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Spring Break, 2008

How many of you have children out of school next week?  What do you have planned?  A mini-vaca for the whole family?  Business as usual for you and special spring break camps for the kids?  In years past, some community centers have done free swim sessions during spring break.  Are they doing that again this year?

In case you are still looking for spring break camps:

  • Oregon College of Art & Craft  is offering " Week-long day camp sessions offer morning and afternoon workshops in a variety of art forms and mediums. Throughout the day, games, singing, treasure hunts and other camp adventures are combined to produce a well-rounded camp experience. Day camps are offered 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday for one week during spring break..."  Thanks for forwarding an email -- there are still spots and full scholarships available!
  • The 100th Monkey Studio March 25th-28th (Spring break), Honoring the Earth in Art, Activities planned from 9am-3pm each day, Ages 6-13 years
  • The City of Portland has issued a full calendar of events for youth throughout spring break: http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?c=38500&a=188572
  • Several Portland Parks & Rec community centers offer full day camps.  Check out Sellwood community center, Peninsula community center, Dishman community center, Fulton community center, Hillside community center, and probably the community center near you!


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Yes, the free swimming lessons are happening next week, Mon - Fri. When I registered my daughter there were lots of spaces left so it might be a great time to get "semi-private" attention to kick start the preparation for summer swimming!

This year, for the first time, we are succumbing to the PPS calendar and taking a vacation during Spring Break. I have to admit: planning for a vacation sure beats planning for back-up care and/or spring break camp for two kids any day!

Happy spring break!

Another camp option:

We still have a few spots left for youth ages 6-12 in our
Spring Break Radical Art Camp!

To register go to: http://www.diylounge.com/classlist.php?id=216
Registration will close 12:00pm Thursday March 20, 2008

See attached brochure for all of our camps at No School Art School

Session: SPRING BREAK CAMP Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27
9 AM-3 PM

Radical Art: Repurposing and Reconstructing
Tuition: $160.00
Location of Studios: on NE Alberta Street between 16th and 17th streets

While the kids are out of school, Art School is IN SESSION. Jennifer Wells Design, Art Up, and DIY Lounge at collage are teaming up to offer an amazingly comprehensive art program for kids age 6-12! This camp operates as three art workshops in one dynamic day. Children participate in unique art projects, art history education, and cultural diversity, while gaining insight into themselves and the world around them.

The Day begins at 9AM and ends at 3PM. Students are guided by a teacher through each of the studio workspaces throughout the day. We have one central drop off and pick up location at the Jennifer Wells Studio, located at 1614 NE Alberta Street in the cottage behind the house. Tuition must be paid and registration information needs to be completed before No School Art School is in session.

Jennifer Wells Design (www.jenniferwellsdesign.com) 1614 NE Alberta Street in the cottage behind the house
Instructor: Jenny Wells
Mosaics Transformed: More than meets the Eye. In the Jennifer Wells Studio, students will make mosaics from found objects, glass and more to make a creature, a robot, an animal AND then make additions that can transform this art piece into something else. We will all also make fused glass masterpieces from scraps of leftover glass to embellish each mosaic!

ART UP, LLC (www.artup.info) on the second floor of the house.
Instructor: Käthe Swaback
Tuesday: Say Watt? Radical ReVision
Learn about the Watt’s tower in LA and the artist and architect Maya Lin. Discover all the things can be built out of reclaimed materials. Become architects, creating models of better living, by redesigning our world using found objects and sculpture materials.
Wednesday: Ultra T!
Create your own amazing t-shirt. Learn how to carve original designs into recycled objects, create stencils, and transfer images for a unique and awesome T-shirt. Using carving tools and printmaking techniques, you will love what you learn. Hooray for wearable art!
Thursday: Extreme Dreams Focusing on one extreme dream you have for your future, explore your own ideas by using collage items and the visual language of our culture. You can also bring in your own images and photographs to work with or trade with others.

DIY Lounge at collage (www.diylounge.com) Collage at 1639 NE Alberta Street
Instructor: Dawn Sorem
During this camp, students will learn about waste and how they can make a difference in this world by reusing items to make practical art that can be used again and again. Each student will make and decorate cloth bags made out of used clothes. They will also make a coaster out of yogurt lids and collage them by reusing old magazines and greeting cards, and they will make and decorate napkins rings out of toilet paper rolls, buttons, beads and paper.

Käthe Swaback, MA, ATR
1614 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211

Sound Roots is having a 5 day Rock Band camp from March 23-27, 2009. Check out: http://soundrootsmusic.com/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=15
for more details.

Providence Montessori School is putting on an amazing Elementary Camp for campers age 7-12 again this year with great and fun field trips, loads of outdoor excitement and super fun with Ms. Emily and Ms. Orchid, our Studio Leads for this session. Both of these ladies share a passion for the outdoors, a boundless energy and a contagious smile. They are awesome and I love them!!

Our plans for camp in order, but need you to join us.
Urban Gardens,
Field to Harvest,
Peace Education,
Building Community,
and much more.

I couldn't be more excited. (I think I may sneak away and join in on a few of the adventures.) Call 503-215-2806 to get registration materials or to get more details.

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