Berkeley's in-house Summer Arts Institute boasts two tracks designed to fit the desires of all budding artists: the “Artists of Tomorrow" track and an "Intensives" track.

The Artists of Tomorrow (AOT) program is a weekly day camp for Pre-K through 8th grade students. A typical day starts at 9am and ends at 3pm. Each week will be centered around an exciting and different theme and will always end with a public showcase of the week’s work! There are three sub-divisions of AOT; see the descriptions below to find the age-appropriate and skills-appropriate track for you!

Our Intensives track allows students to focus on one specific artistic discipline, such as Pottery, Musical Theatre, and Band.

About the director:
Bryn Harvey’s fine arts career spans over 25 years, from student to teacher and administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and is currently the Lower Division Theatre Director and Upper Division Musical Associate Director/Choreographer at Berkeley Preparatory School. Bryn served two years as the Activities Director for Summer Programs, including Performing Arts and English Second Language programs, at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA. Also, she was instrumental in the development of the multi-level tap program within Wyoming Seminary’s Dance and Fine Arts department and taught/choreographed for over 100 students from 15 different countries.
 
Please click on each camp below for a description.

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  • AOT JR.

    AOT JR. lets younger campers experience a little of everything in the arts! Music, creative movement, and art are all included in just one day of camp! Each week’s music, movement, and art activities center around a different theme that will conclude in an opening act performance for the Friday Showcase.

    Themes:
    Week 1-Passport to the World
    Week 2-Motown Get Down
    Week 3-Comicon
    Week 4-Red, White, and Blues
    Week 5-Once Upon a Time
    Week 6-Winter Wonderland
    Week 7-All-Stars Sports

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  Pre-K and kindergarten campers will have a half-day option ending at lunch time. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (incoming Pre-K-1st graders)
  • AOT Showstoppers

    Campers in AOT Showstoppers will experience a week full of music, theatre, and dance/creative movement that will conclude in a Friday Showcase performance! AOT Showstoppers gives students a well-rounded theatre experience, from process to performance. Campers will spend their mornings preparing for the Showcase performance and their afternoons in “Electives” chosen by campers upon registration. One-hour electives include arts and crafts, dance, music and rhythm, and improv theatre games. Students in grades 5-8 may choose to take script-to-stage, a two-hour elective where each student will write their own script and direct or perform in their own stage or digital production.

    Each week centers around a different theme that results in a unique weekly experience. Students can sign up for one week, or all seven!

    Themes:
    Week 1-Passport to the World
    Week 2-Motown Get Down
    Week 3-Comicon
    Week 4-Red, White, and Blues
    Week 5-Once Upon a Time
    Week 6-Winter Wonderland
    Week 7-All-Stars Sports

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (incoming 2nd-8th graders)
  • AOT Art

    AOT Art is a fun and intensive weekly art program for artists looking to build their portfolio and experience various aspects of visual art. Campers will create works based on the weekly camp theme which will be displayed at the Friday Showcase. They will also participate in a daily “Master Class” to study and create works inspired by a weekly “Master” artist. The afternoons of AOT Art are an elective period with two-hour long activities chosen by campers upon registration. One-hour electives include arts and crafts, dance, music and rhythm, and improv theatre games.  Students in grades 5-8 may choose to take script-to-stage, a two-hour elective where each student will write their own script and direct or perform in their own stage or digital production. 

    Themes:
    Week 1-Passport to the World
    Week 2-Motown Get Down
    Week 3-Comicon
    Week 4-Red, White, and Blues
    Week 5-Once Upon a Time
    Week 6-Winter Wonderland
    Week 7-All-Stars Sports

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (incoming 2nd-8th graders)
  • AOT Half Day (PM Electives Only)

    The AOT Half Day is filled with visual and performing arts electives chosen by campers upon registration. One-hour electives include arts and crafts, dance, music and rhythm, and improv theatre games. Students in grades 5-8 may choose to take script-to-stage, a two-hour elective where each student will write their own script and direct or perform in their own stage or digital production.  Students will participate in a special "Friday Elective" and attend the final showcase. Some electives may opt to perform in the showcase, where the afternoon campers are invited to participate.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (incoming 2nd-8th graders)
  • Intensive: Pottery

    In this one-week camp led by Berkeley visual arts instructor Sarah-Anne Marraffino, participants will learn different methods for creating handmade functional pottery. Campers will be introduced to different hand-building methods including pinch, slab, and coil construction while also having the opportunity to try their hands at the potter’s wheel. All work will be glazed and fired and available for pick up one week following the camp. Morning sessions are for elementary ages, afternoon sessions are for middle school through high school.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5, 6 (incoming 2nd-5th graders, morning; incoming 6th-12th graders, afternoon)
  • Intensive: Musical Theatre Camp

    This immersive musical theatre camp, led by Berkeley's Director of Choral Music Carrie Dietsch, provides an opportunity for every student to shine as they learn, play, and perform a fully staged musical production in just one week! During their experience, campers dance, act, rehearse, and participate in workshops and explore their creativity. No experience necessary!

    The 2019 Summer Musical Theatre Camp will present a fully staged production of the hit Broadway musical, A Year with Frog and Toad! Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, and a cast of colorful characters, A Year with Frog and Toad is the perfect show for both seasoned and first-time young performers!

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 2  (incoming 5th-8th graders)
  • Intensive: Summer Winds Band Camp

    Summer Winds Bands Camp, led by Berkeley's director of bands Brian Panetta, is open to middle and high school woodwinds, brass, and percussion students who wish to elevate their personal musicianship through a quality ensemble experience. Over the course of the week, campers will explore, rehearse, and learn through performance. Selected repertoire will be based upon student interest and will likely include music from jazz, pop, and wind band literature. The camp will close with a performance for family and friends!

    Brass and woodwinds need to bring their own instruments.

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 3 (incoming 7th-12th graders)
  • Intensive: Clay Figure Sculpting

    Crazy Heads Clay Figure Sculpting with Berkeley visual arts instructor Stephanie Stuefer!  Beginning with a small clay mold of a human head, we will create wild and crazy additions while learning the techniques of figure sculpting. Your head may have a bowl on top, or it may have a mohawk, or it might be open at the top for a plant to fit inside; the possibilities are endless! Campers will go crazy for clay as we explore all kinds of building techniques to personalize their heads. All projects will be glazed, fired, and food-safe. And yes, you will be able to eat ice cream off your head! All work will be ready for pick up one week following the camp.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 3rd-5th graders)
  • Intensive: Clay Coil Building

    Stop, Drop, and Roll! Clay Coil Building with Berkeley visual arts instructor Stephanie Stuefer!  Campers will not learn much about fire safety in this clay studio course, but they will learn about the joys of coil building in clay!  From wild hair to tall vessels to beautiful bowls, campers will imagine and create using the ancient method of coil building.  More clay-building techniques will be added as we go and everything we make will be glazed, fired, and food safe!  All work will be ready for pick up one week following the camp.
     
    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Intensive: Tile Making

    Wild Tiles Clay Studio with Berkeley visual arts instructor Stephanie Stuefer!  Campers will begin with several 4x4” terra cotta tiles and they will learn a plethora of tile-making techniques.  From relief sculpture to sgraffito to mishima, we will explore the many ways to create, embellish, and carve handmade tiles with style.  All tiles will be glazed and fired and ready for pick up one week following the camp.
     
    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 2 (incoming 3rd-5th graders)
  • Intensive: Ceramics

    Ice Cream Bowl Ceramics with Berkeley visual arts instructor Stephanie Stuefer! The end of this class will be the ultimate ice cream social, and the beginning will be the making of the ultimate ceramic ice cream bowl and spoon! Campers will design and create the ice cream bowl of their dreams. It might have handles, a pedestal foot, separate compartments – and most definitely it will have a spoon to go with it! We will get these bowls glazed and fired in time to have a fabulous ice cream social on the last day of class.  The rest of the campers’ summers will be spent eating ice cream with their personalized ice cream bowls and spoons!
     
    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 2 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
Week 1: June 3 - 7
Week 2: June 10 - 14
Week 3: June 17 - 21
Week 4: June 24 - 28
NO CAMPS July 1 - July 5
Week 5: July 8 - 12
Week 6: July 15 - 19
Week 7: July 22 - 26
2019 Summer Programs Schedule

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