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 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.

2020 SUMMER CAMPS

CAMP COPPERHEAD
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Level: Beginner
Department: Jewelry

At Camp Copperhead, 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. This is a great opportunity to explore jewelry making for the first time.

HOW TO REGISTER OR APPLY

CAMP METALHEAD
Cost: TBD
Date: TBD
Days: TBD
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Level: Beginner
Department: Welding

Spend a week ripping through steel with gas torches and fusing it back together with a 10,000-degree electrical arc! 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. You will use your new skills to work on personal projects to take home with you. This is a great opportunity to explore welding for the first time.

HOW TO REGISTER OR APPLY

CAMP SPARKLE
Date: TBD
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Time: TBD
Frequency: TBD
Level: Beginner
Department: Jewelry & Welding

Camp Sparkle is a 2-week LGBTQ+ youth day camp providing training in the industrial arts. 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 welding.

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. The camp seeks to uplift the voices of queer people—all instructors and speakers identify as queer— to affirm and normalize the campers’ identities and experiences.

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.

HOW TO REGISTER OR APPLY

SCHOLARSHIPS

We also offer need-based scholarships for each of the Camps. Scholarships subsidize the costs of all the fees associated with attending Summer Camp, allowing for sliding scale enrollments. Scholarship applications may be completed online and must be received by June 15th to be considered for this opportunity. Fill out the Youth Summer Camp Scholarship application here.

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.