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Summer Creative Arts Camp | England | York

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.

Programme suitable for ages

Programme Overview

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:


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:

Summer Camp 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.


Summer Camp the 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".

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English Language Add-on GBP 200

*Not available for campers booking the main English programme

The ‘VCTV’ Project’ - A fun way to improve spoken English ONLY for campers booking other specialist camps!

This is a busy, quite different programme specially designed for those campers who decide to choose one of our main speciality programmes BUT who would like to spend some time improving their spoken English.

So we designed this completely innovative programme to encourage every participating camper to have fun practising speaking English with other campers. All the campers in the team work together on this exciting project – and acquire new TV-production skills at the same time.

The ‘VCTV Project’ is operated by a mock TV crew of campers who work closely with our counsellor team to design simple daily programmes that make a variety of short TV broadcasts. Each camper has several different roles that rotate during the two-week session including Director, programme planners, camera operators, interviewers and editors. The crew produces a daily programme that is viewed by all campers who enjoy watching news, interviews, in-depth investigations and clips. These daily programmes appear on the website for parents to view. Every “job” involves discussions and co-operation.

So, every day, each camper just has to speak ENGLISH with his or her VCTV friends! It is fun-learning - not lessons – and it really works. The campers love it!

VCTV takes place on a total of eight weekday-afternoon sessions, each lasting 90 minutes.

VCTV is designed by a TV production and editing expert working closely with our English Language Director and her qualified English teaching staff alongside other specialists.
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