CLASS OFFERINGS & SCHEDULE
Children in grades 2-7 may sign up for the morning and/or afternoon session for one or both weeks. 

STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 2-7
• Class A—9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
• Class B—10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m.
   Recess—11:10 a.m.-11:25 a.m. 
• Class C—11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
     Afternoon Session
• Class D—1:00 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
   Recess—2:20 p.m.-2:35 p.m. 
• Class E—2:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Braid a Mug Rug*—NEW!
Weeks 1 & 2: A B
Instructor: Susan Smead—Grades 4-7 only
Choose three colors and make a thick woolen mug rug. You will learn how to draft the strands of wool and braid the roving into a single long strand. After you join the strands with a barbed needle, the braids will be washed, felting the wool together. Then you will learn how to coil and sew the braid into a round mat. 

Bucket Drumming
Weeks 1 & 2: A B
Grades 3-7 only
Instructor: Sarah Hann
If you find yourself drumming with the silverware at the kitchen table or drumming on your school desk with your pencil, then this class is for you! Using only buckets, drumsticks, and everyday “junk” items, students will create, compose, and play their own music. Then we will share our compositions at the Friday Showcase.  

Can You Dig It?
Week 1 Only: A B C
Instructor: Dave Pontius
Do you love digging in the dirt and finding old “treasures”? Come learn what archaeology is and how archaeologists uncover the past. We will use real archaeological tools and techniques to excavate a simulated dig site. Then we will analyze our findings and unveil details about the culture of the people through clues they left behind. 

Clay Creations    
Weeks 1 & 2: B C
Instructor: Sean O’Connell
Explore creative ways to express yourself with clay by using a variety of hand building techniques, such as pinch, coil, and slab. Decorate and glaze each piece. Students can pick up their pottery in early September after it has been fired in the kiln.

Fantastical Fashions*
Weeks 1 & 2: A C
Instructor: Shara Harel  
Cut, sew, glue, and bedazzle until you have created your own fashion outfit. Using ribbons, feathers, jewels, and buttons, you’ll make a themed outfit of clothes and accessories. The choice is up to you—the sky is the limit! You can choose to model your outfit in Friday’s showcase if you like.

Gourdgeous Gourds
Week 1 Only: A B C
Instructor: Sharon Ginsburg
What can you make from a dried hard shelled gourd? A jack-o-lantern that opens up and is painted to look like your dog or cat?  A basket or a bowl or a treasure box? A long curly gourd painted like a snake? Maybe you prefer to make jewelry, dolls, or characters—it’s all up to you.   

Hula Hoop Rug
Weeks 1 & 2: C
Instructor: Faith Robinson
Learn how to weave a rug, using old t-shirts and a hula hoop. By the end of the week, you will have woven an accent rug for your room. 

Intro to the Universe

Weeks 1 & 2: C
Instructor: Dave Buhrman—Grades 3-7 only
Modern science has revealed that we are all made of atoms forged long ago in the cores of stars. We will begin our exploration of astronomy indoors by watching selected videos and entering the Cosmodome, Carnegie’s planetarium. Outside we will walk out a model of our solar system and look through a safe solar telescope. Then you will make your own sundial clock and receive a workbook about the Moon’s phases, constellations, and the seasons. It’s a big subject with lots of room for questions. 

Kids in the Kitchen
Weeks 1 & 2: A B C
Instructor: Cassie Williams
Allow me to introduce you to the simplicity of cooking. In this class you will learn to cook with foods that are native to West Virginia. We will use as many fresh fruits and veggies as possible to create simple, yet tasty dishes! We will also be whipping up some traditional “comfort foods” for you to enjoy. I will share some of my very own family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. 

Knitting on a Loom
Weeks 1 & 2: C
Instructor: Susie Smead
Knitting on a loom is easy to learn. It’s very popular with young people who have never knitted before. It’s simple—you just wrap the yarn around a peg, and then lift the yarn loop over top of the peg with a special tool. Join the fun and learn how to make a hat, scarf, or pillow.  

Magical Mobiles*
Weeks 1 & 2: B
Instructor: Shara Harel
Make your own mobile and window ornaments. Using beads, feathers, pipe cleaner animals and felted figures you make yourself, create a mobile that will sway with the wind, or ornaments you can put in your windows and room.

Mandolin from Scratch
Weeks 1 & 2: A B  
Grades 4-7 only
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Join us for a hands-on mandolin experience as we learn the basics of playing the mandolin. It’s a great opportunity to learn beginning techniques that will have you playing a tune or two in just one week! Mandolins will be provided.  

Monster Pillow*
Weeks 1 & 2: A B 
Instructor:  Faith Robinson
Learn how to design a monster (think Sandra Boynton and Maurice Sendak) first on paper. Then you’ll use that drawing as a pattern to make you own cuddly monster pillow. 
Needle Felting a Doll*—NEW!
Weeks 1 & 2: B
Instructor:  Debbie Rapp—Grades 4-7 only
Learn how to handcraft your own needle felted doll by shaping wool roving. Using a felting needle you will be able to shape raw wool just by poking the fibers into place. Your doll will have whimsical arms and legs. You will learn about wool and how it felts with different sized felting needles. It takes time and patience, but you will learn tips that will make any felting project easier. 

Needle Felting a Penguin*—NEW!
Weeks 1 & 2: A 
Instructor:  Debbie Rapp—Grades 4-7 only
Learn how to handcraft your own needle felted penguin by compacting and shaping wool roving. Your penguin will be able to stand up on its own. You will learn about wool and how it felts with different sized felting needles. It takes time and patience, but you will learn tips that will make any felting project easier. 

Origami Fun!
Week 2 Only: A
Instructor: Sharon Ginsburg—Grades 2-4 only
Unfold the secrets between the folds of the Japanese art of origami, paper folding. Make and decorate all sorts of magical creations, such as frogs that jump, birds, boxes for your creations, hearts, helicopters, airplanes that fly, flowers and fortune tellers. You will use different sizes of colored papers to make your toys, and decorate them as part of Origami Fun! 
Origami Madness
Week 2 Only: B
Instructor: Sharon Ginsburg—Grades 5-7 only 
Develop your folding skills with jumping frogs, flying helicopters, pop-up cards, biting jaws, or other fun origami toys. You will assemble seemingly complex geometric shapes from readily foldable units, called modular origami. Wild geometric projects include cubes, a dodecahedron, magic stars and Japanese brocade, which look awesome but are easy to make if you can fold the units carefully. 

Paper Passion
Week 2 only: C
Instructor: Sharon Ginsburg
Folding and cutting papers…what magically appears? You will make projects from various cultural traditions, using kirigami and origami, to create an alligator, lion, wolf, or unicorn which stand up. Decorating with feathers, sequins and jewels is all part of Paper Passion! 

Play Songs 
Weeks 1 & 2: C
Instructor:  Dennis Ott
Music, song, and children’s games all rolled into one! We’ll discover several game songs, such as “Sally Go ‘Round the Sunshine” and “Little Bird Go Through My Window.” If you like playing games, singing, and laughing, don’t miss this class!

Science of Sound—NEW!
Weeks 1 & 2: C
Instructor: Sarah Hann
How does sound travel? How do vibrations make sound? Can you see sound? We will answer these questions and more through a series of fun science experiments. Come learn about the world of sound that surrounds us. 

Ukulele
Week 2 Only: A B C
Instructor: Bob DuCharme
Learn how to play the ukulele in one week! With help from the Greenbrier River Optimistic Ukulele Players, you will learn how to strum the ukulele and play basic chords for songs. It’s really fun to play! Ukuleles will be provided.

Weave a Basket—NEW!
Weeks 1 & 2: A B C
Instructor (Week 1): Kathy Talley
Instructor (Week 2): Sheri Boydston
Create a family heirloom by making a traditional basket. You will choose your own colors of reed materials and beads to weave a one-of-a-kind basket that’s both decorative and functional. Be the first in your family to create this beautiful keepsake.
A Lotta Piñata
Week 1 Only: D E
Instructor: Caroline Smith
Create your own piñata sculpture out of a balloon form, newspaper, paste, cardboard, paint, and wacky embellishments. We will also read a story about an actual piñata maker in Mexico who uses traditional methods to make piñatas. We will learn about piñata traditions around the world. Be prepared to get your hands goopy, get a little paint on your apron and have a lotta fun. Piñatas will be put on display for the Friday afternoon Showcase.  

Bash the Trash—NEW!
Weeks 1 & 2: E
Instructor: Birch Graves
Old coffee cans, cardboard, plastic bottles, and other materials can be fashioned into new musical instruments. It just take a little know-how and a splash of imagination, along with some scientific experimentation. As we tinker with making instruments that work, we will learn about the science of sound, while having a lot of recycled fun!

Faux Cooking Fun
Weeks 1 & 2: D E
Instructor:  Jackie Gioia
Students will create at home versions of their favorites:  Pizza Hut original pan 
pizza, Oreos, Wendy’s chocolate frosty, Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels, Girl Scout cookies, and more!!  We will create these copycats and see how they compare to the originals.  At the end of the week, students will take home copies of all the recipes. Wheat flour will be used in this class.

Hot off the Loom
Week 2 Only: D E
Instructor: Meriwether Thompson
Weave and finish a pillow in one week! Using heddles, treadles, and shuttles, you can choose your own yarn colors as you learn to weave. Together, we will learn how to warp a loom. Then you can weave a tabby plain weave or experiment with lots of twill variations using various treadle combinations. Class size is limited - so register early! 

Intro to the Universe 
Weeks 1 & 2: D E
Instructor: Dave Buhrman—Grades 3-7 only
Modern science has revealed that we are all made of atoms forged long ago in the cores of stars. We will begin our exploration of astronomy indoors by watching selected videos and entering the Cosmodome, Carnegie’s planetarium. Outside we will walk out a model of our solar system and look through a safe solar telescope. Then you will make your own sundial clock and receive a workbook about the Moon’s phases, constellations, and the seasons. It’s a big subject with lots of room for questions. 

Mini Musical Theatre—NEW!
Weeks 1 & 2: D
Instructor: Sarah Hann
Do you love to sing? Do you love to act? This class combines both. During the week we will rehearse a short musical consisting of a few songs and a few scenes. Students will help write the script. At the end of the week, we will perform our mini musical. 

Music around the World
Week 1 Only: D
Instructor: Birch Graves
Explore the world through music! From German hip-hop to Tuvan throat-singing, you will be immersed in the rhythms and sounds of far-away places, stretching your mind and ear. After watching videos and listening to recordings, we will make music. You and your classmates will play real pieces of music from places like Africa and Indonesia and will perform at the end of the week.  

Pottery Studio
Weeks 1 & 2: D E
Instructor: Sean O’Connell
Explore clay and learn to use hand-building and sculpting techniques. Creativity and skill-building will be the focus of this class. Students can pick up their pottery in early September, after it has been fired in the kiln.

Rockets and Rollercoasters
 
Week 2 Only: D E
Instructor: Jason Johans
Have you ever wanted to create your own rocket that actually launches? How about design your own working rollercoaster? In this class you can do all that and more while exploring physical science in action through hands-on activities and experiments. 

School of Rock
Week 2 Only: D
Instructor: Birch Graves
Are you ready to rock? If you can’t wait to get your hands on an instrument and start rocking out, this class is for you. We will learn about early rock ‘n roll, the instruments, the musicians, and their stories. Using videos, recordings, and first-hand accounts, we will explore rock history, and with a visit from a real rock musician, we will learn what it’s like to play the music. You will learn a blues progression on your instruments, and at the end of the week, we will put on a rock show for everyone to enjoy.

3-D Art
Weeks 1 & 2: D E
Instructor: Mike Vincent—Grades 3-7 only
It’s time to bring your artwork to a whole new dimension. Shading, vanishing points, and optical illusions will be used to create keepsake pieces that truly pop off the page. We’ll make art from your own name, uncover the secrets of the agamograph, and learn layered techniques to bring your artwork up to a new level.

Wonders of Watercolor

Weeks 1 & 2: E
Instructor: April Vincent
Learn about the wonderful ways watercolors can work for you. We will work with high-quality paint pans, mix colors straight from the tube, and explore liquid watercolors. We’ll use salt, wax resist, pearly paint, pencils that paint, and more! You will have several display-worthy pieces by the end of the week, to hang in your room, or give as gifts. 



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