Discovering U

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Discovering U camps feature exciting, creative programs for youth to explore more about how to express themselves. Whether through artistic endeavors or personal development topics, these challenging and interactive sessions can open up a whole new world. In addition to the featured two to three hours of daily instruction, participants will be playing sports or games, swimming, rock climbing, and exploring the many facets of the University of Minnesota, resulting in a great, well-rounded experience.

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Architecture: Big & Small

Architecture: Big & Small

Let your imagination come to life while trying your skill in this exciting new camp where you will design and build large and small scale architectural structures. Use the design process as you work as a team to create a city skyline, your own Mandale piece, a large-scale work of art in the style of Christo and Jean-Claude, and so much more!

Dates Ages Price
August 13 — 17 9 — 11 $294
August 13 — 17 12 — 15 $294

Art & Yoga

Art & Yoga

Join us in this exceptional camp that combines art and yoga. Start your day with yoga poses and games as you learn breathing and mindfulness techniques; and then unleash your creativity as you draw, paint, collage, sculpt and more!

Dates Ages Price
June 18 — 22 6 — 8 $309
July 23 — July 27 6 — 8 $309

Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing

Shape iron with fire and hammer! Ignite a passion for blacksmithing as you learn shop safety and gain basic knowledge of the dynamics of forging by making some cool (hot!) stuff. Please note that bladesmithing or swordsmithing, which are advanced forging techniques, are not covered in this class. Wear leather work boots or shoes, and all cotton clothing with long sleeves. All other safety equipment is provided. An additional waiver for Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required with registration.

Dates Ages Price
July 16 — 20 12 — 15 $354

Canvas Extravaganza

Canvas Extravaganza

Spend the week creating beautiful art on canvas! We'll have fun drawing and then painting on real artist grade canvas. Make some space at home to display your awesome works of art.

Dates Ages Price
July 30 — August 3 6 — 8 $309
July 30 — August 3 9 — 11 $309

Cartoon Adventures in Space

Cartoon Adventures in Space

Travel to the farthest reaches of the galaxy! Futuristic scenes of other worldly adventures highlight the spectacular drawings you will do in this camp. Not only will you learn how to illustrate science fiction-inspired characters and moments, but you will also strengthen your drawing and coloring skills. From astronauts in jet-packs to out-of-this-world alien lifeforms, you will learn how to compose well-drawn cartoon figures in dynamic poses. Get ready for an out of this world camp!

Dates Ages Price
June 25 — 29  6 — 8 $294
July 16 — 20 7 — 9 $294
August 13 — 17 9 — 11 $294

Chef Academy

Chef Academy

Are you a budding chef? Then you'll love cooking camp with our friends at The Good Acre! Spend each day learning about and using locally-grown foods and globally inspired flavors to cook a delicious lunch. Award-winning chef, and former Top Chef contestant, Sara Johannes will lead younger campers through making meals from around the world, all featuring seasonal, local produce, while highlighting sustainable agriculture. Campers will get their hands dirty building fun skills while making homemade pizza or rolling vegetable sushi or creating a breakfast bonanza! Sara will spend the week teaching teen campers how to cook for themselves or a crowd covering everything from cooking well on a budget to making homemade pasta and enchiladas to exploring careers in the kitchen. The content for both camps is appropriate for budding chefs of all abilities and skill levels. Then everyone will enjoy the delicious and nutritious meal together!

Dates Ages Price
July 9 — 13 9 — 11 $389
July 23 — 27 12 — 15 $389

Circus

Circus

Here's your chance to run away with the circus for a week! This camp is designed to introduce children to the excitement of circus arts in a fun, safe, supportive, and challenging environment. Participants will use teamwork and build trust as they learn how to do basic body balancing movements that increase their flexibility and strength, as well as tricks on the Lyra and static trapeze. Campers are given the opportunity to discover their unique sense of creative expression, and to gain a better understanding of their own body movements and capabilities. 

Dates Ages Price
June 25 — 29 7 — 9 $294
July 30 — August 3 8 — 10 $294
August 6 — 10 6 — 8 $294

Clay Animation

Clay Animation

Become a cinematographer with this perfect combination of clay building and digital animation. Working in small teams, campers begin by creating a story and the characters, sets, and props by hand. Then, they put it all together in the production process while animating, recording, downloading and editing a movie. An exciting way to discover how animated movies really come to life!

Dates Ages Price
June 11 — 15 7 — 9 $324
June 11 — 15 10 — 12 $324
July 30 – August 3 12 — 14 $324

Color Me WOW!

Color Me WOW!

Are you mindful of the colors you see all around you, everyday? Have you ever thought about how much impact these colors have in your day to day activities? Spend the week learning all about color theories and harmonies by literally filling the room with colors as you create a temporary stained glass window! Spend the week exploring color symbolism, abstract art, and creating 3D projects as you learn about Kandinsky and Picasso. This exciting camp will explore what color is, how famous artists use it, and how you can use it too, as a form of communication.

Dates Ages Price
June 11 — 15 11 — 13 $294
June 18 — 22 9 — 11 $294

Comic Book Creation 101

Comic Book Creation 101

Do you love comic books? Ever thought of creating one yourself? Comic Book Creation 101 will give you the tools to get started! From writing dialogue to inking and coloring, learn the step by step process of creating comics through idea generation and story development, script writing, layout, and illustration. By week's end, you'll be leaving with a finished short comic, or the start to a much larger story! It's all up to you!

Dates Ages Price
June 18 — 22 8 — 10 $279
July 30 — August 3 11 — 14 $279

Drawing Animals

Drawing Animals

Spend the week drawing household pets, cartoon animals, and horses. Learn how to personify ordinary animals, transforming them into fully-realized cartoon characters! Challenge yourself as you draw horses of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Then, use different media to create colorful compositions which will help you strengthen your coloring skills.

Dates Ages Price
June 11 — 15 6 — 8 $294
July 9 — 13 6 — 8 $294
August 20 — 24 6 — 8 $294
August 20 — 24 9 — 11 $294

Drop It, Roll It, Whack It, Move It

Drop It, Roll It, Whack It, Move It

Have you ever thought about how many other ways you can crack an egg, turn off the lights, or brush your teeth? There is always more than one way to solve a problem, and that’s just what this camp is about! Join us as we use scraps, stuff, things, string, and anything else we can find to invent a big “machine” that solves a small problem, in the style of Rube Goldberg--the more over the top, the better. Get your creativity and thinking caps on, this camp is like no other!

Dates Ages Price
July 16 — 20 11 — 13 $324
August 6 — 10 9 — 11 $324

Glass & Fire

Glass & Fire

Take the bead making challenge. This is a unique opportunity to work with a mounted torch and Italian soft glass. All of the beginner techniques including safety protocol, tool and equipment use, shaping and decoration will be practiced daily. Campers must wear long pants made of natural fibers for the instructional time. Safety goggles and other equipment provided. An additional waiver form for the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required.

Dates Ages Price
July 23 — 27 13 — 15 $354

Glow and Go!

Glow and Go!

Glow in the dark, glitter, and metallic colors, along with other materials, combine to make this camp amazing! Join us and have a blast as we create amazing art that glows in the dark, as well as awesome projects with a spark. We'll make 3D fireflies that light up, glow in the dark owls, and glittery fireworks among many other fun projects. This camp will surely light up your creativity!

Dates Ages Price
July 9 — 13 6 — 8 $309
August 6 — 10 8 — 10 $309

Journaling Nature

Journaling Nature

Have you ever stopped to pay close attention to the nature in your own backyard? What are the sounds, smells, and textures surrounding you? Through Nature Journaling, you will not only develop new journaling techniques, but you will oepn your eyes and ears to all that surrounds you. Go on a nature walk like you've never experienced before, and express yourself through the vastness of the natural world. At the end of the week, you'll have the building blocks to create a personal expression of your time spent in nature!

Dates Ages Price
July 16 — 20 8 — 10 $279
August 20 — 24 11 — 13 $279

LEGO® Film School

LEGO® Film School

Create and make fantastic LEGO® movies! Campers will work in teams to create a short LEGO® Movie using LEGO® characters, sets, backgrounds and various props. Use your imagination & creativity to develop a LEGO® story while learning all of the technical details; including using a digital movie camera, filming scenes, stop-motion animation, downloading footage to the computer, digital editing, and adding finishing special effects and transitions to the movie. In this exciting hands-on learning class, our instructors will take campers through the entire digital filmmaking steps from start to finish. 

Dates Ages   Price
June 25 — 29 9 — 11   $324
July 16 — 20 6 — 8   $324
July 16 — 20 9 — 11   $324
August 6 — 10 6 — 8   $324
August 20 — 24 8 — 10    $324

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Canoe

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Canoe

Jump in a canoe at Calhoun, explore the campus' urban environment, and hike near Minnehaha Falls. Look at the world in a whole new way, as you search for the best shot to showcase at week's end! We will work within your limitations, as your own photography equipment is required for this camp (which could range from a smartphone to a DSLR camera depending on what you have.) Plan accordingly for weather with a cap, sunscreen, water bottle, and rain gear.

Dates Ages Price
August 13 — 17 12 — 15 $334

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Hiking

Outdoor Adventure Photography: Hiking

Outdoor Adventure and Nature Photography are a great way for you to get out, explore nature, and capture some beautiful images. Your appreciation and understanding of nature is sure to evolve as you hike and explore while looking for that perfect shot. Build your portfolio with vivid images that play with lighting, action, and color. Rain or shine, you're sure to have a great time. Plan accordingly for the weather with a cap, sunscreen, water bottle, and rain gear. We will work within your limitations, as your own photography equipment is required for this camp (which could range from a smartphone to a DSLR camera depending on what you have!)

Dates Ages Price
June 25 — 29 12 — 15 $334

Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture

Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture

Discover how to make sculptural projects from scrap metal using oxy-acetylene welding and metal fabrication techniques. This beginning level camp will cover shop safety, cutting, welding, and brazing processes using an oxy-acetylene torch. Learn the limitations and benefits of these processes through the design and fabrication of your own work of art! Campers must wear long pants and long sleeves made of natural fibers, and work boots or shoes for the instructional time. Safety goggles and other equipment provided. An additional waiver for the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required.

Dates Ages Price
August 6 — 10 12 — 15 $354

Playwrights & Performance

Playwrights & Performance

What do William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, and Tennessee Williams all have in common? They were all famous playwrights! Join us as we take a look at all the elements needed to write and perform a play in this fun and exciting camp. Learn how a playwright uses directions and dialogue to create a story. Work in small groups to build plot, scenes and develop characters. A performance on Friday will be the culmination of all your hard work to showcase your creativity!

Dates Ages Price
June 11 — 15 9 — 11 $284
July 23 — 27 12 — 15 $284

Pokemon: The Gathering

Pokemon: The Gathering

Which starter will you choose? Run into the world of Pokemon and learn about the vast universe that Ash and his friends have traveled through for nearly two decades. Then, collect mana and deploy creatures as you learn to play Magic the Gathering (or learn to play it better), all while developing social, critical, and creative thinking skills! In this camp, you will spend the week honing your mathematical strategy and reading skills, while expanding your vocabulary and making new friends as you travel through the worlds of Pokemon and Magic the Gathering. No previous experience needed, and you'll head home with your very own starter decks at the end of the week. 

Dates Ages Price
July 9 — 13 9 — 11 $294
July 23 — 27 10 — 12 $294

Sculptural Metal Casting Fundamentals

Sculptural Metal Casting Fundamentals

Have you ever wondered what happens when you heat metal until it looks like lava? Discover the amazing world of cast metal sculpture in this beginner's course. In this class we will learn shop safety and pour metal each day, creating one of a kind pieces from different molding and pouring techniques. We will work with lead-free pewter, molten aluminum, and bronze. You can expect to experiment with modern and traditional methods while gaining experience in the ancient art of metalcasting! Campers must wear long pants made of natural fibers for the instructional time. Safety goggles and other equipment provided. An additional waiver for the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required.

Dates Ages Price
August 6 — 10 13 — 15 $354

Self Defense

Self Defense

Awareness, avoidance, and physical techniques are all key features of self-defense training. This camp for both girls and boys will focus on concepts and techniques that are practical, simple and applicable to today’s world. Discussion on potential threats and negative situations will be included along with tips for avoiding danger and physical practice for self-protection. Our experienced instructor will facilitate the building of a safe, fun learning environment in this invaluable camp!

Dates Ages Price
June 18 — 22 12 — 15 $294
July 9 — 13 12 — 15 $294

Story Explorers

Story Explorers

Explore traditional folk tales and their views about curious animal traits. Why do turtles have cracked shells? Or why do bears have stubby tails? Ponder these creative ideas as you actively investigate the science behind modern explanations. Along the way, use story-boarding to create a story explaining why an animal has a certain curious trait. Learn and practice using storytelling techniques to help your stories come alive through voice and body movement. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
July 30 — August 3 8 — 10 $299

The Drawing Lesson

The Drawing Lesson

Do you love to draw? Do you want to get better at drawing the world around you? This camp is great for those just learning to draw, and those looking to take their skills to the next level. We will focus on nine lessons over the course of the week that will help you improve your skills, and give you the tools to continue to improve long after camp is over. Learn about shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more. Every camper will receive their own drawing kit to take home!

Dates Ages Price
July 9 — 13 11 — 14 $279
July 23 — 27 8 — 10 $279

Wizards of YP

Wizards of YP

Learning magic can also mean learning to tell good stories, being creative, gaining confidence, and entertaining while having as much fun as the audience. Spend the week learning from a real magician! Uncover the secrets of misdirection while creating mystery in your performance as you prepare to amaze your friends and families! In this camp you get to do much more than just learn some tricks; you get to be a magician!

Dates Ages Price
June 18 — 22 10 — 12 $299
June 25 — 29 8 — 10 $299
August 13 — 17 8 — 10 $299