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VAA Summer Camps to Spark Creativity!

Vashon Allied Arts offers several summer youth camps for arts and fun.
Studio Tour Art Camp
Ages: 10-17, Mon-Fri, July 21-25, 10 am-3 pm. Tuition: $240 Member/$260 General + $35 materials.
Instructors: Suzanne Moore (Quartermaster Press), Ilse Reimnitz, Kristen Reitz-Green, Terri Fletcher  Make art in the studios of Vashon’s most talented artists! Explore different mediums: mosaics, watercolor, textural print-making, Shibori dyeing. Each day held in a different studio; come see where art is created on Vashon!

Nature of Art Camp
Ages: 8-12, Mon-Fri, Aug 11-15, 10 am-2 pm, Tuition: $180 Member/$195 General + $30 materials
Instructors: Allison Trundle, Derek Churchill, Maria Metler, Kathryn True, Amy Holmes, Barbara Gustafson A perfect blend of art and science! Learn about Vashon from environmental educators and make art in nature at a different Island park each day. Explore Pt. Robinson with a marine biologist! Island Center Forest with a forester! Make leaf bowls, crab shell candles, bird houses, abstract eggs, weave baskets and more.

Fired Up!
Ages: 10-17
Mon-Fri, July 14-18, 10 am-2 pm. Tuition: $200 Member/$220 General + $50 lab fee
Instructor: Liz Lewis This summer’s clay challenge: design a complex vessel with your choice of multiple components—we’ll try some decal image transfers on the surfaces. “Year of the Horse” sculptures for raku firing. Wheel practice at your level.

Clay Camp Down Under
Ages: 6-10. Tues- Fri, Aug 5-8, 10 am-2 pm. Tuition: $150 Member/$165 General + $35 lab fee
Instructor: Liz Lewis With clay in hand, explore the unique wildlife of Australia! Let’s make marvelous marsupial sculptures–kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils…parrot plates (or kookaburras)…and more! Pit firing.   

Color Crazy
Ages: 7-12, Tues-Thurs, June 24-26, 10 am-2 pm. Tuition: $110 Member/$125 General + $20 materials
Instructors: Julie Shannon and sooze bloom de Leon grossman Learn to identify, appreciate and explore color, color and more color! Use mixed media, from paints and ink to paper, fiber, beads, glass and ephemera. Change a mood, express emotion or depict a season or time of day; this powerful tool in the artist’s toolbox is a natural for kids – and we’re crazy for it!

Intermediate Ballet Technique
Ages: 11-Adult (Levels 4,5,6), Wednesdays, July 9-Aug 13, 6:30-8:30 pm. Tuition: $145 Member/$160 General   
Instructor: Camille Kappelman Traditional barre, centre and jumps taught at an intermediate level. Pointe shoes can be worn at barre and in centre work. Stretching and light conditioning included. Register by July 1.

Teen/Adult Tap  
Ages: 13-Adult, Thursdays, July 10- Aug 14, 6:30-7:30 pm. Tuition: $70 Member/$80 General
Instructor: Crissy Baker Traditional tap technique will be introduced at a beginner level with emphasis on rhythm, style and sequencing. Tap your way to a range of musical styles as you find the beat in your feet.

The Magic Kingdom, Creative Movement Intensive
Ages: 3-5, Tues-Thurs, July 15-17, 10 am -1 pm. Tuition: $140 Member/$155 General + $10 materials
Instructors: Vanesa Wylie, Leah Mann Take a trip to the magical kingdom and explore the creatures that live there. A fun exploration of locomotion and storytelling. Afternoons include a craft session, snack and a guided improvisation through the magic kingdom; meeting creatures and exploring the secret pathways!

Triple Threat Intensive: Dance, Vocals and Acting for Performing Artists
Ages: 9-16, Mon-Fri, Aug 11-15, 10 am- 4 pm. Tuition: $325 Member/$350 General
Instructors: Vanesa Wylie, Crissy Baker, Leah Mann, Elizabeth Shaw and Cornish Guest Faculty Camp includes training in ballet, jazz and tap along with acting and vocal training for performing artists and those interested in musical theatre. Previous dance training is suggested. Dance classes will be taught at a beginner/ intermediate level. Group acting, improvisation and vocal training will round out the afternoon. This is a skill building intensive not focused on a production.

Space Traveler, Creative Movement Intensive
Ages: 3-5, Mon-Thurs, Aug 18-21, 10 am-2 pm. Tuition: $250 Member/$265 General + $10 materials
Instructors: Vanesa Wylie, Leah Mann, Cornish Guest Faculty Space travelers will engage in a creative movement adventure. Mornings start with dance and afternoons include a craft session, snack and an interactive storytelling experience. Explore pathways and the effects of gravity on your body while learning about the energy and movement of the planets, stars and sun.

Glass Intensive for Teens
Ages: 13-19, Tuition: $200 Member /$225 General + $50 materials. Instructors: Brian & Tara Brenno Session #1
Mon-Thurs, July 7-10, 11 am-3 pm Session #2
Mon-Thurs, Aug 18-21, 11 am-3 pm So hot it’s cool! Teens experience the wonders of glass by making great works of art. Projects include glass blowing, casting, fusing and mosaic. Students leave with many small projects and a good foundation for future projects. Give your teens a summer experience they’ll always remember. Bring a sack lunch, sunglasses and comfortable clothing.

Vashon String Camp: Violin, Viola, Cello and Beginning Guitar
Ages: 8-15 (Starter Camp ages 5-7), Tues-Fri, Aug 19-22, 10 am-2 pm ,(Starter Camp from 9-10 am), Tuition: $160 Member/$175 General
Starter Camp Tuition: $50 Member/$60 General
Instructors: Gaye Detzer, Sarah Perlman, Kim Thal & Annie Roberts Enjoy a variety of musical experiences including orchestra, fiddling, improvisation, theory games and other enrichment activities to enhance musical learning. Perform final concert on last day for parents and friends. Younger musicians join the fun with Starter String Camp (basic skills and an understanding of instrument required; sight reading not required). Camps held at St. John Vianney Church. Registration deadline July 27.

Teen Photo Intensive (overnight or day camp option) 
Ages: 13-18. Mon-Fri, July 28-Aug 1. Tuition: $220 Member/ $245 General  + $135 lodging + $80 materials, food, admission fees
Instructors: Christine Beck and Ray Pfortner Want to understand your camera and take better photographs? Join like-minded teens for an intensive week of photography in Seattle, Tacoma and on Vashon. Camp includes day trips to Pt. Defiance Zoo, Chihuly Sculpture Garden and three overnights at Camp Burton. Shoot from pre-dawn to after dusk, share meals and critique your photographs. Make memories and the best photographs you have ever taken. Juried show of results will open at the Two Walls Gallery November 7. Day camp available without the lodging fee. Must have digital camera (any kind will do).

Mythical Creatures Giant Puppets
Ages: 7-12, Mon-Fri, July 28-Aug 1, 9 am-noon. Tuition: $160 Member/ $175 General + $17 materials
Instructor: Steffon Moody Flying dragons, gnomes, fairies, trolls, wizards…what will you create? Join us as we enter a mythical realm and bring fantasy creatures to life. Collaborate to make a giant troll puppet and create your own large puppet on a pole to join the troll in this fantasy world. Learn how to design, sculpt, paper mache, paint and costume your own mythical creature. Camp will end in a puppet parade for family and friends.

Summer Musical Theatre: Pirates! The Musical
Ages: 7-14
Mon-Fri, July 7-11, 10 am- 2 pm. Tuition: $180 Member/$195 General + $20 materials
Instructor: Marita Ericksen Join the salty crew of colorful scallywags when Bluebeard, Yellowbeard, Whitebeard, Purplebeard (along with the No Beards) set sail for a mighty adventure! Seeking singers, actors, dancers and stage crew to produce a 20-minute musical ending in a performance for family and friends.

Magic of Mime
Ages: 8-14. Mon-Fri, July 28-Aug 1, 1-4 pm. Tuition: $160 Member/$175 General + $25 materials
Instructor: Steffon Moody Create physical illusions: trapped in a box; the robot; climb a rope; running into a wall; slow motion; transform imaginary objects and throwing lights! Tell hilarious stories without saying a word. Mime makeup, white gloves and D’Lite thumbtip provided. Family and friends invited to finale performance Aug 1.

Story Play!
Ages: 5-7, Tues-Fri, Aug 26-29, 10 am-1 pm. Tuition: $110 Member/$120 General + $5 materials
Instructor: Kate Davidson Take an imaginary adventure! Explore characters from familiar and new stories, play drama games, create costumes and props. A fun intro to theatre!
Register at or by phone 206-463-5131. Scholarships are available.