Eights / Nines Choice Classes: Session 2

Session 2 : July 9th-July 20th 

Eights and Nines take Choice Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour per class.

2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

Block A: 9:30-10:30

Cityscape Collage (Noah Furman) Let’s explore the city around us through art making! In this choice class, campers will get a chance to observe the environment of New York City and make their own interpretations of the city. Looking to the work of artist Romare Bearden for inspiration, campers will use paper, paint, fabric, cardboard, and other found materials to create a portrait of the city through their own eyes.

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

Capture the Flag (Woobens Celony) Come play capture the flag, as well as other team games! We will start with the original game, and then come up with our own variations of the classic game using our creativity and teamwork.

Honey! I Shrunk the Campers! (Cody Rae Knue) Giant slices of pizzas! Camper-sized forks! In this fun choice class, campers will make larger than life-size fantastical sculptures of everyday objects. We’ll play with ideas of scale, transformation, and create humorous stories connected to our artwork. Campers will learn to build the inner skeletons of their sculptures, and problem solve ways to mold and shape their works. We’ll then use papier-mâché and paint to bring our sculptures to life. We’ll finish by installing our artwork around camp and sharing our wacky stories.


Block B: 1:30-2:30

Ready, Set, Go! (Morgan Wright) Have you ever imagined yourself as a character in an adventure story, braving obstacles, answering riddles, and finding your way through impossible mazes? Now is your chance to practice! Every day we will work together to accomplish a challenge—completing obstacle courses, solving puzzles, and helping friends through trick-filled labyrinths. The session will end with the ultimate team challenge. Are you ready?

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) Calling all chess masters! In this class students will have 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 and a chance to hone their skills.

Ta-Da Tie-Dye! (Cody Rae Knue) Tie-dyeing is a summertime classic! Walk away with a whole new ready-to wear piece of art. We’ll dive into the different ways of creating dyed patterns and designs on fabric using clothespins, rubber bands, and wood blocks similar to the Japanese technique called Shibori.  We’ll experiment with different color combinations and how to use color to enhance our designs, as well as cut and sew our fabric to change its shape.

Basketball (Bella Bulone) Meet us on the court, where we will hone our passing, shooting and dribbling skills.  After practicing the basics, we will try out some game play, while developing good sportsmanship and teamwork strategies.  We will also make time for fun basketball games like Knock Out, Horse and others!


Block C: 2:30-3:30

Kickball (Rachel Kaly) Campers will learn the rules of kickball, and work on running, fielding, and kicking skills to perfect their A-game. Each class, we’ll break into teams and play against each other to practice.

Experimental Painting  (Noah Furman) Campers will try their hand at a variety of techniques and tricks to paint without using a brush! Stenciling, stamping and printing to make colorful and unique designs, campers will come up with their own library of crazy colors and use them to make their own patterned creations. Campers will build their own “brushes” to develop their personal mark-making skills. We will get to try painting on fabric as well which can be used as clothing or decoration.

Basketball Skills (Henry Rice) Master the craft of basketball in this beginner basketball skills class. Campers will play warm-up games, practice drills and even play full games. Kids will have the opportunity to enhance skills in coordination and teamwork, as well as getting exercise. Having fun and getting better at fundamentals will be the primary goals, with winning taking a backseat.


Tinier Worlds (Clara Campos) We will create very tiny worlds using our imaginations and skills, as well as a bunch of interesting materials. If you are into dioramas, solving problems creatively, and working small, this is the class for you! Projects will include VERY small homes (faeries, gnomes, insects etc.), tiny work spaces  (studios, offices, stations, etc.), and tiny figures/creatures to inhabit your worlds. Materials will include boxes, jars, wood, sculpty, cork, string, twine, moss, buttons, tin foil, glass beads, and many more little tiny things!