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Summer Youth Workshops 2006

Public Programs

Young artists at work and play, Summer Youth Workshops 2005
Summer Youth Workshops 2006
June 1, 2006–Aug 11, 2006
Creativity, fun, and learning come together in Summer Youth Workshops, especially for kids ages four to thirteen. Sorry, these popular programs are currently full for 2006.

Keep reading for complete course descriptions and schedule.

Summer Youth Workshops are presented by the Wexner Center in collaboration with College of the Arts, The Ohio State University.

price per program per week
$65 general public
$55 members

Registration fees are per student per week and include materials and equipment. Scholarships available (see below). For more information about scholarships please call the education info line at (614) 292-6493. (Please note: all 2006 workshops are full.)

AGES 4–5

Artists' Dance
June 19–23 | 10 AM–12 PM

What dance would you make for your favorite song? How can you tell an outrageous story with your body? Using music, art, and our own ideas, we will work together to create art and dance that stretch the boundaries of our imaginations. In this workshop led by dancer Lauren Mark, you'll explore how you can make art with the greatest art tool of all...your very own body.

Animal Acting
June 26–30 | 10 AM–12 PM

Join creative dramatists Donna Doone and Amy Bennett for an amazing week of barnyard bustle. Together we'll explore writer/illustrator Doreen Cronin's Click Clack Moo, Click Clack Quackity Quack, and other rhythmic literary tales (tails?!). We'll engage in acting, creative movement, music, and art making while we celebrate the creative process together.

AGES 6–7

Dance Stories
June 26–30 | 9 AM–12 PM

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to tell a story with dance? In this workshop, you'll learn to create your own dance and make your own soundtrack too. We'll perform our piece the last day of the workshop for friends and family. This experimental workshop taught by dancer Jessica Beshore is for any child who loves to create stories, poems, or dances.

Art among the Trees
July 10–14 | 9 AM–12 PM

Have you ever seen a beautiful flower or interesting insect that you wanted to take home with you? In this collaborative workshop with Ohio State's Chadwick Arboretum, artist Carly Glisson will encourage appreciation for the natural environment through an artistic exploration of the trees, plants, animals, and materials that we find in the arboretum.

This workshop meets at Ohio State's Chadwick Arboretum (on Lane Avenue just west of Olentangy River Road.) Parent/guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the arboretum. Directions will be provided.

AGES 8–10

Dance Muse
June 26–30 | 9 AM–12 PM

What inspires you to dance? Investigate and discover the many ways choreographers are inspired to make dances. Boys and girls of any level of experience are welcome to join the journey with dance artist Robin Anderson. Using stories, pictures, music, and nature, students will experiment with different ways to create and perform dance. The workshop will include one day of activity at Ohio State's Chadwick Arboretum.

This workshop meets one day at Chadwick Arboretum (on Lane Avenue just west of Olentangy River Road.) Parent/guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the arboretum. Directions will be provided.

Photo Exploration
July 10–14 | 9 AM–12 PM OR
July 17–21 | 9 AM–12 PM (new section!)

Investigate the surprising places art can be found in our landscape. Artist Nina Siriano helps you tune up your observation skills to uncover images around you as inspirations for photographic projects. Combining camera and computer, you'll learn how to use what you find to create your own unique projects. No experience necessary.

Self Sculpture
June 19–23 | 9 AM–12 PM OR
June 19–23 | 1–4 PM (new section!)

How does the world around you define who you are? Sculptor Dietrich Wegner leads this investigation into using our visual landscape to create symbolic, life-size self-portraits. We'll learn how simple it can be to play on a large scale using nontraditional sculpture materials.

AGES 11–13

Video Venture
June 19–23 | 9 AM–12 PM OR
June 26–30 | 9 AM–12 PM (new section!)

Learn to see the world in new ways through video production with video artists Liv Gjestvang (June 19-23) and Cara King (June 26-30). You'll try everything from shooting footage and conducting interviews to creating your own stories and making things disappear. You'll learn advanced camera techniques in this hands-on class that lets you be the director, camera operator, and digital editor! No experience necessary.

Animated Game Design
June 26–30 | 9 AM–12 PM OR
July 31–Aug 4 | 9 AM–12 PM (new section!) OR
Aug 7–11 | 9 AM–12 PM (new section!)

Ever feel like designing your own computer game? Learn how to create basic animations using Macromedia Flash, and explore all the elements involved in creating different types of interactive games. Artist Gordon Gavin shows you storyboarding, characters, level creation, and programming to help you create your very own 2D action game!

Poem Book
July 10–14 | 9 AM–12 PM

Poetry has the power to open us up to exciting new ways of experiencing the world. In this workshop led by poet Andy Vogel and art educator Jodi Kushins, we'll explore ways we can express our sense of the world in multiple forms of verse. We'll read great poets for inspiration, write and share our own ideas, and make our own books for the poems we produce during the workshop.


A limited number of scholarships are available for families requiring financial assistance. Call (614) 292-6493 or e-mail for more information about scholarships.

Unless otherwise noted, classes meet at the Wexner Center or nearby on the Ohio State campus. Registrants will receive a confirmation letter with the specific location(s) for the workshop(s) and drop-off point(s) for the participant(s). Studio space for the Summer Youth Workshops is generously donated by Ohio State's Department of Art, Department of Theatre, Department of Dance, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, and the Digital Media Project of the Department of English.

Changes and Cancellations
Dates and times are subject to change. The Wexner Center reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment without incurring obligations. If a class is cancelled, you may transfer to another class or request a full tuition refund. If you withdraw from a summer workshop up to seven days before the event, you will receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after that time.

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