About Ancient Arts camps
Ancient Arts Camps is the intersection of nature-based arts and crafts, ecological understanding, and holistic application of scientific inquiry and math patterns.
In Ancient Arts Camps, children will enjoy creative arts-and-crafts projects where the direct source of materials come from nature. Instead of depending on an art supply store, they will learn the properties and gifts of wood, plants, animals, and earth materials and how the natural world may be the foundation for our creative work.
While some preparation is done in advance by instructors, Ancient Arts Camps projects are "whole-process" crafts where children start with whole natural materials and craft them into art and tools for more art. Many materials are harvested on-site from our gardens.
The setting is a lush backyard garden of crops and native plants, cultivated into niches of sun and shade for focus, play and restorative rest. For five years, we have been restoring the soil with organic materials, agro-ecology techniques.
The daily schedule of camp is an intentionally planned rhythm with morning and afternoon craft blocks supported by song and games, free play, story and rest time, individual sit spots, and morning and afternoon snack.
Ancient Arts camps are located in a safe and secure residential backyard. The family of the founder and lead instructor are the only residents of the home.
Ancient Arts camps are fully insured in the category of "scout camp, non-residential."
The founder and lead instructor is a credentialed and employed teacher, with current Livescan and fingerprint clearance.
Livestock in the premises include chickens and honey bees. These are secured within a 6 ft. high fenced perimeter. While they may be observed, for the safety of all, interaction with the livestock is not part of camp.
While fire is featured in some promotional Ancient Arts photos, this is from previous events and fire will not be part of camp. When heat is needed, as for natural dyeing and candle-making, the source will be a wood or gas stove set up on cement pad.