Summer Arts Camp St. Paul

Passport to Down Under Australia to New Zealand

Ages 4-12 Years

July 7-11 and July 14-18, 2014

Join ArtStart for a whirlwind tour of two of the most diverse and spectacularly beautiful countries in a part of the world known as Oceania. Designed for youth ages 4-12 years, Passport to Down Under: Australia to New Zealand immerses youth in the arts, culture, and natural wonders of Australia and New Zealand. Youth select classes taught by professional artists from multiple arts disciplines— music, dance, drama and visual arts. As a result of participating in this 5-day experience, youth gain artistic knowledge and skills, learn about the culture, geography and environment of a place and create art works and performances. On the last day youth showcase all they have learned and created at the Friday informance for family and friends. Pre-school children ages 4-5 years register for “A Start with the Arts”. Youth ages 13 years+ should register for our teen program entitled “Camp Create for Teens“.

Early Bird Special!!Receive 10% off tuition if you register on Saturday, February 15 from 10am-3pm at ArtScraps, 1459 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul for Australia/New Zealand of Camp Create

Location: Mount Zion, 1300 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul. Register Online
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Half Day $140
Full Day $260
Extended Day $7/day Available until 5 pm.
Limited scholarships are available.

Lunch and Snacks
Full day students need to bring a lunch. Lunch is supervised. Children should also bring a morning and afternoon fruit break.

After Care
After care is supervised and unstructured so that children can relax. Children are free to bring games, or books and to make art on their own. If we show videos, we like to provide further learning about a culture through documentaries or stories. Extended day students should also bring an additional snack.

Each Friday family and friends are invited to attend our Informance and Art Gallery where children perform, exhibit their art work, and share their learning. Morning and afternoon informances for school age and preschoolers.

July 7-11 Australia: From the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef
Australia: From the Outback to the Great Barrier ReefYouth explore one of the oldest living cultures on earth through musical instrument building and dot and x-ray painting inspired by the artistic traditions of the indigenous people of Australia, the Aborigine. They learn about regions of Australia, each unique in its climate, landforms, and habitat, through map making and architecture. Finally, youth explore European influences on indigenous culture from the introduction of pottery to written stories to bush dances.

MORNING CLASSES 8:30-11:45 am

Didgeridoo & More
Join musician and instrument maker Douglas Ewart to make your own didgeridoo, an instrument used by the indigenous people of Australia for nearly 40,000 years! Then learn howto play the didgeridoo and perform at our Friday celebration.

The Dreamtime
Artists Julie Boada and Gustavo Boada link the art of puppetry with the retelling of the “Dreamtime” or time that the Aboriginal people believe all living things began. Using this story for inspiration, create your own puppet and participate in a performance at our Friday celebration that honors this special relationship of humans to the natural world.

Dot, X-ray and Other Painting Styles
Explore the art of the indigenous people or Aborigine of Australia, whose art work reflects their deep connection to the earth and all living creatures. Then work with artist Louise Mader to create x-ray and dot paintings inspired by the artwork of these artists.

404 CLAY
From Pottery to Tiles
Aboriginal people have inhabited Australia for over 40,000 years. However, it was not until the 1960’s that Aboriginal artists used clay to create containers and other objects. Join artist Felice Amato and learn a variety of clay techniques as you create tiles and more inspired by contemporary Aboriginal potters.

Macro Mapping
Australia is both a continent and an island that has amazing contrasts in geography. Work with an artist to create a large-scale floor map that includes special land forms like Ayres Rock, and locates the rainforests, billabongs, Great Barrier Reef and more unique ecosystems.


Bush Dances
Australian bush dance has developed in Australia as a form of traditional dance. It draws on traditions from English, Irish, Scottish and other European dances. Work with dancer Christopher Yaeger to learn these lively folk dances and perform at our Friday celebration.

Kangaroo, Koala, Platypus and More
Join artists Julie Boada and Gustavo Boada to learn about the diverse wild life that lives in the deserts and rainforests of Australia. Then design and create a papier mache mask of your favorite Australian animal and become part of the cast of characters in our crowd scene for the drama production.

Creating a Hullabaloo
There are many wonderful Dreamtime stories like Crocodile and Ghost Bat Have a Hullabaloo or Tiddalik the Frog, and other stories. Join actor Brian Grandison and take the stage as you dramatize your favorite story. Then perform at our Friday celebration.

The Great Barrier Reef Comes Alive
Work with artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch to learn about the variety of underwater life in the Great Barrier Reef, from the clown fish to sea turtle. Then create stuffed sculptures of these beautiful creatures and turn the classroom into an underwater environment.

The Tradition of Shell Art
Koori women, an Aboriginal group living on the South Coast of New South Wales, are known for their beautiful art work created from shells gathered on the beaches. Originally sold to tourists, Koori shell art is now exhibited in museums and art galleries world-wide. Work with artist Maarja Roth to design and create works of art using shells. Then exhibit them in our Art Gallery.

JULY 14-18 New Zealand: From the Ocean to the Mountains New ZealandYouth explore the arts and living culture of the Maori people, the original inhabitants of New Zealand who came to the islands by boat. Youth create art work inspired by Maori symbols and patterns using a variety of materials. They learn about the prehistoric dinosaurs that once roamed this area, the wildlife of each region, and the geography and natural forces like volcanoes and geysers that have formed the land. Finally, they explore the traditional art, dance, and stories the English and Scottish settlers brought with them as immigrants to New Zealand.

MORNING CLASSES 8:30-11:45 am

Instruments of the Maori
Explore the music of the Maori with artist Douglas Ewart. Then create instruments like the Titi Torea sticks, decorated wooden sticks that are passed back and forth between performers, the Bull Roar, and the conch shell. Finally perform with your instruments at our Friday celebration.

Prints to Tattoo Art
The Maori are noted for their wood carving rich in symbolism and traditional patterns inspired by the natural environment. Join artist Maarja Roth to create prints based on Maori wood carvings. Then on the last day of class create body tattoos Maori style. Exhibit your work at our Friday celebration.

Kiwi, Tuatara, & More
Before humans settled in New Zealand, it would have been an extremely noisy place! Large tracts of lush native bush supported an incredible variety of flora and fauna, especially bird life. Work with artist Louise Mader to draw and paint the wildlife of New Zealand using pencil, craypas, pastel and watercolor paints.

Maori Boats
The Maori people were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki, their homeland, about 1,000 years ago. Work with artist Gustavo Boada to design and create your own canoe and a large group canoe inspired by the Maori symbols and designs to be used in the puppet production.

Animals of the Sea and Air
The Maori people were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki, their homeland, about 1,000 years ago. Work with artist Gustavo Boada to design and create your own canoe and a large group canoe inspired by the Maori symbols and designs to be used in the puppet production.


Wool Felting
Both the Scottish and English settlers introduced sheep to New Zealand. Work with artist Marjorie Fedyszyn and learn the art of felting with wool roving from sheared sheep. Create a variety of projects using different felting techniques. Then share your work at our Friday celebration.

Traditional Folkdances
Dancer Christopher Yaeger, a former member of Ethnic Dance Theatre, teaches the folk dances brought to New Zealand by early settlers. Learn English country dance, Morris dance, dances of Eastern Europe, and more. Then perform at our Friday celebration.

The Moon, the Sun and Stars
Join actor Brian Grandison and Anne Sawyer-Aitch as they shares award-winning children’s stories from New Zealand. Listen to The Moon and Farmer McFee, Taming the Sun: Four Maori Myths, Rahui, and more. Then create props and costumes with Anne and work with Brian to become an acting ‘star’ in your favorite story and perform at our Friday celebration.

New Zealand has been the site of many large explosive eruptions during the last two million years, including several of super volcano size! Work with artist Stacie Forbes to learn about New Zealand’s geysers, hot springs and Taupo volcanic region. Then create your own volcano and using a special solution poured into the crater, set off a volcanic eruption at our Friday celebration.

Pop Ups & More
Work with artist Meg Erke to create a variety of art books that capture the culture, natural history, and art of New Zealand in pop-up images, secret pockets, and other special features. Then share your favorite book at our Friday celebration.

A Start with the Arts

Artist Kristyn Ebert takes children ages 4 and 5 years old on a dynamic and exciting adventure to Australia and New Zealand through art, music, dance and drama in a Start With the Arts. Children meet daily and participate in activities designed to heighten each child’s imagination while providing knowledge about the culture, art, special animals and natural wonders of Australia (July 7-11) and New Zealand (July 14-18).

The afternoon session is a repeat of the morning session.
A Start With the Arts has its own Friday informance scheduled before the school-age informance begins.

Morning Section: 8:30-11:40 am
Afternoon Section: 12:30-3:40 pm
Tuition: $140/section

Camp Create for Teens
June 16-20 and June 23-27
ArtStart’s Camp Create for Teens is geared for youth who want to explore their imagination through a variety of art media and gain new skills in making art.

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