Quiet on the set! Learn the art of silent filmmaking in this new program from The Director’s Cut. Working in small groups, you use the latest digital cameras and MacBooks to write, film and produce a short film inspired by Charlie Chaplin and the golden age of movies. All you need to bring is imagination and an enthusiasm for telling stories using big gestures and facial expressions (hamming things up is encouraged!) And yes, you get to take your film home to share with family and friends.
Call 604.984.4901 to register
Are you a gluten for funishment? If so, join us as we go off campus to Two Daughter’s Bake Shop for a unique opportunity to learn about Gluten Free Baking with the baker herself. What is gluten and why does it make some people feel yucky? All this and more will be explained as you learn to bake organically and create delicious and nutritious goodies such as cookies, granola bars, banana bread and focaccia bread. Recipes will be provided and there will be take home goodies every day. Participants receive daily snacks, a chef’s hat, an apron and recipes to keep. Kitchen safety and hygiene will also be covered.
Note: This camp is limited to six participants so be sure to sign up early!
Camp location:Two Daughters Bake Shop121 East 1st Street (alley entrance)North Vancouver
Explore an ancient world filled with unsolved puzzles, hidden treasures, and the mysterious afterlife! Learn about the burial process of mummification and the incredible techniques used to build the pyramids. Unravel the traditions behind the scarab beetle, the Pharaoh, and why the weighing of the heart was such an important ceremony. At the end of the week you might go home with crocodiles, canopic jars, and a cartouche—the possibilities are endless! .
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Spartan warrior? Why the monster Medusa had snakes for hair? What made Achilles the greatest Greek hero? This camp will reveal all that and more! Learn about the architecture behind Greek temples, theatres, and tombs. Create your own ancient Greek theatre mask and combat shield. Those who dare can engage in battle or compete in ancient Greek Olympics to impress the gods!
Get ready to swing this summer with your own jazz group! Play and sing upbeat jazz and popular melodies in an ensemble incorporating piano, percussion and singing. Learn jazz and popular melodies, many reminiscent of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack as well as popular Disney tunes. The week ends with a performance for friends and family.
Note: This camp is recommended for students who have had three to four years of piano instruction.
Why buy anything when you can make it yourself? Make a funky DIY wallet out of durable patterned duct tape. Bang out your own set of personalized buttons using the principles of design. Create glowing LED felted wristbands using a simple circuit. Spread your genius to the masses with your own hand-made Zine. Join the Maker Movement!
Using the magic of a digital camera, you capture shadows, create beautiful blurs, take magical close- ups, chase light and find wonderful points of views. This will be a week of hands-on, eye-to-the-view finder image creation. This visual exploration will let you naturally learn the inner working of the modern digital camera.
“Action like you’ve never seen before!”; “Critics call it ‘spellbinding!’”; “The special effects alone will amaze you!” We’ve all seen movie trailers that leave us counting the days ‘til the film hits the Big Screen. Well, now’s your chance to create an inspiring movie trailer for your fictitious film. Working in small groups and using a genre of your choice, you will develop an idea for a movie. Then, while being shown how to use a digital camcorder, you’ll learn how to film a scene using specific camera angles, apply cinematography, and capture elusive emotion. You’ll also see the importance of music and words, and how to edit the footage to create two awe-inspiring movie trailers. You’ll receive a chaptered DVD of your work and the work of your classmates.
If you love math (Yes…LOVE MATH!!!) then here is a chance to build your logical, imaginative and creative skills through exposure to many exciting, intriguing, and sometimes totally weird ideas in mathematics. Explore a range of fascinating math topics, including platonic solids, triangles from the ancient Egyptians to modern times, number theory, probability, puzzles, conundrums, and infinity theory.
Take an artistic expedition through five continents! If you’re curious about mehandi, Mongolian felt, and Mexican tin work, sign up and join the journey. Make art using various styles and media from around the world while exploring culture and geography.
Ever wonder how a helicopter works? Or a chainsaw? Or a trash compactor? In our introductory camp, you will use a variety of specialized LEGO Dacta and Education kits to build all kinds of cool machines that use gears, pulleys, levers, belts, and even pneumatic pumps and pistons. Some of the machines you will build are: windmills, clocks, drills, cranes, elevators, cars and gondolas. Many of the machines you will build are powered with LEGO motors, and some can even be connected to a computer and programmed to work.
Want to take your LEGO building skills to the next level? Our intermediate camp is for those of you who took our beginner course or who have some experience building with LEGO Technic. You will build more complex machines and motorized mechanisms including a dragster, a working grandfather clock, robotic animals, a power generating wind turbine, a ferris wheel, and a pneumatic claw. This camp will also include an introduction to LEGO Mindstorms robotics system.
Our advanced camp exclusively uses the LEGO Mindstorms robotics system. We will focus mainly on building a variety of different robots using the Mindstorms programming software. Building projects will include robotic animals, remote control vehicles, musical instruments and robotic arms. This camp is best suited for those who have taken our intermediate camp.
Everyone has a little superstar in them and this camp brings it out! You write your own lyrics and create the music to go along with them. Then you move to the director’s chair where you will direct your very own music video. And of course you get to take it home and share with your family.
Calling all Magics and Muggles! Join us for a fun-filled week discovering secrets learned on the grounds of Hogwarts. We can’t visit Daigon Alley, but we will create our own wizardry attire with the help of a little alchemy. Attend a potions class. Learn to play Quidditch (unfortunately, due to Ministry rules we will have to play with all brooms on the ground). Uncover the secrets to the Forbidden Forest and the creatures that lurk within. Concoct delectable delights like the house-elves did. And remember—on order of the Ministry of Magic—no spells are to be cast by underage wizards until you return to the actual grounds of Hogwarts.
To register, call 604.984.4901
Discover the secret of the Professor’s Nightmare and uncover the mystery behind magic tricks while becoming a magician in your own right. Imagine the fun you’ll have amazing your family and friends with card tricks, coin magic, rope illusions and more. You also get a magic kit to take home. Sign up quick; this camp fills faster than you can say “hocus pocus”!
If you’ve taken The Amazing Magic Camp this summer (or any past Serious Fun summer) and crave even more, then join this camp and journey deeper into the world of tricks and illusions. And if that’s not enough, you’ll get a magic kit to take home too! More Rod! More magic! More fun!
Do you love to sing in the shower and dance when no one's watching? Sounds like you’re a natural for a musical theatre class! Perfect for both absolute beginners who just want to try it out and for kids with some singing or dancing experience, this camp combines theatre games and activities. Learn songs from age-appropriate musical theatre repertoire and from scenes written just for you. On the last day of class, you get to show off what you've learned in a performance for family and friends.
Explore the mysteries of the universe and build astronomical equipment to take home. Hands-on activities include building your own small telescope, a star-finding planisphere, an astrolabe, a celestial sphere and a sundial. Through games, crafts, slideshows, and animations, you learn about our solar system, the stars and constellations in the Milky Way and other galaxies, and the most recent ideas about the history of the universe. You get to use planetarium computer software and act as an astronomer going through the steps to take a photograph using a large observatory telescope.
Join National Chess Master Luc and learn one of the greatest games of strategy in the world. Play chess with other kids and practise on different types of chess computers. Solve puzzles tailored to your own skill level, learn new strategies and watch chess videos. To learn more about junior chess on the North Shore and beyond, visit Luc’s blog at www.wcjc.blogspot.com.
Spend your week adventuring outdoors on the beautiful Capilano University campus. Learn how to read a compass and a map, how to build a survival shelter, how to stay found and what to do if you get lost. Experience on-campus hikes, adventure games and scavenger hunts. On the last day we combine all our new skills for the amazing adventure race on campus! A list of appropriate outdoor wear and other supplies is available on our website. Fee includes a Wilderness Essentials kit.
Max out your visual senses! This camp covers how to use your camera (DSLR or point-and-shoot) as well as the basics in landscape, macro, product, people and advertising photography. You also build a pinhole camera and learn the history of film and photography
Draw your favourite cartoon or anime character and even create characters of your own. Learn the basics of cartooning with a former Disney animator. Venture into the world of anime and explore basic animation principles. Create your own cartoon character from scratch and bring it to life in a story, just like a true cartoon pro!
Roam the Capilano University campus and learn to draw trees, bushes, flowers, seeds and even landscapes! Prepare your own hand-drawn local plant and landscape book. Learn different drawing and sketching techniques while enjoying the outdoors.
Stories are all around us waiting to be told. We’ll find them by putting all five of our senses to work (yes, even taste and smell) and using objects like maps and postcards. We’ll also look inside other stories and use improv games to help us find inspiration. Let the storyteller inside you break free! Come ready to participate and write.
Learn Flash in a flash! Two wildly creative instructors guide you through designing characters, backgrounds, storyboarding, animation and adding interactivity. All you need are basic computer skills and your imagination. You will leave with an animation that you can post online.
Take your Flash skills to the next level! Learn how to put together multiple scenes and add interactivity. Explore simple game concepts, advanced animation techniques, sound editing and action scripting. During the week you’ll create your own animation using a variety of tools and techniques. Two wildly creative instructors take you on this learning adventure, so you’ll have help every step of the way. You will leave with an animation that you can post online.
Learn how to create your own website with text, links, graphics, animation and sound! Then use a free website hosting service to launch your site. In the process, you’ll learn how to work with HTML and be introduced to Dreamweaver website design software.
Discover the different ways your body can move, how to find confidence in movement and how to put these moves to music as you are introduced to basic jazz dance skills. In this upbeat, non-competitive week of fun, you learn basic stretches, effective strengthening exercises as well as individual steps and simple combinations that involve turns, jumps and footwork. You also create a dance routine with help from your fellow campers, exploring creative expression, confidence and teamwork along the way.
Note: Students should have jazz shoes – lace up or slip-on – or a ‘Ked’-like, low traction runner that is for indoor use only. Ballet slippers are okay. Students should also have comfortable clothing that would be suitable for a PE-style class with minimal logos or writing.
This is a fabulous opportunity for you to become an inventor. Explore the history of many famous inventions, and uncover the secrets behind light, sound and electricity. Build a circuit system that lights up, then sets off an alarm, and even takes flight. Create a compound machine, gear system, and even master the stomp rocket. Investigate chemical reactions that cause things to glow, turn to slime, and even change temperature. Take home solar beads, an electroscope, stomp rocket and more!
Investigate the fascinating world of biology, and find out what the systems in the human body do. Put on your geneticist hat and peer through microscopes and extract DNA. Learn about fingerprinting, dental prints and how to do a chemical analysis. A crime scene will be set up and you’ll have the job of using forensics to solve the mystery. Take home an edible cell, a magnifying glass, a fingerprint chart, a DNA strand and more!
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Dr. Who, The Dragon Riders of Pern — all are great examples of fiction that don’t dwell too much on the reality of physics. Join us as we explore the genres of space opera, light sci-fi, and science fantasy to see how they open up infinite possibilities to the inspired writer. Combine royalty and robots, dragons and droids, telepathy and time machines during lively discussions, game-playing, and innovative writing exercises. Create an imaginary world . . . or a whole universe.
Warm up with clay modeling while you learn some basic 3-D words and art facts. Create a silicone mould of your work and then cast it from plaster. Explore the possibilities of making modern sculpture with wire armature using pliers, and make large-scale sculptures with cardboard, sticks and a hot glue gun. Be prepared to make a creative mess
Put yourself live and on location in the director’s chair and create a film! You’ll do what the professionals do: write a script, scout locations, learn multi-angle filming techniques, and edit on the newest MacBooks. You’ll also add voices, sound effects, music, and titles. At camp end, you get a DVD of your film and will have a chance to premiere it at The Reel Fun Film Festival.
A filmmaking camp by girls for girls! This innovative workshop lets you unleash your imagination through the power of movie making. Budding directors will focus on themes important to them, including friendship, music, fashion, bullying, and positive self-image portrayals. Working in small groups, you will use the latest digital cameras and MacBooks to write, film and produce a unique film. And yes, you get to take it home to share with family and friends..
If you love making people laugh then stand-up comedy is for you. Learn how to write and perform your own jokes with funny punch lines, quirky voices, and physical act outs. Become comfortable on the stage and learn to feel confident with a microphone. Then develop a short comedy set with the other hilarious kids in the class and at the end of the week we put on a comedy show for your family and friends.
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