Ages 8 - 18
Picture a beautiful park with a community made up of tents full of other kids, where everyone is excited to try creating something new and learn about themselves in the process. Whether a camper is brand new to Willowbrook or has been there for years, the opportunity to be an artisan is a rite of passage that helps campers find a sense of self and discover new ideas and people everyday, creating a perpetual system of interconnected invention that sparks imagination.
To follow COVID-19 guidelines in Summer 2021, we will be keeping campers in set groups throughout the week, so they will have to pick one primary art or nature focus. In this set group, campers will still be able to pick their activities and we will bring in materials from other creative areas to provide additional choice.
In our Ceramics tent, campers use their imaginations and hands to explore clay and learn the art of handbuilt and wheel-thrown ceramics. They can even glaze their clay creations and have them fired in our camp kiln.
In this tent, campers create their own books, stories, and graphic novels. They can even type them up on one of our many vintage typewriters! The Creative Writing tent also publishes the Babbling Brook, a zine written and created by WB campers.
In the dance tent, campers can choreograph their own dances, play movement games, and learn dances from a variety of styles and cultures, including tap, swing, ballet, jazz, salsa, world folk dances, and more! The Dance tent also works on choreographing and rehearsing our annual dance show, which takes place during Week 4.
All the world’s a stage in our Drama tent! Campers can audition for any of our summer performances, rehearse their lines with others, learn acting techniques in drama workshops, and play fun group drama games. If your Artisan camper would like to participate in a Willowbrook play, they should be registered for the two-week camp period dedicated to the play they want to be in.
Our Fine Arts tent offers a rich variety of media and project offerings each week, which gives campers the opportunity to develop their creative skills, use their imaginations, and explore a range of materials. Favorite activities include tile mosaics, painting, jewelry making, and shrinky dinks.
Our Strings staff inspires a love of music and exposes campers of all ages to the world of stringed instruments. Campers can take individual lessons to learn the basics of violin, viola, and cello, practice songs of their choosing, and play in ensembles.
In this tent, campers learn the basics of traditional Native American beadwork and authentic cultural crafts. Project offerings include flat beading, jewelry making, and dream catchers.
Campers learn about the natural world around them and discover a sense of environmental stewardship in our Nature tent. They enjoy interactive lessons, nature-based crafts, games, and guided walks along the Tualatin River. This tent features many preserved animal and plant specimens, and is often visited by a live animal or two!
Say cheese! The Photography tent allows campers to explore digital and film photography. Campers edit and print digital photos with help from our staff and develop film photos in our darkroom. Activities include photo scavenger hunts and craft projects like cyanotypes, photo collages and magnets.
Our Artisan Weaving tent introduces campers to the techniques of knitting and weaving with yarn and other textiles. Favorite activities include friendship bracelets, loom weaving, embroidery, felting, and more!
Campers may sign up for individual piano and voice lessons from talented Specialists. They can explore piano playing, learn keyboard skills, make up or practice songs of their choosing. Please note: in 2021, the Piano tent will be an ADDITIONAL activity that campers may sign up for outside of their primary art area; it will not be a primary registration area itself.
Artisan campers have the unique opportunity to learn how to create masterpieces in stained and fused glass. Guided by our skilled staff, campers learn how to safely operate glass tools and create beautiful objects like sun catchers, jewelry, mosaics, and more! Please note: in 2021, the Stained Glass tent will be an ADDITIONAL activity that campers may sign up for outside of their primary art area; it will not be a primary registration area itself.