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Youth programs

A Youth Participation Form is required for all youth programs, in addition to registration and must be turned in to the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center located at 122 S Walnut Street in Bloomington. Questions? Call (812) 330-4400.



Ivy Arts for Kids (Ages 4-11)
Take a break from the routine with this 5-day arts extravaganza! Participants will use 2D and 3D media such as paint, pencil, and ceramics to make beautiful works of art. On the final day of class we turn the Ivy Tech Waldron’s downstairs into an art gallery and your budding artists will get to show their work! This is always a culminating treat for all.

CRN: 30037-173
3/12/18-3/16/18 (final show on Friday, 11:30 AM-12:00 PM)
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Ivy Tech Waldron
122 S Walnut Street 
$99 | Register by: 3/5/18

College for Kids: Wooly Wonders! Spring Break Fiber Arts Camp (Ages 11-14)
In this week-long camp, we will take wool, fresh from sheep, and turn it into yarn that can be used to make hats, mittens, blankets, and more! Each day we’ll cover the basics of selecting good wool, washing, processing, and spinning it into yarn. We’ll also explore dyeing and the basics of knitting and weaving. While we learn with our hands, we’ll also talk about the history and the rich folklore of fiber arts all over the world. No experience necessary!

  • Day 1: Wool basics – selecting good wool – sorting wool – washing wool
  • Day 2: Carding and combing – intro to spindles
  • Day 3: Colors – dyeing and blending on the drum carder or with hand cards – short spinning session
  • Day 4: Spinning – intro to spinning wheels
  • Day 5: Knitting and weaving

CRN: 30480-173
Mathilde Lind
9:00 AM-12:00 PM (check in 8:45-9 AM, pick up 11:45 AM-12 PM)
Ivy Tech Waldron
122 S Walnut Street
$119* | Register by 3/5/18

*Includes all materials. Scholarships available (see p.3 of Youth Participation Form for details)

College for Teens: Spring Break Baking & Business Camp (Ages 14-18)
In this fun, five-day camp, young chefs will explore the world of baking and entrepreneurship as they create a delicious array of sweet treats while learning the ins and outs of business. We’ll introduce teens to the fundamentals of baking—from reading and following recipes to the importance of kitchen safety. Your teen will enjoy working alongside classmates as we practice making from-scratch versions of favorite recipes. We’ll build on skills throughout the week and finish with a bake sale featuring show-stopping desserts and pastries. One day during the week will be dedicated to exploring a few downtown bakeries and our favorite kitchen store.

CRN: 30448-173
Chef April Williams
9:00 AM-12:00 PM (drop off 8:45-9:00 AM, pickup 11:45 AM-12:00 PM)
Bake sale 3/16/18, exact times TBA
Ivy Tech Main Campus*
200 Daniels Way
$159** | Register by 3/5/18

*One day out of the week we will meet downtown (exact day TBD) to visit/tour bakeries. For this day, drop off/sign in and out will be at the Ivy Tech Waldron (122 S Walnut).
**Scholarships Available. See the Youth Participation Form, p.3, for details and eligibility requirements.


Ceramics (Grades 2-5) Registration Extended!
Step into the fascinating and tactile world of sculptures and pottery ceramics. Students will learn basic hand-building skills: how to pinch, coil and slab build to create sculptures, and how to throw on the wheel - centering, throwing, forming and finishing. Finally, you will use texture and glaze to add that personal touch to your work. (The first session is not a prerequisite.)

CRN: 30044-173
Christie Cooper
6 Wednesdays
4:30-6:00 PM
Ivy Tech Waldron, Room W101
122 S Walnut Street
$129 | Register by: 3/14/18

Ceramics Intro to Hand Building & Wheel Throwing (Grades 6-9) 
Designed specifically for budding artists ages 12 to 15, this introductory course will encourage exploration through the hand building process. We will create sculptures using the fundamental ceramic techniques of construct, coil, pinch, and slab building. We will also explore the potter’s wheel and its many possibilities for creation. Whether the student has outgrown the younger class (grades 2-5) or is a first-timer, this class will offer an engaging array ceramic working possibilities that fit this age group well.

CRN: 30045-173
7 Mondays
4:30-6:15 PM
Ivy Tech Waldron, Room W101
122 S Walnut Street
$149 | Register by: 3/12/18


Everybody Rocks (Ages 8-11)
Everybody Rocks classes give kids the chance to learn how to make music together as a team. Guitars, drums, keyboards, basses and singers come together to ROCK. As the session progresses, students learn how to effectively work together through listening and improved instrument skills. The session culminates with a concert, allowing young rockers to demonstrate what they have learned. Owning an instrument is helpful but not required.

CRN: 30101-173
Nathan Dillon
6 Tuesdays
3:05-4:00 PM
Brown County Intermediary School
260 School House Lane
$59 | Register by: 3/26/18


Look Who’s Cooking: Pizza, Pasta, & Sauce (Ages 11-14)
Students will learn key fundamentals in the kitchen, such as pizza dough and prep skills while creating tasty Italian dishes. The class culminates in the final session with students preparing a delicious meal for their family (serves 4-5) to enjoy from 6:00-7:00 PM at The Yellowwood at Ivy Tech.*

CRN: 30052-173
April Williams
4 Tuesdays
4:30-6:00 PM
Ivy Tech Community College, Room D126 
200 Daniels Way
$159 (includes all food) | Register by: 3/13/18

*The Yellowwood is located at Ivy Tech Community College, Room D128, 200 Daniels Way, Bloomington.


Camp Invention - Fast Forward (Entering grades K-6 in the fall)

Your child will become a Robotic Pet Vet™ using tools, circuitry, biology and physiology to take apart and diagnose puppy problems. In Mod My Mini Mansion™ your child will dream up and design their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs and technology–from exploring renewable sources to binary coding, this take-home mini mansion will make architecture concepts unforgettable! Campers will launch into the future with their very own Optibot™–a small self-driving bot that senses change in light, as children go on an exploration adventure fueled by aerial, aquatic and land transportation technology! Daily challenges will inspire your young innovator to Stick To It™ using collaboration, discovery and invention prototyping to solve real world issues. Whether it’s through the lens of a physicist, engineer or entrepreneur, campers explore chemistry with magnetic slime, trajectory in a catapult challenge, and the exciting testing of mechanical gears and their robotic arm creations!

9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Indiana Center for the Life Sciences
501 North Profile Parkway
$240* | Register by 7/11/18

*Class is not eligible for fee faculty/staff fee remission and scholarships. Discounted pricing available for early and returning registration. 

Ivy Arts for Kids
Monday-Friday ~ Ages 4-11
9 AM-12 PM ~ Morning Session, 1-4 PM ~ Afternoon Session
Pre-K/Kindergarten (Ages 4-6) ~ 1st-6th Grade (Ages 6-11)
The Ivy Tech Waldron, 122 S Walnut Street

Celebrate the Bicentennial with Ivy Arts for Kids! In each session of camp we’ll explore Bloomington and its rich, 200-year history by creating works of art with paint, pencil, and ceramics. Each session will end with an art show and reception at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

Session 1 ~ AM or PM ~ June 4-15
Session 2 ~ AM or PM ~ June 18-29
Session 3 ~ AM or PM ~ July 2-13*
Session 4 ~ AM or PM ~ July 16-27

When registering, please provide session number and specify AM and/or PM.
$195 | Register by: 7 days before first day of session

*No class 7/4.

College for Kids & Teens
Monday-Friday ~ Ages 11-14 & 14-18
8:30-11:45 AM
Ivy Tech Main Campus, 200 Daniels Way

Get creative and discover new skills in classes like cooking, baking, rockets, photography, 3D design, animation, audio editing,character design, and many others! Classes are led by professionals and take place on Ivy Tech’s college campus.

Session 1  ~ June 11-15
Session 2 ~ June 18-22
Session 3 ~ June 25-29
Session 4 ~ July 2-6*
Session 5 ~ July 9-13
Session 6 ~ July 16-20
Session 7 ~ July 23-27

$125/week** | Register by: 7 days before first day of session

*No class 7/4.
**$95 for week of 7/2.

Registration is not currently open. Session details updated periodically. Email us at lifelonglearning@ivytech.edu to be placed on a notification list and we’ll email you when registration opens.

Bloomington Playwrights Project
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 107 W 9th Street

Broadway Kids ~ May 28-June 8* ~ Ages 5-8
Participants will explore the world of theatre through music, movement, visual arts, and performance. The BPP will focus on fostering creativity and imagination through teaching the art of acting and storytelling. Students will learn improvisation techniques along with such introductory elements of acting as character creation and artistic collaboration. Our Broadway Kids will gain self-confidence, respect for others, and a greater ability to express themselves both physically and vocally. *Class will meet 6/1.

Session 1 or 2, $200, enroll in both for $350
Broadway Kids Week 1 ~ May 28-June 1: Take the Stage! Students will be encouraged to speak up in front of others, share things about themselves, and create and perform their original work on BPP’s main stage!
Broadway Kids Week 2 ~ June 4-8: Tell Your Story! Students will learn improvisation techniques along with introductory elements of acting such as character creation and artistic collaboration.

DramatiKIDS ~ June 11-22 ~ Ages 8-12 | $275
Students work with theatre professionals to develop and perform in their own original plays. A virtual playground for young imaginations, DramatiKIDS is the perfect opportunity for young actors and writers to explore their creativity, learning skills in both acting and playwriting, culminating in an opportunity to star in a play they write themselves. This one-of-akind camp is the training ground for the promising young artists of tomorrow.

Laugh Factory ~ June 25-July 6 ~ Ages 9-13** | $325
Do you have a funny kid at the dinner table? Do they practice their jokes for you for hours on end or stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live? Then send them over to BPP’s Laugh Factory where they’ll learn to perfect their comedic timing, joke writing, and quick thinking through sketch and improvisational comedy from teachers who have trained at Chicago’s Second City Theater. Not only will they learn how to script and improvise an entire original comedy show, they will pick up confidence, collaboration, and communication skills through our improvisation and community-building curriculum. Note that this camp is also perfect for those kids who want to beef up their funny bone or just burst out of their shell in an open, accepting, and silly environment. This camp is just plain fun! **There will be a half day on July 4 from 9 AM-12 PM.

Musical Theatre Camp ~ July 9-29 ~ Ages 9-16*** | $395
Each year, students work with BPP professionals to write and produce an exciting new musical starring them! Over the course of this three-week camp, students will learn the skills needed to produce and perform musical theatre, culminating in a series of full performances for the general public. BPP's Musical Theatre Camp provides an intensive, summer stock experience. A rigorous rehearsal schedule and collaboration with theatre professionals give campers an exciting window into the demands and rewards of a life in theatre. ***Performances July 26-28, 7:30 PM & 2 PM matinee July 29 and are FREE and open to the public.

You may leave Course # (CRN) field blank on the registration form.