Course Catalog

Special Interest

Special Interest Camps age 3 – rising grade 1

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  • Builders in Training 

    Calling all inventors, builders, and designers; come and build some awesome creations with us! We will create our own designs and make structures using building blocks, recyclable materials, and many other interesting items. Skills necessary: none! Skills gained: communication, problem solving, reasoning, developing creativity, and team work. 
    Ages: Age 5 - 7
    Dates: June 15-19, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Dino Discovery 

    Do you know which dinosaur was nicknamed “long neck?” Do you know which dinosaur had the biggest head? Join us for a colossal journey into the world of dinosaurs. Build a dinosaur replica and have an archaeological dig just like a real paleontologist. In Dino Discovery, you will have a swamp stomping good time! 
    Ages: Age 3 - 4
    Dates: July 6 - 10, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Enchanted Adventures 

    Sprinkle some pixie dust and jump on your unicorn, we are heading into the Enchanted Forest! Adventure seekers will spark their creativity as they learn about the secret world of fairies, gnomes, elves, unicorns and all things whimsical. Let your imagination run wild! 
    Ages: Age 3 – 4
    Dates: July 20 - 24, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Head, Shoulders Knees  and Toes 

    S-T-R-E-T-C-H, WIGGLE and MOVE! Get your body moving through movement, fitness, music and yoga. Our games and creative play are designed to strengthen the core muscles, balance and coordination as well as improve gross and fine motor skills. Come on and get moving with us! 
    Ages: Age 3 - 4
    Dates: June 15-19, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
     
  • Jumping Beans

    Sprinkle some pixie dust and jump on your unicorn, we are heading into the Enchanted Forest! Adventure seekers will spark their creativity as they learn about the secret world of fairies, gnomes, elves, unicorns and all things whimsical. Let your imagination run wild! 
    Ages: Age 5 - 7
    Dates: July 20 - 24, 2020; 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 2020! Come meet new classmates and explore the campus in a play-oriented environment.
    Dates: July 27-31, 2020 or Aug. 3-7, 2020;  8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Grade: Rising St. Catherine’s JK students
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructors: Meg Zehmer
     
     
  • 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 27-31, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: James Tullner
  • Kindergarten, Here We Come

    Let your child experience the St. Catherine's kindergarten environment while she becomes familiar with the campus and some of the kindergarten routines. We will read some great stories and make crafts using kindergarten materials. The girls will also be introduced to classroom iPads and make a book using Book Creator. We will help your daughter get excited about starting kindergarten!
    Grade: Rising St. Catherine’s kindergarten girls
    Dates: July 27 - 31, 2020 or Aug 3 -7, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Tara Seward
     
     
  • Mateys and Mermaids

    Ahoy there! The ocean is calling your name! Dive in with us as we sneak a peek into the world below. We will discover the hidden treasures of the sea through enchanting hands on activities, music, arts, and social skills. Don’t be shark bait and miss this adventure! 
    Ages: Age 5 - 7
    Dates: July 6 - 10, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Mini Med School

    Is there a doctor in camp?  Join us this summer as we bring Mini Med School to camp! Our little doctors will use stuffed animal patients to take blood pressure readings, give “stitches,” put on a cast and make their own first aid kit, all while learning lots about what doctors, dentists, EMTs and other medical professionals do on a daily basis. Join us in this fun filled camp.
    Ages: Age 3 - 4
    Dates: June 22-26, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Princesses and Superheroes 

    Do you have what it takes to save the world? Do you have the sparkle to rule the world? Train to be the superhero or princess you were meant to be! Save the world from evil-doers everywhere in this interactive and high energy camp. The training combines co-operative games, team building activities, literature, educational enrichment activities, and craft projects to ensure your powers will be supreme. 
    Ages: Age 3 – 4
    Dates: July 13 - 17, 2020; 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 22-26, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee  $250

    Session B:
    June 29-July 2, 2020; 8:45–11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee  $200

    Session C:
    July 6-10, 2020; 8:45–11:45 a.m.  
    Class Fee  $250
    Instructor: Melissa Armstrong
     
     
  • Scientists in Training 

    Take a dash of engineering and a sprinkle of earth science, toss it together with some fun and games, and you have this STEAM-based class. Scientists will explore the different worlds of science through weekly take home creations such as pizza gardens and rockets. Join us for this exciting journey into the world of science. 
    Ages: Age 5 - 7
    Dates: July 13 - 17, 2020; 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. Only for students new to St. Catherine’s Lower School.
    Grades: Only New students to St. Catherine’s in rising grades 1-4
    Dates: July 27 - 31, 2020; 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Katherine Applewhite
     
  • Summer Safari

    Welcome to the Brilliant Summer Safari, a place filled with animal investigations. This week, your camper will research and present their findings on the animals of the savannah.  Play and learn with art, books, and songs as we create our very own African safari. Let’s go, your Humvee awaits!
    Dates: June 29-July 2, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $160
    Instructors: Brightling Academy
     
  • Wild, Wild West

    Giddy up and gallop on over to the wild, wild west! Gather around the campfire as we tell stories, play games and participate in activities designed to enrich our campers’ fine and gross motor skills, encourage cooperation and social skill strategies! Yee Haw! 
    Ages: Age 5 - 7
    Dates: June 22-26, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars

Special Interest Camps for Rising Grades 2 – 3

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  • 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 22 - 26, 2020 or July 6 -10, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Sarabeth Kawugule
     
  • Creative Coding

    The mission is simple – teach students to enjoy all things coding and web. Our staff of professional programmers and educators deliver clear, entertaining instruction to ensure students have fun while learning complex coding skills. Students learn to build basic web pages, animations and simple games – and are encouraged to share their experiences when they get home!
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: June 15 - 19; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.  or July 6 - 10; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Code Emoji
     
     
     
  • Ed Sherod's Co-ed Basketball Camp

    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 3-9
    Dates: Aug. 3 - 7, 2020
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
     
     
  • Ed Sherod's Co-ed Basketball Camp - Early Summer

    Work with Coach Ed Sherod and other members of the Saints coaching staff to improve in all aspects of the game; shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding, defense and offense. You will improve as a player and have fun! The camp will be held at St. Catherine's Kenny Center.
    Lead Instructor: Ed Sherod
    Dates:
     June 8 - 12, 2020
    Times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Class Fee: $175
     
     
  • Fishing Camps (ages 6-8)

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing 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.
    Ages: 6-8
    Week One: July 13-17, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Week Two: July 27-31, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 3-7, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Week Four: Aug.10-14, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Week Five: Aug.17-21, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Class Fee: $425
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
     
  • Food Around the World

    All Aboard the SS Edible Education as we set sail on our culinary tour of the world! We will drop anchor in the ports of Jamaica, China, France, South Africa, and Mexico. Campers will get to prepare foods from these awesome cruise destinations and learn a little about the different cultures as well. Sample Menu: Spring Rolls, Pico de Gallo, Banana Bread, and Crepes.
    Dates: July 13-17, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructors: Edible Education
     
  • Food of the USA

    Road Trip! Edible Education is taking a culinary tour of some of the best food stops in the USA. Our taste buds will be stopping in New England, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tennessee, and Texas, so don’t miss out on our grand food adventure! Sample Menu: Tennessee BBQ, Clam Chowder, and Baked Vegan Blueberry Doughnuts.
    Dates: June 29 - July 2, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Edible Education
     
     
  • Joni Jam Dance Camp

    Discover the art of dance! This unique program is taught by St. Catherine's Dance Instructors 
    Grades 2 -6  
    Half day: June 8-12, 2020; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Full day: June 8-12, 2020; 8:45 a.m - 3:45 p.m. (please pack a lunch)
    Class Fee: $400
     
  • 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 27-31, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Katie Crook
     
  • Mindful Fitness Club 

    Need a little mindful exercise in your life? Get moving as fast as you can for a camp full of fitness, fun and mindfulness! We will play games, have spirited team challenges and participate in activities to create a mindful state. Participants will receive daily mindfulness badges. 
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: July 20 - 24, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Mystical Creature Adventures 

    Lochness Monster, Big Foot, Greek Gods and mystical creatures…did we get your attention? We are going to fill your days with discoveries about these legendary creatures. Not only will you have fun, but you will broaden your creative mind and gain critical reasoning skills. This is one adventure you will not want to miss! 
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: July 13 - 17, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Ready, Set, Tinker!

    Research, explore, tinker, repeat! Whether it’s with recyclable materials or codable robots, we will design and create challenging builds. Your Tinkerer will use engineering, literature, and technology to problem solve and innovate. Let's get ready to tinker!
    Dates: June 22-26, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Brightling Academy
     
  • Singapore Math

    This class is designed to provide the foundation to Singapore Math through hands on activities and application of skills to problem solving. Only for students new to St. Catherine’s Lower School.
    Grades: Only New students to St. Catherine’s in rising grades 1-4
    Dates: July 27 - 31, 2020; 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Katherine Applewhite
     

Special Interest Camps: Grades 4-6

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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: July 27-29 (M-W), 2020; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Class Fee: $160
    Instructor: Tara DiGiacomo
     
     
  • Brilliant Summer Detective Agency

    Calling all amateur detectives!  Come develop new crime investigation skills and learn forensic science techniques like ink chromatography, shoe prints, trace evidence identification, and more.  Extract DNA and identify the crook based on DNA fingerprints. 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 grades 4 - 6
    Dates: June 15-19, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee  $250
    Instructor: Jennifer Harper
     
  • Code It!

    If you love everything games, computers and the web, Code It! is the program for you! Learn programming terms, wireframing, HTML, CSS and JS basics. Then, put your knowledge to use as you build your own personal website! Plus, we’ll provide follow-up instructions for the students (and parents) so they can continue learning and improving their website at home.
    Grades: 4-6
    Dates: June 22 - 26, 2020; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Code Emoji
     
  • Ed Sherod Co-ed Basketball Camp

    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
    Dates: August 3 -7, 2020
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
    Register online under "2020 Sports Camps"
     
  • Ed Sherod's Co-ed Basketball Camp - Early Summer

    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
    Dates: June 8-12, 2020
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Kenny Center
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2020 Sports Camps"
     
  • Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurship is designed for kids who dream of starting a business, now or in the future.  Students will learn essential skills for owning and operating a successful business, turning learning into earning!
    Dates:  July 13 - 17, 2020; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: Rachel Smalley
     
  • Fishing Camps (ages 9-14)

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing 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.
    Ages: 9-14
    Week One: July 27-31, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Two: Aug. 3-7, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 10-14, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Four: Aug, 17-21, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
     
     
  • Joni Jam Dance Camp

    Discover the art of dance! This unique program is taught by St. Catherine's Dance Instructors 
    Grades 2 -6  
    Half day: June 8-12, 2020; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Full day: June 8-12, 2020; 8:45 a.m - 3:45 p.m. (please pack a lunch)
    Class Fee: $400
     
  • LEGO Robotics Camp

    Build and design Robots using the LEGO EV3 system. Learn basic robotic engineering, programming principles and the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Invention system. Work together in small groups to design, build and program robots to complete missions.
    Grades: 4-6
    Dates: July 27-31, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
     
    Cost: $195
    Instructor: Susan Steenrod
     
  • Magical & Mysterious Food

    Love to cook? Need help with math and scientific concepts? Then have we got the camp for you! Science has never been this tasty. Campers will learn all about the science behind why foods work with other foods they way they do. Sample Menu: Yeast Pretzels, Eggs Benedict, and Chocolate Mousse.
    Dates: June 22-26, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructors: Edible Education
  • Mountain Biking Camps (Ages 8-13)

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, 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.
    Ages: 8-13
    Week One: July 27-31, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Two: Aug. 3-7, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 17-21, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $550
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
     
  • Order in the Court

    Oh, no! There are cases against the Big Bad Wolf, Maleficent, and even Jack after growing his beanstalk. Through a series of persuasive writing workshops and mock court trials, we will expand our critical thinking and consider diverse perspectives to debate these fairy tale happenings.
    Dates: July 13-17, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Brightling Academy
     
  • Outside Adventure Camp

    From fishing, to mountain biking, to tubing, to kayaking, to just looking under rocks in the river, we explore the natural environment of the James River Park System and other area parks. We create a safe time for the kids to be kids and enjoy time outside. Having fun, learning for themselves and seeing a progression of skill development are just some of the things students will acquire in the wonderful outdoor playground  that is the James River Park System. So put on your outdoor clothes, tie your shoes tight and prepare for some adventure and excitement.
    Grades: 4-8
    Dates: Aug. 10-14, 2019; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Cost: $475
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
  • Saints Girls 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 8-12, 2020
    Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Kenny Center Gym
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2020 Sports Camps"
  • Science Lab

    Junior scientists get ready: we will explore the wonderful world of Chemistry and Physics! You will learn some essential lab safety and use real lab equipment. Button up your lab coats and tighten your goggles as we recreate our very own laboratory and carry out some exciting experiments! 
    Dates: July 6-10, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Brightling Academy
     
  • Singapore Math

    This class is designed to provide the foundation to Singapore Math through hands on activities and application of skills to problem solving. Only for students new to St. Catherine’s Lower School.
    Grades: Only New students to St. Catherine’s in rising grades 1-4
    Dates: July 27-31, 2020; 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Katherine Applewhite
     
     
  • Study Skills

    Study Skills helps students become more effective and efficient learners. Daily activities focus on academic strategies related to goal setting, organization, time management, mental processing and retention, and assessment preparation. Students will build confidence and success while having fun.
    Grades: 4-6
    Dates: July 20-24, 2020; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructor: Rachel Smalley
     
  • 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 8-11 (M-Th), 2020  
    Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2020 Sports Camps"

Special Interest Camps: Grades 7-12

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  • Advanced Girls Volleyball

    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 8-11
    Dates: Aug. 3-7, 2020
    Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Kenny Center Gym
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2019 Sports Camps"
     
  • 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: July 27-29 (M-W), 2020; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Class Fee: $160
    Instructor: Tara DiGiacomo
     
  • 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 15-25, 2020; Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $160
    Instructor: Denise Manuel
     
  • Ed Sherod Co-ed Basketball Camp

    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
    Dates: Aug. 3-7, 2020
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
    Register online under "2020 Sports Camps"
     
  • Ed Sherod's Co-ed Basketball Camp - Early Summer

    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
    Dates: June 8-12, 2020
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Kenny Center
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2020 Sports Camps"
  • Fishing Camps (ages 9-14)

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing 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.
    Ages: 9-14
    Week One: July 27-31, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Two: Aug. 3-7, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 10-14, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Four: Aug, 17-21, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: 
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
     
  • 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. Some of the local organizations for summer 2020 will include Habitat for Humanity, Housing Families First, Tricycle Urban Community Gardens, Church Hill Academy & Tutoring, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry, and the Red Door Ministry Soup Kitchen of Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
    Grades: Rising 7-10
    Week One: June 15-19, 2020, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Week Two: July 6-10, 2020; 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Week Three: July 13-17, 2020; 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $155
    Project Leader: Amy Blake, St. Catherine’s Faculty
  • Learn. Code. Build.

    This advanced level coding class) will engage students in dynamic learning opportunities to support the development of their coding knowledge! Students will have full access to the Codemoji.com platform and learn various advanced coding outlets for website design through scaffolded courses. Student coders will also explore robotics through problem solving activities, allowing them to collaborate with peers to utilize higher-level thinking skills to complete tasks. Breaking up time at the computer are movement and unplugged activities for classes offered for
    longer chunks of time.
    Grades: 7-10
    Dates: July 20-24, 2020
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Code Emoji
     
  • Mountain Biking Camps (Ages 8-13)

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, 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.
    Ages: 8-13
    Week One: July 27-31, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Two: Aug. 3-7, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 17-21, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $550
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
  • 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 8-11 (M-Th), 2020  
    Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2020 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: June 15 - 19, 2020;  10 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: John Morgan
     

Parent and Child Workshops

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Adult Special Interest Classes and Workshops

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Design Your Day Camp

Design Your Day Rising Grades 2-3

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  • Accessories!

    Learn how to make a wide variety of different accessories from headbands and hair barrettes to necklaces out of fabric! We will be using fabric, wire, beads and more!
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
     
  • All Dolled Up (Session One)

    Fads and trends come and go, but dolls remain one of the oldest and most loved toys for kids of all ages. Together we'll learn about different styles and types of dolls, from paper to potato to rag dolls, and craft a set of our own.
    Session One
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
     
  • 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.
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
     
  • Ball Games

    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.
    Instructors: Rebecca Sopher
     
  • Center Stage Singers

    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.
    Instructor: Catherine Pelletier
     
     
  • Ceramics

    Who doesn't want to create their own cereal bowl, candy bowl or 'objet' to be treasured? Use the hand-building techniques: slab, drape and applique and create your own usable art.
    Instructor: Joel Moses
     
  • Cool Chemistry

    Make things bubble, fizz, splatter and ooze. Learn about solids, liquids and gases and conduct experiments to grow crystals and produce slime.
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
     
  • 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

    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.
    Iinstructor: Robbie Kinter
     
  • Field Games & Ball Games

    Love sports but can’t decide which to take? This class will allow you to play many different sports you already like and maybe you’ll learn some new ones too!
    Instructor: Rebecca Sopher
     
  • Flute: Beginner

    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
    Inbstructor: Susan Davis
     
  • Fun with Chinese (Session Two)

    Do you want to know your Chinese name? Do you know your Chinese zodiac animal? Do you want to prepare yourself for an awesome trip to the Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall? We are going to learn A TON of fun facts about this ancient culture and practice our Chinese through hands-on activities, even cooking!
    Instructor: Kefu Dorion
     
  • Go Figure (Session One)

    Do you think you can't draw people? This class will silence that doubt as you build skills and gain confidence. We'll learn several ways to draw people and create a 3-D sculpture too.
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
     
  • Green Screen Movie Machine

    Put yourself in the movies! Using a green-screen and iMovie, we’ll build and inhabit our own creative video worlds. Paint scenery, design foreground and background imagery and tell stories starring yourself and fellow campers in whatever wild world you can imagine.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
     
  • Guitar: Beginner

    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
     
  • Gymnastics

    Few sports develop strength, flexibility and coordination the way gymnastics does. Work on tumbling skills and floor exercises, vaulting, rope climbing and balance beam.
    Instructor: 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.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt 
  • Just Jump!

    Grades 3-6
    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.
    Instructor: Gail Kingrey
     
  • Karate

    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.
    Instructor: Pamela Justice, The Budo Center
     
  • Magic Prints (Session Two)

    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!
    Instructor: Dana Morris
     
  • Medieval Art

    Go back in time to the middle ages and create authentic art of the time, such as a portrait depicting yourself as a king or queen. Look into your family history and design your family crest, create crowns, shields, goblets, castles, and dragons.
    Instructor: Jeremy Terner
     
     
  • Mosaic Madness

    An exciting class full of broken bits, glue, grout and gook! We will mosaic like mad as we decorate clocks, mirrors, flower pots, frames and more.
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
     
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    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.
    Instructor: Maureen "Mo" Regulinski
     
  • Musical Theatre

    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.
    Instructor: Catherine Pelletier
  • Origami: Beginner

    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.
    Instructor: Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Painting Party

    Do you love to paint and get messy? Painting party might be perfect for you. Come join us as we paint different types of artwork from abstract to realistic. Learn tips and tricks for color mixing, sketching your design, and adding all the little details to make some of your best art yet!
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
     
  • Papier-Mâché Works (Session Two)

    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.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Laura van Bylandt
     
  • Piano: Beginner

    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
    Instructor: Susan Davis
     
  • Pusheen’s Playful Summer

    Spend your summer with everyone’s favorite gray cat, Pusheen! Hang out with Pusheen and friends as you play Pusheen themed games and activities. Grab your favorite stuffed friend as we learn more about Pusheen and her siblings, Stormy and Pip, as well as their other furry friends. It’s sure to be a playful summer!
    Instructor: Catherine Pelletier
     
  • 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.
    Instructor: Jeremy Terner
     
  • Story Art

    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.
    Instructor: Jeremy Terner
     
  • Street Jazz

    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.
    Instructor: Staff
     
  • Summer Science and STEM

    Use concepts from areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math to solve everyday problems!  We'll practice our STEAM skills by designing and testing tall towers, strong bridges, egg-drop safety devices and more.
    Instructor: Joyce Tzavellas
     
  • Swimming: Beginner

    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.
    Instructors: Madalyn Nuckols
  • Swimming: Intermediate

    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.
    Instructors: Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Ukulele

    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
     
  • Violin 1

    Learn the basics of playing the violin in a fun group setting. This class is for beginners only. Performance is optional. Class fee: $25
    Instructor: Loretta McCray
     
  • Violin 2

    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
    Instructor: Loretta McCray
     
  • Watercolor Techniques (Session Two)

    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.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Laura van Bylandt
     
  • Whimsical Fairy Cottages

    Ever wanted to attract a magical fairy to your backyard or garden? Now you can! Build them a whimsical cottage using recycled cardboard, hot glue and tons of natural floral materials and beautiful craft supplies. How enchanting!
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
     
  • World Mask Making (Session Two)

    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.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Dana Morris
     
  • Yoga for Kids (Session Two)

    Through distinct and therapeutic sequence of postures, we organize our alignment principles and help us build a solid foundation of breath control and body stability and balance. 
    Instructor: Kefu Dorion
     

Design Your Day Rising Grades 4-6

List of 82 items.

  • A Mermaid’s Life for Me

    Someone once said: “Always be yourself… unless you can be a mermaid- then always be a mermaid!”  There’s a reason we feel more at home by the sea. Let’s pretend to have fins and live at the beach creating designs inspired by the mythical daughters of the ocean.  Make a hand-made mermaid tail, crown, jewelry, watercolor & acrylic paintings, and other mermazing art. 
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill 
     
  • All Dolled Up (Session One)

    Fads and trends come and go, but dolls remain one of the oldest and most loved toys for kids of all ages. Together we'll learn about different styles and types of dolls, from paper to potato to rag dolls, and craft a set of our own.
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
     
  • Animal Houses

    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!
    Instructor: Brigette Newberry
     
  • Asian Art Adventures

    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.
    Instructor: Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Backyard Zoology

    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. 
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
     
  • 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.
     
     
  • Band Works

    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
    Instructor: Susan Davis
     
  • Basketball

    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. Girls and boys are both invited.
    Instructor: Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Brilliant Summer Live! (Session One)

    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!
    Instructor: Robbie Kinter
     
  • Candle Making: Beginner

    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.
    Instructor: Brigette Newberry
     
  • Center Stage Singers

    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.
    Instructor: Catherine Pelletier
     
  • Ceramics

    Students will have the opportunity to understand form and function as they produce multiple usable pieces. They will work with three important hand-building technique: slab, drape, and applique.
    Instructors: Joel Moses and Steven Cogbill
     
  • Chess Blitz

    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.
    Instructor: Championship Chess Staff
  • Chinese Language and Culture

    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.”
    Instructor: Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Claymation

    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.
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
     
  • Cool Chemistry

    Make things bubble, fizz, splatter and ooze. Learn about solids, liquids and gases and conduct experiments to grow crystals and produce slime.
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
     
     
  • Creative Bloggers

    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.
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Design-a-Bag

    Whether it is a tote bag, handbag, beach bag, or purse, bags are popular and essential to our everyday living.  Design and create your own one-of-a-kind bag out of fabric or recyclable objects using various crafting, sewing, or weaving techniques.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
     
  • 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

    Join us as we learn to create everything from flowers to food to furniture in miniature. Create a mini model of your dream room or a flower garden. Everything's cuter in miniature!
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Drumming

    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.
    Instructor: Robbie Kinter
     
  • Embroidery & Cross-stitch

    Learn different stitches and techniques for creating designs in hand embroidery and cross stitch. Create a sampler, then use stitches to embellish room decor and wearable art!
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Engineering Physics

    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.
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
     
  • Felting Frenzy

    Use felting needles to turn colorful wool into a variety of soft and fuzzy artworks! Poke and prod your way to creating unique 2D and 3D artworks as you learn a new art style!
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
     
  • Field Games and Ball Games

    Love sports but can’t decide which to take? This class will allow you to play many different sports you already like and maybe you’ll learn some new ones too!
     
     
  • 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
     
  • Fun with Chinese (Session Two)

    Do you want to know your Chinese name? Do you know your Chinese zodiac animal? Do you want to prepare yourself for an awesome trip to the Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall? We are going to learn A TON of fun facts about this ancient culture and practice our Chinese through hands-on activities, even cooking!
    Instructor: Kefu Dorion
     
  • Go Figure (Session One)

    Do you think you can't draw people? This class will silence that doubt as you build skills and gain confidence. We'll learn several ways to draw people and create a 3-D sculpture too.
    Session One
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
     
  • Graphic Novel Know-How

    Do you love to draw? Do you love to write? If you answered yes to both questions, then you'll love making your own graphic novel. Graphic novels blend text and art to create a story line. In this class, you'll have access to a variety of graphic novels to spark your creativity. You'll learn about different drawing techniques and layouts as well as how to add text to your graphic novel. Join us and see where your imagination can take you!
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Green Screen Movie Machine

    Put yourself in the movies! Using a green-screen and iMovie, we’ll build and inhabit our own creative video worlds. Paint scenery, design foreground and background imagery and tell stories starring yourself and fellow campers in whatever wild world you can imagine.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
     
  • Guitar: Beginner

    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
     
  • Guitar: Intermediate

    Grades 6-10
    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
     
  • Gymnastics

    Few sports develop strength, flexibility and coordination the way gymnastics does. Work on tumbling skills and floor exercises, vaulting, rope climbing and balance beam.
    Instructor: Gail Kingrey
     
  • Hogwarts Adventure

    Take a ride on the Hogwarts Express for three weeks during day camp. Get sorted into a house, complete with Harry Potter crafts and activities and compete for the Hogwarts House Cup.
    Instructor: Joyce Tzavellas
     
  • In Bloom (Session One)

    Calling all flower lovers! Over the course of our 3 week session, you will craft your choice of a wreath or mobile using handmade paper flowers and foliage. We'll learn a variety of techniques and construction methods to create a stunning floral masterpiece that will remain in bloom for years to come.
    Session One
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
     
     
  • Jammin’ on the James (3 Periods)

    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
    Instructor: Staff
     
  • Jewelry Design

     
    Using techniques real jewelers use, we’ll make jewelry using wire, beads, chain, cord and findings. Be inspired by jewelry throughout the ages to make wearable art that sparkles! (Caution: your Mom will want to borrow your jewelry.)
    Instructor: 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

    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.
    Instructor: Pamela Justice, The Budo Center
     
  • Knitting for Beginners

    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
    Instructor: Betsy Manson
     
  • Knitting: Intermediate

    Master the basics of knitting, purling and putting together a finished product. Learn how to make a colorful sock monkey.
    Class fee: $25
    Instructor: Betsy Manson
     
  • Knitting: Intermediate - Advanced

    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
    Instructor: Betsy Manson
     
  • Lyrical Dance

    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.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt
     
  • Magic Prints (Session Two)

    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!
    Instructor: 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
     
  • Medieval Art

    Go back in time to the middle ages and create authentic art of the time, such as a portrait depicting yourself as a king or queen. Look into your family history and design your family crest, create crowns, shields, goblets, castles, and dragons.
    Instructor: Jeremy Terner
     
     
  • Mosaic Madness

    An exciting class full of broken bits, glue, grout and gook. We will mosaic like mad as we decorate clocks, mirrors, flower pots, frames and more!
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
     
     
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    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.
    Instructor: Maureen "Mo" Regulinski
     
  • Musical Theatre

    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.
    Instructor: Staff
     
  • Narrative Art

    What do picture books, comics, graphic novels and animation have in common? They all use art to tell the story. In this class we’ll create a story from storyboarding through final art.
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Origami for Everybody

    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!
    Instructor: Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Owl Art - What a Hoot!

    It’s easy to be owlsome when you love hoo you are!  Let’s explore the mysterious wise owl and capture the beauty & intrigue of this winged nocturnal creature.  Projects include a fanciful owl mask, cute owl collage, various owl paintings using watercolors on paper and acrylics on canvas or RVA rocks, recycled cardboard owl sculpture, and more.  It’ll be a hoot!
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill 
     
  • Paint Like The Impressionists

    “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.
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Paint Your Pet (Session Two)

    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.
    Instructor: Dana Morris
     
  • Painting Party

    Do you love to paint and get messy? Painting party might be perfect for you. Come join us as we paint different types of artwork from abstract to realistic. Learn tips and tricks for color mixing, sketching your design, and adding all the little details to make some of your best art yet!
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
     
  • Papermaking and Bookbinding

    Books come in a many unique shapes an sizes! Learn to fold and sew different styles of books. We'll fill them with unique art, stories and paper that you'll learn to make yourself!
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
     
     
  • Papier-Mâché Works (Session Two)

    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.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Laura van Bylandt
     
  • Photography I

    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
    Instructor: Keith Browne
     
  • Photojournalism

    Photograph, write, collect, edit and publish pictures and stories to report on Brilliant Summer’s news and events.
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Piano: Beginner

    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
    Instructor: Susan Davis
     
  • Pom-Pom Construction

    Love to make pom poms? In this class we will make pom poms and then many, many things with pom poms including: rugs, animals, purses, key chains and more!
    Instructor: Brigette Newberry
     
  • Power Jump Rope

    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.
    Instructor: Gail Kingrey
  • Pusheen’s Playful Summer

    Spend your summer with everyone’s favorite gray cat, Pusheen! Hang out with Pusheen and friends as you play Pusheen themed games and activities. Grab your favorite stuffed friend as we learn more about Pusheen and her siblings, Stormy and Pip, as well as their other furry friends. It’s sure to be a playful summer!
    Instructor: Catherine Pelletier
     
  • So You Think You Can Dance?

    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.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt
     
  • Stage Combat Basics

    En Gard!  In Stage Combat, students will learn principles of safe stage combat.  Learn both unarmed combat as well working with foam swords to create a safe and realistic fight scene.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
     
     
  • Street Jazz

    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.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt
     
  • Strings Rock!

    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.
    Instructor: Sharla Gordon
     
  • Summer Science and STEM

    Use concepts from areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math to solve everyday problems!  We'll practice our STEAM skills by designing and testing tall towers, strong bridges, egg-drop safety devices and more.
    Instructor: Joyce Tzavellas
     
  • Swimming: Advanced

    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.
    Instructors: Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Swimming: Beginner

    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.
    Instructors: Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Swimming: Intermediate

    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.
    Instructor: Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Team Challenges

    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.
    Instructor: Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Ukulele

    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
     
  • Video Game Theatre

    Ready Player?  In Video Game Theatre we will write, create, and act an original production with themes and characters from a video game.  This class is for anyone interested in performing, creating, or interacting with Video Games and Theatre
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • 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

    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.
    Instructor: Staff
  • Volleyball

    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.
    Instructor: Staff
     
  • Watercolor Techniques (Session Two)

    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.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Laura van Bylandt
     
  • Whimsical Fairy Cottages

    Enter the magical realm of garden fairies. Design and build a whimsical cottage using recycled cardboard, hot glue, and tons of natural floral materials and beautiful craft supplies.  Decorate the home inside and out including the yard and landscape. Be enchanted by the natural world!
    Class Fee: $15
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
     

  • Who Dunnit?

    Become a junior forensic scientist and learn how to solve a crime. Make observations, dust for fingerprints and analyze crime scene data to find out who dunnit? Try to stump your classmates by creating your own crime scenario.
    Instructor: Joyce Tzavellas
     
  • Youth Yoga (Session Two)

    Through distinct and therapeutic sequence of postures, we organize our alignment principles and help us build a solid foundation of breath control and body stability and balance. 
    Instructor: Kefu Dorion
     

Design Your Day Rising Grades 7-10

List of 56 items.

  • Asian Art Adventures

    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.
    Instructor: Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Band Works

    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
    Instructor: Susan Davis
     
  • Basketball

    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. Girls and boys are both invited.
    Instructor: Staff
  • 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! (Session Two)

    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!
    Iinstructor: Robbie Kinter
     
  • Candle Making: Advanced

    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.
    Instructor: Brigette Newberry
     
  • Cards for Holidays, Thank yous & Greetings

    Create sets of holiday cards, thank you notes and other greeting cards using different types of art making techniques including printmaking, painting and collage.  You will learn how to create beautiful cards and postcards that you will be able to give or send to family, friends and teachers. We will explore how to create a themed set of cards using your favorite holidays and greetings.  By the end of the session you will have a unique series of your own cards and postcards. 
    INstructor: Dana Morris
  • Ceramics

    Students will have the opportunity to understand form and function as they produce multiple usable pieces. They will work with three important hand-building technique: slab, drape, and applique.
    Instructors: Joel Moses and Steven Cogbill
     
  • Chess Blitz

    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.
    Instructor: Championship Chess Staff
     
  • Claymation

    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.
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
     
  • Design-a-Bag

    Whether it is a tote bag, handbag, beach bag, or purse, bags are popular and essential to our everyday living.  Design and create your own one-of-a-kind bag out of fabric or recyclable objects using various crafting, sewing, or weaving techniques.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
     
  • Digital Music Creations

    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.
    Instructor: Robbie Kinter
     
  • 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

    Join us as we learn to create everything from flowers to food to furniture in miniature. Create a mini model of your dream room or a flower garden. Everything's cuter in miniature!
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Drumming (Session One)

    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.
    Instructor: Robbie Kinter
     
  • Drumming: Advanced (Session Two)

    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

    Learn different stitches and techniques for creating designs in hand embroidery and cross stitch. Create a sampler, then use stitches to embellish room decor and wearable art!
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Engineering Physics

    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.
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
     
     
  • Felting Frenzy

    Use felting needles to turn colorful wool into a variety of soft and fuzzy artworks! Poke and prod your way to creating unique 2D and 3D artworks as you learn a new art style!
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
     
     
  • Field Games & Ball Games

    Love sports but can’t decide which to take? This class will allow you to play many different sports you already like and maybe you’ll learn some new ones too!
    Instructor: Staff
     
  • Fun with Chinese (Session Two)

    Do you want to know your Chinese name? Do you know your Chinese zodiac animal? Do you want to prepare yourself for an awesome trip to the Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall? We are going to learn A TON of fun facts about this ancient culture and practice our Chinese through hands-on activities, even cooking!
    Instructor: Kefu Dorion
     
  • Graphic Novel Know-How

    Do you love to draw? Do you love to write? If you answered yes to both questions, then you'll love making your own graphic novel. Graphic novels blend text and art to create a story line. In this class, you'll have access to a variety of graphic novels to spark your creativity. You'll learn about different drawing techniques and layouts as well as how to add text to your graphic novel. Join us and see where your imagination can take you!
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Green Screen Movie Machine

    Put yourself in the movies! Using a green-screen and iMovie, we’ll build and inhabit our own creative video worlds. Paint scenery, design foreground and background imagery and tell stories starring yourself and fellow campers in whatever wild world you can imagine.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
     
  • Guitar: Intermediate

    Grades 6-10
    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
     
  • In Bloom (Session One)

    Calling all flower lovers! Over the course of our 3 week session, you will craft your choice of a wreath or mobile using handmade paper flowers and foliage. We'll learn a variety of techniques and construction methods to create a stunning floral masterpiece that will remain in bloom for years to come.
    Session One
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
     
     
  • Jewelry Design

    Using techniques real jewelers use, we’ll make jewelry using wire, beads, chain, cord and findings. Be inspired by jewelry throughout the ages to make wearable art that sparkles! (Caution: your Mom will want to borrow your jewelry.)
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • 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
     
  • Knitting: Intermediate-Advanced

    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
    Instructor: 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.
    INstructor: Ashley Wyatt
     
  • Macrame Makers

    Get tied up making beautiful wall hangings, bracelets, and key chains with knots. Macrame is a great activity that keeps your hands busy and allows you to talk with your friends while you work.
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
     
  • Mash-up Book

    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.
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Mosaic Madness

    An exciting class full of broken bits, glue, grout and gook. We will mosaic like mad as we decorate clocks, mirrors, flower pots, frames and more!
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
     
     
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    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.
    Instructor: Maureen "Mo" Regulinski
     
  • Narrative Art

    What do picture books, comics, graphic novels and animation have in common? They all use art to tell the story. In this class we’ll create a story from storyboarding through final art.
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Paint Like The Impressionists

    “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.
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Paint Your Pet (Session Two)

    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.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Dana Morris
     
  • Painting Party

    Do you love to paint and get messy? Painting party might be perfect for you. Come join us as we paint different types of artwork from abstract to realistic. Learn tips and tricks for color mixing, sketching your design, and adding all the little details to make some of your best art yet!
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
     
     
  • Papermaking and Bookbinding

    Books come in a many unique shapes an sizes. Learn to fold and sew different styles of books. We'll fill them with unique art, stories and paper that you'll learn to make yourself.
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
     
     
  • Photography II (2 Periods)

    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
    Instructor: Keith Browne
     
  • Photojournalism

    Photograph, write, collect, edit and publish pictures and stories to report on Brilliant Summer’s news and events.
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
  • Pom-Pom Construction

    Love to make pom poms? In this class we will make pom poms and then many many things with pom poms including: rugs, animals, purses, key chains and more!!
    Instructor: Brigette Newberry
  • Power Jump Rope

    Grades 5-10
    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.
    Instructor: Gail Kingrey
     
  • River Rats (3 Periods)

    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
    Instructor: Staff
     
  • Self Defense

    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.
    Instructor: Pamela Justice, The Budo Center
     
  • Shakespeare Scene Study

    Brush up on your Shakespeare!  Explore scenes from several of William Shakespeare's plays.  We will work together to better understand The Bard and work to perform select scenes from his work.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby 
     
     
  • So You Think You Can Dance?

    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.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt
  • Stage Combat Basics

    En Gard!  In Stage Combat, students will learn principles of safe stage combat.  Learn both unarmed combat as well working with foam swords to create a safe and realistic fight scene.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
     
     
  • Street Jazz

    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.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt
     
  • Strings Rock!

    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.
    Instructor: Sharla Gordon
     
  • Swimming: Advanced

    Grades 4-10
    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.
    Instructors: Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Ukulele

    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
     
  • Video Game Theatre

    Ready Player?  In Video Game Theatre we will write, create, and act an original production with themes and characters from a video game.  This class is for anyone interested in performing, creating, or interacting with Video Games and Theatre
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • Volleyball

    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.
    Instructor: Staff
     
  • Watercolor Techniques: Advanced (Session Two)

    Learn traditional and experimental techniques and even a few “secret” techniques in this innovative class. You’ll soon be painting like a pro.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Laura van Bylandt
  • Whimsical Fairy Cottages

    Enter the magical realm of garden fairies. Design and build a whimsical cottage using recycled cardboard, hot glue, and tons of natural floral materials and beautiful craft supplies.  Decorate the home inside and out including the yard and landscape. Be enchanted by the natural world!
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
     

  • Yoga and You (Session Two)

    Through distinct and therapeutic sequence of postures, we organize our alignment principles and help us build a solid foundation of breath control and body stability and balance. 
    Instructor: Kefu Dorion