Arts Camp 2018: 7 - 11 Year Olds
Class Descriptions

Led by Camp Leader JOHN HUBER and other Old Town School teaching artists, 7 – 11 year olds work independently and in groups as they explore the arts at our 4544 North Lincoln Avenue location.

Voice-Over Magic with Mary Tilden »

Ever wonder who creates the voices for cartoon characters? Or how to change your voice to narrate a spooky scary story? In this class, we will learn all about using our voices as our main mode of expression in developing fun and powerful vocal warm-ups, practicing narrating stories, and playing around with how microphones can help make our voices change and mutate to sound like all sorts of different characters. Expect this class to make your voice loud, proud, and full of so many different sounds!

The Music in Me with Jessie Pellowski »

If you were a song, what kind of song would you be? What would you sound like as a song or jingle? How could the story of your life become music? Some of our best storytellers are musicians, AND some of the best stories are songs. In this class, we will explore many angles and genres of music through activities and games, and discover how they connects with our own personal stories. We will hear from some of the best storytellers of the past and the present, like John Lennon, Bob Marley, Chance the Rapper, and maybe even some Taylor Swift! Then, we'll translate our own autobiographies into music and discover what our lives sound like as songs.

Comics with Corinne Mucha »

KA-POW! In this class, students will explore the creative world of comics, using assorted 2D materials. We’ll practice various drawing and illustration techniques as we learn more about character, narrative, and setting. Students will work both independently and in groups to create their own amazing, unique stories, which will be printed into booklets or read live on stage.

Pairs with Barbie Silverman »

Pairs is a carefree and creative exploration of famous (and infamous!) duos, including duos that are pals and duos that are opposites! We come across pairs every day in our language, our dress habits, our food, our behaviors and our entertainment. Consider these: night and day; shoes and socks; horse and buggy; peanut butter and jelly; Laurel and Hardy; it’s endless. Pairs go on and on! We will explore pairs with quick brainstorming, then determine why some things go together and some are opposed but interdependent, and then we will explore it all in song, poetry, movement and dialogue.

Music Video Music with Alisa Rosenthal »

Dust off your microphones and tease out your hair, because we're going to be watching and singing music from some of the most epic videos EVER from MTV and YouTube. Through improv games and movement activities, we'll learn how to come up with ideas to write songs, and then rehearse them to turn into a real music video! This class will be taught in collaboration with the Music Video Production class.

Music Video Production with Sharon Krome »

What’s more fun than watching music videos? Making them! In this class, we’ll create music videos around your original music. With improv games right from Second City and screenings of iconic music videos, we’ll make writing, directing, filming and editing a breeze. Whether you’re looking to channel your inner Beyoncé or you prefer glam Hollywood musical theater, the videos we create will combine playful filmmaking with your passion for music making.

Crankies with Jess McIntosh »

In this class, campers will be guided through the process of planning, creating, and performing this long-forgotten, but steadily-returning folk art called a "crankie." What is a crankie, you might ask? Jess can’t wait to show you! Crankies are artistically handcrafted structures that serve as modes of storytelling and vessels of song, that were originally crafted to move imagery before the dawn of animation. Join us, and find out more!

'Ukulele with Liz Chidester »

Do you love the sound of a 'ukulele? Do you currently play 'ukulele, or have you ever wanted to play with a group? No matter what your age or skill level, the 'ukulele is a perfect instrument to start or continue your musical journey. Rich with history and repertoire, this amazing, simple instrument has endless music-making possibilities! In this class, we will learn the basic chords and strums used to make many of your favorite modern pop tunes, as well as Hawaiian, Tin Pan Alley, and jazz tunes. All you need is peace, love, and 'ukuleles!

Harmonica Orchestra with Jason McInnes »

It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but the harmonica is an incredibly BIG and versatile instrument! In this summer camp class, students delve into three musical worlds: reading musical notation for “classical” melodies, playing by ear for “folk” melodies, and creating compositions through visual signals and written notation. Along the way, students will learn about the joys of making their own music and the history of great composers and musicians as diverse as Ludwig van Beethoven and blues harmonica player Sonny Terry.

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