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Summer STEAM (Art + STEM) Camp 2017

Offered by the McLean Project for the Arts

For ages 7–9 and 10–12
Full-day, week-long sessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This summer, 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 both the material and digital worlds by exploring common themes in both environments. Campers will gain a solid understanding of the approaches to both art and computer science in an inspiring and supportive environment where they will recognize the similarities and differences between the respective creative approaches. For half of each day, campers will learn about and create art in MPA’s professional studio (MPA @ ChainBridge, 1446 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean).  The other half day , campers will learn how to write their own code, at their own pace, using algorithmic and process-oriented individualized instruction based on their own interests. Campers of all artistic and coding experience are welcome!

Stay tuned for more details on the MPA website: www.mpaart.org/education/summer-art-camps.
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9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Week 1: June 19–23
Week 2: June 26–30
Week 3: July 5–7 (short week–three 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 & 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 problemsolving 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 that we throw away every day and recognizing how to conserve 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

7-9 years
6201.117          M-F, 6/19-6/23          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

10-12 years
6211.117          M-F, 6/19-6/23          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

7-9 years
6207.117          M-F, 7/31-8/4          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

10-12 years
6217.117          M-F, 7/31-8/4          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

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

7-9 years
6202.117          M-F, 6/26-6/30          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

10-12 years
6212.117          M-F, 6/26-6/30          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

7-9 years
6206.117          M-F, 7/24-7/28          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

10-12 years
6216.117          M-F, 7/24-7/28          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Exploring the Elements of Art & 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.
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3 sessions @ 7 hrs, $285/$270 MCC district residents

7-9 years
6203.117          M-F, 7/5-7/7          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

10-12 years
6213.117          M-F, 7/5-7/7          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

5 sessions @ 7 hrs, $475/$445 MCC district residents

7-9 years
6205.117          M-F, 7/17-7/21          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

10-12 years
6215.117          M-F, 7/17-7/21          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Heroes & 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

7-9 years
6204.117          M-F, 7/10-7/14          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

10-12 years
6214.117          M-F, 7/10-7/14          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

7-9 years
6208.117          M-F, 8/7-8/11          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

10-12 years
6218.117         M-F, 8/7-8/11          9 a.m.–4 p.m.

New Camp Location
MPA has been in residence at the McLean Community Center (MCC) for more than 25 years. While the MCC undergoes an extensive renovation, MPA will relocate to a temporary location, MPA @ ChainBridge, located at: 1446 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA (in the Giant Shopping Center).

Contact MPA Education Director Christina Girardi at 703-790-1953 or 703-847-1953.

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