Week-long camps for curious children ages 6-12
*Optional Aftercare available from 3-5pm*
Weekly summer camps at the Living Arts School are a time to be with each other, and make things with our hands. We know that our world today can be fast-paced and media-saturated, and we offer a timely and
satisfying alternative…returning to our roots through the work of our hands. Children in our program learn traditional living skills and crafts, build friendships in a noncompetitive, loving community, and have daily access to farmland and the natural world. We are convinced that the best teacher is hands-on experience…come join us for a playful and rich exploration of folk arts and crafts.
Our camp is located at the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, a beautiful setting with gardens, chickens and real farmers growing real food all around the school’s campus.
Our incredible Hand Made Summer 2015 camp staff includes our school director, Elizabeth Uhrich, our assistant director of children’s programs, Paula Slick, our lead counselor, Tzuria Malpica, our administrative assistant, Michele Diprima, and a number of talented craftspeople who will be sharing their craft with the children. Please see below for Staff and Instructor Bios.
Our dual-themed weeks of camp include explorations in two unique trades or crafts. Each week children will gain hands-on experience learning skills and creating useful objects, to be celebrated at our end of the week gathering of parents, children and friends!
1 week of camp = $295 (includes materials fee), 5% off of each additional week of camp per child
Aftercare (3-5pm) = $10 per hour, your choice of hours & days
Sibling Discount: 5% off each additional child
To register, please complete the Reservation Form (see PDF below) and mail with a check for your deposit of $100 per week of camp, to secure your child’s spot. For more information, please call 720-383-4406 or email us at email@example.com. The remainder of the registration fee will be due 3 weeks prior to the start of your child’s first week of camp.
We look forward to welcoming your child to the folk school!
Located in Boulder County, The Living Arts School is Colorado’s first folk school. A folk school, also known as a craft school, is a place for “folks” of all ages to pursue a unique and life-changing education–one that focuses on the renewal of traditional living skills, crafts and music. The modern-day application of these traditional folk arts represents a return to a simpler, more creative way of life. When we take the time to make something with our hands, we find a delightful surprise: We are, through the process, more connected to ourselves, to our earth and to each other in the spirit of community.
Our summer camps are adventures in folk arts and crafts for our young people, and serve to pass on the timeless and relevant traditions of the past, to the future.
Living Arts School’s Director Elizabeth Uhrich’s background is in education, and her journey includes co-founding and directing a progressive school for young children, teaching for 10 years and speaking at conferences on the topic of education. For her, the folk school is a natural outbirth of her passion for education. After all, “The hands built the head, not the other way around.” (Aonghus Gordan, Ruskin Mill Trust). She holds a BA in Philosophy from Colorado College and an MA in Educational Psychology from CU Denver. She also holds a Director’s Certification from the CDHS and a Colorado Teacher License. She lives with her husband James and their small dog in Erie, and loves to be outdoors, baking or singing whenever she can.
Assistant Director of Children’s Programs, Paula Slick is a believer that art can make our lives richer every day. As a lifelong artist, she has worked within many mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpting, woodcarving, stop motion animation, book making, doll making and silkscreening. She worked as an award-winning graphic designer for over a decade before earning her Masters degree in elementary education. Paula once worked at a magical school in the woods in Pennsylvania called The School in Rose Valley. She also attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Currently, she is leading events that bring community together by creatively celebrating the seasons. If you walk past her colorfully painted house, you might catch sight of her and her family dancing while cooking supper.
Lead Counselor, Tzuria Malpica works with families, children and adults. Native to Colorado, she especially connects to the the plants and wild flowers of this area and loves them for their medicine. As a wild crafter, she explores the mountains and proudly uses the local plants to make Herbal Medicine. Her strong foundation in Clinical Herbalism and Botany supports all the work she does. Medicine making, plant identification and gardening are just a few of the things that bring Tzuria deep fulfillment. Working to support young adults and children through experiential education, she strives to help individuals develop a stronger connection with themselves and nature.