Chadwick Summer: Arts Unlimited

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Overview

The Chadwick School's Arts Unlimited was founded more than 30 years ago to foster arts and creativity during summer vacation. From the beginning, we have been highly committed to the belief that each child has artistic talents.

Nurtured by high-quality mentoring, coaching and teaching, young people at Arts Unlimited can reach their amazing potential. Offerings include instrumental music, photography, dance, drawing, painting, drama, singing, writing, sculpting, creative cooking, textile arts, physical fitness and games.

Adventure in Film (ages 12 - 14)

Ships, fast cars, planes, explosions, monsters, lions, tigers and bears, oh my! This course will present all of the above adventure themes in film. Watch and study from Flash Gordon to The Avengers. PG-13 films will be shown.

Animation in Film

Animation has spanned many categories of film, from comedy and adventure and adventure to musicals. The class will discuss the development of feature and short animated films and view examples. All presentations are family-rated.

AU Orchestra

Any student who has experience with a traditional band or orchestra instrument (wind, percussion or strings) is welcome in AU Orchestra. The orchestra will perform at various lunch festivals throughout AU and will give a final performance on July 25 at AU Open House. All levels welcome. Instruments must be provided by students, but lockers are available for day-to-day storage.

AU Weekly

If students like to write articles, interview people, and take pictures, this is the class for them. Budding journalists get hands-on experience as the news crew that publishes the Arts Unlimited weekly newspaper.

Bling

Students make their style known by decorating clothing and objects with appliqué, trims and sparkles.

Cartooning

From idea, to outline, to storyboard, to final drawing in panels, students learn the basics of this art form - inventing and creating their own cartoon character. This class deals with printed cartoons and not animation.

Ceramics

This class teaches the hand-building methods of clay construction. Pieces will be glazed and fired once students have built and decorated them. Wheel techniques may be introduced at the discretion of the instructor. Please Note: All materials are lead-free.

Cheer Dance

Precision, pom-pom skills, and sideline dances are taught as students show their AU pride! Participants will perform at AU Festival and Open House. All levels welcome.

Chess

Chess develops spatial thinking and builds concentration. Students can learn this game of strategy or advance their expertise. All levels welcome; advanced students welcomed and challenged.

Creative Cooking 1 (all ages)

Student chefs learn cooking basics, preparing everything from appetizers and entrees to desserts. A variety of recipes will be prepared and sampled featuring fresh and healthy food. Please note: We are unable to accommodate food allergies in this class.

Creative Cooking 2 (ages 12 - 14)

Student chefs learn cooking basics, preparing everything from appetizers and entrees to desserts. A variety of recipes will be prepared and sampled featuring fresh and healthy food. Please note: We are unable to accommodate food allergies in this class.

Creative Writing

Students who see writing as a form of art will be introduced to the techniques and mechanics of creative writing as they participate in warm-up exercises, construct stories, write poetry, and more, keeping a journal of their work. 

Digital Filmmaking

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Here's your chance. Come learn the art of storytelling through film. All aspects of script writing, directing and editing will be covered. Students will learn how to use modern cinematic tools to express personal stories. Each student will end the course with their own personal film. Students must provide their own HD digital video camera. 

Drawing

Drawing is the foundation upon which all visual arts are based. All types of drawing will be presented including doodling, which has been found to have a positive benefit on concentration. Pencil and paper will be the main media, but colored pencils, markers, ink and other drawing materials will be available.

Fast Trax Snax 1 (ages 9 - 10) 

This food course is designed for our youngest campers. Students will prepare and sample a healthy snack each day. Students will learn the basics of food prep, knife use, clean up and nutrition. The focus is on fun! We are unable to accommodate food allergies in this class. 

Fast Trax Snax 2 (ages 11 - 14)

Students will prepare and sample a healthy snack each day. Students will learn the basics of food prep, knife use, clean up and nutrition. The focus is on fun! We are unable to accommodate food allergies in this class. 

Fencing l

The basic beginning techniques of fencing are taught to those new to this storied art. Students will offer demonstrations at AU Open House. Equipment will be provided.

Fencing ll

This class expands upon skills acquired in Fencing I. Students have the opportunity to fence with classmates. Participants will offer demonstrations at AU Open House. Note: This class is for students who have completed Fencing I or the equivalent. If it is determined that a student is not prepared by adequate prior experience, they will be reassigned, space allowing. Equipment will be provided.

Fun Physics! (ages 12 - 14)

This class presents elementary physics in a safe and fun format. Using household items, students build battery-powered cars, mousetrap cars, and Rube Goldberg-style inventions. Favorites such as an egg drop and other experiential science explorations will be included. 

Fused Glass

This class explores the increasingly popular art of using heat (in a glass kiln) to form glass into a variety of ornaments such as tiles, flowers, jewelry, and animals.

Improv

Theater games, scene performances and character development are part of the fun of improv. Students learn the art of theatrical expression and the acting tools used to achieve it in this workshop class.

Ink.Paper.Scissors.Glue

This course features calligrahy and lettering design. Bound books, bookmarks, samplers and certificates are taught as well as stationery (paper and envelopes). The art of origami flowers will be explored as well as the endless uses of paper arts.

Jazz Band

Intended for students interested in playing in a jazz band, this course covers the basics of jazz, and explores classic and modern jazz literature. Players of the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano and drums are welcome at all levels. Students must provide their own instruments and have some experience with them.Jazz DanceDancers will improve their technique and style while learning creative dance combinations. Participants will perform at AU Festival and Open House. All levels accepted.

Jewelry

Students will make a variety of types of jewelry, from cut metal to wire and bead construction. Earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces will be featured.

Leadership Training (ages 12 - 14)

For both school and life, learning how to be a leader is an invaluable skill to acquire. How to lend assistance to teachers and administrators, becoming familiar with a variety of classes, organizational tasks and the management of time and people will be presented. Also, the understanding and practice of how to become a role model to younger students comprises part of this program. This preparation can be a valuable asset to young people. The core values of Chadwick (respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, compassion) will serve as the framework for the training and competencies in the broad subject of "character" will form the curriculum. This course replaces our previous CIT program. The CIT discount is no longer offered.

Mosaic Making

Students nip and grout tile pieces and bits of glass onto surfaces such as vessels, tiles, and garden art to create a variety of colorful projects. Eye protection equipment will be provided.

Musical Production

Through song, dance and acting, students in this 3-period performance class will present  “The Little Mermaid,” performed on July 23 at 7:30 p.m., during the final week of the summer program. The play will be a collaborative ensemble piece, featuring the unique talents of each student. Please Note: There may be additional rehearsal times added. Directors will cast the show after the first day of class. A costume rental fee of $30 will be added to the cost of the course at the time of registration.

Painting

Use acrylic paint on canvas, students express themselves through creations based on instruction in style and design, as well as color theory and composition. Collage and mixed media will be featured as well. All levels welcome.

Poetry

This class will teach the forms and mechanics of poetry writing. Each student will maintain a poetry journal and the unique voice of each student will be explored. There will be opportunities to share poems with fellow campers throughout the program and with family and friends at Open House.

Printmaking

Using a manual roller press and a variety of printmaking tools, students learn to create inventive and expressive monoprints.

Sing Out 1 (ages 9 - 10)

This class will feature vocal techniques through daily group exercises and personal coaching. Students will prepare and present vocal solos and learn microphone techniques, stage presence and interpretation of material. 

Sing Out 2 (ages 11 - 14)

This class will feature vocla techniques through daily group exercises and personal coaching. Students will prepare and present vocal solos and learn microphone techniques, stage presence and interpretation of material. 

Sports

There is an art to playing any sport! This class features informal large group games such as Frisbee, capture the flag,  soccer, basketball, kickball, and flag football.

Strings 'n' Things

Students create lanyards, friendship bracelets, tie-dye, macrame, and more as they explore new approaches to the classic crafts we all know and love.

Swimming

Swimmers learn water safety and increase water skills while also enjoying pool games and swims.  Please note: Beginning level water safety skills (ability to dog-paddle) are required.

Yarn Magic

Students new to working with yarn learn the basics of knitting and crocheting while those with experience improve their skills. All will create individual art pieces.

YogaBuddies

This class is designed to increase a feeling of well being in students. A body-mind connection is achieved through gentle stretches, positions and breathing techniques that have been used for thousands of years. No previous experience required.

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