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Summer Camp Class Descriptions

CAMP at Junior Center of Art and Science is a creative and experiential summer day-camp that supports a community of artists, innovators, and curious folks who want to creatively investigate their worlds. At JCAS Summer Camp, your child explores the possible in the visual arts, tinkering, cooking, electronics, building, making, and crafts. A variety of projects are designed around a weekly theme for each week of camp and are scaled to be developmentally appropriate and meet the needs of individual children. Each theme combines art, science and outdoor activities.

Our projects are led by professional artists and educators who inspire a warm, open, and creative environment where campers feel encouraged to takes risks, explore, and try their hand at a myriad of creative techniques. JCAS CAMP is located at beautiful Lake Merritt, Oakland.

*Campers must be 5 years old and entering Kindergarten to attend

Please click on class topics below for descriptions:

Wild Wild Watershed (June 12th-16th)

Take a bird’s eye view of who’s hoo at Lake Merritt and our local watershed. Put on your science hat and examine the flora, fauna and weather systems. Put on your artist’s hat and craft original maps and mixed media art projects based upon who we meet and what we discover. Mixed media exploration of our local watershed, how things connect, maps as art, local seasonal food recipes will all be introduced. The week culminates in a scavenger hunt for parents and kids.

What Goes Up Must Come Down (June 19th - 23rd)

How high does your rocket fly? Build, hypothesize, test, refine and launch again. Join us for a week of wacky experiments that explores gravity, air pressure and chance. Let’s design a city of the future with gravity-defying buildings and alternative vehicles. Rocket science, gravity-influenced inventions, sculpture and baking things that rise will all be introduced throughout the week.

Carpentry (2 Weeks: June 12th-23rd, June 26th-July 7th, July 17th-28th)

Students will learn to use a complement of hand tools in a course that stresses respect for others, respect for tools, safe tool use, practical problem-solving and creative development. Projects increase in difficulty as experience grows, beginning with toy boats and working up to full-sized furniture and professional skateboards.

Creative Creatures of Lake Merritt (June 26th-30th)

Embark on an epic adventure exploring the creatures of Lake Merritt. Artist’s will use their findings to invent imaginary fantastic beasts and tell their stories! Students will make books, comics, and homes for their creatures. They will use recycled materials, paper mache, sewing, and glue guns to make their fantastic beasts as well as explore art forms such as bookmaking, dioramas, and site specific installations.

Passport to Art (July 3rd-7th)

Experience art from around the world each day. In this workshop we will create art inspired by the traditions and cultures of a variety of countries, from Mexico to India. Students will create works inspired by Oaxacan woodcarvings, aboriginal dot paintings, Japanese fish prints, and more…

***NOTE*** No class on the 4th of July

Ceramics (July 10th-14th)

Learn the basics of ceramic hand building to make pots and planters for growing plants. Artists gather inspiration from walks at the Lake Merritt Garden and research how world cultures make uniquely designed vessels. Experiment with inventive techniques used to make ceramic tiles and designs in clay. Students will create unique ceramic pieces using hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Students will understand how to create a 3D shape and various ways to construct vessels.

Learn the basics of ceramic hand building to make pots and planters for growing plants. Artists gather inspiration from walks at the Lake Merritt Garden and research how world cultures make uniquely designed vessels. Experiment with inventive techniques used to make ceramic tiles and designs in clay. Students will create unique ceramic pieces using hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Students will understand how to create a 3D shape and various ways to construct vessels.

Bird Brains ( July 10th -14th)

Investigate the field of biology research. Campers become ornithologists (bird scientists), and explore feathers, birds of Lake Merritt and the features that make these birds unique. Using field research tools and smart technology, youth identify local birds and investigate environmental changes that impact bird behavior. In addition campers will be engaged in a wide variety of art  practices from observational and botanical drawing to map making and paper mache.

Maker Musicians (July 17th-24th)

Let’s start a band! We will make as many instruments as we can, from chimes to zithers to drums! What instrument would you invent using a wide variety of recycled objects? Let’s make and play! In this session students’ will use all types of objects from cans to straws, and anything in between to build musical instruments.

Let’s start a band! We will make as many instruments as we can, from chimes to zithers to drums! What instrument would you invent using a wide variety of recycled objects? Let’s make and play! In this session students’ will use all types of objects from cans to straws, and anything in between to build musical instruments.

Science of Design (July 24th-28th)

Certain design elements are as old as the universe and we see them wherever we look. We will learn about the hidden infrastructure that lays beneath the surface by exploring patterns that we find naturally in the world. We will explore fractals in art by by creating our own spatter paintings as well as creating art from paper cut outs. We will also build our own camera obscura which we will then use to create our own work. Kinetic Sculptures are another fun way to explore the intersection of art and design. Students  will challenge themselves to create a kinetic sculpture that can be powered by the wind.

Toy Makers (July 31st-August 4th)

Get started making your own toys by hacking old ones! This week campers will make their own toys from recycled materials, electronics, and other devices. Students will explore basic electricity as they create candy snatchers, cardboard robots and their own version of operation.

Printmaking (August 7th-11th)

Learn the basics of ceramic hand building to make pots and planters for growing plants. Artists gather inspiration from walks at the Lake Merritt Garden and research how world cultures make uniquely designed vessels. Experiment with inventive techniques used to make ceramic tiles and designs in clay. Students will create unique ceramic pieces using hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Students will understand how to create a 3D shape and various ways to construct vessels.

FUNdamental Forces (August 14th - 18th)

May the force be with you! During this week students will deepen their knowledge of magnetism,  electricity, and gravity through experiments and group discussions. Experiments will include building simple circuits, electromagnets, and motors. Relationships between electric and magnetic forces surrounding us are examined on both practical and conceptual levels ; answering the question:  how can you view what can’t be seen?

General Camp Information

Daily Drop off/pick up:

9:00 – 9:15 am — Drop Off and Free Time

9:15 – 9:30 am — Morning Meeting — All Campers

9:30 – 10:45 am — Project A

10:45 – 11:15 am — Snack Time & Free Play

11:15 – 12:00 pm — Project A cont.

12:00 – 1:00 pm — Lunch & Free Play/Choice/Games

1:00– 3:30 pm —  Afternoon session Project B

3:30 – 4:00 Outdoor play

4 pm — Pick up

4-5 pm — Extended Day ($10/day)

 

Friday Afternoon Art Show:

Every Friday afternoon at 3:30 pm., we will highlight some of the creative work from the week with a gallery exhibit. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend.

 

What to Bring and Wear:

  • Children should bring a lunch and a snack
  • Children should wear comfortable clothing, including tennis shoes or shoes that they can run in.
  • Apply sunscreen as we will be outdoors for part of the camp. 
  • Parents must sign in and sign out daily.
  • We will need to see ID for anyone such as a relative or child care provider who is designated to pick up your child.
  • Pick up on time. You will be assessed a late charge of $1 per minute payable that day. 

Rates and Terms

Weekly fee for full day (9-4pm) of camp: $410.00

Half Day Camp (9-12pm): $220 Campers can stay for lunch for an additional 10.00$ fee

Discounts:

Become a member for special discount offers. Register before March 31st for 10% discount. Members receive a discount regardless of when they register.

Financial Aid:

JCAS offers a limited amount of financial aid both in the form of work-trade and also on a first-come, first-served, need-proven basis. We will begin taking applications for Summer 2017 in early February. Email us for more information Contact@juniorcenter.org

Financial Aid Form (Please fill out and return to Junior Center or email to contact@juniorcenter.org):

Terms and Conditions

Upon registration you will be emailed a confirmation of weeks enrolled and fees. This confirmation email will also include our Tax ID number again for your filing convenience.

Please note:

JCAS enrollment is non-transferable. That said, we do understand that sometimes your family schedule changes! We offer a one-time enrollment transfer for your child to another week of CAMP that has spaces available free of charge. Any increase in project fees will be applied.

In the event you need to cancel your child’s enrollment, we offer the following refunds:

  • Two (or more) weeks prior to the camp week you are canceling: 50% refund
  • Less than 2 weeks notice to camp week: no refund

Unfortunately, because spots are limited, no credit is given for partial attendance. No portion of the tuition will be refunded if the child is absent, withdrawn, or should otherwise fail to complete the activity.

2017 After School Art & Carpentry Classes

Online Registration

Click Here for 2017 Spring After School Class Registration Form

 

Fridays: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Two 6 Week Sessions

Jan 27th – April 14th 

After school classes take place during the school year. The Fall Session begins in late September and the Spring Session begins in late January. Sessions meet once a week and conclude with an art show and reception to celebrate the young artist’s work.

classes working on the deck

Drop-in Activities

During regular business hours. Drop-in activities have been designed for children ages 2 through 10 years. Adult supervision is required at all times.

Meet the Animals – Free!

Meet the Junior Center’s Animal Ambassadors. Learn what makes them special! Mornings only: 10–11:30 am.

Jake’s Discovery Garden

A learning through play space for 2 to 5 year old visitors and their adult caregivers. Cost: $2 per child

Scholarships

A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available for after school and summer class participants. Scholarship applicants must complete all the required forms by the publicized deadlines. Scholarship deadlines are well in advance of the start of each session. Please contact the Junior Center staff at 510.839.5777 for more information and to request the required forms.

Welte Construction Company offers two 100% scholarships for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to take carpentry.