Eights/Nines Choice Classes

Eights/Nines Choice Class Season Overview

       

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

Session 1: June 22nd- July 2nd
Block A:
Mixed Media Mosaics
Foreground, Middle Ground, Background: Landscape Painting
Checkmate
Nature Arts
Block B:
Expressive Portrait Painters
No Bake Baking
Sports Combine
Block C:
Flash Mob
Collaborative Mural Makers
One Minute Movie
Basketball
Session 2: July 6th- July 17th
Block A:
Will it Paint?
Intermediate Chess
Studio Sessions
Karate
Block B:
Basketball
Sew It!
Chess Level 4
Karaoke!
Tie-Dye Palooza
Turn Out the Lights
Block C:
Manhattan, Poetry and Art in Motion
Ping Pong
DIY Projects
Mask Making
Just Dance: Live
Session 3: July 20th- July 31st
Block A:
Ultimate Camp Warrior Challenge
Puzzle Me This
Eco-Art
Campers vs. Counselors
Sew It
Block B:
Dance for the Camera
People Find Challenge
Checkmate
Capture the Flag
Block C:
Very Tiny Worlds
LREI Summer Olympics
Basketball
DIY Projects

Session 1

 

Block A: 9:30-10:30

Mixed Media Mosaics (Andy Webber) Using a range of materials like cotton balls, magazine cutouts, painted paper and found materials, campers will create mosaics in small groups. Mosaics are created by adding small pieces to create a unified picture and campers will experiment with combining different materials to form images. Teamwork and experimentation are essential to creating beautiful mosaics.

Nature Arts (Vanessa Uribe) Let’s learn, connect, and grow with nature! In this class we will explore the natural world, use it in our work, and find inspiration in nature! Whether we are drawing, painting, or sculpting something inspired by nature, or using nature’s abundant materials in our art, students will learn empathy and connection to nature through their art. We will make our own nature notebooks to draw the world around us, gather our own materials (i.e. stones, twigs, and leaves) to make art with, and find a greater connection to and appreciation for nature through our art! 

Foreground, Middle Ground, Background: Landscape Painters (Matt Mahler) Artists have been painting pictures of their environment for hundreds of years. Use reference images or transform your own photo into a landscape painting on canvas board. Campers will learn the basic structure of landscape painting and various strategies to create an exciting composition.

Checkmate (David Rigo) This class will focus on checkmate patterns, and solidifying the concepts of check and checkmate. This is a good class for students who are comfortable with rules of chess.

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Block B: 1:30-2:30

Expressive Portrait Painters (Matt Mahler) Before selfies, artists had to look in the mirror to paint their own portraits. Explore basic portrait techniques as you make your own expressive self portrait painting using acrylic paint on canvas board. Learn proportions, and how to use color, highlights and shadows that give your painting character and bring it to life!

No Bake Baking (David Rigo) Welcome to the no bake kitchen! Campers will work together to create yummy treats without any baking needed. We will make no bake cookies, icebox cake, no bake cheesecake, and more! We will also do some blindfolded taste testing, and play “Guess The Ingredients!

Sports Combine (James Miner) There are so many fun ways to develop the skills we use in our favorite sports. In “The Combine” campers will learn and strengthen skills through non-traditional challenges. Do you love football? We’ll practice footwork through ladders and over hurdles before diving into the end zone, getting up, and showing off our best touchdown dances! Love basketball? We’ll practice spinning like a Globetrotter, play some PacMan knockout, and even work on our slam dunks! You choose the sport, we’ll build The Combine.

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Block C: 2:30-3:30

Flash Mob (Danielle Staropoli) If you like creating and performing fun and silly dances, then this class is for you! Campers will work together to choreograph short dance sequences to music of their choice. We will travel through the building as a dance troupe and surprise fellow campers and counselors with our awesome dance moves!

Collaborative Mural Makers (Matt Mahler) Work together with all of your friends to paint new and exciting murals that transform our camp! This class is designed to help campers communicate their ideas and put them into action while making large scaled art works for specific spaces around the building. Experiment with new techniques and create exciting artworks based on camper generated ideas. Come and paint with us!

Basketball (Danny Tom) Free throw your way to fame! In this Basketball class, campers will sharpen their skills through a variety of drills and games that focus on teamwork and personal development. Young b-ballers will learn how to master offense, defense, shooting and game fundamentals.

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Session 2

 

Block A: 9:30-10:30

Will it Paint? (Isaiah Sullivan)In this class, campers will paint beautiful works of art. The only catch is – we will not be using paint brushes! Campers will experiment with various tools and materials to see what works best for their creations. From feathers to pipe cleaners, campers will get as creative as their hearts desire. On the last class of the session, their unique works will be on display at their very own gallery for other campers to view!

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will get a refresher on the rules and fundamentals of chess, and be introduced to basic chess tactics and endgames. This is a great class for students who know how the pieces move, but might want a little review.

Studio Sessions (Eric Royo) The art of making digital music is right at your fingertips. In this digital performing arts class you learn to create beats, record songs, and combine visual stories to make your music come alive. Producers, singers, rappers, musicians, and engineers welcome. No experience? No problem! With user-friendly software and a quick tutorial, you’ll be making the hottest jams in no time!

Karate (Vinnie Barile) An introduction to the basic moves and ideas of Karate. Activities will focus on building strength, flexibility, coordination, and spatial awareness.

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Session 2

 

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Basketball (Danny Tom) Free throw your way to fame! In this Basketball class, campers will sharpen their skills through a variety of drills and games that focus on teamwork and personal development. Young b-ballers will learn how to master offense, defense, shooting and game fundamentals.

Sew It! (Andrea Messaoud)Have you ever wanted to sew something? A bag, a giant pillow, or even a stuffy to hug? If so, then this is the class for you! Campers will learn how to sew bookmarks, bags, pillows, or anything they can think of. They will choose their own yarn and draw out their own ideas before getting started on each project. At the end of the session we will hold a sewing exhibit of all works completed during the session. The possibilities are endless! If you can think it, then you can sew it!

Chess Level 4 (David Rigo) In this class students will learn the basics of solving chess puzzles, which are excellent to help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students will also participate in a mini tournament at the end of the session as well.

Karaoke (Rebecca Saltzman) Do you love to sing and perform? Campers will make a list of favorites and suggestions of songs they would like to perform. With costumes, choreography, and an emphasis on having fun, we will sing our hearts out to music new and old.  For the last class, we will open our doors to camp friends who will be our audience, and hopefully join in!

Tie-Dye Palooza (Avery Kutis) Using every color under the sun, and every material we can think of, we will create our own tie-dye masterpieces for campers to wear and/or take home! At the end of the session, we will all work together on one giant tie-dye tapestry. Campers will practice design, creativity, and collaboration. In the final class, our group tapestry will be on display for the whole camp to enjoy. 

Turn Out the Lights! (James Miner) Why do we all like playing in the dark? Because often being just a little scared can lead to a lot of fun! Campers will challenge themselves to use their other four senses to play traditional “camp games” (Gaga, tag games, museum…more!). Prior to the games we play, campers will get to explore, and maybe even strengthen, one of their remaining senses (smell, hearing, taste and touch). Join me…if you dare!

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Session 2

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Manhattan, Poetry and Art In Motion (Belan Guimaraes Araujo) Manhattan is often referred to the city that never sleeps; a city of constant hustle and bustle, overcrowded streets and subways, loud and lively conversations, smatterings of melodious languages within every few steps, and terrific cuisine from all over the globe. We’ll each create our own ‘city-inspired word bank’ as a base used to write poetry and create an art project inspired by our words.  Campers will delve into the lyrical and powerful world of words – how they can shape and set moods and connect us all. Campers will also refer to memory, pictures, and computer images to create words and works.

Ping Pong (David Rigo) Let’s play Ping Pong! We will go over the rules together, learn some basic skills, and then play a lot of Ping Pong! It’s gonna be a ton of fun!

DIY Projects (Vanessa Uribe) Put the FUN in FUNctional by designing, creating, and crafting your own projects! Campers will be empowered to think outside the box, get creative, and upcycle old items. We will make our own projects from everyday products, everything from games to planters to candles. In DIY we can do it all!

Mask Making (Andy Webber) Transform your appearance and create an outrageous character with mask making! We will start with a gauze layer of each camper’s face and use sculptamold, paint, and an array of materials to stretch our imaginations. Campers will practice their 3D modeling skills to create striking masks!

Just Dance: Live (Kamillah Aklaff) Just Dance is a series of online dance videos that pairs popular songs with simulated dance choreography. In our class, campers will learn and practice a variety of steps from modern dance styles. Using campers’ favorite songs, we will create a sequence of movements that we can do together. Our choreography will be filmed, so that students can share their work while encouraging others to dance along.

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Session 3

 

Block A: 9:30-10:30

Ultimate Camp Warrior Challenge (Rebecca Saltzman) Get ready, get set, navigate a daredevil obstacle course! First, we will practice sections of the course in teams (i.e. rope climb, jumping over lava, and army crawl), then we will put it all together and adventure through it. Finally, campers will design their own obstacle courses to challenge each other – and counselors! 

Puzzle Me This (Isaiah Sullivan)  From jigsaw puzzles to riddles to cross word puzzles, campers will have fun learning about and solving these complex head-scratchers! In addition to playing these brain games, we will learn the rules of each puzzle and how they are made. Campers will then create their own puzzles to take home at the end of the session!

Eco-Art (Vanessa Uribe) In this class we will use sustainable, recycled, or natural materials to make our art, bring awareness to our environment, and appreciate the natural world. The goal of eco-art is to preserve the environment, rebuild our ecosystems, advocate for climate justice, and practice sustainability through art! We will learn the tools to empower ourselves and others toward a more sustainable future. 

Campers vs. Counselors (James Miner) There is strength in numbers and the numbers are on your side, BUT counselors do not like to lose! So campers, now is your chance to take on some of your own counselors in a variety of team based games (Gaga, Bounce Out, Butts-Up, 4-Square, Dodgeball). At the end of each week campers will run “The Behemoth,” a lengthy obstacle course with several counselors trying to impede their progress.

Sew It! (Andrea Messaoud) Have you ever wanted to sew something? A bag, a giant pillow, or even a stuffy to hug? If so, then this is the class for you! Campers will learn how to sew bookmarks, bags, pillows, or anything they can think of. They will choose their own yarn and draw out their own ideas before getting started on each project. At the end of the session we will hold a sewing exhibit of all works completed during the session. The possibilities are endless! If you can think it, then you can sew it!

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Session 3

 

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Dance For The Camera (Danielle Staropoli) Campers in this class will be dancers, choreographers, and cinematographers as they design, perform, and help produce their own dance films. As we work on our films, we will learn ways of framing movement and putting forth an idea using the body and lens. Films will be screened in a final share for fellow campers on the last day of class. 

People Find Challenge (Rebecca Saltzman) Where are the best hiding spots in camp? Campers will work together to make their own guidelines for the Summers at LREI favorite – People Find! We will use the building as our play space for this high energy hide and seek game.  Additionally, we will switch it up a bit each day – altering our call and response signals, the amount of people you seek with, and the places that are available to hide and seek in. It’s going to be a great time!

Checkmate (David Rigo) This class will focus on checkmate patterns, and solidifying the concepts of check and checkmate. This is a good class for students who are comfortable with rules of chess.

Capture the Flag (Woobens Celony) Defend your Flag! Outsmart the enemy! Seize your moment!! This classic game comes in all shapes and sizes, but determination will always be the key to success! Get ready to run!

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Session 3

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Very Tiny Worlds (Clara Campos) In this art/construction class, we will create very tiny worlds using our imaginations and skills, as well as a bunch of cool materials. If you are into dioramas, solving problems creatively, and working small then this is the class for you! Projects will include VERY small homes (think – faeries, gnomes, tiny bird houses etc.), tiny gardens, and tiny figures/creatures to inhabit your worlds. Materials will include boxes, jars, wood, sculpey, cork, string, twine, moss, buttons, tin foil, glass beads, and many more little tiny things!

LREI Summer Olympics (Shelby Pirtle) The 2020 Summer Camp Olympics are upon us, and we are bringing all the fun and adventure to NYC! With a focus on teamwork and sportspersonship, campers will create their own make-believe countries, and compete in events to take home the gold! We will have various sports games, Minute To Win It style games, and finish the session with a grand closing ceremony. Which country will take home the gold? 

Basketball (Danny Tom) Free throw your way to fame! In this Basketball class, campers will sharpen their skills through a variety of drills and games that focus on teamwork and personal development. Young b-ballers will learn how to master offense, defense, shooting and game fundamentals.

DIY Projects (Vanessa Uribe) Put the FUN in FUNctional by designing, creating, and crafting your own projects! Campers will be empowered to think outside the box, get creative, and upcycle old items. We will make our own projects from everyday products, everything from games to planters to candles. In DIY we can do it all!

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