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Summer Creative Arts Camp | England UK | York

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.

Summer Camp Programme suitable for ages 10-17

Programme Overview

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.

Week One

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

Week Two

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".

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English Language Add-on GBP 150

*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.