Design Your Day Camp

Get into what really interests you with a Design Your Day Camp. In addition to summer fun on the brilliant St. Catherine’s campus, you choose three to six special topics to create your own camp experience. Choices include every kind of creative arts you can think of, from Paint Your Pet to Digital Arts. There are also many sports and activities to choose from, including volleyball, basketball, fun on the James River. And that doesn’t even touch on the unique choices like Hippity Hop, Mythical Miniatures, The Truth About Dragons, Fairy Habitats, Stage Combat, and Digital Music Creations - just to name a few.

• Boys & girls rising grades 2-10
• Two three-week sessions
• Half-day and full-day options
• Lunch included with full-day camp
• Extended day care available

Design Your Day Camp Session Dates for Summer 2022

Three-Week Sessions

Session 1: June 27-July 15 (closed July 4)
Session 2: July 18-Aug. 4 (closed Aug. 5)

Special Events for Design Your Day Three-Week Camps

Design Your Day Friday Frolics
For Design Your Day campers, every Friday ends with special outdoor activities. The carnival-like atmosphere includes water battles, competitions, crafts and special events. And you may just get a chance to sink your favorite teacher in a dunk tank!

Design Your Day Family Festival
St. Catherine’s Brilliant Summer Program holds an evening Family Festival for parents and visitors on July 14 for Session One participants and August 4 for Session Two participants. The festivals are a culmination of the campers’ efforts and provide an opportunity for children to display their artwork and perform music, dance and theatre productions.

Pricing*

Three Weeks Half-Day (AM or PM) $470
Three Weeks Full-Day (AM and PM) $925 Lunch included

Extended Day Fees 
(per 3-week session)
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. (A)  $110
3:45 – 6:00 p.m. (B)  $190




*Some Design Your Day camp classes have additional fees

Rising Grades 2-3

Design Your Day Camp - Rising Grades 2-3

List of 29 items.

  • Art Works

    Anything fun and creative goes in this beginning art class that fosters creativity in a variety of artistic ways. Methods from weaving, drawing, painting, and paper construction form the basis for explorative art projects.
     
  • 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: Catie Shears
     
  • 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 appliqué.
    Instructors: Joel Moses and Steven Cogbill
     
     
  • Cheer and Dance

    Get your pom-poms ready! We are going to get to learn a combination of cheerleading steps and exciting dance movements into one fun performance for the end of camp! Come cheer it up in this high energy class.
    Instructor: Kinsley Stevenson
  • Collage Techniques

    Use an exciting variety of collage media in using tissue paper, newspaper, fabric, photos, found objects, and more. You’ll discover ways to cut, tear, arrange, and adhere these materials to create unique and dynamic works of flat or three-dimensional art.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
  • 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 
     
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Step into an aromatherapy haven. Learn homemade recipes using essential oils and other natural ingredients commonly found in your garden or kitchen to create your own health, beauty & spa products. Make cool products such as relaxing bath salts, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms, decorative hand soaps and more!
    Material fee: $15
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
     
     
  • Drawing Projects

    Let your imagination and artistic expression show in a variety of mediums. We’ll cover some basic principles of drawing to produce realistic works. We’ll also experiment with alternative approaches including drawing on unusual surfaces and creating abstract drawings from music. 
    Instructor: Tia Colon
  • 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
     
  • 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

    Campers will come to class and learn hip-hop steps that will be combined into a choreographed dance that will be performed at the end of camp!
    Instructor: Kinsley Stevenson
  • Imaginary Creatures

    Dragons, centaurs, and unicorns — oh my! Mythical beasts have sparked human imagination for centuries. Investigate the origin of these creatures and the incredible stories behind them. Then create your own imaginary creatures in drawings, paintings, and sculpture.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
  • 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
     
  • Magic Prints (Session One)

    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
     
  • Mix it Up

    Make something bright, bold, and perhaps a bit wacky as you explore the world of pop art and mixed media! Use your imagination to create a dream world filled with impossible landscapes and animals, mixed up into something entirely new and never before seen. Watch as your unique creations jump right off page and into our world to bring light and fun to those all around you!
  • Mosaics

    From ancient times to present-day mosaics have always been vibrant art forms. We’ll create our own colorful mosaics on frames, tiles, pots, or wood panels using paper, seeds, buttons, tiles and found objects.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
     
  • 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
     
  • 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 Book Art

    Dive into popular story books and bring them to life! Learn to draw and paint the characters and create 3D props from their story world settings. You become the illustrator.
    Instructor: Jeremy Terner
     
  • To Dye For: Beginner

    Brighten up your wardrobe this summer!  Learn the basic techniques of tie-dyeing and create colorful clothing that you'll want to wear year-round.  Make a fashion statement with groovy, one-of-a-kind designs.
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
     
  • 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: Sarah Douthwaite
     
  • 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: Sarah Douthwaite
     
  • 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 One)

    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, Carnival masks, Puerto Rican Vejigante masks and African ceremonial masks.
    We will experiment with materials such as cardboard, plaster, wire, paper mâché and more to create our masks.  
    Session One
    Instructor: Dana Morris
     
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Rising Grades 4-6

Design Your Day Camp - Rising Grades 4-6

List of 65 items.

  • 2D Animation

    Make your own short cartoon, following every step of the process used at professional animation studios, from character design and storyboarding to animating frame-by-frame.
    Instructor: William DeFilippo
  • All About Dinosaurs

    Learn all about dinosaurs and the history of life on Earth through a variety of projects and crafts, while also learning how to draw dinosaurs like a professional paleoartist.
    Instructor: William DeFilippo
  • 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 
     
  • 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: Catie Shears
     
  • 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 appliqué.
    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: Chess RVA 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
     
  • Collage Techniques

    Use an exciting variety of collage media in using tissue paper, newspaper, fabric, photos, found objects, and more. You’ll discover ways to cut, tear, arrange, and adhere these materials to create unique and dynamic works of flat or three-dimensional art. 
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
  • Comics Creation

    Make your own comic or graphic novel, and learn about the techniques and styles of comic creation. Receive basic instruction in the craft of comic creation, such as the different types of transition between panels, page layouts, when and how to use words and speech bubbles, and common styles and genres of comics.
    Instructor: William DeFilippo
  • Contemporary Jazz Dance

    Contemporary Jazz is a fun mesh between slow contemporary dance and hard-hitting jazz dance. This fun class will show dancers how to incorporate both styles of dance into the coolest ways. At the end of campus, dancers will perform choreography from the teacher and your own, meshing our creative dance thoughts together!
    Instructor: Kinsley Stevenson
  • 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
     
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Step into a spa haven. Learn homemade recipes using essential oils and other natural ingredients commonly found in your garden or kitchen to create your own health, beauty & spa products. Make aromatherapy products such as relaxing bath salts & fizzies, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms & hair masks, decorative hand soaps, therapeutic rice sacks and more!
    Materials fee: $15
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
     
     
  • Dollhouse Decorators (Session Two)

    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 (Session Two)

    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 
     
  • Fantasy World Building

    Write and illustrate a traveler’s guidebook describing a magical land or science fiction universe of your own creation, from the fantastical people and animals that live in it to maps of its geography
    Instructor: William DeFilippo
  • Fiber Arts

    Textiles are essential to our everyday lives - from functional clothes to beautiful tapestries. This class offers useful techniques to create fiber art. Explore subjects such as weaving on a loom, creating embroidery art, and making felted sculptures.
    Instructor: Tia Colon
  • 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
     
  • 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
     
  • Jazz Fusion Dance

    Jazz Fusion is a jazz dance class but with a lot of fun additions! We will learn what jazz dance is and how this style of dance can be fused together with other forms of dance. Focus will include jazz, jazz fusion and contemporary Jazz. After learning about all of these styles and learning combinations, we will perform a dance at the end of camp with costumes and all to showcase all that you have learned.
    Instructor: Kinsley Stevenson
  • Jewelry Design (Session Two)

     
    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
     
  • 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
     
  • Learn to Choreograph Dance

    Learn how to choreograph a dance! Pick your own music, costumes and choreograph your own dance, with teacher support and guidance. Dancers will learn different styles and techniques of how to choreograph dance, as well as learning about improvisation. Come learn and dance with all your friends!
    Instructor: Kinsley Stevenson
  • Lyrical Dance

    Lyrical Dance will teach campers how to use expression and slow movement. We will get to create a full dance by the end of camp to perform in front of family and friends. Music choices will range from emotional pieces to selections from dancers, so come with some music suggestions! 
    Instructor: Kinsley Stevenson
  • Magic Prints (Session One)

    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
     
     
  • Mix It Up

    Make something bright, bold, and perhaps a bit wacky as you explore the world of pop art and mixed media! Use your imagination to create a dream world filled with impossible landscapes and animals, mixed up into something entirely new and never before seen. Watch as your unique creations jump right off page and into our world to bring light and fun to those all around you!
    Instructor: Haleigh James
  • Mixed Media

    This course will have the students developing works of art in a two dimensional mixed media format. The students will experiment with a variety of mediums such as paint, colored pencil, collage, oil pastel, marker, and graphite to create artwork that comes from their own self expression.
    Instructor: Tia Colon
  • Mosaics

    From ancient times to present-day mosaics have always been vibrant art forms. We’ll create our own colorful mosaics on frames, tiles, pots, or wood panels using paper, seeds, buttons, tiles and found objects.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
     
     
  • 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
     
  • Mythical Miniatures 

    Look under that leaf! No, behind that tree! Oh, perhaps it's in the clouds, or under the water? Where ever your mythical creature hides, be it fairy, mermaid, griffin, or unicorn, you can create a habitat to draw them near. Let your mind wonder into a world of myth and magic as you design and build a miniature scene, allowing viewers to look in as if a mythical being has only just stepped away.
    Instructor: Haleigh James
  • Narrative Art (Session Two)

    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
     
  • Paint Like The Impressionists (Session Two)

    “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 One)

    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
     
  • 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
     
  • Pom-Pom Menagerie

    Love to make pom-poms? Create your own menagerie collection of zoo animals from just yarn, felt, a pom-pom maker and a little hot glue.  We'll learn to use all three sizes of pom-poms and make a full collection of creatures to take home. 
     
    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
     
  • Rock the Paper and Scissors!

    Grab your scissors and some paper because this class rocks! That's right, with just two materials - paper and a bit of glue - and a bit of patience, you can create a work of art! Inspired by traditional Mexican paper cutting and modern pop art, this class encourages students to re-think the world in terms of simple shapes and colors of anything from snowflakes and flowers to landscapes and portraits.
    Instructor: Haleigh James
  • Sculpey Crafting

    Sculpey Crafting is about using polymer clay for creation! We will make figures, animals and food as well as jewelry and other fun items. We will learn to twist clay into a “cane” to make buttons bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces and much more.
  • 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
     
     
  • 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: Sarah Dowthwait
     
  • 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: Catie Shears
     
  • The Truth About Dragons

    Everyone loves dragons, but how much do most people really know about this oldest of all mythical creatures?  Learn all about dragons in the folklore of ancient cultures across the world, and how to draw, paint or sculpt dragons the way those cultures did.
    Instructor: William DeFilippo
  • Theatre Games and Improv

    Let's have fun on stage!  Theatre games and Improv experiences are a great way to grow as actors and students.This class will look at theatre games and Improv that focus on team building, vocal production, creativity, and even overcoming stage fright.  
  • To Dye For (tie dye)

    Release your inner hippie!  Create groovy clothing using advanced tie-dye techniques and methods. In addition, explore other dyeing art forms (no pun intended!) including silk painting.
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
     
  • 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: Sarah Dowthwait
     
  • 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: Sarah Dowthwait
     
  • 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: Catie Shears
     
  • 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
     

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Rising Grades 7-10

Design Your Day Camp - Rising Grades 7-10

List of 46 items.

  • 2D Animation

    Make your own short cartoon, following every step of the process used at professional animation studios, from character design and storyboarding to animating frame-by-frame.
  • Animal Art

    Do you like animals? Create animal masterpieces inspired by contemporary artists and the old masters. Learn to depict animals of all kinds using various mediums such as drawing, painting, and collage.
    Instructor: Jeremy Terner
  • 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
     
  • 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: Catie Shears
  • 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!
    Instructor: Robbie Kinter
     
  • Brush up your Shakespeare!

    Explore the words, plots, and characters from the most popular and influential playwright, William Shakespeare.  In this class, we will explore several of his famous productions, play around with his words and speeches, and walk away with a Shakespeare monologue and a scene that will impress any English teacher.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • 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 (Session One)

    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 appliqué.
    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: Chess RVA Staff
     
  • Contemporary Jazz Dance

    Contemporary Jazz is a fun mesh between slow contemporary dance and hard-hitting jazz dance. This fun class will show dancers how to incorporate both styles of dance into the coolest ways. At the end of campus, dancers will perform choreography from the teacher and your own, meshing our creative dance thoughts together! 
    Instructor: Kinsley Stevenson
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Step into a spa haven. Learn homemade recipes using essential oils and other natural ingredients commonly found in your garden or kitchen to create your own health, beauty, & spa products. Make aromatherapy products such as relaxing bath salts & fizzles, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms & hair masks, decorative hand soaps, therapeutic rice sacks, and more!
    Materials fee: $15
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
     
  • 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 (Session Two)

    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
     
  • Drawing Projects

    Let your imagination and artistic expression show in a variety of mediums. We’ll cover some basic principles of drawing to produce realistic works. We’ll also experiment with alternative approaches including drawing on unusual surfaces and creating abstract drawings from music.
    Instructor: Tia Colon
  • 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 (Session Two)

    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 
     
     
  • Fiber arts

    Textiles are essential to our everyday lives - from functional clothes to beautiful tapestries. This class offers useful techniques to create fiber art. The students will explore subjects such as weaving on a loom, creating embroidery art, and making felted sculptures.
    Instructor: Tia Colon
  • 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: Colby Miller
     
  • 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
     
  • 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
     
  • Jewelry Design (Session Two)

    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
  • Learn to Choreograph Dance

    Pick your own music, costumes and choreograph your own dance, with teacher support and guidance. Dancers will learn different styles and techniques of how to choreograph dance, as well as learning about improvisation. Come learn and dance with all your friends!
    Instructor: Kinsley Stevenson
  • 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
     
  • Mixed Media

    This course will have the students developing works of art in a two dimensional mixed media format. The students will experiment with a variety of mediums such as paint, colored pencil, collage, oil pastel, marker, and graphite to create artwork that comes from their own self expression.
    Instructor: Tia Colon
  • Monologues - Your Time to Shine

    The monologue is a vital tool for any actor and this class will help you find the best monologue for you.  We will explore how to find the right monologue for you, identify skills and practice techniques to help you prepare, and create a performance using your monologue that will land you the role!
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • Mythical Miniatures

    Look under that leaf! No, behind that tree! Oh, perhaps it's in the clouds, or under the water? Where ever your mythical creature hides, be it fairy, mermaid, griffin, or unicorn, you can create a habitat to draw them near. Let your mind wonder into a world of myth and magic as you design and build a miniature scene, allowing viewers to look in as if a mythical being has only just stepped away.
    Instructor: Haleigh  James
  • Narrative Art (Session Two)

    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 (Session Two)

    “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 One)

    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
     
  • 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
  • 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
     
  • Rock the Paper and Scissors!

    Grab your scissors and some paper because this class rocks! That's right, with just two materials - paper and a bit of glue - and a bit of patience, you can create a work of art! Inspired by traditional Mexican paper cutting and modern pop art, this class encourages students to re-think the world in terms of simple shapes and colors of anything from snowflakes and flowers to landscapes and portraits.
    Instructor: Haleigh  James
  • 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
     
     
  • 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
     
  • Theatre Games and Improv

    Let's have fun on stage!  Theatre games and Improv experiences are a great way to grow as actors and students. This class will look at theatre games and Improv that focus on team building, vocal production, creativity, and even overcoming stage fright.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • 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
     
  • Ultimate Frisbee

    Learn to play the fact-paced game of Ultimate Frisbee, a fun and exciting, non-contact team sport. Played with a flying disk, Ultimate Frisbee combines the best features of sports such as soccer, basketball and football into an elegantly simple, yet fascinating and demanding game.
    Instructor: Colby Miller
  • 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
     
  • 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
     

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