Workshops

Have you ever wished for the chance to try a new artistic or academic endeavor in depth? To spend your day programming, writing, performing, creating, or designing? Summer on the Prairie offers one-hour, two-hour, and half-day specialty workshops designed to help you explore your budding interests! We promise you a hands-on learning environment with expert faculty and a world of opportunities at your fingertips.

New this summer!

This camp is designed for students with previous drawing experience and established skills. Students will explore composition, proportion, perspective, and value, while building observational skills. Materials such as charcoal, graphite, and ink will be explored through a variety of still life, observational, and portrait projects.

This camp is designed for students with previous painting experience and established skills. Students will explore representational to abstract styles and work from still lifes, photographs and the imagination. We will gain a deeper understanding of a variety of material such as watercolor, ink, egg tempera, acrylic, oil and mixed-media painting, and much more.

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat”, but in this enrichment course students will follow step-by-step, system-by-system instructions and use comparative anatomy to explore human body systems through cat dissection. Students interested in their own body or pursuing a career in medicine will gain valuable experience as they examine and dissect a cat to learn the basic anatomy of the following body systems: muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, and reproductive.

July 15-19, 2019: Students have an opportunity to get their hands dirty while having fun creating sculptural and functional pieces of art. They will explore several hand building techniques through a variety of projects and pick up fun facts about the science and history of pottery. Special time will also be set aside to become familiar with the wheel throwing process.

***July 22-24, 2019: This week is designed for those who participated in either Ceramics camp. Throughout the week, students can come glaze their pieces. Glazing will take place from 9:00AM-12:00PM.

July 15-19, 2019: This is a camp which will introduce materials, equipment, and throwing techniques. Students will have the freedom to explore and refine their skills as we create functional objects such as bowls and mugs.

***July 22-24, 2019: This week is designed for those who participated in either Ceramics camp. Throughout the week, students can come glaze their pieces. Glazing will take place from 9:00AM-12:00PM.

Taking a good photo is much more than what meets the eye. In this camp, students will learn about the importance of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to capture the perfect picture. Students will explore the basics behind portrait photography, photojournalism, documentary, and fine art photography.

Dollhouse Design camp is your chance to create your dream home. Each student will receive their own dollhouse to embellish and decorate to their liking. We will paint the walls, create furniture, weave rugs, print wallpaper, and craft details.

Students will jump start their creativity by connecting with the work Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. The goal of this class is to spend a week learning new printmaking techniques such as silk screen, monoprint, and collagrapy. Students will create a series of artworks where they choose the subject matter/theme.

Through puzzles and games, campers will learn the fundamentals of computer programming.  During the week-long camp, 5 & 6th grade students will design their own game (or several games) using Scratch (a block-based program).  No previous experience is required.

In Web Development 101, 7th & 8th grade students will learn how to create a website using text (not blocks).  They will build a foundation of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create a functional animation on a website. They will learn how to think critically, process steps logically, as well as develop computational thinking skills.  No previous experience is required.

In each daily workshop, adult campers will have the opportunity to try out a specific glass-making technique. Whether bead making at the torch, hot sculpting paperweights and flowers, or blowing glass ornaments and cups from the furnace, students will have the unique experience of creating handmade glass objects to bring home and enjoy.  Sign up for one day, a couple, or the whole week.

Did you know?

  • 100% of our 2017 workshop participants would recommend us to a friend!