YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS

YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS

INDUSTRIAL ARTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGES 14- 18

Are you a young person looking to get your hands dirty and do something creative this summer? Sign-up for a Youth Summer Camp at The Steel Yard! Our camps are 2 week-long day programs instructed by professional artists who work in the field! Each camp offers educational workshops & studio time in a real working industrial shop for folks ages 14 – 18.

We maintain a safe and respectful environment to explore creative industrial arts. We’re here to encourage creativity as well as offer an unforgettable summer experience for every participant.

Full scholarships & sliding scale tuition is available for eligible participants.

Please see the information below regarding scheduling and applications. There will be two camps running this summer, one in metals and one in ceramics.

2021 SUMMER CAMPS

CAMP SPARKLE
Date: June 21 – July 2, 2021
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Frequency: 2 Weeks
Level: Beginner
Department: Jewelry & Welding
Application Deadline: May 18, 2021 (Accepted Applicants will be notified on June 1st)

Camp Sparkle is a 2-week LGBTQ+ youth day camp providing training in the industrial arts. This year, Camp Sparkle will run from June 21st to July 2nd, Monday – Friday, 10 AM-3:30 PM. Eight campers, age 14-18, spend the first week in small-scale metals, learning jewelry and metalsmithing techniques. Having built up their confidence in smaller metals, they take a step up in scale and learn to weld.

By empowering LGBTQ+ youth and building community within the industrial arts, Camp Sparkle fosters free expression of gender and sexuality in an environment of self-discovery and creativity. The camps provide a welcoming, safe environment where youth can explore and express their identities within the space of making.

In addition to acquiring skills in jewelry & welding, the curriculum includes a strong focus on the development of personal resiliency and agency through understanding and affirmation of personal identities and acquisition of skills in small and large scale metals fabrication.

It is also an objective for the camp to uplift the voices of queer people—all instructors and speakers identify as queer—and to affirm and normalize the campers’ identities and experiences.

HOW TO APPLY

CAMP COPPERHEAD & CAMP METALHEAD
Date: July 12 – July 23 2021
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Frequency: 2 weeks
Level: Beginner
Department: Metalwork (jewelry & welding)
Application Deadline: June 11, 2021 (Accepted participants will be notified on June 18th)

For 2021, Camp Copperhead and Camp Metalhead will be offered as a single camp. Students will spend the first week in small-scale metals, learning jewelry and metalsmithing techniques. students will spend the week designing and making their own jewelry. Students in this one-week intensive will acquire a solid set of technical skills, and will also exercise their creative design skills. The non-technical side of the class focuses on idea development and the critical-thinking skills needed to realize a vision. This course will review sawing, filing, soldering, scoring/bending, texturing, forming, linkages, wire construction, and more.

Building upon the skills from the first week, students will take a step up in scale and learn to weld. Camp Metalhead introduces students to creative metal fabrication. They will learn how to use the MIG welder, the oxygen-acetylene torch, various metal saws, and grinders to heat, cut, join, bend, and polish steel. Students will use their new skills to work on personal projects to take home with them.

HOW TO APPLY

CAMP MUDHEAD
Date: July 12 – July 23, 2021
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Frequency: 2 weeks
Level: Beginner
Department: Ceramics
Application Deadline: June 11, 2021 (Accepted participants will be notified on June 18th)

If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, let Camp Mudhead introduce to you the work of designing and making your own pottery. Students in this one-week intensive will explore both hand-building and wheel-throwing processes. The instructor will demonstrate new techniques each day, and students will explore a wide range of ways to interpret these basic techniques to approach an exciting body of work.

This is a great introduction for beginners to the ceramic process and also for the more experienced students looking to deepen their creative practice. Materials and tools will be provided. All materials, safety equipment, and tools will be provided. Unfinished student work should be picked up within two weeks of the last class

HOW TO APPLY

COMMUNITY STUDIO ACCESS

After successfully completing the program, participants will be eligible for Community Studio Access, here at The Steel Yard, free of charge for as long as they are in high school or age 18 & younger. During these studio sessions, students can work on their own projects and spend time experimenting in our shop with the support and guidance of skilled monitors.

ENROLLMENT POLICY

All students are required to fully read the Steel Yard Registration & Enrollment Policies before attending the first class. Registrants who withdraw from a course at least 10 days prior to the course start date may receive a refund, less a $40 registration fee. There are no refunds or rescheduling within 10 days. By not budgeting for cancellations, The Steel Yard is able to keep costs as low as possible for our students.

WEAPONS POLICY

For the safety of all participants, the Steel Yard has a strict NO WEAPONS policy in the classroom. We prohibit the fabrication of any weapons in the classroom, including but not limited to knives, daggers, swords, axes, etc.

Questions? Please reach out to courses@thesteelyard.org for assistance. 

The Steel Yard is committed to diversity and inclusion. It is the policy of the Steel Yard that there shall be no discrimination with respect to the selection of the student because of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender, age, physical limitations or military status.