Ages 5 - 10
A mini version of our Artisan area, The Village is a magical place, filled with age appropriate arts and nature activities - from dance and drama, to art, nature, music, pottery, puppetry, storytelling and more! Kids are encouraged to embrace their curiosity, explore new and fun interests, and discover their creative potential. Each child is assigned a ‘home tent’ and given ample free-choice time.
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.
Village Art inspires a love of art in our campers as they explore a wide range of artistic materials and express their creativity. Activities rotate daily, but frequent activities include painting and drawing from life, creating self-portraits, sculpting, and a variety of mixed-media craft projects.
In the Basketry tent, campers learn to weave natural reed into beautiful, functional baskets of all shapes and sizes. Projects are self-guided with staff support. Campers can dedicate as much or as little time as they please to their baskets.
Villagers explore clay and learn the basics of handbuilding and wheel-throwing in our Ceramics tent. Projects rotate daily but free-sculpting is always an option for those who want to let their imaginations run wild!
The Village Dance tent invites our campers to get up and move! Campers can choreograph their own dances, play movement games, and learn dance moves from a variety of cultures and styles, including tap and ballet. Campers interested in tap dancing should pack a pair of socks to reduce the risk of blisters.
In the Village Drama tent, imaginations run wild! Campers learn to communicate and cooperate as they play drama games, create storylines, act out scenes, and dress up in costumes. Campers in this tent have the opportunity to put on special Village performances each week.
Lead by our experienced Dance Specialist, campers of all ages learn traditional folk dances from around the world. These activities build community, inspire a love of dance, and expose campers to the beauty of different cultures.
If you can imagine it, you can create it in the Invention tent! Our staff provides the support, tools, and materials that campers need to turn their imaginative inventions into reality. Using a variety of recycled materials and deconstructed objects, they solve problems and make fantastic inventions.
This area will provide campers an opportunity to experience collaging, paper marbling, origami, paper cuts, making their own wrapping paper, creating blank books, mixed media art, making paper, drawing, painting and more.
Budding musicians will love the opportunities to explore a range of instruments in our Village Music tent! Guitars, drums, recorders, maracas, ukuleles, and more are available to campers to play and experiment. Musical parades, group music games, jam sessions, and instrument lessons are all part of the fun.
The offerings in the Village Nature tent are designed to teach our campers about the natural world around them and inspire a sense of environmental responsibility in the next generation. Activities include nature walks, science experiments, nature-based crafts, and occasional gardening!
Each week, Villagers may sign up for individual piano lessons with our dedicated Village Piano Specialist, who will teach keyboard skills and inspire a love of music. No previous piano experience is necessary - all campers are welcome to play!
In our Printmaking tent, campers create paper crafts and art prints using foam, linoleum, and carving techniques. Favorite activities include creating custom stamps, making greeting cards, paper collages, and practicing calligraphy.
This area will offer opportunities to create puppets and explore other aspects of working with fabric, yarn and fibers. This may include creating quilt squares, knitting, felting, macrame, embroidery, cross stitch, batik and tie dying. Activities will be focused on each camper’s age and interests.
This area will focus on listening, telling and performing stories. Campers will also get an opportunity to work on creative writing in relationship to folktales and storytelling.
The Weaving tent introduces Villagers to basics of weaving with yarn and other textiles. Favorite activities include finger weaving, making friendship bracelets, and weaving on handheld looms.
Take a trip around the world without ever leaving Brown’s Ferry Park! Our World Art tent exposes campers to the artistic forms and techniques of cultures from all around the globe. Favorite projects include mask-making, sewing dolls, henna, and flower crowns.