Summer Arts Camp 2020

summer arts camp 2020

Perpich Arts High School faculty and professional artists from the community offer outstanding arts experiences for Perpich Summer Arts Camp 2020. Camps are offered in half-day (morning or afternoon) and full-day options throughout the summer. Explore animation, photography, drawing, fiber art, papermaking, music, theater, improv, and more at Perpich Summer Arts Camp 2020. For students entering 6th grade – 12th grade in the 2020-2021 school year.

June 22 – 26, 2020


Alternative Photography

1 week session, June 22 – 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grade level: 9th – 11th
Fee: $120
This photography class will teach and encourage the experimentation of alternative photography techniques including: photograms, pinhole cameras, and cyanotypes: a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Students will focus on personal expression through experimentation and creative thinking.
Instructor: Rebecca Bullen
Rebecca Bullen has been with the Perpich Center for Arts Education since 2009 in positions including Media Arts Instructor, Education Specialist and currently, Assistant Principal and Studio Arts Chair. Rebecca has a BFA in Media Arts and Interactive Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership from the U of M. In 2015 she received a MadeHereMN grant. In 2012, Rebecca was a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. And in 2010 she received a CINE Golden Eagle Award for artistic work on the documentary, “Ida’s Story.” Rebecca’s exhibitions include the 2018 and 2019 NAEA Member Exhibition, multiple Perpich Faculty and Staff Exhibitions, two International Photography Awards, Visual Arts Education Exhibition in Moorhead, Her work has been published in the Religious Education Journal, Youth Media Reporter, Women’s Studies, Health Diary magazine, and Lavender Newspaper.

Drawing Fundamentals
1 week session, June 22 – 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grade level: 7th – 11th
Fee: $120
In this five-day course, students will utilize the elements and principles of visual art where they’ll learn about line, shape, value, color, contrast, and other drawing building blocks. We will focus on drawing with accurate proportions using perspective, line, value, drawing a human face, and then a self-portrait. We will explore fun skill-based activities to build confidence and help the students bring their personal vision to life! Instruction includes demonstrations, individual instruction, critiques, and class discussion.
Instructor: Kathryn D’Elia
Kathryn D’Elia is the Drawing and Painting Instructor and Gallery Coordinator at Perpich Arts High School. Her summer camp curriculum is focused on harnessing existing student potential while building up essential formal drawing and painting skills. In skill building, students will be exposed to a variety of artwork in their camp topic to help them visualize different ways of approaching and solving visual problems.

Mixed Media Exploration
1 week session, June 22 – 26
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grade level: 7th – 11th
Fee: $150
In this class, we will explore visual themes using a variety of materials: text, found materials, watercolor, paper cutting, and texture to convey meaning. We will explore contemporary mixed media artists to build awareness and inspire new ideas. Color theory, perspective, pictorial composition, and critical thinking will be emphasized. Instruction includes demonstrations, individual instruction, critiques, and class discussion.
Instructor: Kathryn D’Elia
Kathryn D’Elia is the Drawing and Painting Instructor and Gallery Coordinator at Perpich Arts High School. Her summer camp curriculum is focused on harnessing existing student potential while building up essential formal drawing and painting skills. In skill building, students will be exposed to a variety of artwork in their camp topic to help them visualize different ways of approaching and solving visual problems.

Musical Theater Experience: High School
1 week session, June 22 – 26
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (one hour for lunch at 12:00 p.m.)
Grade level: 9th – 12th
Fee: $200
Musical theater has been steadily gaining popularity with universal blockbusters such as Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. But what does it take to be a musical theater performer? During this class, students will work to develop the triple threat skills of musical theater – singing, acting, and dancing – through an intensive process of producing a show in a week. The final performance at the end of the week will be open for the public. *We will audition during the first day of camp for main roles and the rest of camp would be in the ensemble.
Instructor: Kevin Hohlstein
A graduate of UW- Eau Claire, Kevin has had the opportunity to be involved in many different styles of musical performing since moving to the Twin Cities in 1995. He performed with many companies, including Chanhassen Dinner Theater and the Minnesota Opera. On the production side, Kevin has directed for New Breath Productions, Ashland Productions, McNally Smith College of Music, wrote and directed for Minnesota PerformDance and McNally Smith College of Music, and has also worked with many companies across the Twin Cities metro and in western Wisconsin as choreographer and music director – including McNally Smith College of Music, Eight Ball Productions, Ashland Productions, and Heritage Theater. He is also proud to be one of the creators of Pop Up Musical, a show that had its start at the Fringe Festival in 2012 and was presented in venues in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. Kevin joined the music instructor team at Perpich Arts High School in 2019.

 

July 6 – 10, 2020


Introduction to Improv – Week One
1 week session, July 6 – 10 (This camp is also offered the week of July 13 – 17.)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grade level: 8th – 11th
Fee: $150
Each week is a different class, because in improv, nothing is ever exactly the same twice. In this class, you will learn to find the humor in being connected to other people and completely present in the moment. You don’t have to be funny to take this class, you just have to be willing to look silly and commit to the moment. The more you give, the more you will get. Leave your judgment at home!
Instructor: Amy Burge
Amy Burge is an improviser in the Twin Cities, focusing primarily in long form improvisation. She is an opportunistic performer, meaning that she performs when the opportunity arises. She has performed at many venues around the Twin Cities (Huge Theater, Phoenix, and many other non-traditional venues) as well as at festivals throughout the country (St. Louis, MO; Juneau, AK; Eau Claire; WI). She began her improv training in 1998 at the Brave New Workshop and quickly began teaching improv to youth because of the amazing life skills that happen when we connect with other humans. Burge is also a math instructor at Perpich Arts High School.

Paper, Books, and More
1 week session, July 6 – 10
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grade level: 8th – 11th
Fee: $150
Students will explore a variety of papermaking techniques including paper sheet forming, pulp painting with color, bookmaking, and sculpture. Students will be active in hands on activities and creating a variety of artwork.
Instructor: Kate Vinson
Kate Vinson has been teaching art education since 2006. Her artistic practice consists of fiber sculpture using traditional basketry techniques transformed into contemporary forms. Kate’s work and artistic philosophy seeks to create opportunities for the viewer to engage, experience, question, and explore one’s connection to self, the world, and humanity.

Dye, Stitch, Felt with Fibers
1 week session, July 6 – 10
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grade level: 8th – 11th
Fee: $150
Students will explore a variety of fiber art techniques including fabric dyeing, hand weaving, stitching, and needle felting sculpture. Students will be active in hands on activities and creating a variety of artwork.
Instructor: Kate Vinson
Kate Vinson has been teaching art education since 2006. Her artistic practice consists of fiber sculpture using traditional basketry techniques transformed into contemporary forms. Kate’s work and artistic philosophy seeks to create opportunities for the viewer to engage, experience, question, and explore one’s connection to self, the world, and humanity.

Plein Air Landscape Painting
1 week session, July 6 – 10
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grade level: 7th – 11th
Fee: $150
In this course, students will create visual interpretations of outdoor scenes in the beautiful summer weather exploring measurement, texture, and color mixing. They will make thoughtful and informed decisions on composition, values, edges, and explore local and non-local color. All levels of experience welcome! Instruction includes demonstrations, individual instruction, critiques, and class discussion. Students will work in acrylic paint and dry drawing mediums.
Instructor: Kathryn D’Elia
Kathryn D’Elia is the Drawing and Painting Instructor and Gallery Coordinator at Perpich Arts High School. Her summer camp curriculum is focused on harnessing existing student potential while building up essential formal drawing and painting skills. In skill building, students will be exposed to a variety of artwork in their camp topic to help them visualize different ways of approaching and solving visual problems.

Portrait Drawing
1 week session, July 6 – 10
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grade level: 9th – 11th
Fee: $150
In this five day class, students will learn to draw accurate portraits both from life and from photographic references. We will explore anatomy, measurement, subject/ground relationships, facial planes, portraying expressions, and creating mood. We will use graphite, charcoal, and chalk pastels to explore value and color in the human face. Instruction includes demonstrations, individual instruction, critiques, and class discussion.
Instructor: Kathryn D’Elia
Kathryn D’Elia is the Drawing and Painting Instructor and Gallery Coordinator at Perpich Arts High School. Her summer camp curriculum is focused on harnessing existing student potential while building up essential formal drawing and painting skills. In skill building, students will be exposed to a variety of artwork in their camp topic to help them visualize different ways of approaching and solving visual problems.

Song Interpretation and Cabaret
1 week session, July 6 – 10
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (one hour for lunch at 12:00 p.m.)
Grade level: 9th – 12th
Fee: $175
Cabaret is becoming more and more popular within the performing world. But what is cabaret? Cabaret, in its simplest form, can be described as personal story told through song. In this class, students will develop a short cabaret set based on their personal stories and songs which they already have learned. Information about songs will be sent after registration. During this class, students will explore their songs and stories in depth through individual work and through individual coaching in a both a private and a master class setting. The class will culminate with a final performance at the end of the week.
Instructor: Kevin Hohlstein
Kevin has had the opportunity to be involved in many different styles of musical performing – from opera to musical theater to pop to club singing. However, Kevin is most often seen today performing cabaret, as both a member of a duo and an active member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network (TCCAN). He enjoys taking his experience in cabaret and working with vocal performers to dig deeper into their performances to find a deep, personal connection to their material and their audience. Kevin joined the music instructor team at Perpich Arts High School in 2019.

 

July 13 – 17, 2020


Introduction to Improv – Week Two
1 week session, July 13 – 17 (This camp is also offered the week of July 6 – 10.)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grade level: 8th – 11th
Fee: $150
Each week is a different class, because in improv, nothing is ever exactly the same twice. In this class, you will learn to find the humor in being connected to other people and completely present in the moment. You don’t have to be funny to take this class, you just have to be willing to look silly and commit to the moment. The more you give, the more you will get. Leave your judgment at home!
Instructor: Amy Burge
Amy Burge is an improviser in the Twin Cities, focusing primarily in long form improvisation. She is an opportunistic performer, meaning that she performs when the opportunity arises. She has performed at many venues around the Twin Cities (Huge Theater, Phoenix, and many other non-traditional venues) as well as at festivals throughout the country (St. Louis, MO; Juneau, AK; Eau Claire; WI). She began her improv training in 1998 at the Brave New Workshop and quickly began teaching improv to youth because of the amazing life skills that happen when we connect with other humans. Burge is also a math instructor at Perpich Arts High School.

Introduction to Songwriting
1 week session, July 13 – 17
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grade level: 6th – 12th
Fee: $150
There are so many different songs, and so many different approaches to writing one! A song is a very personal creation and only you know how to write your song. Still, there are techniques and approaches that have worked for many, and may be helpful for you. Further, dedicating a few hours a day to working on your songs, surrounded by others committed to the same endeavor, might yield surprising results! Take advantage of this opportunity to hang out with Bob Frey for a week and discuss the craft of songwriting and engage in the process of writing your own song(s)!
Instructor: Bob Frey
Bob Frey is a Perpich teacher and a Twin Cities musician who has been writing songs for around 40 years. He has released 6 albums of all-original songs and performs regularly around the Cities.

Beginning Guitar
1 week session, July 13 – 17
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grade level: 6th – 12th
Fee: $120
Have you always wanted to play guitar, but for whatever reason, never really tried? Maybe now is the time to give it a shot! You might be surprised how much you can learn in a week’s time, dedicating a few hours a day to learning this versatile instrument! And, like riding a bicycle, once you learn, you will never forget and, thus can look forward to years of enjoyment spending time with your new six-stringed friend! Take advantage of this opportunity to hang out with Bob Frey for a week and learn the foundations of guitar – tuning, chords, strum patterns, finger picking patterns, etc. ***Students should bring their own guitar. If you do not have a guitar, Perpich may be able to provide one.
Instructor: Bob Frey
Bob Frey is a Perpich teacher and a Twin Cities musician who has been playing guitar for around 35 years. He has released 6 albums of all-original songs and performs regularly around the Cities.

Musical Theater Experience: Middle School
1 week session, July 13 – 17
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grade level: 6th – 8th
Fee: $150
In the week long class, participants will explore how to create characters for both solo and ensemble performances. The class will include work with music and movement. There would be a final performance at the end of the week.
Instructor: Kevin Hohlstein
A graduate of UW- Eau Claire, Kevin has had the opportunity to be involved in many different styles of musical performing since moving to the Twin Cities in 1995. He performed with many companies, including Chanhassen Dinner Theater and the Minnesota Opera. On the production side, Kevin has directed for New Breath Productions, Ashland Productions, McNally Smith College of Music, wrote and directed for Minnesota PerformDance and McNally Smith College of Music, and has also worked with many companies across the Twin Cities metro and in western Wisconsin as choreographer and music director – including McNally Smith College of Music, Eight Ball Productions, Ashland Productions, and Heritage Theater. He is also proud to be one of the creators of Pop Up Musical, a show that had its start at the Fringe Festival in 2012 and was presented in venues in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. Kevin joined the music instructor team at Perpich Arts High School in 2019.

 

July 27 – 31, 2020


Contemporary Music Ensemble Experience

1 week session, July 27 – 31
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (one hour for lunch at 12:00 p.m.)
Grade level: 9th – 12th
Fee: $175
A Song and Dance Experience: Pop. Rock. R&B. A Cappella. With so many different genres of popular music today, how can you choose just one? What if you don’t have to choose? During this class, students will learn music from across the popular music spectrum to develop the skills necessary to be a performer today – singing, song interpretation, dancing. Participants will work on ensemble pieces and solo opportunities within the context of a showcase. This experience will culminate with a final performance at the end of the week.
Instructor: Kevin Hohlstein
With experience ranging from theme park vocalist to opera chorus, Kevin has had the opportunity to perform many different styles of music and continues to perform actively. His experience starting an a capella group while in college, working at theme parks, and in professional musical theater – as both a performer and director/choreographer – brings a unique perspective to what it means to be a contemporary ensemble singer. He earned a BA in music with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in 1995 and has called the Twin Cities home since then. Kevin joined the music instructor team at Perpich Arts High School in 2019.

 

august 3 – 7, 2020


Introduction to Animation

1 week session, August 3 – 7
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grade level: 8th – 11th
Fee: $120
Animation is the magic of making your art move! This camp will help you learn the basics of making art come to life with stop motion techniques and digital editing. This half day experience will bring you through making subjects, shooting frames, editing scenes, and polishing a final movie.
Instructor: Cameron Browne
Cameron Browne is an instructor at Perpich Arts High School teaching animation, comics, and illustration. He has a BFA in Illustration from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is passionate about helping students combine their interests to make meaningful work, creating collaborative space to create and grow, and creating an environment where traditional and digital materials can be used in tandem. In his spare time, Cameron loves to illustrate, animate, and play Dungeons and Dragons.

"[Perpich] has given Ana direction, skills, and shown her how to express herself through her art. She has grown enormously, and is forever inspired and changed."

Kelly Wray, Perpich Arts High School Parent:

"Our daughter Lizzy just graduated from Perpich [in 2012]. We had just moved to Minnesota in August, the month before the start of her junior year...(and that fall,) she was able to begin the best two years of schooling in her life. We love the school, the staff and all the school represents in the arts and the community."

Kim Parker, Perpich Arts High School Parent

“Our greatest concern was not being able to supervise him during these vulnerable years. We live 250 miles from the school and we couldn’t imagine how we would be able to maintain the quality of communication we felt necessary to be ‘good’ parents. What resolved our concerns were our observations of how attentive the staff was to the residents. They initiated contact with us as needed. They asked all the ‘right’ questions that showed us they understand kids and understand parents, (i.e., what we needed to feel secure about our son being so far away and in someone else’s care). We also discovered that good communication won’t depend on how physically close you happen to be. We feel we’ve continued to have close intimate connection with our son despite the distance. And the dorm staff fosters it.”

Perpich Arts High School Dorm Parent

"For 17 years I’d carried the bulk of my children’s education myself. Sending the two oldest away to Perpich was a huge step of faith and I have not been disappointed. The teachers, in particular, have been fabulous!"

Merri Mickelson, Perpich Arts High School Parent

“Our greatest concern about sending our daughter to live at the dorm was, of course, her safety. After attending an information session and then orientation day all of us felt much more secure. The dorm is set up very securely with a set of very reasonable yet strict rules; our daughter wanted to attend the Arts High School badly enough that she was willing to follow those rules. We were comfortable with the curfews, the sign in and out procedures, and all the other restrictions (some of which were stricter than home). Our daughter has learned to balance her life on her own, to live with other people and their differences and she’s felt a little freedom.”

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