FIDDLEHEAD FOREST & ART CAMP – SUMMER SERIES!

Making art in nature, ages 6-12.

Outdoor Educator Tara Habeck, founder of the Ann Arbor Forest School, and Art Educator, Anne Erlewine team up for a summer camp series structured simply to explore nature and art at the Bird Hills Nature Area.

Camps are offered Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon. Our mornings will begin with a sharing circle, followed by a hike and time to play in nature, lunch, and an hour of making art. You will find class descriptions below. $280 per camp

Clay and Play 6/17-6/20

This camp explores the malleable world of clay. We will explore how clay from our earth becomes the clay we create with. We will explore making pinch pots, coil pots and tiny sculptures. We will do some slab work – learning how to create textures with clay tools, draw simple patterns to create a form and how to bind the seams of our forms to seal them. We will try our hand at bas-relief with local botanicals to make botanical imprints. We will learn how to create texture and form using a variety of tools and techniques.

Guest Artist: Miranda Hitzemann – 3D Design/Maker

Stamp and Stomp 7/1-7/4

This week we will explore stamp making. We will start by making impressions on the earth with our feet, we will learn how to use vegetables to make stamps. Campers will have an opportunity to create their own hand-carved stamps using rubber carving blocks that we will print on archival paper with archival inks. Campers will be able to take their stamps home and use them for a long time. Pre-carved stamps for demonstration and experimenting will be provided. We will participate in a community stamp mural on the last day of class in celebration of what we have learned and made.

Guest Artist: Amanda Moore – Printmaker/Co-Owner of Ypsi Bloom Studio. https://www.ypsibloom.com/

Sketch and Stretch 7/29-8/1

This week we will learn to make our marks beginning with nature’s finest elemental drawing tool – charcoal. We will explore line drawing and blending techniques with pencil, mark making on different textured paper, what a grading scale is and how to use it in drawing. On the final day we will bring markers and a large wooden ¼” panel to draw on for our doodling collaboration celebration.

Guest artist: Sarah Atlas Nisbett
https://www.drawnontheway.com/about-sarah

Weave and Wander 8/5-8/8

This week we will explore plants that you can make dye with, how plant dyes are made, how they work with natural mordants and fibers and how to dye cloth and string. We will explore what we can make with what we have dyed using simple sewing techniques, weaving with hand-made looms, painting on fabric, and flower pounding.

Guest Artist: TBD

Pigments and Figments 8/12-8/15

This week we will be learning about pigments that you can make with plant materials and experimenting with sumi brushes on rag paper with these simple earth-made colors. We will learn how to paint with watercolor and work on sketching and painting a simple still life we arrange from what we find in nature.

Guest Artist: Leo James Willer
https://www.instagram.com/leojameswiller/

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DAILY SCHEDULE?

8:50-9:00      Drop-off
9:00-9:10      Opening circle
9:10-10:30    Hike, guided nature observation, play in nature
10:30-10:50  Early lunch
10:50-11:50  Art making
11:50-noon  Clean up
Noon             Pickup

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Tick protection
  • Clothes you can get messy and stained with art supplies or a smock
ARE ART SUPPLIES INCLUDED?
Art supplies will be provided for the classes.
WHERE IS PICKUP AND DROP-OFF?
Drop-off is at the Newport Road entrance to Bird Hills Nature Area. 

Pickup is at the Bird Road entrance to Bird Hills Nature Area or Barton Nature Area Boat Launch.

WHAT HAPPENS IN INCLEMENT WEATHER?
In the event of inclement weather, class will be cancelled. Inclement weather conditions include:

  • thunder
  • heavy rain
  • gusting wind
  • air quality alert
  • high heat index
HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM TICKS?
Some precautionary measures could be implemented to protect yourself from ticks:

  • Teach your child how to identify ticks.
  • When you send your child off to the forest, dress them in long pants tucked into socks to reduce the surface area where one could be bitten.
  • Use bug repellent as you feel comfortable.
  • Do regular tick checks. When you pick your child up from the forest, check their head, clothing and bag for ticks. Do a full body check at home. Continue to check for ticks daily, even on non-forest days.
  • Wash outdoor clothing in hot water and/or put in the dryer on high. Or put dry clothing in the dryer on high for 15 minutes.
  • Leave backpack outside the house.

Here is some additional reading material you might find of use:

In the event class is canceled due to inclement weather, a makeup class will be held on Friday.

WHAT IS THE STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO?
1:8
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO ENROLL?

This art camp is geared towards children ages 7 to 12. Campers need to have appropriate self-regulation to participate in group activities in the great outdoors. Feel free to reach out to discuss accommodations your child may need.

HOW STRICT IS THE AGE RANGE?

The age range is based on the type of activities the children will be participating in. Flexibility in the age range may be possible, depending on a variety of factors, including the child’s experience with prior forest school education or if the child is older and is interested in becoming a junior camp counselor. The instructors are also open to having a conversation with parents if they believe their child can meaningfully participate in and get value from the program.

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
The program has established a scholarship fund. The resources within that fund are volunteer driven.
HOW DO I ENROLL?
Email tara@annarborforestschool.com to receive the enrollment forms and payment link.

Interested in learning more about Fiddlehead Forest & Art Camp?