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Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 13-16) NOTE: Meets at RCTV, 21 Gorham Street Over the course of this week-long camp, students transform into cast and crew to make their own short movie based on a Newbery Medal-winning book. You will learn how to run cameras, set up lights, operate audio equipment, direct, and edit. Oh, and did we mention you’ll be the writers and stars of the movie too? We’ll have a red carpet premiere for friends and family on Friday…

Writing Characters: Heroes, Villains, and Everybody In Between (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) What makes Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, or Twilight’s Bella and Edward so real and beloved? Bringing characters to life in words can feel almost magical. We'll create some of that magic through fun exercises, discussions, videos, and lots of writing. You’ll learn to develop unique, dynamic, and passionate characters from the inside out, making them as vivid as your best friend or worst enemy and able to connect with your readers like never before.

Percy Jackson’s Magic Pen (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 9-12) Percy Jackson is mighty with his sword; his creator, Rick Riordan, is mighty with his pen. Try the writing methods Riordan used to weave a siren spell on you! Prepare by reading the first book of the series, The Lightning Thief. We will mine it for models of how to develop vivid characters, of how to hold readers across chapter breaks, and of the benefits of borrowing story elements from past literature. We’ll craft vivid…

Deaf Lens: A Filmmaking Workshop (August 19 – August 30)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 10-15) ‘As luck would have it, ASL is a language of moving pictures’ - Kenny Lerner & Peter Cook, The Flying Words Project Calling would-be filmmakers! In this two-week-long camp, Deaf and hard of hearing campers get an incredible opportunity to create your own short films! Under the careful guidance of seasoned filmmakers who sign in American Sign Language, students will create shot lists and schedules, direct five-minute short films using mural art field trips as…

I Wonder: Exploring Eternal Questions (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 12-14) Do you enjoy arguing . . . in defense of your ideas? Are you endlessly curious? What about searching for what lies beneath the surface? If so, this is the camp for you! Become a modern- day philosopher, learning how to debate and write creatively. Your personal journal will help capture your impressions and refine your philosophy. Class activities include invigorating discussions, meaningful writing prompts, all in an agora-like setting like ancient Greece. Our experience…

My Idea Book (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: ages 8-11) Artists carry sketchbooks to capture ideas with drawings. Writers carry journals to capture thoughts and experiences with words. In this camp, we will gather pictures and words in our own special “idea books” in order to explore ways in which art and words can work together. We will take walks in the neighborhood and visit the Memorial Art Gallery to capture images in sketches and words. We will experiment with both illustration and writing by trying different…

It’s Alive! Frankenstein and Sci-Fi (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley in a competition with her husband and a friend to write the best horror story, is an early example of science fiction and, some have argued, the first true science fiction story. In this camp, we will use Frankenstein as a springboard to discuss the science fiction genre and to consider the consequences and controversies surrounding certain scientific advancements. Through readings, discussion, activities, and writing exercises, the class will also contemplate…

Heroes of Social Justice (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) Last year, 2018 marked the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, and here in Rochester we will continue to honor his legacy. This camp will celebrate heroes around the world who stand up for justice and freedom. We will learn about local heroes in our history like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, as well as today’s heroes and innovators such as refugee and Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini, human rights activist Yeonmi Pak, and more! You will…

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