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2019 CAMPS

Sliding Scale is available for all youth programs. We ask that you use the guidelines here to determine what to pay. Use the appropriate PROMO CODE from the bottom of the chart to complete your registration at a discount. You’ll see a ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE in the upper right hand corner during checkout. Your discount will be reflected immediately. If you have any trouble, please contact us at 207-370-9130.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Please review our cancellation policy here.:

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APRIL VACATION MAKERS CAMP

APRIL 15-19 • 9am-4pm • Suggested Fee: $225 • Ages 7+
Day registrations are available • Sliding scale applies

Engine’s April Vacation Makers Camp invites curious, aspiring young artists, designers, engineers, and scientists ages 7+ to think, explore, and create outside the box. Our maker education emphasizes the act of hands-on experimentation; thinking, tinkering, learning how and why things work through a series of fun and creative projects that promote innovation and creativity. Engine’s S.T.E.A.M. initiative combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math into one balanced week of activities to inspire a well-rounded maker.

Monday: Constructing Vision

Create journals to record our ideas and observations of what Biddeford has been is and will be in the future. Create perspective viewfinders to look at possible viewpoints for reconsidering our local environment. Then begin construction of cardboard interpretation of Biddeford.

Tuesday: Our Place in the Community

Let’s introduce Biddeford through the lens of a camera and begin to discover how visual interpretations create a virtual community. Let’s examine the power of an image, and how we can tell our story through visual formats connecting our personal space to our community space. 

Wednesday: Making Ideas Real

Using our ideas collected through our activities and observations we will use design technology to produce media that communicates our ideas about Biddeford as a community.

Thursday: Community Engagement

Walk to the Mission Hill Community Garden to notice, evaluate, and draw our impressions and ideas while discussing the positive community impacts of local food sourcing and greening cities. Back at Engine, campers will make their own hanging garden, seed  bombs and will “green” their model city.

Friday: Art Outdoors!

To wrap up our week long programming, we will investigate architecture, vacant walls/lots and locate specific sites that might make supreme spots for colorful murals. Using our cameras to document, we return to the studio to design site specific images and transpose them to digital prototypes of actual large scale murals. We will also add them to our cardboard city for the final presentation of the campers’ week long efforts to their adults.

Instructor Bio:Rebecca Cote is a teaching artist designing and implementing art programs for and with communities of all ages and backgrounds.  Armed with 20+ years as fine artist, wilderness education and topped off with a MEd, Rebecca is tireless in her passion for sparking creative action.  She has taught STEAM, visual literacy and art for social justice in public schools.  She designs and facilitates community mural projects, leads art booths for public events and teaches community art classes.  Her studio practice involves drawing and painting wilderness expressions and a maniacal attraction to folding paper and making books.  She lives and has her studio in Biddeford, Maine.


APRIL VACATION PUPPET CAMP

APRIL 15-19 • 9am-4pm • Suggested Fee: $225 • Ages 7+ • Sliding scale applies

Throughout the week, campers will work in small groups on creating, writing, constructing and preforming in mini puppet shows. Campers will also get the opportunity to play theatre/improv games, work on stage presence and volume, and be the lead in workshops about puppet theatre.

Instructor: Courtney Wood


SUMMER CAMP: PLANTS IN PRINTS

JULY 8-12 • 9am-4pm • Suggested Fee: $225 • Ages 7+ • Sliding scale applies

The Plants in Prints Summer Camp will be an exploration of a new art form of botanical printing, urban foraging, and nature journaling. Time will be spent both outdoors and in Engine’s darkroom with a final presentation to family and friends at the end of the week.

Day 1: Plant Stamping, Flower Press & Book Making (Nature Journal) –
Day 2: Sun printing & Commercial Lighting in Studio Photography
Day 3: Photogram & Polagram Making
Day 4-5: Urban Foraging Research Project & Zine Making & Free Play with remaining

INSTRUCTOR: Savanna Pettengill is a photographic artist originally from Portland, Maine, and a 2014 BFA graduate from the photography program at the Maine College of Art. The influence of her birthplace is seen in varying capacities throughout her photographs. Today she lives in Brooklyn, NY creating, documenting and teaching. All of her work is a collective gathering of her spontaneous and subconscious reactions to her surroundings, woven together into visual narratives about the beauty and traumas of life, here on planet Earth.


SUMMER CAMP: EARTH SCIENCE & ART

JULY 15-19 • 9am-4pm • Suggested Fee: $225 • Ages 7+ • Day registrations available • Sliding scale applies

Our Earth Science & Art Camp will be an exploration of environment, nature, energy, and more! Time will be spent both outdoors and at Engine with a final presentation to family and friends at the end of the week.

Monday: Bee-Aware
Education about Bees through Multi-Sensory Avenues (Focused on Healthy
environments for bees)
Tuesday: Bird Brained
Education about environmental dangers to birds in our environment due to climate and human factors & problem-solving brainstorm session
Wednesday: Urban Gardening &/or Greenhouses
Identifying/Drawing Plants at the Park Discussion about native & invasive species
Thursday: DIY Alternative Energy Sources
Friday: Science as Art Fair Preparation and Opening for Parents & Public
Campers will install in a “science fair” style their favorite projects they worked on during the week of camp, and will prepare speeches to present to the audience and parents what they learned or worked on as a group.

INSTRUCTOR: Savanna Pettengill is a photographic artist originally from Portland, Maine, and a 2014 BFA graduate from the photography program at the Maine College of Art. The influence of her birthplace is seen in varying capacities throughout her photographs. Today she lives in Brooklyn, NY creating, documenting and teaching. All of her work is a collective gathering of her spontaneous and subconscious reactions to her surroundings, woven together into visual narratives about the beauty and traumas of life, here on planet Earth.


SUMMER CAMP: ANIMATION FOR A CAUSE

AUGUST 5-9 • 9am-4pm • Suggested Fee: $225 • Ages 7+ • Day registrations available • Limited to 12 seats / 6 sliding scale seats.

Create a public service announcement for your favorite charity using Stop Action Animation. Choose the Humane Society, the Ever After Mustang Rescue, a Food Pantry, or your own charity or cause personal to you.

Stop Motion Animation is a popular hands-on approach to a making public service announcements, commercials, storytelling. Stop Motion Animator could be a field of study and a career! Students will storyboard, create movie sets, design characters, direct and edit their animations over the course of three weeks. Students will leave this camp with their own animated short shared on Engine’s Vimeo Channel that they can add to their own portfolio.

INSTRUCTOR: Erinn Conn


SUMMER CAMP: CHILDREN’S THEATER

AUGUST 12-16 • 9am-4pm • Suggested Fee: $225 • Ages 7+ • Day registrations available • Sliding scale applies

Come play at The Children’s Theatre at Engine this summer. Bring your creativity, an open mind, and imagination to discover what you can create on stage! Students will work as an ensemble and in just one week will create, write, direct, and act in a unique show under the instruction of professional working actors Courtney Wood and Julia Belanova. Throughout the camp students will gain skills in script writing, improvisation, stage presence, character development, set design, prop construction, and all the ins and outs on what it takes to put on a show for kids by kids!

INSTRUCTORS: Erinn Conn & Courtney Wood


SUMMER CAMP: MAKERS CAMP

AUGUST 19-23 • 9am-4pm • Suggested Fee: $225 • Ages 7+ • Day registrations available • Sliding scale applies

Engine’s Summer Vacation Makers Camp invites curious, aspiring young artists, designers, engineers, and scientists ages 7+ to think, explore, and create outside the box. Our maker education emphasizes the act of hands-on experimentation; thinking, tinkering, learning how and why things work through a series of fun and creative projects that promote innovation and creativity. Engine’s S.T.E.A.M. initiative combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math into one balanced week of activities to inspire a well-rounded maker.

Full day descriptions coming soon!

INSTRUCTOR: Erinn Conn


That’s it…see you this fall!