A DAY AT ART CAMP
Sample Camper Schedule
DANIEL: THE ARTIST WHO LOVES HORSES - WEDNESDAY
Daniel loves the visual arts, and horseback riding; and is an occasional gardener. He is enrolled in the two-week Visual Arts program.
Daniel loves to help with the horses in the morning. This morning he walks up the hill with two of his cabin-mates who are hosting the live morning radio show, broadcast via low-power FM every day from the dining hall. By the time he gets to the stables Katia the riding instructor is there along with her apprentice and two other campers. The radio show just started and they have it tuned in, so he gets to hear his cabin-mates on the radio as he helps with the morning stable chores. They finish at about 8:25, wash up, and head to breakfast.
Visiting artist, Saphira, meets with a group of campers every morning from 9-11. She is a ceramicist, so campers who choose to work with her are working with clay every day. This was an option he chose at the beginning of the session. It is great for Daniel because he’s primarily a painter, and so has not had that much exposure to working in clay. It's very interesting to him.
The pool opens for free swim at 11:00, but Daniel is not much of a swimmer. Today he prefers to stay in the ceramics studio (it's so cool there, in every way!) working with Saphira. Many of the other campers have headed off to other activities. Everyone goes back to the cabins at Noon to get ready for lunch at 12:30.
After lunch is a Rest Period, and the camp gathers for the One-Minute Performance at 2:35 and a recap of afternoon offerings. Today a young boy sings an original song for the camp, accompanied by a counselor playing ukulele. Every day is something different!
This is Daniel’s “studio time.” He heads to the painting and drawing studio as soon as the Hillside Meeting is done, usually around 2:45, and by 3:00 he is set up and working. He loves to paint, and will usually paint until 5:00, when it is time for the camp to gather for the “5:00 special,” an informal performance. Today the “special” is wind and string ensembles from the music program, performing on the porch of the dining hall. Several kids from his cabin are performing today! Occasionally he can’t sustain a whole afternoon of painting, so he’ll pack up early and head to the garden around 4:30 to see what’s happening there.
Free time, 6:30-7:00:
Daniel almost always joins the after-dinner sports activity on the tennis courts or sports field. Today it is soccer on the sports field, a favorite!
Evening Activities, 7:00-8:00:
Every day, Daniel chooses to go to the riding area at 7:00, or 7:15, whenever the sports wraps up. Some days he has a scheduled riding lesson or a trail ride, but today he is just going there because he loves the horses. He’s brought his sketchbook, thinking he might draw them this evening, but it turns out that Katia, one of the riding instructors, is free, and so Daniel can get an extra riding lesson! He always wears long pants and boots after dinner just in case there is a chance to ride, and today he is in luck.
Evening Program, 8:40:
Tonight is the performance of two one-act plays. While Daniel usually enjoys going to the performing arts events, particularly if his cabin-mates are involved, tonight none of the kids in his cabin are in the show, and he is just not feeling it. He elects to go back to the Art Studios. Toshi, the counselor supervising the Studios, brought some super-interesting manga from Japan! Only two other kids chose not to go to the plays, so the four of them got to enjoy reading the manga, and making some sketches based on them.