Campers are encouraged to explore, create and express themselves in a wide range of art forms under the guidance and instruction of an accomplished art educator.
This programme is dedicated to developing, stimulating and inspiring creativity in the Visual Arts for youngsters with all levels of talent from curious, enthusiastic beginners through to experienced artists with a proven 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.
A course highlight is the excursion during the middle of the second week to the impressive Yorkshire Sculpture Park in a glorious country park setting about an hour’s drive from Camp. The display has many important permanent sculptures 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.
Typical Activities and Subjects per session
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 and the daily programme can be dependent on the weather.
Mon Sculptures using soap and clay
Tue 'Plein-Air' drawing with oil, pastels, charcoal and pencils
Wed Print-making with Styrofoam and linoleum
Thu 'Found-objects' sculpture
Fri Painting using acrylics and water colours either indoors or outside
Mon Start the Group Mural
Tue Complete the Group Mural
Wed Excursion to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Thu Origami and Sumi brush painting
Fri Review of course
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 as well as a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York. Campers enjoy an exciting range of evening activities highlighted by the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.
Further details about the accommodation, meals and facilities at Queen Ethelburga’s can be found on the "Country England Overview Page".