Discovering U

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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Art and Yoga

Art and Yoga

Join us in this exceptional camp that combines art and yoga. Start the day with yoga poses and games to learn breathing and mindfulness techniques. Then unleash creativity as campers draw, paint, collage, sculpt and more.

Dates Ages Price
June 19 — 23 6 — 8 $309
July 31 — August 4 9 — 11 $309

Art Blast

Art Blast

In this amazing camp, have a blast experimenting with all sorts of art materials from watercolors, pastels, clay, canvas, paper mache and more. Draw, paint, sculpt, and collage art projects to take home.

Dates Ages Price
June 19 — 23 9 — 11 $309
July 31 — August 4 6 — 8 $309

Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing

Ignite a passion for blacksmithing and get an introduction to the endless ways of expressing yourself by shaping iron with fire and hammer. 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 24 — 28 12 — 15 $354

Cartooning

Cartooning

Explore the fun, artistic world of cartooning with our friends from Young Rembrandts. Funny expressions and hilarious storylines are just a few pieces campers get to create. Have fun with silly and interesting stories or jokes and learn how to draw action, movement, sounds, and expressions of mood. 

Dates Ages Price
July 10 — 14 6 — 8 $294
July 17 — 21 6 — 8 $294

Circus

Circus

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 the creative expression, and to gain a better understanding of their own body movements and capabilities. 

Dates Ages Price
June 19 — 23 8 — 10 $294
July 10 — 14 6 — 8 $294
August 14 — 18 7 — 9 $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
August 14 — 18 7 — 8 $324
August 14 — 18 10 — 12 $324
August 21 — 25 12 — 14 $324

Comic Book Creation 101

Comic Book Creation 101

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

Dates Ages Price
June 26 — 30 11 — 14 $279
July 24 — 28 8 — 10 $279

Design Lab

Design Lab

Welcome to Design Lab, where imagination leads the way. This camp challenges campers to design and build products for real world problems using a huge range of materials. Explore the entire process of product design, from the first steps of the drawing board to the finger-crossing test run. Make sure to bring an open mind, because the challenges will push creative skills to the limits.

Dates Ages Price
July 24 — 28 9 — 11 $299

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. Draw horses or all shapes, sizes, and styles. Then, use different media to create colorful compostions which will help stengthen coloring skills. 

Dates Ages Price
June 12 — 16 6 — 8 $294
June 26 — 30 6 — 8 $294
July 24 — 28 7 — 9 $294
August 21 — 25 6 — 8 $294
August 21 — 25 9 — 11 $294

Drop It, Roll It, Whack It, Move It

Drop It, Roll It, Whack It, Move It

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 the creativity and thinking caps on, this camp is like no other.

Dates Ages Price
June 19 — 23 9 — 11 $324
July 17 — 21 11 — 13 $324

Flamework Immersion: Make Glass Beads

Flamework Immersion: Make Glass Beads

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 17 — 21 13 — 15 $354

Glow and Go!

Glow and Go!

Glow in the dark, glitter, and metallic colors, along with other materials combined, make this camp amazing. Have a blast and create amazing art that glows in the dark, as well as awesome projects with a spark. 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 creativity.

Dates Ages Price
July 24 — 28 6 — 8 $309
August 7 — 11 8 — 10 $309

Go Big!

Go Big!

Test the limits to your imagination and design ideas through exploration of physical form. Discover how nature gives clues about structural endurance by observing items such as nests, spider webs, or the shell of an egg. Film and photograph the journey to share with family and friends, all while building in this exciting class where you will design and build large-scale architectural sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Turn cardboard and scrap into priceless pieces of art that demand attention, catch the light, and expand our imaginations about the enclosure. 

Dates Ages Price
June 12 — 16 12 — 15 $319

Intro to Improv!

Intro to Improv!

An introduction to the art of improvisational theater. Instructors from the Brave New Workshop Student Union take campers through this art form that promotes teamwork, confidence, and creativity to make participants better speakers and leaders. Just into the thick of things, or hang back along the wall, this camp is great for all. No previous experience is required. 

Dates Ages Price
June 12 — 16 11 — 14 $279
June 26 — 30 9 — 11 $279
July 17 — 21 9 — 11 $279

Leadership Challenge

Leadership Challenge

Leadership can take on many different styles. Find a style and build skills with Outward Bound’s fun and experiential activities. Everyone can participate in this camp. Those that feel they are natural born leaders, come and test your stuff. For those who think they are the world’s best wallflower, come and be surprised. No pressure, just adventure.

Dates Ages Price
July 31 — August 4 9 — 11 $349
July 31 — August 4 12 — 15 $349

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 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, instructors will take campers through the entire digital filmmaking steps from start to finish. 

Dates Ages Price
July 10 — 14 11 — 13 $324
July 17 — 21 6 — 8 $324
July 31 — August 4 8 — 10 $324
August 7 — 11 6 — 8 $324
August 7 — 11 9 — 11 $324
August 21 — 25 8 — 10 $324

Outdoor Adventure Photography

Outdoor Adventure Photography

Jump in a canoe at Calhoun and hike near Minnehaha Falls. Look at the world in a whole new way and search for the best shot to showcase at week's end. From smartphone camera's to DSLR camera's, this camp is adaptable to a variety of equipment.

Dates Ages Price
August 14 — 18 12 — 15 $334

Oxy-Aceltylene Found Object Sculpture

Oxy-Aceltylene Found Object Sculpture

Discover scrap metal and learn to make sculptural projects from it 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. An additional waiver for Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required with registration, and campers must wear long pants and long sleeves, made of natural fibers, and work boots or shoes, for instructional time. Safety goggles and other equipment provided.

Dates Ages Price
August 7 — 11 12 — 15 $309

Passport to Pastels

Passport to Pastels

Draw a colorful goldfish as Henri Matisse, create Van Gogh's famous Starry Night complete with swirls throughout the sky, and produce a powerful still life full of robust color as Paul Cezanne often did in his paintings. Each day will be a challenge with the pastel media to become a master. These will be frame worthy works of art. No experience necessary and please bring an old shirt or smock to class each day. 

Dates Ages Price
August 14 — 18 9 — 11 $294
August 14 — 18 11 — 14 $294

Playwrights and Performance

Playwrights and Performance

What do William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, and Tennessee Williams all have in common? They were all famous playwrights. 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 hard work to showcase creativity.

Dates Ages Price
June 12 — 16 9 — 11 $284
July 24 — 28 12 — 15 $284

Pokemon: The Gathering

Pokemon: The Gathering

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 in Magic the Gathering, all while developing social, critical and creative thinking skills. In this camp, spend the week honing mathematical strategy and reading skills, while expanding vocabulary and making new friends as campers travel through the worlds of Pokemon and Magic the Gathering. No previous experience needed, and participants head home with a starter decks at the end of the week. 

Dates Ages Price
June 26 — 30 10 — 12 $294
July 10 — 14 9 — 11 $294

Sculptural Metal Casting Fundamentals

Sculptural Metal Casting Fundamentals

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. 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. Expect to experiment with modern and traditional methods while gaining experience in the ancient art of metal-casting. An additional waiver for Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is required with registration, and 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. 

Dates Ages Price
July 10 — 14 13 — 15 $354
August 7 — 11 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. An experienced instructor will facilitate the building of a safe, fun learning environment in this invaluable camp.

Dates Ages Price
June 19 — 23 12— 15 $294
June 26 — 30 12 — 15 $294
July 17 — 21 12 — 15 $294

Wizards of YP

Wizards of YP

Learning magic can also mean learning to tell good stories, be creative, gain confidence, and entertain 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 performance as campers prepare to amaze. Learn to do much more than some tricks, learn to be a magician. 

Dates Ages Price
June 12 — 16 8 — 10 $299
June 19 — 23 10 — 12 $299
August 21 — 25 8 — 10 $299