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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.

SUMMER 2018


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 you'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. All participants receive a camp t-shirt, their own work apron, and an art kit, which are theirs to keep. 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 program, details below.

Session 1 ~ June 4-15
Session 2 ~ June 18-29 (morning sessions are currently full but we are taking waitlists)
Session 3 ~ July 2-13 (1st-6th grade morning session is currently full but we are taking waitlists)
Session 4 ~ July 16-27

$195 per session ~ Register by: 7 days before first day of session
$395 per session ~ Ivy Arts & Kid City ($195 for Ivy Arts for Kids, $200 additional fee for Kid City)

Kid City: Add Kid City Programming to any session by indicating “AM with Kid City” or “PM with Kid City” on your registration form. Kid City offers a variety of indoor and outdoor physical activities and, when paired with Ivy Arts for Kids, makes for a well-rounded day. Mornings at Kid City tend to focus more on indoor activities while afternoons at Kid City focus more on field trips and outdoor physical activities. Transportation to or from Kid City is provided. The minimum age for Kid City participants is 5 years old.

Pick Up & Drop Off: Click here for hours and full details regarding pick up and drop off.


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

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

$125 per session* ~ Register by: 7 days before first day of session
$225 per session ~ College for Kids & Kid City ($125 for College for Kids, $100 additional fee for Kid City)
*Summer Chef ~ Cooking Camp: $175 per session

Abracadabra
Available for Sessions 1, 2, or 3
Amaze yourself and fool your friends, family and future audiences! Learn this theatrical craft and art from Tom Hastings, a retired high school teacher, performer, and current demonstrator for Rich Hill's Magic Shoppe in Nashville, IN. With over 60 years of experience, Tom introduces and teaches basic psychological, mechanical and manipulative skills to enhance your knowledge, appreciation, practice and performance. You will learn a stunning new vocabulary and how to better navigate the many resources available to novice wizards.

Advanced Topics ~ Animation, Audio, and Cinematic Design
Available for Session 4
This “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. Note: Advanced Topics is for ages 11-14 but is open to older students with experience and interest in the subject matter.

Animation Station
Available for Session 2
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. With the development of computer technology, quality animation is more economical and easier than ever. You’ll also explore stop motion 3D animation using accessible hardware and software.

Creating Your Character
Available for Session 1
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 life. Beyond drawing, you’ll learn how to create believable characters by constructing the way they look, think, and act in the world around them.

Edit Audio Like a Pro
Available for Session 3
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.

Everybody Rocks
Available for Sessions 2 or 4
Like the guitar? Ever wanted to try out the drums? Maybe bass is your thing, or something else? In this class you will have the chance to experiment with multiple instruments, learn more about your chosen instrument, as well as learn how to work together as a group to make fun and meaningful music. Don’t let being a beginner hold you back. All skill levels are welcome and an instrument isn’t required. What are you waiting for? Make this summer ROCK!

Fiber Arts Camp ~ Your Space!
Available for Session 3​
Is your bedroom your private sanctuary? Do you wish it reflected more of your personalized touch? Join us for a week of fiber exploration, as you use fabric, yarn, paper, and wool fleece to create fun and unique projects that will enhance your favorite living spaces. No previous experience with these materials is needed, but a love of working with your hands is a major bonus!

Fiber Arts Camp ~ Your Style!
Available for Session 6​
Do you enjoy shaping your own personal style with accessories that you have created yourself? Then, this class is for you! Spend the week learning techniques in the fiber arts, like knitting, hand-sewing, and book-making to create fun, personalized items to wear and use every day. No previous handwork experience is required, although some prior knowledge of these techniques will be a plus! Note: attending the first week of Fiber Arts Camp ~ Your Space! is not a prerequisite. 

Summer Chef ~ Cooking Camp (this class is currently full but we are taking waitlists)
Available for Sessions 1, 4, or 6
Learn from the best as the Ivy Tech Hospitality Administration Program invites you into its kitchen where you'll learn key fundamentals, such as mother sauces, knife skills, healthy cooking with proper nutrition, and prep. Each day sends you home with something delicious.

Video Storytelling for Citizen Journalists
Available for Sessions 1, 2, or 6*​
Learn the basics of video production & 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. Note: This class meets 9 AM-12 PM at the Ivy Tech Waldron or Ivy Tech Bloomington campus, with a possible field trip to the Monroe County Public Library.

*Note: contrary to the print catalog, this class is not available for session 4


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

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

$125 per session* ~ Register by: 7 days before first day of session
*Biotech Boot Camp: $225 per session for credit
*Summer Chef ~ Baking Workshop: $175 per session
*Build a Guitar in 5 Days: $225 per session

Abracadabra ~ for Teens
Available for Sessions 4, 5, or 6​
Amaze yourself and fool your friends, family and future audiences! Learn this theatrical craft and art from Tom Hastings, a retired high school teacher, performer, and current demonstrator for Rich Hill's Magic Shoppe in Nashville, IN. With over 60 years of experience, Tom introduces and teaches basic psychological, mechanical and manipulative skills to enhance your knowledge, appreciation, practice and performance. You will learn a stunning new vocabulary and how to better navigate the many resources available to novice wizards. 

Biotech Boot Camp*
Available for Session 3
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! College credit is available for this class by paying a course credit rate. Simply check the option on the registration form.

Blacksmithing
Blacksmithing has been cancelled.

Build a Guitar in 5 Days*
Available for Session 3
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 during the final day of class jam session! Your take-home package will include your new guitar and a set of new strings. Hurry, though ~ this class has limited space. No previous guitar playing or woodworking experience necessary. 

Photography Workshop
Available for Sessions 3 or 4​
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 you can make any digital camera (smartphone or otherwise) work.

Summer Chef ~ Baking Workshop*
Available for Sessions 2 or 5
Learn from the best as the Ivy Tech Hospitality Administration Program invites you into its professional bake shop where 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. Each day sends you home with something delicious to share with friends and family.  

The Craft of Songwriting Workshop
Available for Session 6​
Want to write a song this week? In a fun and collaborative environment you’ll explore the elements that go into writing a song—demystifying the process and giving you the simple techniques that will enable you to express your vision. And toward the end of the week, you will use what you've learned to perform an original song. Students should be able to play basic chord progressions on either the guitar or piano. Alternatively, the student could play a different instrument but be proficient with basic music theory. Singing ability is not required.

3D Printing & Engineering 
Available for Session 5​
Bring designs to life and learn the tools that turn ideas into reality. Take designs from the drawing board to the mockup stage with tools like CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, Laser cutting and 3D printing. Designers will also learn about additive manufacturing (the process of determining if a 3D file is good for printing), how to download and convert a file for printing, 3D printer operation, post-processing of printed parts, and use of SOLIDWORKS™ software to create or modify their own items before printing.


Bloomington Playwrights Project
9 AM-4 PM
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 107 W 9th Street

Broadway Kids ~ Ages 5-8 ~ Session 1 or 2 for $200, enroll in both for $350
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 introductory elements of acting such 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 ~ 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! *Class will meet 6/1. 
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 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-a-kind 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! Note: 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. There will be performances on July 26-28 at 7:30 PM with a matinee on July 29 at 2 PM. The performances are free and open to the public.


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

July 16 - July 20, 2018
9 AM-3:30 PM (check-in is 8:30-9 AM & check-out is 3:30-3:45 PM)
Indiana Center for the Life Sciences
501 North Profile Parkway
$240* ~ Register by 7/11/18

Join us for a week of inventive activities! Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s ALL-NEW Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up! Early registration discounts are available, so don’t delay. Visit ivytech.edu/youth for full info and to register. Use promo code IDEAS15 to save $15 (expires 5/4).

Scholarships Available
If you are interested in one of a limited number of these scholarships, please contact Sarah Cote (scote@ivytech.edu or 812-330-6310) PRIOR to registering to get your enrollment discount code!

Daily Parent Volunteer scholarships (3-4 available based on camp enrollment): $130 off each of 2 children.

  • 2 people help as lunch clean-up each day 1-2: Clean up lunch mess and straighten inventor’s supply room.
  • 2 people help as Lunch helper each day 12-1: Help monitor and entertain kids during lunch hour.

Set up or Clean up Parent Volunteer scholarships (up to 5 available based on camp enrollment): $75 off registration.

  • 3 people help Friday of camp week (7/20) from 2-4: Help tear down/pack up inventors supply room and lunch room, helps occupy kids at pick up.
  • 2 people help Friday morning pre camp (7/13) 2 hours (flexible: contact Sarah cote at to arrange): help prep suite for camp.

*Camp Invention is not eligible for faculty/staff fee remission. Discounted pricing available for early registration.​