A successful, established and highly original programme encouraging campers to explore, create and express themselves in a wide range of art forms – all under the expert professional guidance of our art educator. Time is set aside to improve and develop any special talents and interests of each young artist.
This programme is dedicated to developing, stimulating and inspiring creativity in the Visual Arts for youngsters with differing levels of talent from curious, enthusiastic beginners through to experienced artists with a record of achievement. The art group works either in the well-equipped Art Studio or in the open air in the picturesque grounds and gardens. The College, itself boasts many beautifully crafted sculptures and bronzes both in the public indoor areas, the Fountain Park, the Secret Garden and the spectacular Olympic Square.
During the course, the work completed by each camper is displayed for the whole Camp to admire. In most sessions the group elects to combine some of its work on a large and always impressive Group Mural that is unveiled at the end of the course.
Typical Course Activities and Subjects
The following schedule is given as a guide as the actual activities can vary according to the skills and specialisations of the individual art specialists directing the course. The daily programme can be dependent on the weather. Here are just a few of the innovative highlights:
Sculptures using soap and clay
Pointillism with coloured inks
Crumpled soda can into a watercolour still life
Amazing Exploding Box (it’s a secret!)
A group canvas project where The class collaborates to make large sets for the Performing Arts stage show
The Creative Arts class collaborates with the Performing Arts class to design and make the stage costumes
A course highlight is the excursion during the middle of the second week. Depending on the interests and ages of each group we choose to visit either:the impressive Yorkshire Sculpture Park in a glorious country park setting about an hour’s drive from Camp. The open-air display has many important permanent sculptures, including Barbara Hepworth and Sir Henry Moore, but also features ‘rotating’ exhibitions from all over the world. There are never less than 60 individual works on display in the beautiful landscaped gardens.
ORthe newly re-furbished, award-winning York Art Gallery situated in the centre of York, near the famous York Minster, is always a great hit with our art-campers. It boasts a wonderful collection of paintings, drawings and prints spanning 600 years - all displayed in spacious, light galleries. There is an exceptional collection of ceramics, interactive working areas and studios, some of which we can usually use – and lots of innovative and fascinating special events and exhibitions.
Accommodation, Excursions & Activities
The Village Camps site, Queen Ethelburga's College, provides an exceptional standard of state-of-the-art accommodation. The Camp has an impressive range of leisure and sports facilities all in the glorious 'parkland' setting of the green Yorkshire countryside. Highlights include a full day excursion to Manchester with time for shopping and planned leisure activities in the impressive Trafford Centre as well as a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York. Here there is time to visit the famous York Minster and other major points of interest. In the afternoons and evenings, campers at York enjoy an exciting range of activities. Highlights are the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.
Further details about the excursions and activities can be found in the "Country England Overview Pages".