For curious children ages 6-12
*Aftercare available until 5pm in collaboration with Shepherd Valley Waldorf School*
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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 have the opportunity to learn many traditional living skills and crafts, build friendships in a non-competitive, loving community, as well as gain a new understanding of themselves and what lies within. 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 camp staff includes our school director, Elizabeth Uhrich, two lead counselors, Tzuria Malpica and Racheli Mendelson, our lead substitute counselor, Marie Nicoletti, our gardening consultant, Mira Kier, 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 Summer 2014 Camps include explorations in two unique, but compatible trades or crafts. Each week children will gain hands-on experience learning skills and creating useful objects, to be put into use at our end of the week celebration!
1 week of camp = $285 (includes materials fee), 5% off of each additional week of camp per child
Sibling Discount: 5% off each additional child
To register, please complete the Reservation Form (see below) and mail with a check for your deposit of $50 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 2-3 weeks prior to the beginning of summer camp.
We look forward to welcoming your child to the folk school!
Located primarily 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 serves 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 and their small dog in Erie, and loves to be outdoors, baking or singing whenever she can.
Lead Counselor and Herbalist, 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.
Lead 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.
Lead Substitute Counselor Marie Nicoletti is the founder of The Language of Food, created in 2000, a culinary and cultural program that teaches children and adults alike traditional and regional French cooking classes and French language. She has studied cooking from the age of 8 years in an after-school program and since then has never stopped nourishing this passion. Marie’s goal is to pass down to new generations everything she’s learned since she was little when arts and crafts, cooking, and music naturally held a big part on the map of education.