Grade 7, 8 & 9

Classes for Students Entering Grades 7, 8 & 9

SCHEDULING NOTE - When registering online you will pick from a list of classes that are offered each period and then will be able to list alternate classes.  Reminder, students may only take 2 art classes and art classes and jazz band are double periods.

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This page shows which classes are offered each period.

ART

Double Periods, Student may only take 2 Art Classes

CARTOONING II
Designed for students who have taken Cartooning and are looking to build on their skills as an illustrator.

DIGITAL ANIMATION
Learn how kids your age made animations in the olden days. Then fast forward to computer animation. You will love combining your creativity with the technical skills. We will learn about and create your own thaumatropes, zoetropes, and computer animations. Watching classic cartoons might be part of the mix as well! 

PHOTOSHOP/ANIMATION INDEPENDENT STUDY 
Campers must have taken Digital Animation in previous summer or have experience with Digital Animation or Photoshop in school.  In this class students will work on independent projects of their choosing to explore the capabilities of computer software with the opportunity to work individually with the instructor.

DRAWING & PAINTING FOR ILLUSTRATION 
This advanced course builds upon the foundational skills explored in Drawing & Painting, with a focus on creating works that illustrate an idea, section of a story, or other written prose. Participants will gain experience with a wide variety of drawing and painting tools and techniques, and make both realistic and stylistic illustrations. Inspiration will be taken from book illustrations and photographs that students will bring in to connect their personal point of view with the projects at hand.

FELT MASK MAKING AND ? *NEW*
Starting with some warm-up stuffed projects to learn or review some basic stitches and beading tricks, you will then design a mask.  Funny or fearsome, steampunk or high fashion… you can sketch your design and make it come to life!

FOOD DECORATING BASICS
Learn a broad set of decorating techniques and develop skills you can use for all your decorating projects from cookies to cupcakes to cakes. Campers will not eat during class but may bring home some of their treats.

FOOD DECORATING II
For students who have already taken Food Decorating Basics.  Campers will learn more advanced techniques and work on group projects.

INK – PAPER – PRINT *NEW*
Explore many printing techniques from traditional to unusual.  Even carve your own block print and rubber stamp.

INTRO TO KNITTING *NEW*
Start on a knitting spool learn needle cast on, knot and purl – try a scarf.  Even learn to knit on a tin can.

ORIGAMI EXPLORATIONS *NEW*
This class is for older students who have had some experience with origami, or those with no experience who don’t mind jumping in and giving it an energetic try!  All styles of origami such as oversized origami and origami as costume will be considered after a warm up week, with your vote guiding models chosen. 

POTTERY
Focuses on hand-built pottery, sculpture and glazing.

SCULPTURE
Projects may include working with wire, paper, paper mache, plaster and wood to create masterpieces which may include puppets, sculptures and masks.

MUSIC

GARAGE BAND
Students will have the opportunity to use a powerful and exciting music software program. This fun-filled class offers students the chance to create music and instantly hear the results. A wide variety of musical concepts will be covered including composing, sampling, recording, and performing.

GUITAR I
Designed as a 4 week course for students who have never played an instrument before. Students will need to provide an appropriately sized guitar and a teacher specified lesson book.

GUITAR II
Designed for students with one or two years of guitar experience who wish to continue with group lessons. Students will need to provide an appropriately sized guitar and a teacher specified lesson book.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS
Designed for woodwind and brass instrument students with one or two years of school lessons that wish to continue with group lessons during the summer. On the application, please indicate which instrument you will be studying.

PERCUSSION
Designed as a 4 week course on percussion instruments. This is for students who have never played a percussion instrument before. Students will need to provide drumsticks and a practice pad.

PIANO II
This class is designed for students entering grades 5-9, especially those who have begun to learn to play another instrument.  Self-paced study is encouraged, so students who have taken private piano lessons may also sign up for this class.  Students who are just beginning instruction must buy the method book after the first class.  Students who are taking private lessons should bring their own lesson books to class.  Students will need their own headphones.  Adapters are provided. 

PIANO ENSEMBLE *NEW*
Take your piano playing to a new level!  Instead of playing on your own, explore the fun of playing in a piano ensemble.  Piano players with at least 3 years of lessons will enjoy making music with small and large groups of piano players.  The piano ensemble will perform during the art show. 

SONG & MUSIC WRITING
In this class students will be writing and recording their own songs. Students will learn about song structure, rhyming schemes and lyric writing, techniques for creating mood in music as well as stylistic elements that they can use to make their own music unique. Students will be using the Garage Band program on ipads to write and record their ideas. Music reading skills will help but are not required for this fun and exciting class.

STRINGS LESSON II
Designed for students with two or more years of school lessons who wish to continue in group lessons during the summer. Please indicate which instrument you will be studying when registering.

UKELELE
Learn how to play this popular Hawaiian instrument that is a member of the guitar family. Campers must supply their own ukulele.

WORLD DRUMMING
Travel around the musical world learning to play songs from Africa to Japan. This percussion ensemble will work on music including drumming, songs and dances.

LARGE MUSICAL ENSEMBLES

These groups will perform in the final concert. Students who will be absent for one week or more, or who will miss the final performance, are not encouraged to participate in large ensembles.

CHOIR
For all students who enjoy singing!

BAND
Designed for students with a minimum of 2 years training on their band instrument. Students with only 1 year may audition to be in the group, but MUST take an instrumental lesson.

JAZZ BAND - Double Period
For students with a minimum of 2 years training on their instrument who wish to begin a jazz, pop and rock performance experience. Students should be able to play a chromatic scale. The following instruments are most suited for this ensemble: trumpets, trombone, sax, clarinet, bass, guitar, piano and drums.

ORCHESTRA
Designed as a large ensemble experience for string players with a minimum of 2 years training on their instrument. Students with less than 2 years may audition to be in the group.

DANCE

ADVANCED BALLET
The curriculum is based on the form and technique that is learned from the art of ballet. This dance form is taught using proper terminology, classical music and traditional dance steps. Students develop grace, poise, rhythm and the ability to perform with confidence. Campers must have 4+ years of private/studio dance experience.

BEGINNER JAZZ
These high energy classes offer a style that relies heavily on originality and improvisation, while focusing on classic jazz technique. Dancers have the opportunity to mix different styles into the choreography incorporating their own expression. The blend of upbeat music and dance makes this art form worthy of study.  Beginner class is good for those with little dance experience or even a few years of studio experience.

ADVANCED JAZZ
These high energy classes offer a style that relies heavily on originality and improvisation, while focusing on classic jazz technique. Dancers have the opportunity to mix different styles into the choreography incorporating their own expression. The blend of upbeat music and dance makes this art form worthy of study. Campers must have 3+ years of private/studio dance experience.

BEGINNER TAP
This exciting form of dance allows dancers to use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The focus is on the total body movement, placing emphasis on proper technique while executing the steps. Beginners start with simple steps and then progress to more intricate patterns.

ADVANCED TAP
This exciting form of dance allows dancers to use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The focus is on the total body movement, placing emphasis on proper technique while executing the steps. Campers must have 3+ years of private/studio dance experience.

HIP HOP
Students are taught specific body isolations which help them execute various moves such as breaking, popping, locking. Improvisation and personal interpretation are essential to hip-hop dancing. All levels.

MODERN DANCE
A style of theatrical dance that was created to be different from the formality of ballet. It favors movements where dancers express their feelings.  All levels.

LYRICAL
This form of dance fuses ballet, modern dance, and jazz. It requires excellent technique to perform, as the moves are often difficult and precise. Students are taught to convey the emotion of song lyrics. Intense emotional expression of the face and body are necessary to tell a story that evolves along the lines of the song to which lyrical dance is performed. Campers must have 5+ years of private/studio ballet experience.

FOLK DANCE
The opportunity to learn the folk dances of various countries. No experience needed!

DRAMA

GLEE CLUB
Love to sing? Join this show choir that combines choral singing with dance. This type of group has been made popular by the TV show Glee and is a guaranteed hit.

IMPROV/COMEDY
No script, No problem! Improvisation is the practice of acting, singing, talking and reacting in the moment, without preparation, and it can get pretty silly when you are challenged to be a hard rock band singing about babies. Drew Carey made this type of comedy famous with "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and now it's your turn to give it a try. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of the art of improv as well as comedy basics.

MONOLOGUES/DIALOGUES
This class will focus on developing individual acting skills and specific techniques.  Memorization, character building and stage presence will be just some of the skills they will work on.  Fundamentals for auditions and theatrical production will be covered.

MOVIE EDITING
Students will spend their time in the computer lab focusing on the roles such as Producer, Editor, Animator and Graphic Artist.  Students will assist with editing student work from the Movie Making classes as well as editing movie clips found online or brought in from home.

MOVIE MAKING
Class will start off with watching a few movies to get the creative ideas flowing and then campers will form groups to make their very own movie with the theme of "Making a Positive Impact". Students will learn and take on different roles such as Director, Producer, Animation & Graphics, Camera, Sound Recording, Writer and Actor.

MUSICAL THEATRE
Give your regards to Broadway as you learn to combine singing, dancing and acting.

STREET THEATRE *NEW*
Ever been in awe of the street performers in Quincy Market.  This class will focus mainly on juggling but explore other elements associated with street performers.  In this class students will gain a basic knowledge of juggling by exploring scarf dancing, balance rods, poi spinning, and juggling balls.   Never before has bouncing off the walls looked so good!  

THEATRE WORKSHOP
Campers in this class will develop acting skills by focusing on the preparation of several theatrical works and/or scenes. This class will focus on script work, character development, movement, and ensemble etiquette.



 

RECREATION

YOGA 
This course gives the students a relaxing break from the art and music classes by providing a chance to learn basic yoga poses & postures, breathing and relaxation techniques, yoga games and more.  

ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
Play team building games to get to know your fellow campers and then practice teamwork to accomplish the challenge you are given that day. Challenges may include obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, and other games.  Be prepared to be creative and exercise your mind as well as your body.

TEAM SPORTS 
It is fun playing the traditional sports, some with a few variations. Get some energy out playing in a 3x3 basketball tournament or join the whole class for a game of floor hockey, and more!

FITNESS ZONE *New Class*
Try out some of the latest fitness crazes. Meditation Mondays, Dance Workout Wednesdays and Full Throttle Fridays will be just a few of the variety of classes campers will experience.

 

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