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 lead counselor, Tzuria Malpica, our assistant counselor, Racheli Mendelson, 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! *End of the week celebrations of our handiwork take place on Friday at 2pm.
Come join us for a lighthearted exploration of the world of spinning and natural yarn dyeing. This week’s guest craftsperson, Desirea Holton, is a talented fiber artist who brings her love of fiber and color to our children. During this camp, we will build our own drop spindles, and dye our own yarn using natural, plant-based dyes.
Bring your love of squishing in the mud and the comforting smells of baked goods wafting from the kitchen. This week’s guest craftsperson, Samantha Shaw, shares her love of ceramics with our children. During this camp, we will explore slab and coil construction pottery and bake a number of delightful creations together.
This camp is perfect for the builder in all of us! Come help us build a straw bale wall and learn the basics of straw bale construction with our guest craftsperson, Doug Beall. And for those who are drawn to magical, bubbling concoctions, fermentation is a fun and refreshing skill to learn at any age.
Come make your own book from scratch and learn about the fascinating world of bookbinding. This camp is a delightful blend of messy and artistic, as we will make our own paper and explore the inner workings of a handmade book.
This week of camp is a sensory-filled wonder with a focus on the skills needed to bring wool to life. Our guest craftsperson, Paula Slick, has years of experience working with wool and with children, and will share (depending upon age) different techniques for shaping wool into creatures, tapestries or other fun creations. Soap Making is our traditional living skill explored this week, and is a pleasing craft to take home and put to good use!
Join our own French chef, Marie Nicoletti, as the guest craftsperson this week, for a tasty and imaginative experience of cooking. For the food lover in all of us, this week is sure to delight as we also learn about edible and medicinal plants growing wild on the 33 acre property that surrounds the school’s campus.
Our hippy, dippy camp will be a fun exploration of the magic of color and fabric (and how the two look when they meet). Join our guest craftsperson, Claudia Lewis, as she shares with us the wonder of tie dye and how to create beautiful designs using clever tricks of the trade. And don’t forget potion making, as we will also learn about the power of herbs and plants for healing all kinds of ailments, and make magical “potions” to take home.
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.
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.
Assistant Counselor, Racheli Mendelson was born and raised in Israel and moved to Boulder 5 years ago to complete a BFA in Performance Art and Peace Studies at Naropa University. In her educational and creative work she draws from over 15 years of experience in dance, theater, and clowning coupled with teaching and partnering with diverse groups of people. She is passionate about integrating performance art, storytelling, and activism to create heartfelt and engaging experiences that work to end violence and empower people to act in new and creative ways.