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 in Niwot, a beautiful setting with gardens, chickens and real farmers growing real food all around the school’s campus.
Our incredible Hand Made Summer 2016 camp staff includes our school director, Elizabeth Uhrich, our lead crafts counselor Laurel Noyes, our assistant crafts and games counselors and our administrative assistant. 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 and beautiful 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 2:30pm.
Come join us for a magical week celebrating wind and weaving! Make your own kite from scratch and practice flying it too! We’ll also build a beautiful collaborative nature loom, weaving a work of art together to display for the rest of the summer.
Bring your imagination to this camp! We’ve got a fun week of homesteading skills planned, including soap making, fermentation and old-fashioned silhouettes. And don’t forget fort building in the cottonwood grove…we’ll start by drawing up our plans, gathering materials, and then build our inspired structures.
For the whimsical child in all of us, this week is all about toys and fun. We’ve got plans for making real toys that work…pinwheels, bubble wands and more! And to top it all off, we’ve got taffy pulling and lollipop making for those with a sweet tooth. *Invert Sugar Syrup will be used as a substitute for corn syrup in all recipes.
This week of camp is a noise-making good time, building instruments and putting them to use! Come beat on your own drum, shake a rainstick and join in the musical merry-making. As a fun play on words, we’ll also make jam…the kind you spread on a biscuit AND the kind you make when friends get together and make music.
Join us as we welcome Juggling Ace, Warren Hammond, as our guest this week–and learn several wonderful new tricks from the world of circus entertainment. As a complement to our zany activities, we’ll be making creatures from three different artistic mediums…felt, fabric and clay. Leave with some new friends (both real and created)! Please Note: Juggling is one of the circus tricks we will be exploring, and like everything else, is about the process, rather than the end result!
This camp is all about the magic of “containing”, both living plants and glowing lights. Come plant a terrarium (an indoor habitat for plants) to bring home with you, and make two different varieties of lanterns to hang outside during a mid-summer night’s picnic.
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 us as we experience 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.
Bring your apron to this camp for a week of sweet-smelling yumminess. We’ll be baking cake, learning the basics of icing and decorating and doing a few taste tests as well. Dipping candles is another sensory treat, as we learn the art of candlestick making from beeswax (it still smells like honey!).
1st week of camp = $305 (includes a free t-shirt)
Each Additional Week of Camp = $295
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The remainder of the registration fee will be due by June 6th.
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 currently holds a Director’s Certification from the CDHS and a Colorado Teacher License. She lives with her husband James, their daughter Addy and little dog Charlie, in Erie, and loves to be outdoors, baking or singing whenever she can.
Raised in the mountains of New Mexico, Lead Crafts Counselor, Laurel Noyes found her passion for nurture and nature, homesteading, and all things crafty. After attending UNM for Elementary Education, she moved to Taos to supervise a Youth Conservation Corps. Teaching young minds about bettering their environment, and working hard for it, forever changed her outlook and teaching style. She wanted to teach kids to play in the dirt, grow food, and most of all fall in love with the great outdoors. She moved to Austin where she taught at a Waldorf inspired school, snagged two dogs and met her future husband. They later moved to Brooklyn, and while great, it couldn’t compete with Colorado and the Rocky mountains. Here Laurel is often found knitting, canning, foraging, and volunteering with horses. She lives with her little family in Old Town Lafayette and picked up a few chickens along the way.
Lead Games Counselor, Jackson Maloney grew up in the town of Alamo, CA, and eventually made his way to Boulder to study English Literature at CU. Lured by the Rocky Mountains and the majesty of the land, his kinship with nature and the town of Boulder has continued to deepen over the last four years. Since he was young, the rhythms of music and the written word have been his outlets of expression and artistic “crafts”, and Boulder has provided a great expansiveness in those areas. Jackson loves good conversation and the opportunity to share with others and hear what others have to share about their own experiences. Finding similarities between himself and others amidst superficial differences brings the ultimate sense of connection! He is excited to have the opportunity to work at a summer camp that values true connection with the earth, with each other, and with ourselves. Jackson is thrilled to work alongside the children and learn from their curious and inquisitive minds. The playfulness and rich imagination of children is something that is so special, and he can’t wait to see what they all come up with through their outdoor activities.
Alternate Counselor, Brian Druckenmiller is an artist at heart. With an upbringing in painting, carpentry and wood making, he is no stranger to working with his hands; it has always been the best way for him to learn, especially as a country boy growing up in rural Pennsylvania. He comes from a family of craftsmen, artists and teachers, and so being able to create art for him, truly means the world. As an art instructor, and now currently teaching crafts with the Living Arts home school program, Brian has discovered another love of his—teaching. After moving to Colorado, he feels that this may be just the place for him; a place to create, explore and teach others what he has learned from the beauty of this life.