Summer Camp 2

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MPA Summer STEAM (Art + STEM) Camp 2017

Ages 7-9 and 10-12
Full-day week-long sessions
9:00 am – 4 pm

Campers of all artistic and coding experience are welcome! This summer, in partnership with Coder Kids, MPA is offering STEAM (Art + STEM) week-long programs integrating classic elements of art with computer coding fundamentals. Campers will discover new, inspired ways to approach the both the material and digital worlds by exploring common themes in both environments. For half of each day, campers will learn about and create art in MPA’s professional studio (MPA@ChainBridge, 1446 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean), and the other half will be spent at Coder Kids (6647-A Old Dominion Drive, McLean) learning how to write their own code with individualized instruction and according to their own interests.

Campers will walk in between locations (0.4 mile/ 8-minute walk) accompanied by staff – a green method of transportation and healthy part of the day! Campers must bring each day:

  • Lunch, 2 snacks, water bottle
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen (applied at home)
  • Any medications
  • Official camp T-shirt. Campers are required to wear the camp T-shirt each day. One T-shirt is included with camp registration.
    Reserve and purchase your camp T-shirts HERE.

Pick-up and Drop off:

  • Ages 7-9 morning drop off at Coder Kids, afternoon pick up at MPA
  • Ages 10-12 morning drop off at MPA, afternoon pick up at Coder Kids

Please fill out the emergency contact, medical and release form, and bring on the first day of camp (forms are also available at MPA’s front desk and at the McLean Community Center):

Click Here: MPA Summer Camp Form PDF

Art Instructors: Sharon Fishel, Arthur Kwon Lee, and Diana Gibson
Coding Instructors: Coder Kids Staff

Week 1: June 19 – 23 — CANCELLED
Week 2: June 26 – 30
Week 3: July 5-7 (short week- 3 days)
Week 4: July 10 – 14
Week 5: July 17 – 21
Week 6: July 24 – 28
Week 7: July 31 – August 4
Week 8: August 7 – 11

Sculpture: 2D and 3D Creation

Weeks 1 and 7

ART: Construct your own crazy creatures, zany structures, imaginary machines, and moveable mobiles working with clay, wire, plastic, different papers, and up-cycled found materials. Through spatial problem-solving and experimenting with different textures and mixed media, you will experiment with 2D and 3D assemblage methods to add to, subtract from, and expand your creations. We will also learn what it means to be an environmentally friendly artist by reimagining uses for household materials we throw away every day, and recognize how to conserve our artist materials.

CODING: Flow through the steps of the software development cycle when you plan, design, code and debug your own 2D Rube Goldberg Machine, perhaps using some of those same structures created at MPA! Kick off your 3D experience by solving puzzles to navigate a character through a 3D world using Swift, the programming language used to code iOS applications.

5 sessions @ 7 hrs, $475/$445 MCC District Residents
Ages 7-9
6201.117         M-F, 6/19-6/23                 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 10-12
6211.117         M-F, 6/19-6/23                  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 7-9
6207.117         M-F, 7/31-8/4                    9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 10-12
6217.117         M-F, 7/31-8/4                     9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Ancient to Modern Myths

Weeks 2 and 6

ART: Draw, print, collage, paint, and construct your way through ancient and modern-day lore and folktales from across the world, including Roman, Greek, Celtic, Native American and Eastern traditions. Learn how colors have different meanings depending on the culture, and practice proportion and rendering techniques with your subjects. Discover stories and imagery inspired from these different cultures, which will inspire you to create your own legendary tales through 2D and 3D art with your own mythological characters and settings.

CODING: Inspired by a folktale you discussed at MPA or want to create one of your own? Remix it using Scratch and Minecraft mods! Recreate the characters, write your own story, and build quizzes with fun facts and questions to ask your friends and family. Top it off by creating your version of the items and potions used in your favorite ancient legends and introducing them in your Minecraft world.

5 sessions @ 7 hrs, $475/$445 MCC District Residents
Ages 7-9
6202.117         M-F, 6/26-6/30               9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 10-12
6212.117         M-F, 6/26-6/30                9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 7-9
6206.117         M-F, 7/24-7/28                9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 10-12
6216.117         M-F, 7/24-7/28                 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Exploring the Elements of Art and Coding

Weeks 3 and 5

*Week 3, July 5-7, will be a shorter “survey” week packed with fun covering the fundamentals– a great intro to our new program and partnership!

ART: Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of art while drawing and painting with different materials, focusing on observation, value, texture, color, realism and abstraction. Work with pen, graphite, charcoal, pastels, acrylic and watercolor paints, and collage techniques while you learn about influential artists and how to problem-solve through the artistic process.

CODING: Master the fundamentals of coding by learning to code in Scratch, Swift, Python or Java. Discover sequences, for-loops, parallelism, conditionals and data manipulation through a series of coding projects designed to develop new coders and accelerate advanced coders.

3 sessions @ 7 hrs, $285/$270 MCC District Residents
Ages 7-9
6203.117         M-F, 7/5-7/7                9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 10-12
6213.117         M-F, 7/5-7/7                9:00 am – 4:00 pm

5 sessions @ 7 hrs, $475/$445 MCC District Residents
Ages 7-9
6205.117         M-F, 7/17-7/21              9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 10-12
6215.117         M-F, 7/17-7/21               9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Heroes and Villains: Create Your Own Adventure

Weeks 4 and 8

ART: Who is a hero in your life or imagination? What despicable traits does a villain possess? Craft a fantastic adventure story this week as you learn about character development, storyboarding, emotion and expression, and storytelling through images. Fly through drawing, painting, collaging, and 3D construction as you create your settings and characters, both good and bad, to fuel your saga.

CODING: Bring your characters to life through coding! Use the Scratch programming language to create characters and have them move, talk and interact in their own digital world. The coding fun continues as you create custom items, armor and costumes for your heroes and villains in Minecraft.

5 sessions @ 7 hrs, $475/$445 MCC District Residents
Ages 7-9
6204.117         M-F, 7/10-7/14             9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 10-12
6214.117         M-F, 7/10-7/14              9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 7-9
6208.117         M-F, 8/7-8/11               9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages 10-12
6218.117         M-F, 8/7-8/11                9:00 am – 4:00 pm


For Teens Ages 13-18:

Vosler Young Artists’ Studio @ MPA

M-F, August 14 – 18, 2017
9:30 am– 4:00 pm
Full day, week-long session
Held all day at MPA

For any young artist with the desire to learn classical drawing. No previous experience is necessary.

Join us as we welcome back Kerry Vosler and her highly regarded atelier studio for the second year in a row!  This workshop will introduce the young artist to a classical atelier program of instruction.  Students will learn to draw through direct observation led by master instructor, Kerry Vosler.

Students will draw a variety of pictures in charcoal throughout the week including copy work from the late 19th century, Bargue-Gerome Drawing Course, culminating in a session with a live model on Friday afternoon. The Bargue drawings this year will include different content on the human skull and muscles of the face and neck. Students will have at least two finished portfolio drawings by the end of the week, and parents and families are encouraged to attend the closing certificate ceremony on Friday. During lunch, guest artists will be invited speak to the students. Stay tuned for all details.

Read about the summer 2016 workshop in the August 18, 2016 Sun Gazette (Front page, continued on pg. 3)

5 lessons @ 6.5 hrs, $445/$415 MCC District Residents
Age 13-18
6209.117         M-F, 8/14-8/18                        9:30 am – 4:00 pm