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Whether your child simply likes to play with art or is an aspiring textile artist, we offer 25 camps for ages 6–16. Plan a summer your child will remember forever!
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Weaving on a floor loom isn’t just for adults. SAORI is a Japanese method of weaving that expresses the unique hand of the maker. Weave fabric with your favorite colors and textures, and machine sew it into the perfect piece, made just for you!
Co-sponsored by the Weavers Guild of Minnesota
(Cost includes loom rental for the class period.)
Create a large fleecy friend to accompany you on a road trip or during a good night’s rest. Using various soft fabrics, design and create a pillow of your favorite character. Learn how to machine sew your friend together and then attach details by machine applique. Perfect for a new machine sewer!
Learn how to translate your grand ideas to paper. Create your own croquis (fashion sketches) in various body shapes and learn how to use watercolors, markers, and colored pencils to create drawn looks that are distinctly yours. Start your own fashion journal and even sketch from a live model!
Photo Credit: Grace Bohn
Reduce, reuse, recycle, RUNWAY! Are you always outgrowing your clothes but don’t have the heart to get rid of them? Bring them to camp and learn how to turn them into something new and even more fabulous than before. Perfect for a beginning sewer.
Strut your style in a new, handcrafted pair of pants, a skirt, or even a kilt. Learn about the design process by creating an inspiration board, fashion sketching, and following a simple pattern to invent the perfect bottoms.
Create your own village of fantastic beings! Embellish their world by designing their home, pets, food and more. By combining various techniques such as polymer sculpting, wet felting, and hand sewing—you’ll create a whole crew of little friends to bring wherever you may go!
Take a journey into space by creating your own felted mobile solar system. Try your hand at space dyeing to create funky colored yarn, wet felt the solar system, and create a planet or alien pillow that’s out of this world!
It’s time to get funky! Experiment with shapes, colors and designs by creating a fusible collage quilt. Once you crack open your creativity, learn how to machine piece and free motion quilt a miniature quilt. You can even choose to enter your masterpiece into the 2019 Quilt Convention or the Minnesota State Fair!
Knitting isn’t just your Grandmother’s hobby anymore. Come push the boundaries of knitting—anyone can do it! Learn how to cast-on, knit, purl and cast-off to create a project of your own.
Perfect for a new knitting enthusiast.
Instead of ditching your old clothing, discover new ways to update and improve old garments by adding embellishments like embroidery, sequins, patches, and dye. Even impress your friends by making a new wardrobe out of mixed and matched pieces!
Use your creativity and make a shirt that expresses your individuality and talent! Find inspiration by creating a fashion board and fashion sketching. Then learn how to make alterations to a simple pattern and machine sew a stunning top of your own design!
This camp will burst your heart with cuteness! Kawaii, meaning small or adorable in Japanese, is a term frequently used by anime and manga fans all over the world. Hand sew, wet felt, and needle felt the most adorable little miniatures you’ve ever seen!
Don’t let bad weather or winter ruin your green thumb; create a garden you can play in year round! Build and paint yourself a raised garden bed to hold your scrumptious hand-sewn and felted fruits and vegetables. Even use real vegetables to dye fabric!
AGES: 6-10 COST: $175
Crawl, munch, and spin! Learn all about silkworms first-hand by watching the real little critters grow in front of your eyes. Campers will learn all about these fascinating insects, how silk fabric is made, and how to dye it—all while creating their own silk inspired toys!
Imagine creating looks for the runway as a profession!
Learn about the fashion industry by visiting with design professionals while making a garment. Take a field trip to Target Headquarters to visit with their design department- learn about trend research, design, manufacturing, and marketing.
Requirement: Students must feel comfortable working independently on a sewing machine. Projects started in this camp might not be completed within the week.
PORTAGE IN THE WOODS
Date: June 18 – 22
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
The sights, the sounds, the stories…all the unforgettable parts of your summer’s most incredible adventure. Start yours with a great escape as your imagination guides you on a journey like that of a canoeing trip through the Boundary Waters. Without leaving the city, you will explore new media as you create animals, scenes, and stories with nature as your creative inspiration. Students will spend one day of the week at each of our partners and camp-sites in the following order: Textile Center, FilmNorth, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Northern Clay Center. Please register through Northern Clay Center.
Date: July 16 – 20
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
In every family there are special connections and stories that have stood the test of time. Expand your connection to those people you call family by exploring the stories and objects that remind you most of them. Students will spend one day of the week at each of our partners in the following order: Textile Center, FilmNorth, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Northern Clay Center. Please register through Northern Clay Center.