Arts Camp 2017: 4 - 6 Year Olds
Class Descriptions

Led by Camp Leader LINDSAY FREDRICKSON and other Old Town School teaching artists, 4 – 6 year olds work and play in small groups as they explore the arts at our 909 West Armitage Avenue location.

SESSION 1 ·
Colors of the Wind with Ericka Vaughn Byrne »

There are so many colors in our world, and each one has such an important job to do. In this color-themed dance and movement class, we will explore all the different colors that exist in nature, people, and animals. We’ll ask important questions, like What if the world had no color? and Why do you love your favorite color? We will use many songs as a backdrop to our explorations, including, of course, Colors of the Wind! Through teamwork and collaboration, we will connect movement to each new discovery as we celebrate the beauty in our colorful world!

SESSION 1 ·
Story Squad with Meg Harkins »

What are your favorite stories to tell? Can you imagine yourself living through the eyes of your favorite character? Or exploring new places? Going on adventures with your friends and family? Maybe your favorite story is one from your real life! In this class, we will explore our favorite stories and play together to bring them to life with our bodies, our voices, and our imaginations. We will share personal stories and find out all we have in common and the special stories that make us unique. Finally, together, we will create new stories that we can explore through music, listening, and acting them out!

SESSION 1 ·
All About Color with Naima Bond »

In this class, we'll explore rainbows and find out what is at the end of the rainbow. What happens when you layer your favorite paint colors on paper or on a window or a t-shirt? Can food become paint? Can we create invisible paint? In this hands-on, sensory-based art workshop, we’ll explore the world of color mixing through simple, fun art making techniques such as tie-dye, fabric painting & collage. Each week, we’ll create colorful artwork through exploration, imagination and play. In this student-centered classroom, the interests and ideas of the campers will influence our direction of study. Materials for our multi-media creations will be primarily natural and always non-toxic.

SESSION 1 ·
The King with Evita Trembley »

Have you ever heard of Elvis Presley? Do you know why he is called The King? After this class, your ears will know Elvis' distinct sound and the distinctive sound of rock n’ roll! Join us as we dance to Elvis tunes and vocalize like The King. We'll explore some classic tunes such as "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Can't Help Falling in Love", and take a look at the musical, All Shook Up, that is centered around his music. Get your air guitar ready, your blue suede shoes laced up, and your singing voices warm, because we're about to jam through the incredible life of Elvis!

SESSION 2 ·
String Story Weavers with Jess McIntosh »

In this class, campers will get a chance to meet and play string instruments from many different string families. We will learn the unique voices, colors, and stories living in each instrument. Finally, we will create our own musical story with string instruments as our guides!

SESSION 2 ·
The Dance of Colors with Ericka Vaughn Byrne »

If movement was a color, what color would it be? What color would running be? How about skipping? Leaping? Stretching? In this color-themed dance and movement class, each group of campers will take on the mission of representing a different color in all the ways that they can! We will explore different things that move like that color and then create poems that describe our journey. Together, we’ll connect emotion and movement as we find out about songs that make us think of each color, and we’ll use our bodies to identify the way that each song makes us feel. We’ll get fast, slow, sharp, swingy, smooth, shaky, and much more as we build a rainbow with our bodies!

SESSION 2 ·
Opera with Evita Trembley »

Opera? What's that?! Opera is a type of music that you probably don’t hear on the radio too often. Sometimes, it’s really tricky for audiences to understand what singers are singing about when they sing opera! So, let’s figure out this whole opera thing together in camp this summer! In this class, we will talk about the wild and crazy storylines of some operas, sing some operatic warm-ups, and learn a short chorus number from an opera. Together, we will talk about what opera means to our world today and how it has changed over time. Operas are in many different languages, so we will be taking a virtual trip over to Europe as we learn about operas in French, German, and Italian. This class will be a diverse cultural experience as well as a fun and exciting way to talk about one of music's oldest art forms!

SESSION 2 ·
All About Color with Naima Bond »

In this class, we'll explore rainbows and find out what is at the end of the rainbow. What happens when you layer your favorite paint colors on paper or on a window or a t-shirt? Can food become paint? Can we create invisible paint? In this hands-on, sensory-based art workshop, we’ll explore the world of color mixing through simple, fun art making techniques such as tie-dye, fabric painting & collage. Each week, we’ll create colorful artwork through exploration, imagination and play. In this student-centered classroom, the interests and ideas of the campers will influence our direction of study. Materials for our multi-media creations will be primarily natural and always non-toxic.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000