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Chess Camp
Chess Camp
$195.00

Improve your chess skills working in a small group setting with other enthusiastic players. Some basic skills required.

Teachers: Douglas Hare has competed successfully in many local, national, and international tournaments. He has been teaching chess to students of all levels in the Twin Cities since 1997. Many of his students and teams have earned awards at the state and national level. He has also been the SPA Lower School chess instructor for more than a decade.
Dates: July 9-13, 2018
Time: 9:00-11:30 am
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 2-6 in 2018; younger students with instructor's permission.
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Life of a Story
Life of a Story
$250.00

Have you ever been published? Would you like to be? Life of a Story is an amazing summer journalism workshop that will put you in touch with artists in the Twin Cities so you can tell their stories on Orca Tribe. If you haven't already heard of it, Lutalo Jones, Diane Huang, and John Connelly founded it last year to focus on the work of young musicians, visual artists, fashion designers, photographers, and performers. Classes meet in the morning, for one week in June and feature guest writers from the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio. In just one week, students will learn to conduct meaningful interviews and to write a full length feature story.

Teacher: Matt Hoven, Upper School English teacher
Dates: June 11-15, 2018
Time: 9:00-noon (and in rooms for consultation until 2p.m.)
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2018
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Writing Art
Writing Art
$250.00

Do you love to write? Are you inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night", or the cold beauty of Greek and Roman statues? What about the lush visuals of Beyonce's "Lemonade", or Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus"? In this workshop, we will search out connections between visual art and creative writing, using the work of painters, sculptors, and designers to inspire short stories and poems. All you need is interest and enthusiasm--no experience in creative writing is needed. At the end of this individualized workshop, you'll translate the beauty of the art world into original imaginative writing.

Teacher: Molly Olguin is a writer, English teacher and art-lover. One of her favorite artists is Kehinde Wiley.
Date: July 9-13, 2018
Time: 9:00am-noon
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering 7-12 in fall 2018
Creative Science
Creative Science
$375.00

Do you love science? Are you a creative thinker? Do you like to make projects and know why they work? In this camp, we will be doing science experiments as we learn why crystals form, how materials conduct electricity and the differences between acids and bases. As a student, you get to set up the lab equipment and make the materials yourself. We will use what we start in the lab to make creative art projects such as painting with solutions like lemon juice and detergent on a treated canvas; making bookmarks, cards, or badges that light up with conductive thread and LED lights; designing crystals on the 3-D printer; and making soap and other interesting projects. Join us for a week of exploration and creative fun. Cost includes all supplies and equipment. Students will be able to bring home their creations!

Teachers: Stacy Overgaard is passionate about science and art, and teaches Middle School science at SPA.
Dates: June 11-15, 2018
Time: 12:30-4pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 5-8 in fall 2018
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Collaborative Leadership Training Institute
Collaborative Leadership Training Institute
$385.00

Effective group leadership begins with knowing one's own strengths and recognizing and getting the most out of the strengths of others. This one-week workshop is built around developing an understanding of oneself as a leader and as a member of a group. Mornings focus on theory and research, challenging students to explore their own strengths as well as working to understand and assess group dynamics and task needs in a casual, seminar-style setting with activities and discussions. In the afternoons, students will apply these lessons to group challenges that get them out in the community and practicing their leadership skills. Combining experiential learning with a theoretical approach, students will end the week with strategies for collaborative endeavors as well as an understanding of their own strengths and talents. It's intended to be fun and challenging at the same time. No homework, but you'll have plenty of food for thought as the lessons build on one another and the tasks demand increasing attention to all the areas of group and self-dynamics we explore. A certificate of participation will be given to students on their final day.

Teachers: Mollie Ward and Haseena Hamzawala, Upper School History and English Teachers
Dates: June 25-29, 2018
Time: 9a.m.-2p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 10-12 in fall 2018
Maximum enrollment: 18
SPA Debate Institute
SPA Debate Institute
$425.00

Led by Tom Fones, coach of St. Paul Academy and Summit School's award-winning Upper School debate team, students will learn or deepen their skill with the Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum methods of debate. The Debate Institute will also feature videotaped practice opportunities, guest speakers, and a focus on each individual's skill development. Prior debate experience not required. Typically, beginning debaters work together while advanced debaters have more challenging tasks.

Note: All students should bring a bag lunch each day.

Teachers: Tom Fones, Coach of SPA's award-winning debate team; Aaron Shulow, Upper School History teacher; and Heather Fairbanks, Assistant Debate Coach.
Date: July 23-27, 2018
Time: 9:00-4:00pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2018
Maximum Enrollment: 30
Art Marks: Creative Constructions, Session 2: Two Weeks
Art Marks: Creative Constructions, Session 2: Two Weeks
$585.00

Many children just get started on a clay project, papier mache sculpture or found object construction in their regular art classes during the school year only to be told that it is time to stop, clean up and go to another class or activity. In this two week summer school all-day setting, students will be able to create a variety of 3-D projects using materials such as clay, papier mache, colored tagboard and found objects in our environment. Students will have time to explore and experiment with different ways of attaching and building armatures using these and other 3-D materials in a relaxed and small group environment.

Students entering grades 3-5 will begin the session with creating various clay constructions so that the projects will be completed and ready to take home by the end of the two weeks. Throughout this session, students will be introduced to a variety of artists through daily videos/books and lively discussions that reflect what is being introduced that day. Papier mache projects will be designed, built and painted during the session. We will go on nature hunts, bring in found or recycled materials to add to the fun of creating assemblages. This session will include a half-day field trip to The Dow Art Gallery located on University Avenue and Hampden in St. Paul. In addition to a visit to Mrs. Paulus’ art studio in the building, students will get a chance to see other artist studios in the building and talk with them about their art. Come with a creative and open mind dressed in appropriate “art-making” clothing as we will get messy!

Teacher: Patty Paulus, a recently retired SPA Lower School Art Teacher, returns to develop and teach this new art program called ART MARKS for younger students in this relaxed day-long summer school art opportunity. After teaching art from 1998-2016 at the SPA Lower School and previously teaching K-6 in the Anoka Hennepin School District for 11 years, Patty aka Mrs. Paulus loves teaching this age group and looks forward to sharing her extensive art education background and knowledge with her students. She is a practicing artist and paints in her private art studio in the Dow Building located on University Avenue and Hampden in St.Paul. Patty also has her paintings exhibited with a variety of other local artists in The Dow Art Gallery which is open to the public during regular gallery hours. Her website is www.pattypaulus.com and if you click on “In the Gallery” you can view her narrated videos to see and learn about her paintings and the stories behind them.

Dates: July 9-20, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2018
Bring: Your own (nut free) lunch and beverage of your choice. Healthy snacks will be provided.
Enrollment Maximum: 15