Week 1: June 5 to June 9 2017 - What do you make of Honeysuckle? 

You might remember drinking the nectar of the plant’s flowers. Tasty, but as an invasive species, honeysuckle is destroying the native environment in our state of Tennessee.  But how?  What is it that makes it spread so quickly and stay for so long?  What role does honeysuckle play in its native environment, and in what way does it change ours?  What can we do to stop its spread?  This week, we will learn to take a plant commonly thought of as a nuisance and turn it into everything from shelter to art to toys.  With our tools in hand, we will climb, cut, fold, braid, sand, chop, saw, and bend honeysuckle into every shape and purpose imaginable.  Join us in our mission to transform honeysuckle into something useful, beautiful, and most of all, fun.

Week 2: June 12 to June 16 2017 - Cosmetology and Movie Character Magic

From the studio to the big screen artist and scientists work to make the imaginary come to life.  From our own pen and page drawings we will step into the shoes of movie makers, cosplayers, and makeup artists to make beasts, monsters, and characters  come to life on the stage, screen, and runway.  We will take dressing up for Halloween to the next level: body art, masks, original character and creature creation will make for a whole body multi-sensory experience. Using tools of the trade such as hair dryers, face paint, clay, algae, fabrics, sewing machines and more campers will make their own original character or runway persona. Do you want to be a sports star, a ballerina, a model, a fairy, a bat man queen, a crime fighting musician? What about a creature that has an erupting volcano head? You decide and then we will work together to make it come true.


Week 3: June 19 to 23 2017- Spinning yarns:  A Wooly Wordy Worldly Exploration

Twisting fibers into yarn dates back 40,000 years to the Upper Paleolithic. It is likely too, that the art of storytelling has been around as long as human language. During this week of fiber arts exploration, we’ll weave creations out of yarn using simple homemade looms and even our own fingers.   We'll learn how wool reacts to hot water and soap as we experiment with felting. Finally, children will experiment with drop spindle spinning and rope making as we each make our own jump ropes out of yarn.  All week long we will be reading stories about yarn while weaving and knitting pieces to take home, and learning how different cultures use fiber to make their own distinct handicrafts and clothing.


Week 4: June 26 to 30 2017- What have we learned from The Little Red Hen?

Will you help us plant the seed, water the garden, grind the flour, and make the bread? We hope you will join us in making this classic American folktale your own. We will get our hands messy digging in the dirt and kneading the dough as we explore the process of turning seeds into food. Bread is a staple enjoyed around the world and made of many different grains, some taking advantage of gluten while others avoid it. We will take a virtual trip, exploring the breads of different cultures, while cultivating our own seeds in the garden. And while The Little Red Hen maps out the production of wheat, we will map out her story, ending with a great debate: to share or not to share, that is the question! Through puppetry and drama, we will stage our own production of the story and you get to tell us how it ends. No matter what, it will be a deliciously fun week.

Week 5: July 10 to July 14 2017- Nomadic Lifestyles

To many of us, a home is a building where we eat, sleep, rest, and play.  But to some cultures of the world, home is much less concrete.  Whether they live on the road or in temporary shelters, nomadic cultures have been roaming the Earth for thousands of years.  Who are nomads, and why do they choose to live so differently from us?  How easy is it to live a nomadic lifestyle?  What are the best environments to be a nomad, and what tools are needed to live so freely?  Are there drawbacks?  Join us as we forage for food, scout our surroundings, build shelters, harness the natural environment, survive, trade, barter, and wander.  Come discover what it truly means to live a roaming life. 

Week 6: July 17 to 21 2017 - Feeling the Vibrations

This week A New Leaf invites campers to explore meaning behind music. The trill of a trumpet, the tone of violin and the sweeping melody of the piano all evoke different thoughts and emotions in each of us. It is the feelings that draw us to certain genre and types of music. How does an artwork of sound come to life? What are the intentions of the composers and musicians?  Come explore famous musical pieces, the instruments that create them, the range of their sounds and the many moods they engender. Campers will recreate a variety of instruments in hands-on crafting experiences and create their own original music and songs as well. Guest musicians will present and play with our music teacher Kateri Farell flutist. Ghenet Lee-Young, using American Sign Language and dance, will lead campers into physical lyrical expressions of music and song. With our bodies as instruments we will interpret  how music moves us and perform for each other and for the deaf community.

Week 7: July 24 to 28 2017 - Sheriff of Nottingham spies Betrayal at The House on the Hill

Are you familiar with these board games? They are fun to play and will be even more fun to blend together and stage for live action. After learning to play the games we will develop our own blended rules and characters in teams. Each team will set-up scenes and stage hunts for the other teams to solve several mysteries using the languages of poetry and mathematics. While exploring indoor rooms and outdoor areas to find clues the characters will have to figure out how to make a living in the town.  What is your trade? Will you sell or barter your goods? Will you sell apples or apple pie? Should eggs be more expensive than flour? Are you making enough money to sell chickens? Will you be a hero or a traitor?