Week 3 — June 25-29

AM PROGRAMS  (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

AM: Make Your Own Bullet Journal (10-15)

Are you a hands-on person who doesn’t much care for ruled notebooks and rigid planners? Do you struggle to get organized around your assignments, and keep track of things? Welcome to the club! It’s a common feature in creative, hands-on people, and we are lucky that Ms. Marie, our furniture maker and woodshop teacher extraordinaire, is literally opening her notebooks for us this summer to show us how she stays excited about writing things down: by making Bullet Journals! “I need something that keeps me engaged, and that allows me to engineer my own process, and make something beautiful along the way,” she explains. Join Marie for a week of bullet journaling and envision and design your very own notebooks. Learn how Marie incorporates ideas, sketches and technical drawings of things she wants to build, and how she uses bullet journals to be a better maker. Discover what styles and patterns work for you, and how you can make your creativity work for you. Instructor: Marie Delaney, Acera Creativity Morning woodshop teacher $325

AM: Metal Casting (10-15)

Why buy cool metal figurines if you can make them yourself? In this introduction to the art of metal casting, you will learn how to make different types of molds and create your own unique metal figures and artwork — imaginary creatures, animals, pendants, flowers, or any other creation you want to try out. We’ll be experimenting with clay, plaster, rubber and sand casts, and explore best ways to melt and work with molten metal. Instructor: Mark Weinzierl, Acera Physics/Science Teacher! $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.  

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Candle holders made in an Acera Metal Casting class!

AM: Advanced Printmaking (10-15)

Do you like art, and a challenge? Printmaking isn’t just a satisfying, hands-on way to make beautiful pieces of art, it also requires you to turn your thinking upside down in interesting ways! When you take your drawings to wood, plastic or linoleum plates, you also have to envision your desired image in reverse — what’s usually left is now on the right, and vice versa. It’s a wonderful way to stretch our imagination and visual thinking while immersing in a creative experience, from etching out the plates to playing with colors and effects as we run print after print. In this advanced class for older students, we will be trying out several different techniques, experiment with negative and positive areas (are you printing the lines you are carving or the surface of the material you are leaving behind?) and, who knows, maybe we’ll even get to print in multiple colors.  Instructor: Chris Woodard, Artist and Acera Creativity Morning coach $295

AM: Games for Strategic Thinkers (8+)

Do you like developing strategies for winning Rock, Paper, Scissors? Do you use careful deduction to find Mr. Boddy’s killer in Clue? Do you have a system for solving Mastermind in the fewest moves? If so, or if you’d like to learn how, join this session! We’ll explore a wide variety of strategy-based games, from competitive zero-sum games like checkers to cooperative games like Pandemic. Using game theory, probability, and behavioral patterns, you can become a master of your favorite games and perhaps even create your own. Instructor: Kim Machnik, Acera Upper Elementary Teacher $295

AM: Physics of Projectiles (9+)

Do you like to shoot hoops? Do you like to throw balls? Have you wondered why different objects fly differently? Or maybe it just looks like they do? In this session, you will build a (safe!) projectile shooter of your choice (think woodwork, PVC pipes and foam balls) and start shooting balls to study their trajectory, and the role gravity plays in how projectiles move (or should we say, fall?) Who said physics couldn’t be fun? (Students who have taken this class before and would like to improve their designs or build a new shooter welcome!) Instructor: Adam Rosell, Acera Creativity Morning construction coach. $325

AM: Neighborhood Ecology & Nature Journaling (7-10)

E.O. Wilson, the famous biologist, was 13 when he made a significant discovery: a non-native insect species was spreading in his Alabama hometown in 1942. He found it by looking closely at little things that escaped others’ notice: fire ants! From the tiny ant to the towering oak, every living thing has secrets to discover. In this session, we’ll discover the complex web of life right outside our doors. Uncover the reason why squirrels always build their nests on the same side of the tree, learn how to tell if a deer has recently visited your backyard, and call birds out from their hiding places so you can identify them. We will practice the art of nature journaling, in the tradition of the great naturalists, using techniques like observational drawings, descriptive notes, data collection, and reflections. Most importantly, we will discover ourselves in relation to the natural world. Who knows what we’ll find!. Instructor: Anna Luti, Acera counselor. $295

AM: Forts, Fantasy, Friends (7-10)

There are magical creatures out there, from fairies to brownies to trolls to narcoblixes… We better be equipped and well-trained when we meet them! This program is for everyone ready to jump times zones, step through portals into the otherworld, enter preserves of magical creatures, and all around leave realism behind. We’ll build a clever fort in our nature playground (it will have all the right protections so invisible invaders can’t enter), make costumes and other props we need, design our own characters, and spend our days in a world only we can imagine together. Instructors: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Health teacher, and Mark Lyman, Acera Creativity Morning and After school teacher. $295

AM: World Jewelry Workshop (7-10)

Jewels, gems, and jade. Bronze, brass, and beads. How have cultures around the world thought of jewelry? Based on religion, environment, and rituals, cultures around the world use a spectrum of motifs and materials for bodily adornment. Come explore the world through the jewelry of its occupants, and find inspiration to make jewelry of your own! Instructor: Vered Brooks, Acera Cross-Classroom Teacher $295

AM: Song Writing with Mr. Gene (6-9)

Do you like to sing, write, or do both? Do you love funny rhymes and catchy tunes? Acera students often sing with Mr. Gene, who isn’t just one of our beloved math teachers but also plays in a band and performs (and knows the best math songs, period.) In this session, join Mr. Gene to create an original song (or two!) and record it using Garageband. If you play guitar, bring it along and improve your skills. Finish the week with a little show for your parents! Instructor: Gene Stamell, Acera math teacher $295


PM PROGRAMS (12 to 4 p.m.)

PM: Soap Box Design Challenge (10-15)

Did you know that Soap Box cars go faster the lower the driver’s seat? Or that bigger tires aren’t necessarily better? Join us for a week of soap box making. We’ll have components to choose from, you’ll get to design and build in teams of two. And yes, there will be lot’s of testing our designs, and races on the last day. Instructor: Adam Rosell, Acera Creativity Morning Construction Coach  $325

PM: TableTop Role Play (D&D) (10-15)

Create a character and dive into the wonderful world of Dungeons and Dragons, as we work together to solve mysteries, slay horrible beasts, and tell a fantastic story together. Experienced and new players are always welcome, as each story is new and unique, and designed to fit the characters and their players. Instructor: Vered Brooks, Acera Middle School Teacher $295

PM: Printmaking (8+)

Do you like art, and a challenge? Printmaking isn’t just a satisfying, hands-on way to make beautiful pieces of art, it also requires you to turn your thinking upside down in interesting ways! When you take your drawings to wood, plastic or linoleum plates, you also have to envision your desired image in reverse — what’s usually left is now on the right, and vice versa. It’s a wonderful way to stretch our imagination and visual thinking while immersing in a creative experience, from etching out the plates to playing with colors and effects as we run print after print. Join us to explore this ancient art form dating back to the 4th century AD, and invent your own iterations on the process as you go. Instructor: Chris Woodard, Artist and Acera Creativity Morning Coach. $295

PM: Comedy: Skits, Stand-up & More (8+)

Do you like comedy and parodies, and cracking your own jokes? Do you like stand-up comedians, skits and funny shows? In this program, join a group of friends and get funny. We’ll learn the art of stand-up comedy and skit creation, and find out what makes a joke work. We’ll use improv and other techniques to get into the moment, and we’ll study great examples in comedy to copy a trick or two. We’ll explore the role of the audience, and how to best use your personality and talent. Parents will be invited to a show on the last day! Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Health teacher $295

PM: Backyard Ninjas (7-10)

Sometimes, students have the best ideas: What if we combine escape-room type challenges, team building and American Ninja Warrior in one, they asked. Can we do that? Yes we can! Join us for a week of fun challenges that will allow you to move, problem solve and make friends, and build both your mental and physical strengths! Instructor: Mark Lyman, Acera Creativity Morning and After school teacher. $295 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.  

PM: Dip, Dye, Dunk, Dress: Fun with Fiber Art (7-10)

Ready to get messy with fabrics & colors? Let’s taking sowing and making things out of fabrics to a whole new level. We’ll try out dies and fun ways to alter our fabrics, then make clothes, cloaks, coats and more out of them. By the end of the week, you’ll be able to wear your own art! Instructor: Anna Luti, Acera counseling team $325

PM: Woodworking Jr. (6-8)

You want to hammer and saw, and build things, but there isn’t a safe place to do it? Join us in Acera’s woodshop for an introduction to basic woodworking for younger students. Learn how to use hand tools by building toy airplanes, pencil boxes, and a tool tote! Instructor: Marie Delaney, Acera Arts & Construction Coach $350

PM: Science of Wood (7-10)

Once you have touched a few trees or even just branches, you already know it: one wood is not like the other! Cherry wood feels different from oak feels different from birch upon touch, and of course they all have different colors and creases as well. The most important building material in the world for the past 5000 years, wood itself hosts a world of wonders — not to mention all the things we can make with this precious material. In this session, we will look at wood through the lenses of physics, biology, chemistry, ecology and history; and we will explore the art and the beauty of one of nature’s most versatile materials. We’ll be outside in the woods exploring and collecting samples, and inside in the woodshop analyzing found and other woods as we build with many different types of, well, wood! Instructor: Alta Tarala, Acera Creativity Morning woodshop coach $325

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