APRIL 9 - JUNE 4, 2018
- Ages: 6-10
- Dates: Mondays, April 9, 23, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4
- 7 sessions
- Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
- Location: Knoll Farm, 700 Bragg Hill Rd, Fayston, Vermont
- Tuition: $280/ siblings $140
*This program is full, waiting list registration is available
This full day program, for kids ages 6-10, offers an introduction to sculpture with wood and recyclables. Each week participants will learn hands-on skills and gain experience working with power tools. Check out our projects from the 2017 Sculpture School Jr program. The weekly flow of the course involves a project-based curriculum designed to meet the interests of the group, which includes large-scale collaborative projects and smaller individual works. Each session will provide a demonstration of a building concept and a safety training for working with tools and materials. Throughout the day we will work on projects that are guided by the instructors, engage in unstructured creation time, and play outdoors.
9:50am - 10:00am | Drop-off
Kids are dropped off at the farm stand at Knoll Farm.
10:00am - 10:20am | Game
The group comes together to begin the day with an outdoor game. Each week a new game is designed to build relationships, evoke group problem solving and exercise the body. The egg cart game is an example of a creative and physical exercise.
10:20am - 10:30am | Snack
After our creative exercise we return to the shop to have a morning snack. The group takes 10 minutes to breathe and prepare for the day.
10:30am - 10:45am | Planning
Everyone huddles together and create a plan and set intentions. We take a moment to look around the room at the progress everyone has made on their projects. We take turns asking each individual what they want to accomplish by the end of class. Sometimes kids decide they want to work in pairs or small groups, and other times they have a vision for an individual project. This is a time to communicate and craft an agenda together.
10:45am - 11:00am | Demonstration
Once intentions are set, the group stays together for a demonstration of a skill or technique that can be employed throughout the day. It may be how to apply plaster to make a mold or how to attach chicken wire to a 2x4. Everyone is asked to check-in and listen, even if they don't plan on using the specific skill - it may spark and idea for a future step in their work. The content of the demonstration varies based on the interests and demands of the group week-by-week.
11:00am - 12:00pm | Morning Building Session
After the demonstration the group disperses and begins working on their projects. Individualized attention is given to each project throughout the building session. The roller coaster prototype is an example of a group project which was constructed throughout the course of one day.
12:00pm - 12:30pm | Lunch
It may be a challenge to pry some kids off of their projects but the group is called together for a well deserved lunch break.
12:30pm - 12:45pm | Afternoon Check-in
We reconvene and assess our progress and goals for the day.
12:45pm - 2:45pm | Afternoon Building Session
Kids return to their projects and pick up their drills. On occasion, the afternoon is offered as a time where they can deviate from their projects and engage in free build. During these sessions they are given freedom to make prototypes and tinker with tools and materials of their choice.
2:45pm - 3:00pm | Clean-up
We work together to pick up any screws, drills, clamps and bits laying around our workspace. Every tool is returned to its proper place and every project is stored away for the following week.
3:00pm | Pick-up
Parents arrive to pick-up their kids and see the progress made throughout the day.