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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.

Youth Programs


SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Science Workshop | Currently in Session
Class meets: 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2
6:00-8:00 PM
Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, Room S122
501 North Profile Parkway

Robot Workshop | Currently in Session
Class meets: 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25
6:00-8:00 PM
Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, Room S122
501 North Profile Parkway, Bloomington 


MUSIC

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. Session’s end is celebrated with a concert, allowing young rockers to demonstrate what they have learned. Owning an instrument is helpful but not required. 

Session II
CRN: 30121-163  
Nathan Dillon 
6 Tuesdays
3/28/17-5/2/17
4:30-5:30 PM 
Brown County Intermediary School 
260 School House Lane Nashville, 47448 
$54 | Register by: 3/21/17


HORSE CARE AND RIDING

Horse Care Basics and Riding Workshop (Ages 11-14)

Let the professionals at People and Animal Learning Services (PALS) teach you the basics of good horsemanship. A riding experience will follow a lesson on the proper ways to feed, groom, and behave around horses, along with beginning horse anatomy and vocabulary. Great workshop for a group. Sign up early; enrollment is limited to 6. PLEASE NOTE: Additional paperwork, including a medical history form, is required for this class. Download the paperwork online and turn in before the first day of class to christa@palstherapy.org.

Session II
CRN: 30123-163  
Friday 
4/14/17
4:00-5:00 PM 
PALS Barn & Teaching Facility 
7644 W Elwren Road
$59 | Register by: 4/7/17

Session III
CRN: 30124-163  
Friday 
5/12/17
4:00-5:00 PM 
PALS Barn & Teaching Facility 
7644 W Elwren Road
$59 | Register by: 5/5/17


COOKING AND CULINARY ARTS

Look Who’s Cooking! (Ages 11-14)

Come learn how to plan and prepare multi-course meals suitable for the family or friends! During the course you will learn to identify and select quality products on a budget and how to prepare them efficiently—less spent, less waste, and less wasted time. Meals will include delicious staples like chicken, meatloaf, pasta sauce, and sides like salads with dressings—all home made from scratch. And to top it off, every class ends with a dinner! 

CRN: 30128-163 
4 Wednesdays
3/29/17-4/19/17
4:30-6:00 PM (family dinner served from 6:00-7:00 PM at Ivy Tech’s The Yellowwood
dinner serves roughly 4-5)
Ivy Tech Community College, Room D128, 
The Yellowwood
200 Daniels Way 
$79 | Registration by: 3/22/17


Summer Programs  ~  Please complete, color, and turn in the form to the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.


IVY ARTS FOR KIDS

Ages 4-11  ~  Pre-K/Kindergarten (ages 4-6)  ~  Middle School (ages 6-11)
Monday-Friday, 9 AM-12 PM Ivy Arts for Kids Morning Session  ~  12-4 PM Kid City Afternoon Session
9 AM-1 PM Kid City Morning Session  ~  1-4 PM Ivy Arts for Kids Afternoon Session
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S Walnut Street, Bloomington

The Wonderful World of Art  ~  All Classes are $169 per Session + $200 for Kid City Program
Plunge into the seas, summit the highest mountains, stroll through exotic cities, and soar into the skies! In each session of camp we’ll create works of art using 2D and 3D media, such as paint, pencil, and ceramics, to explore our beautiful world. Pre-K/K students (ages 4-6) will enjoy a small group (6-8 kids) with art games and activities that introduce art basics and foster creativity. Ages 6-11 meet in classes of about 12 students and receive lots of attention, as well as time to create. All ages will actively make art and each session will end with an art show and reception in The John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay. Make it a full-day experience by spending half the day with Ivy Arts for Kids and half the day with Bloomington’s Kid City programming; see registration page for details. 

Session 1  ~  Water Worlds
June 5 – June 16
Welcome to the first week of camp! To kick things off we’ll explore oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams and create art based on what we discover there! The world is 71% water  ~  that’s a lot cover in 2 weeks! Grab your SCUBA gear, and let’s dive in!

Session 2  ~  Landscapes of Imagination
June 19 – June 30
Traverse deserts, climb mountainous peaks, swing through jungles, and cross fruited plains! In this artistic globe-trotting session we’ll learn about different biomes, plants, animals, and people and use this inspiration to build fun artwork.

Session 3  ~  Home Sweet Home
July 3 – July 14 (No class July 4th)
With 7 billion neighbors the world has some amazing cities, towns, structures, and places that people call home. In this session we’ll learn explore various communities as inspiration for art.

Session 4  ~  The Sky’s the Limit!
July 17 – July 28
Leave the world below behind and take flight. From butterflies to birds to rockets and outer space, the heavens fascinate us. We’ll end the summer with a bird’s (or astronaut’s) eye view of this beautiful blue planet. 


COLLEGE FOR KIDS

All classes are $100 per Session + $100 for Kid City Program
Ages 11-14
Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:40 AM
All classes meet at Ivy Tech Ferguson Academic Building, 200 Daniels Way, Bloomington unless otherwise specified

From cooking to castles, rockets to video journalism and just about everything in between ~ College for Kids will fill this summer with unforgettable experiences. These classes are led by passionate professionals and are tailored to captivate, as well as introduce participants to a college campus. Make it a full-day experience by spending mornings at the college and afternoons with the City of Bloomington’s Kid City programming. 

6/12/17 6/19/2017 6/26/2017 7/10/2017

Abracadabra
Rockets
Creating Your Character
Video Journalism
Minecraft  ~  In Real Life

Abracadabra
Rockets
Animation Station
Video Journalism
Castle Warfare

Abracadabra
Rockets
Edit Audio Like a Pro
Video Journalism
Summer Chef  ~  Cooking

Abracadabra
Rockets
Summer Chef: Baking
Animation/Audio/Cinematic Design
Minecraft  ~  In Real Life

Model Rocketry
Blast into orbit and set out on your very own space odyssey! Budding rocket scientists will learn launch safety, explore what makes a rocket fly straight (or not), build and launch their own rockets, and discover how rocketry can be a part of the rest of their lives ~ whether they’re working for NASA or not. Class culminates with a public launch, attended by many of the Ivy Tech Community College staff.

Abracadabra!
This beginning class teaches history, dynamics, mechanics, and strategies of theatrical magic focusing on playing cards and mentalism. Dazzle your family and friends and even fool yourself as you increase and enhance your legerdemain and psychological skills.

The Summer Chef Experience
Learn from the best as the Ivy Tech Hospitality Administration Program invites you into their kitchen. Sessions run independently ~ enrolling in both makes for a more well-rounded experience but is not required.

Session 1  ~  Cooking
You will learn key fundamentals in the kitchen, such as mother sauces, knife skills, healthy cooking with proper nutrition, and prep. Each class sends you away with a plate full of something delicious!

Session 2  ~  Baking
You will explore the foundational techniques of baking, starting with basic breads and then moving to more complex (and delicious) doughs. And yes, you’ll get to bake, decorate, and devour cake.

Video Production & Video Storytelling for Citizen Journalists 
Note  ~  This class meets 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at JWAC and Ferguson Building  ~  possible field trip to the MCPL
Learn the basics of video production and editing as you become part of a team of middle school "Citizen Journalists." Our crew will use their video storytelling techniques to document summer youth activities at Ivy Tech with an emphasis on media literacy and developing interviewing and communication skills. 

Minecraft  ~  In Real Life
Calling all crafters, griefers, creepers, and complete noobs. Come face a series of seriously fun Minecraft building challenges! Gamers will learn basic electrical engineering, study architecture and art from around the world and rebuild replicas, hone communication skills and solve complex puzzles in teams and as individuals ~ all over our secure Minecraft server. Gamers will then translate these skills into action as they build and solve the same challenges, in real life!

Animation Station
Learn the basics of building a character and then bringing it to life. Even if you “can’t draw,” you’ll be able to let your imagination take control as you create your own animated friends and then bring them to life. With the development of computer technology, quality animation is more economical and easier than ever. We’ll also explore stop motion 3D animation using accessible hardware and software.

Creating Your Character
Heroes, villains, fantastic friends, and foes ~ dream them up and then build them from the ground up in this five-day character design course. You’ll start with a variety of basic drawing techniques for a solid foundation and then you’ll take your character into the digital realm with editing software and watch your character come to live. Beyond merely drawing you’ll learn how to create believable characters, constructing not only the way they look but how they think, interact, and react to the world around them.

Edit Audio Like a Pro
Ever wanted to create a mix, edit a song for video, or maybe you’re a fan of funny YouTube overdubs? Come learn the tricks of the trade. You’ll learn the basics of how to capture sound and work with it on powerful, free software. Then you’ll create and edit your own personal audio projects. Bring your own headphones. 

Advanced Topics  ~  Animation, Audio, and Cinematic Design
Note  ~  For ages 11-14 but open to older students with experience and interest in the subject matter.
This first-of-its-kind “topics” class is for those who want to go into the details of animation, audio, or cinematic design. Instructor Bob Wolanin, an expert with decades of professional experience in the film and animation industry, will balance class time between discussing fascinating facets of these fields with dedicated one-on-one attention. Students will select their own projects and receive guidance and instruction to achieve their artistic goals. This class is designed for students who have taken Creating Your Character, Animation Station, or Edit Audio Like a Pro ~ or who have similar experience.

Photography Workshop
Open your eyes to the world of photography with this innovative program designed specifically for budding photographers. You will learn about cameras, practice how to “read” photos, explore the photography business, and most importantly you’ll identify photos you like and will practice creating similar photos. There will be a mix of classroom learning, shooting, and review sessions to evaluate your work. You will leave with a solid foundation for taking great pictures and a new appreciation for the art. A DSLR is ideal but we can make any digital camera (smartphone or otherwise) work.

Medieval Times  ~  Castle Warfare
Step back in time to the Middle Ages! Through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities we’ll explore medieval life in castles. We’ll learn why and how they were built, how they were attacked, and how they were defended. One of the best ways to learn about castles is to attack one  ~  we’ll do just that on the final day of class when we fire a real trebuchet!


COLLEGE FOR TEENS

All classes are $100 per Session + $100 for Kid City Program
Ages 14-18
Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:40 AM
All classes meet at Ivy Tech Ferguson Academic Building, 200 Daniels Way, Bloomington unless otherwise specified

Take the summer experience to the next level with College for Teens ~ classes that are designed to captivate and excite high school-aged kids through active and immersive learning. These classes are taught by passionate professionals and college professors and take full advantage of state-of-the-art facilities at Ivy Tech Community College.

6/12/17 6/19/2017 6/26/2017 7/10/2017

Summer Chef  ~  Cooking
Photography
Medieval Times  ~  Castle Warfare

Summer Chef  ~  Baking
Architecture & 3D
Photography

Biotech Bootcamp
Guitar Building
Photography

Photography*
(Optional Week)

 

The Summer Chef Experience
Learn from the best as the Ivy Tech Hospitality Administration Program invites you into their kitchen. Sessions run independently  ~  enrolling in both makes for a more well-rounded experience but is not required.

Session 1  ~  Cooking
You will learn key fundamentals in the kitchen, such as mother sauces, knife skills, healthy cooking with proper nutrition, and prep. Each class sends you away with a plate full of something delicious!

Session 2  ~  Baking
You will explore the foundational techniques of baking, starting with basic breads and then moving to more complex (and delicious) doughs. And yes, you’ll get to bake, decorate, and devour cake.

Build a Guitar in 5 Days  ~  this course has an added fee of $95
Why buy an electric guitar when you could build your own in five days? In this unique class you will assemble, paint, wire, and finish your unique electric guitar and then take it home with you! Along the way you’ll learn basic electronics, engineering, and machining, and have a chance to test drive your new axe on the final day of class jam session! Your take-home package will include your new guitar, a set of new strings, and a gig bag. Hurry, though  ~  this camp is limited to 15 students. No previous guitar playing or woodworking experience necessary.

Architecture and 3D-Design
It all starts with an idea  ~  then a design  ~  then it comes to life! Join us as we explore the fascinating world of architecture and 3D-design. We’ll begin with 3D printed kits of a house and tackle design challenges. Along the way you’ll learn 3D modeling software as you explore solutions and possibilities. We’ll even laser cut your architectural model and coach you on how to present your concept like the pros. This innovative course is developed and led by full-time faculty and design technology students at Ivy Tech. 

Photography Workshop
Open your eyes to the world of photography with this innovative program designed specifically for budding photographers. You will learn about cameras, practice how to “read” photos, explore the photography business, and most importantly you’ll identify photos you like and will practice creating similar photos. There will be a mix of classroom learning, shooting, and review sessions to evaluate your work. You will leave with a solid foundation for taking great pictures and a new appreciation for the art. A DSLR is ideal but we can make any digital camera (smartphone or otherwise) work.

Medieval Times  ~  Castle Warfare
Step back in time to the Middle Ages! Through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities we’ll explore medieval life in castles. We’ll learn why and how they were built, how they were attacked, and how they were defended. One of the best ways to learn about castles is to attack one; we’ll do just that on the final day of class when we fire a real trebuchet!

Biotech Boot Camp
8:45am-12:00pm
Receive college credit for this class by paying a course credit rate.
Check in and class held at the Ivy Tech Center for Life Sciences, 501 N Profile Parkway, Bloomington.

Do you love science? Want to make some mutant bacteria? Ever wanted to get your hands on high tech equipment like the kind in labs you’ve seen in movies? Come spend a week in a real laboratory, learning about biotechnology–the science that allows us to modify living organisms to make new, useful molecules! Along with all the hands-on fun there’s an option to take this class for college credit. See you in the lab!

*Optional Week ~ Based on demand some classes may run again or new classes may be offered for College for Teens during the week of 7/10/16. Check online between 6/5/17 and 7/3/17 for updates to the optional week schedule. 


CAMP INVENTION

$235
Ages 5-11
July 17-July 21  ~  9 AM-3:30 PM
This class meets at the Indiana Center for Life Sciences, 501 North Profile Parkway, Bloomington.

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box!


BLOOMINGTON PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT CAMPS

Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM
107 W 9th Street, Bloomington

Broadway Kids
Ages 5-8  ~  May 29-June 9  ~  $300 for both weeks or $175 for each individual week
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.

Broadway Kids Week 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  ~  Tell Your Story!  ~  Students will learn improvisation techniques along with such introductory elements of acting as character creation and artistic collaboration

DramatiKIDS
Ages 8-12  ~  June 12-23  ~  $260
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-a-kind camp is the training ground for the promising young artists of tomorrow.  

Laugh Factory
Ages 9-13  ~  June 26-July 7  ~  $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 acting, 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!

Musical Theatre Camp
Ages 9-16  ~  July 10-30  ~  Performances on July 27-29 @ 7:30 PM, 2 PM matinee on July 30  ~  $375
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. 


BURTON KIMBLE FARMS EDUCATION CENTER

2058 E County Road 800 N, Orleans

“Beads & Baubles” ~ Jewelry Making
Ages 5-7  ~  1-3 PM  ~  June 6
Come to the Patchwork Barn and have fun making necklaces and bracelets using beads, string, wire, clasps, and simple beading tools. During class you can say hello to Bessie and Benny, the sweet little Shetland ponies who call the barn home. Invite a friend and experience the magic of making your own jewelry.

Let’s Dance, Sing, & Play!​
Ages 5-7  ~  June 8  ~  1-3 PM
Come to the Patchwork Barn at Burton Kimble Farms Education Center to learn folk songs, games, and dances. Janet Robbins, popular instructor of all ages, will lead the class in a musical barrel of fun! Invite a friend and make some new ones as we laugh and learn together.

Let’s Make Music with a Recorder!​
Ages 8-10  ~  July 12  ~  1-3 PM
Music will fill the air at the Patchwork Barn as students experience the simple joy of playing a recorder. Under the direction of the talented music instructor Janet Robbins, budding musicians will learn beautiful and fun melodies on the recorder. This is no ho-hum music lesson; Janet will engage every student and all will get to take home a recorder and music book.

Fun on the Farm
Session 1  ~  Frogs & other Amphibians!

Ages 6-12  ~  July 12 ~ 9-11 AM
Come on out to the Farm and explore the world of frogs, toads, and other amphibians. In this 2 hour class, we will discover what they eat, where they live, and how they get around.  We will make model habitats and a diorama to learn about these much-needed creatures. Snacks will be served. Your child will need to bring a shoe box for the diorama.

Session 2  ~  Things that Fly!
Ages 6-12  ~ July 19 ~ 9-11 AM
In this class, we will discover things that fly ~ from birds to planes and everything in between.  We will examine why things fly, soar, or float in the air, and we will make our own flying machines and see just how far they can go! Snacks will be served.

Creative Writing & Stories with Professor Watermelon​
Ages 7-11  ~  July 15  ~  9 AM-12 PM
Join children’s book author and educator, Professor Watermelon, for a fun morning on the Farm. Use the sights and sounds of Indiana farm life as a springboard for creative writing. The professor will be your guide as you plant ideas on paper and watch them grow into a bountiful crop. He'll also give students an opportunity to read their stories to an audience of family and friends at the end of the workshop. Invite a friend to the reading!

Visit the Barn & Animals too!​
All ages welcome  ~  July 17  ~  6-7:30 PM
Come on down to the Farm to visit the Patchwork Barn, built in the mid-1800s. Step back in time by taking a walking tour to learn about the construction and the specific uses of each area. Learn about which animals used to live here. Plus, LIVE ANIMALS, will be at the Farm. We will talk about each critter and what they were used for. This class is open to adults and children.


ORANGE COUNTY LEARNING CENTER AT SPRINGS VALLEY

479 S Larry Bird Boulevard, French Lick

Shazaam Science Camp
Ages 10-13  ~  June 7-8  ~  9 AM-12 PM 
Science makes the world go ‘round; Let’s find out how and why. Children will have a fun time exploring the world of science using common (and safe) household materials. With these and other equipment we will learn and demonstrate the weird and fun science that is all around us. Wear washable play clothes. A light snack will be served.

Beginning Mountain Dulcimer
Ages 10-18  ~  July 10, 12, 14  ~  10-11:30 AM
Here is your opportunity to learn with a patient and popular instructor, Randy Tuell ~ and you don’t have to own a dulcimer because instruments will be available for all. You will learn to play simple melodies, chords, how to read the dulcimer tablature, as well as how to tune and strum. No previous musical experience required. Young folks will be amazed at the music they will make!

Photography for Kids
Ages 8+  ~  July 18-20  ~  1:30-3 PM 
Learn to shoot beautiful photos with your digital camera. We’ll cover the basics of your camera and explore the controls and functions to unlock your camera’s full potential. We will also learn about the importance of proper lighting and editing. Bring your camera and invite a buddy to the class.


STONEGATE ARTS AND EDUCATION CENTER

405 I Street, Bedford

Shazaam Science
Ages 9-13  ~  July 13 & 15  ~  1-4 PM
This is a hands-on science class, so be prepared to get your hands dirty! We'll blow things up, build things tall, create slimy squirmy concoctions, take a look at our own DNA, watch a few brief videos, and explore many other fun and educational activities. Don't wear your good clothes! Invite a friend for a fun time together!

Beginning Mountain Dulcimer
Ages 10-18  ~  July 17, 19, & 21  ~  10-11:30 AM
Here is your opportunity to learn with a patient and popular instructor, Randy Tuell.  And you don’t have to own a dulcimer because instruments will be available for all. You will learn to play simple melodies, chords, how to read the dulcimer tablature, as well as how to tune and strum. No previous musical experience required. This is a fun class for all ages and young folks will be amazed at the music they will make!