The Junior Program is for students entering the 3rd & 4th grade. Their day begins in a full group music experience and then moves on to varied classes in theater, movement, visual and multi- media arts. Juniors may now indicate their preference of the four latter offerings. A teaching assistant guides them from class to class. This program is designed to offer students the freedom to participate in all of the arts that SFOA offers, while still recognizing the specific needs of younger artists. Half day option is available.
* SFOA recognizes that some children may experience performance anxiety and find it difficult participating in the public performance of a particular class. It is the policy of SFOA that no student be compelled to perform with his or her group. However it is expected that the child remain with and support his or her peers while they rehearse/practice. An alternative, non-performing activity may be offered to that student during the time their peer group is rehearsing, at the discretion of the administration.
2018 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
**ALL CLASSES SUBJECT TO CHANGE **
SFOA is fortunate to welcome teaching artists who are professionals in their fields. Sometimes their schedules change on short notice and ours may too. If a class is canceled or changed, we will contact you and do our best to place you in a similar class. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
- Junior Music- All Juniors are required to try a music class! But this year, we will be splitting our music experience into TWO groups, to allow for more personalized attention. All Juniors will be placed with one of our amazing music teachers, Hayden Kline or Carl Ferm. Both classes will expose students to a wide range of musical experiences, including singing, creating and playing simple instruments, listening to different styles of music, as well as lots of field trips!
- Exploratory Fiction- New this Year! Write adventurous short stories, with inspiration from nature, books, and your wildest dreams! Bring a pencil and your most outlandish ideas. (Writing ~ Instructor Camille Ross)
- Art Journaling- We will take discarded library books and turn them into works of art without lifting a pencil. NO WRITING REQUIRED. Using collage, paper folding, pockets, and print-making, we will express ourselves and what we love on each page. (Visual Art ~ Instructor Caresse Hanson)
- Choose Your Own Adventure Theater- Back by popular demand! Each day is a new adventure in this fun and creative theater class! Students will explore the basics of improvisation and design a play of their very own that changes and grows over the course of camp! (Theater ~ Instructor Dylan Billings)
- Bringing Books to Life- New this year! In this class we'll recreate scenes, props and decorations inspired by the books we love. Use your imagination to bring your favorite stories to life! (Visual Art ~ Instructor Caresse Hanson)
- Super Hero Theater- Back by popular demand! Be a part of the ultimate superhero show. Campers will invent their own superheroes and help write the plot of a dramatic and action packed performance. (Theater ~ Instructor Dylan Billings)
- Dance Party- New this year! Learn new dance moves and show of the awesome moves you've already got! Take field trips around MDI to show off your favorite dances- maybe even start a Flash Mob or two! This dance class will encourage creativity, improvisation, and fun! (Movement ~ Instructor TBA)
- MDI Creature Feature- New this year! Make paintings, mosaics, and paper mache creatures, focusing on the wildlife of MDI! So . . . lobsters? loons? beavers? Whatever you can think of, we can create it! (Visual Art ~ Instructor Anna Walker)
- Movin’ and Groovin’- Learn, create and share all sorts of unique dance techniques. Together we will choreograph a performance where you can show off your favorite moves. Move your body, use your energy, and spend some time outside in the sunshine! (Movement ~ Instructor TBA)
- Lights! Camera! Action! New this year! In this class, junior students will learn basic acting techniques, play theater games, and have the opportunity to perform their own play during junior finale. (Theater ~ Instructor Natalie Rogers)
- Fiddle Me This: Irish Folk Art and Music Through the Ages- New this year! Learn about Irish folk art through crafts, history, and fiddling. We will be learning about Irish folk art through time and making art of our own. No prior experience is required. (Visual Art & Music ~ Instructors Camille Ross and Laura McArdle)
- Poetry SLAM! Poetry slam is all about the awesome power of words! Juniors will practice writing their own material and performing it out loud using acting skills and rhythms. We will study different kinds of poems and poetic usages, and students who wish to participate will perform their own written work at Junior Finale. (Writing ~ Instructor Natalie Rogers)
- Character Dance- New this year! Bring your favorite characters to life and incorporate them into your dance moves! Lip sync to a song by your favorite artist, dance in the style of your favorite animal, or recreate a scene from your favorite movie. Use your imagination to make your dancing as creative as possible! (Movement ~ Instructor TBA)