Wildly Creative Arts Experience

A 5 Day Camp For Young People

Date(s) & Times

August 1-7, 2016

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Cumulative performance on Friday August 5 at 7 PM at The Studio@620.
Second performance on Sunday August 7 at 2 PM at Boyd Hill Nature Park


$100 for the week, Some Scholarships Available

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Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

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The Studio@620 invites young people aged 10-18 to attend a unique nature-oriented immersive arts experience August 1-7, 2016! Participants will witness amazing live WILD animals like owls, turtles, and snakes up close and in person and learn about what makes these animals special! Then turn that new knowledge into something amazing through the magic of CREATIVITY! Draw, write, and speak about these animals in new fun ways in front of a live audience at The Studio! Camp includes a visit to Boyd Hill on Sunday where we'll have a second performance and exhibit of works created during the week.

About the Instructors:

Elizabeth Engelman has an MA in Poetry and an MFA in Fiction, and is a former high school English and Creative Writing instructor. She has just recently received the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the University of Tampa.

Brendan Blowers is currently the Drama Director at Calvary Christian School and formerly taught at John Hopkins Middle School. Over the past few years he has directed several major productions including Fiddler on the Roof, Our Town, and Singing in the Rain

Kenny Jensen is a practicing conceptual artist and the Gallery Curator at the Studio @ 620.

Here's what to expect:

On Monday and Tuesday Boyd Hill Park Staff will bring birds, reptiles, and other cool creatures into The Studio for participants to observe and learn about. The instructors will lead a variety of fun, creative activities to practice new ways of seeing, with the hope of making deeper connections with the animals and each other and encouraging more freedom of expression. These activities will include gesture and fluid drawing, improv and physical acting exercises, stream of conscious writing, etc.

With the remaining three days, the instructors will work with the participants to refine their creative responses to the animals into more specific, structured forms including: drawing & painting, poetry, playwriting, dance, etc. These expressions will then be composed into a culminating public art exhibit and performance on Friday evening at The Studio! There will be a second exhibit and performance at Boyd Hill on Sunday as well so participants can share their talents with another audience and you can stay to explore the park afterwards!

Be sure to bring a lunch with you each day!

Program registration fee includes art supplies and admission to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve on the day of the performance for the participant and two adult accompanying guests. For scholarship information please email info@studio620.org.