Many of O-AT-KA’s signature programs are based in the arts. Campers explore the world of their senses and develop skills in expressing their understandings through art.
Arts & Crafts: This craft will bring a multitude of favorite projects to the table. Covering great camp favorites like tie dye and popsicle stick art isn’t all. Basketry and pillow making will make their appearance while splatter, glitter and sand arts will also play a big role in this craft, allow campers’ creative side to come out to play. Printing and graphic arts, silk screening, and studio art drawing are additional possibilities. The craft runs as an “open studio” after some instruction, allowing more 1:1 instruction and support.
Cooking: Campers join our talented chefs in the commercial kitchen to learn basic prep and cooking skills with a focus on nutrition. Campers will have the opportunity to cook for their cabin mates!
Drama: Campers play theater games, create mini-skits to perform informally or at camp gatherings and learn acting techniques and production skills.
Music: Campers bring their own instrument and spend the summer collaborating and jamming with fellow musicians! Campers in music craft perform in the end-of-session concert, Password and Sunday services.
Photography: Campers learn to use a 35mm camera and take black and white photos. Campers learn to compose, shoot, develop, and print their own photos in the darkroom.
Pottery: This is an introductory craft which teaches campers to make pinch, coil, and slab pots, sculptures and wheel thrown pots. Campers practice their skills on five electronic wheels and then personalize their projects with a wide array of glazes. Our large kiln brings projects to a close. Campers also play Sculpturades which enhance their ability to work with clay.
Rocketry: This is an instructional craft where students learn to build their own rocket design from scratch or from a kit. Campers enjoy painting their finished rocket and launching them skyward!
Stained Glass: This craft introduces campers to the basic skills of stained glass. Campers learn to choose and study various types of glass, cut and grind glass, become skilled in handling a soldering iron, and produce a finished piece. Safety and skill building are focuses in this craft
Stained Glass Clinic: The stained glass clinic will provide more-experienced campers an opportunity to refine their skills and work on larger and more intricate projects. It will meet for two full periods every day. There are no extra costs. The clinic is not open to novices.
Woodworking: Campers choose from newer building projects such as building DownEaster boxes and cutting boards to our camper favorites including making pens, puzzle boards, birdhouses, clocks, and more! Not only do campers learn the aesthetic value of woodworking but learn the practical skills of using various building tools safely.