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Safety Protocols

Safety is a top priority for our VCA education program. We recognize that the situation is changing very rapidly, so we are closely monitoring CDC and State/local health department guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of our campers and staff. Based on these recommendations, we are implementing a number of protocols this summer to help keep staff and students safe.


Scholarships available to make camps and classes accessible to everyone. Scholarship awards limited to 2 camps per student.

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Clay Camp: Get Centered

Get Centered Clay Camp
Ages: 11-17
Mon-Fri, June 28-July 2 | 10 am-12:30 pm
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Liz Lewis
Location: Liz Lewis Studio, 12741 SW Cemetery Rd.

Learn and practice wheel throwing. Year of the Ox sculptures. Fire up the raku kiln for smokey surprises!

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Young Songwriter Camp

Young Songwriter Camp
Ages: 7-12
Mon-Thurs, June 28-July 1 | 10 am-3 pm
Tuition: $255
Instructor: Havilah Rand
Location: Heron Meadow and Blue Heron

Fire up your creativity to write and record songs! Find inspiration for songs and lyrics through theatre games, word and picture collaging, listening sessions, journaling and outdoor adventures. As your songs take shape, record them using a basic recording unit and high-quality microphones. Camp culminates with a full-length CD and CD release celebration.

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Clay Camp: At the Beach

At the Beach on Vashon Clay Camp
Ages: 6-10
Mon-Fri, June 28-July 2 | 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Tuition: $275
Instructor: Laurie Thorpe
Location: Blue Heron Backyard
Imagine your favorite Vashon beaches and create sea stars, fish, sea-life plates and a Point Robinson Lighthouse! Have fun while learning clay techniques, including coil, slab, slump mold and hand-building.

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Crazy About Photography

Crazy About Photography
Ages: 8-12
Mon-Fri, July 5-9
Mon | 10 am - noon (in person), 1-3 pm (via Zoom)
Tues-Thurs | 10 am-2 pm
Fri | 10 am-3 pm
Tuition: $290 (includes $40 fee for materials and zoo admission)
Instructor: Ray Pfortner
Location: Beach walks - Point Robinson to Tramp Harbor; North End Ferry to Fern Cove; and Point Defiance Zoo/Aquarium.

Love photography? Want to take better photographs and get more out of your camera? Then this photo camp is for you. Shoot photographs in various Vashon locations, get feedback on your photos and create beeswax photo transfers. Explore camera handling, camera settings and the principles of strong composition. Camp includes extensive handouts, including using Flickr.com, camera settings and composition, photography resources and making beeswax photo transfers, so you can continue learning all summer long. For any skill level using any digital camera, smart phone to mirrorless.

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Clay Camp: In the Summer Garden

In the Summer Garden Clay Camp
Ages: 6-10
Mon-Fri, July 5-9 | 10:30- am-2:30 pm
Tuition: $275
Instructor: Laurie Thorpe
Location: Blue Heron Backyard

Take an imaginative garden stroll and create flower pots, berry bowls, wind chimes, fruit trees and silly slugs. Have fun while learning clay techniques, including coil, slab, slump mold and hand-building.

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Pandemic Pandemonium Puppet Performance

Pandemic Pandemonium Puppet Performance
Ages: 8-13
Mon-Fri, July 12-16 | 10 am-2 pm
Tuition: $260
Instructor: Adam Ende
Location: Heron Meadow

Join puppeteer Adam Ende on a journey of creation and become part of a tight knit puppet troupe working collaboratively to make a puppet show from start to finish. The process will focus on brainstorming and writing, sculpting, building and construction, upcycling “trash” materials, playing with the puppets, rehearsing and finally performing. Our theme for this camp is the pandemic, a chance for puppeteers to share thoughts, experiences, struggles and hopes in regard to this worldwide historical event. Camp will end with a performance for friends and family on Friday.

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Clay Camp: Wonders of the Sky

Wonders of the Sky Clay Camp
Ages: 5-8
Mon-Fri, July 12-16 | 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Tuition: $275
Instructor: Laurie Thorpe
Location: Blue Heron Backyard
Join us for a celestial journey and create a mobile of stars/suns/moons, rocket ship, plate with celestial texture stamps and a sun/moon face. Have fun while learning clay techniques including coil, slab, slump mold and hand-building.

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Wild Wonder Nature Camp

Wild Wonder Nature Camp: Collaboration with VCA and Vashon Nature Center
Ages: 6-10
Mon-Fri, July 19-23 | 10 am-3 pm
Tuition: $335
Instructors: Vale Martinez Espinoza, Paulina Barry
Location: Heron Meadow (Mon/Tues/Fri), Island Center Forest (Wed), Point Robinson (Thu)
Spend your week exploring the different ecosystems on Vashon. Investigate meadow pollinators and amphibians; study forests and pond habitats and explore island beaches. Camp days are filled with individual and group activities including, scientific research methods, associated art projects, hiking trails, walking beaches, and quiet contemplation.

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Intro to Filmmaking Camp

Intro to Filmmaking Camp
Ages: 9-15
Mon-Fri, July 19-23 | 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Tuition: $240
Instructor: Emalia Hinden
Location: Blue Heron Backyard

Have you got a story you're itching to tell? Join us for this camp and explore the language of cinema, from writing and storyboarding to framing shots to editing a film. Develop an understanding of why certain shots feel the way they do and why editing techniques and shot composition create genres. Learn how to most effectively tell your original stories as you create a short film from start to finish during the week.

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Unicorns and Butterflies in Anime Watercolor

Unicorns and Butterflies in Anime Watercolor
Ages: 6-11
Mon-Fri, July 26-30 | 10 am-2 pm
Tuition: $260
Instructor: Caroline Rockey
Location: Blue Heron Backyard
Anime style can offer simple drawing techniques to create faces, expression and movement so your drawings come alive! Practice shapes, ways to create expression, brush techniques, and how to animate your pictures. Use your imagination to add wings, horns and patterns.

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All Kinds of Sculpture

All Kinds of Sculpture!
Ages: 9-13
Monday-Friday, July 26-30 | 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Tuition: $260
Instructor: Alisara Martin
Location: Heron Meadow
Jump in to the world of 3D art! Learn how to use a variety of materials to make sculptures straight out of your imagination…from the tiniest pieces to life size experiments. Create plaster mâché creatures; wearable sculpture; larger constructions with wire and paper mâché; and molding polymer clay. Materials include wire mesh and cardboard for armatures; paper and plaster mâché; paper and polymer clays; found objects; and finishing painting and presenting supplies.

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Musical Theate: Wizard of Oz

Musical Theatre: Wizard of Oz
Ages: 8-18
Mon-Fri, Aug 2-13 | 10 am-2 pm
Auditions for lead roles Sat, July 31 (time TBD) or via Zoom
Performance for family and friends: Fri, Aug 13, 7 pm (kids released at 1 pm that day and need to return at 6 )
Tuition: $495 (includes $45 materials fee)
Instructors: Elise Ericksen, Marita Ericksen
Location: Heron Meadow and Kay White Hall Stage

Follow the yellow brick road to the VCA! Join us as we bring Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man and the magical land of Oz to life on the big stage. With roles for over 20 students, this camp will be full of magic, humor and plenty of on-stage action. Audition process for those students wanting a lead role in the show; no audition necessary to be part of the ensemble cast.

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Mixed Media Drawing

Mixed Media Drawing
Ages: 10-15
Mon-Fri, Aug 2-6 | 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Tuition: $260
Instructor: Alisara Martin
Location: Blue Heron Backyard
This camp is for anyone who loves ALL the art supplies! Explore your creativity and create mixed media 2D pieces in a variety of mediums. Projects include collage with handmade elements; printmaking and altered books; and drawing and painting with layers. Work with a variety of provided materials: watercolor sprays and sticks; acrylic paints and mediums; natural earth pigments; collage materials and found objects; fine line pens; alcohol markers; chalk pastel; and a wide selection of papers and substrates.

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Theatre Play

Theatre Play
Ages: 5-8
Mon-Fri, Aug 9-13 | 10:30 am-2 pm
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Blue Heron Backyard and Kay White Hall Stage

Join us for a fun, creative, and imaginative introduction to the world of theatre. Play games and make crafts rooted in acting, dance, and story building. The goal of this camp is to expose children to the art of theatre and encourage the development of creativity, self-confidence, and collaboration all while having fun!

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Art and Spanish Camp

Art and Spanish Camp
Session 1- Ages: 3-5 | 10 am-noon
Session 2- Ages: 5-7 | 1-3 pm
Mon-Fri, Aug 16-20
Tuition: $135
Instructor: Victoria Clayton
Location: Blue Heron Backyard

Sing, dance, create and explore in this playful camp! Each day includes art projects, Spanish songs and movement. Join in for fun with Spanish language, culture and creative play. Parents welcome.

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Teen Photo Intensive

Teen Photo Intensive
Ages: 13-19
Mon-Fri, Aug 16-20
Mon| 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (in person); 1:30-3:30 pm (via Zoom)
Tues-Thurs |10 am-2 pm
Fri | 10 am-3 pm
Tuition: Tuition: $275 (includes $25 materials fee)
Instructor: Ray Pfortner
Locations: Beach walks - Point Robinson to Tramp Harbor; North End Ferry to Fern Cove; Point Defiance to Point Ruston.

Want to move your photography up a few notches and create more impressive photos? Join Vashon photographer Ray Pfortner for a week of practicing what you love to take your photography to the next level. Take photos at various locations - on and off Vashon and share the results for feedback from Ray and your fellow students. Explore camera settings plus the principles of strong composition and experiment with turning your photographs into beeswax pieces to show or sell. Learn options to further your photography studies, including contests and careers in photography. Camp includes extensive handouts, including using Flickr.com, camera settings and composition, photography resources and making beeswax photo transfers, so you can continue learning all summer long. For any skill level using any digital camera, smart phone to mirrorless.

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