We are excited about our 2013 Summer Camp offerings!
Please know that you can come see us through out the year! We have programs for families on the weekends and homeschoolers during the week in all seasons. Check our CALENDAR page to get oriented, and our PROGRAMS pages for details:
CALENDAR Clapping Hands Farm - Calendar
NATURE PROGRAMS Clapping Hands Farm - Nature Programs
ARTS PROGRAMS Clapping Hands Farm - Arts Programs
SCHOOLS OUT CAMPS Clapping Hands Farm - 2010 School's Out Camps,
A note about camp registration: We expect all our 2013 camps to fill. Early registration is recommended. All the information you need is found on the REGISTER page of this website. Registration is not complete and space can not be guarenteed until camp fee and camp forms are received.
• TOYS AND GAMES CAMP - APRIL 1-5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 7-13. $250 full week, $60 single day.
• PUPPET CAMP- JUNE 10-14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 7-13. $250
• ART PARTY CAMP- JUNE 24-28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 2-8 with parent. OR ages 5-8 on their own as "bridge campers."
Full Week with parents- $175; additional children $150/child. Per Day with parents- $35/child/day; $30 additional children/day. Younger siblings under two years welcome at no additional cost. Bridge Campers $200, full week option only.
• MAGIC CAMP- JULY 8-12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 7-13. $250
• ARTS FOCUS CAMP - JULY 22-26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 10-18. $250
Lead Teachers: Jan Burger & Louise Omoto Kessel
A joyous week of pure playful fun! Come join Jan Burger the KING of PLAY! for a week of romping and running and creative cooperative games, along with some traditional favorites (yes! Capture the Flag!) Louise will lead the Toy Making workshop! Your children will spend the week entertaining themselves and one another using simple materials and raw imagination! No electronic or store bought games allowed! Parachutes, trouble dolls, stomp rockets, origami toys, kites and hula hoops are all on the list of possibilities for the toy making workshop.
Jan Burger lives in Bynum, NC along the Haw River where he makes art, draws cartoons, and is the co-director of the amazing Paper Hand Puppet Intervention. He is a life long games and play enthusiast and we love having him at camp with his unique blend of fun, fair and fantastic!
Louise Omoto Kessel is the artist in residence and program director at Clapping Hands Farm. She enjoys finding cool toys to make each year for Toys and Games Camp and proving to the world that we can still make our own fun!
Lead teachers: Jimmy Magoo & Teli Shabu!
A Mask, Puppet, Music extraveganza with two of our favorite teachers at Clapping Hands Farm. This week we will make beautiful art together in order to bring a story (or two) to life! Jimmy and Teli will engage our campers in making paper mache puppets, rod puppets, and magical masks of all sorts, large and small. Campers will build animals, magical creatures, instruments, orginal music, and actually everything needed to create a big show to share on Friday night! Our week will culminate in a special performance that includes puppet pagentry and camper-made live music, drumming and sound effects.
Jimmy Magoo is a home-schooling husband, father, freelancer, singer, songwriter, actor, artist, teacher, toy maker, playwright, poet and puppeteer. He has educated children of all ages in and out of school, and performed in the Triangle area for nearly twenty years. Jimmy is a longtime collaborator with Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger of Paperhand Puppet Intervention, with whom he has helped create over a dozen shows
Teli Shabu, is a drummer, kora player, instrument maker, storyteller and Clapping Hands Farm favorite! Originally from Liberia, Teli teaches African Drumming, builds and repairs drums and performs with his company The Magic of African Rhythm The Magic of African Rhythm.
FAMILY CAMP FORMAT:
- ages 2-8 with parent or special caregiver
- camp day 9 a.m to 2 p.m.
- sign up for the week or for one or more days
- cost $175; 2nd child $150; per day cost $35/child/day; additional children $30/child/day
BRIDGE CAMP FORMAT: (designed for young campers as a "bridge" to the full day camps we run for older children)
- ages 5-8 coming on their own will have a special counselor and a small "buddy group."
- camp day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- sign up for entire week only
- Cost $200 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
"I really wanted to let you know how much we love coming to art party. It is my kids' most favorite thing to do. When we come out to your place, I feel like we are walking into a hug."
Each day Louise and her team of amazing counselors will be setting out a spectacular array of visual art explorations. A different guest artist each day will share music, creative movement, zumba and other wonderful things for an all around fun time. In Louise's art class come ready to finger paint; mix together colorful slime; play in shaving cream; draw with pastels, colored chalk, and other medium; learn to embroider on burlap or sew your own stuffed animal; make your own toys, and so much more! When you meet our guest artists bring your voices and bodies to the tumbling, dancing, singing chorus of activity! Much of the day will be for adults and children to share in creating together. Each afternoon we will offer an hour long workshop with our guest artists that will be specifically for the creative exploration and rejuvenation of the adults while other artists and camp counselors work with the children. Singing Games provide a lively morning circle and our day ends with a closing circle and story told by Louise. Families coming to Art Party camp can sign up for the week, or by the day.
"BRIDGE CAMP" for ages 5-8! We invite children 5-8 who wish to come to camp on their own to join us this week in a special camp designed to "bridge" these young campers to being ready for our full day "big kid" camps. All the Art Party activities will be the razzle dazzle of this joyful week, while a small group of "buddies" and a special counselor provide a nurturing center. Bridge Camp option is available for the full week only.
Guest Artists this week! Check back! Coming Soon!
MONDAY- Jimmy Magoo will SING with everyone in the morning; Mardi Magoo will lead YOGA for parents in the afternoon!
TUESDAY- Valine Zeigler will lead ZUMBA in the morning for everyone and lead more ZUMBA for parents in the afternoon!
WEDNESDAY- Teli Shabu, originally from Liberia, will share from his West African heritage. Teli will tell STORIES and SING with everyone in the morning and DRUM with parents in the afternoon.
THURSDAY- Ruth Pershing will call traditional folk DANCES for families in the morning
FRIDAY- Shaliah will lead AFRICAN DANCE for everyone in the morning and lead more AFRICAN DANCE for parents in the afternoon!
This camp will combine learning the traditional skills of MAGIC from area magicians Roger "Skip" Way (aka Happy Dan) and Roman the magician, and experiencing some amazing Wow Inspiring Science magic with Louise. Campers will learn to do both kinds of magic and the week will culminate in a MAGIC SHOW performed by campers.
This camp for teens and nearly-teens invites a deeper inquiry into a discipline of your choice. There are three focus groups to choose from. Please choose a FOCUS GROUP when you sign up for our ARTS FOCUS CAMP. If you would be happy with more than one of these choices, please list your choices in order of preference. Campers will spend two hours each morning specializing in their focus area.
The afternoons will be our usual merry mix of "The All Camp Thing" (an activity after lunch each day that involves the entire camp in such things as varied as a performance, a workshop, camp talent show, or a wild shaving cream fight) and "Anything Goes"--- a rich assortment of elective classes and activities led by camp staff, guest artists, and campers. Anything Goes will include extensions of the ARTS FOCUS disciplines, as well as berry picking, dirt court basketball games, a home made frisbee golf course, a crochet class, capture the flag, and, well. . . Anything Goes.
FOCUS GROUP DESCRIPTIONS: (this section is underconstruction!)
PLAYING WITH SKILL TOYS! Juggling balls, hula hoops, slilts, diablos, flower sticks, ribbon sticks, chatter rings, jump ropes, kendama, cigar boxes, and plate spinning are examples of skill toys from around the world! In this focus group led by Camp Director Louise Omoto Kessel, with hooper Tina Joy Craven joining us on a couple of mornings, we will play with skill toys! What is a skill toy? Paul Miller of the Flow Circus says "A skill toy is a TOY that doesn't do anything until you supply the SKILL!" Participants will also have the opportunity to BUILD a skill toy to take home. So, we will be introduced to various skill toys, build our skills and become a small skill toy circus by the end of the week!
Juggling was one of LOUISE OMOTO KESSEL's first loves! She juggled obsessively through out high school, and taught juggling workshops to earn spending money in college. Beyond the magic of keeping three balls in the air, Louise will teach three ball tricks, partner juggling and passing and four ball juggling. Louise also looks forward to learning some new skill toys in preparation for this focus group's fun!
WRITERS' WORKSHOP with Valine Ziegler. Valine believes we are all writers because we all have something to say. In this workshop we will mind map, free write and brainstorm to unlock our imaginations and get our pens going. Most importantly we will create a comfortable environment where we can all think and create together. Do you want to try poetry? Is there a story that you want to tell? Do you need time to work on your novel? Perhaps, you want to think about your life by writing journal entries. During our Writers' Workshop you will be invited to explore any type of writing of your choice. Valine looks forward to writing with all of you.
VALINE ZIEGLER is a dancer, a writer, and the homeschooling mom to three children. She teaches ZUMBA! in several local venues each week. Valine is a gentle spirit who has a great way of balancing a nurturing relaxed workshop atmosphere while also encouraging young writers to do more than they imagined possible.
TRADITIONAL ARCHERY Roam the fields and woodland shooting handcrafted wooden bows and arrows with local bowyer Johnny Waken. Students will learn good shooting form with an emphasis on safety, experience classic archery lore, ethics and the self-empowerment that comes with hitting the mark! Along with the beautiful traditional bows, Johnny also makes goofy not-at-all-traditional handmade targets and you will have fun on his "archery golf" course shooting at trolls, gnomes, orgres, old geezers flipping pancakes, etc. Johnny is warm and funny and a great teacher; he will be assisted by Paul Ford. For safety reasons, space in this focus group is limited. Also, people interested in this focus group should know: archery MAY only run M-Th--- Johnny is waiting to hear if he'll be out of town on Friday--- if so, we'll do primitive skills on Friday.
JOHNNY WAKEN has been making, shooting and sharing his passion for wooden bows for well over 15 years. His bows are one-of-a-kind works of art with flowing lines that follow the nature of the wood. Each bow has a name. In addition to his skill as a bowyer, Johnny is well versed in primitive skills in general, and is a musician and a songwriter, currently touring with Jonothan Byrd.