaking - Advanced

    Grades 7-10
    Refresh and build upon your printmaking techniques. Create beautiful two- and three-color prints by experimenting with a variety of printmaking techniques including monotypes, linoleum cuts, collographs and more.Create a variety of unique prints such as card sets and illustrations.
    Dana Morris
     
  • River Rats (3 Periods)

    Grades 7–10
    Explore the James River Park System through
a variety of activities including climbing trees, fishing for giant catfish, swimming through rapids, paddling kayaks, rock climbing, hiking trails, snorkeling, tubing down the river and participate in a volunteer project. Learn to appreciate and enjoy the river safely. Class Fee: $65
    Lisa Foster
     
  • Self Defense

    Grades 7-10 New!
    Learn the foundations of personal awareness and self-defense training to give you the skills to navigate complicated situations while keeping yourself safe and calm.  This class will make you more aware, prepared, and ready for any situation.
    The Budo Center
     
  • Sound Editing

    Grades 7-10
    Create an environment of sound using a computer-based editing system. Learn to transfer analogue recordings to computer hard disk, then trim, layer and mix the results. By the end of this class you’ll have the information and the skills needed to start editing your own world of sounds.
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Street Jazz

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    It’s a little bit of jazz, a little bit of hip-hop and a whole lotta fun! Come move, groove, shake and bounce in this high-energy dance class.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Strings Rock

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Think only guitarists can rock? Think again! Strings students will learn rock and popular songs. Open to students with at least one year of experience on their instrument: violin, viola, cello or bass.
    Sharla Gordon
     
  • Swimming: Advanced

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Want to become a competitive swimmer? Master the four competitive strokes and develop swimming endurance. Participate in a variety of relays and games and dive into the knowledge needed to be a junior lifeguard.
    Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Ukulele

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Aloha! The ukulele is becoming one of today’s most popular instruments for all ages. It’s easy to carry and play. Learn to read tablature, chords and songs. No experience required. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Volleyball

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn the rules and strategies of this popular sport. Through drills and games, learn to serve, pass, volley and block and set and smash the ball.
    Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Watercolor Techniques: Advanced

    Grade 7-10
    Learn traditional and experimental techniques and even a few “secret” techniques in this innovative class. You’ll soon be painting like a pro.
    Laura van Bylandt
  • Weaving: Intermediate

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10
    Come "warp" and "weft" again! If you already know a little about the weaving process let's continue with new projects, new ways to weave and additional weaving materials.
    Kitty Lane