Summer programs 2018

St. Paul Academy and Summit School offers a wide range of academic, arts, and enrichment activities during the summer months.  All students are welcome to attend Summer at SPA programs; participants do not need to be enrolled at SPA to participate.

 

 

Enrichment Workshops

Enrichment workshops are offered for students who attend any school. Click on a workshop title below for a full description and registration information.

Art Marks: Painting With Pizzazz, Session 1: One Week

Many children just get started drawing and/or painting in their regular art classes during the school year only to be told that it is time to stop and go to another class or activity. In this one week summer school all-day setting, students will be able to pursue and develop their drawing and painting skills in a relaxed and small group setting. We will have the time to explore a variety of techniques, skills and materials that will bring out the artist in every participant.
Students entering grades 3-5 will begin by learning a variety of drawing techniques based on the books, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards and Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes. Drawing from observation through learning about contour line, shading and perspective are some of the beginning parts of this session. Each student will be provided with a sketchbook to take home at the end of the week. Some of these drawings may provide the subject matter for an additional intensive painting course learning about color relationships, color mixing and mixed media techniques. By incorporating a variety of materials such as watercolor, tempera and pastels, students will produce framable art by the end of the week. Every day of the session, students will be introduced to an artist that relates to what they are experiencing that day through video and/or books and lively discussion. Come with a creative and open mind dressed in appropriate “art-making” clothing!

Teacher: Patty Paulus, a recently retired SPA Lower School Art Teacher, returns to develop and teach this new art program called ART MARKS for younger students in this relaxed day-long summer school art opportunity. After teaching art from 1998-2016 at the SPA Lower School and previously teaching K-6 in the Anoka Hennepin School District for 11 years, Patty aka Mrs. Paulus loves teaching this age group and looks forward to sharing her extensive art education background and knowledge with her students. She is a practicing artist and paints in her private art studio in the Dow Building located on University Avenue and Hampden in St.Paul. Patty also has her paintings exhibited with a variety of other local artists in The Dow Art Gallery which is open to the public during regular gallery hours. Her website is www.pattypaulus.com and if you click on “In the Gallery” you can view her narrated videos to see and learn about her paintings and the stories behind them.

Dates:
June 25-29, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2018
Bring: Your own (nut free) lunch and choice of beverage. Healthy snacks will be provided.
Enrollment Maximum: 15
Tuition: $295

Registration Full

Art Marks: Creative Constructions, Session 2: Two Weeks

Many children just get started on a clay project, papier mache sculpture or found object construction in their regular art classes during the school year only to be told that it is time to stop, clean up and go to another class or activity. In this two week summer school all-day setting, students will be able to create a variety of 3-D projects using materials such as clay, papier mache, colored tagboard and found objects in our environment. Students will have time to explore and experiment with different ways of attaching and building armatures using these and other 3-D materials in a relaxed and small group environment.

Students entering grades 3-5 will begin the session with creating various clay constructions so that the projects will be completed and ready to take home by the end of the two weeks. Throughout this session, students will be introduced to a variety of artists through daily videos/books and lively discussions that reflect what is being introduced that day. Papier mache projects will be designed, built and painted during the session. We will go on nature hunts, bring in found or recycled materials to add to the fun of creating assemblages. This session will include a half-day field trip to The Dow Art Gallery located on University Avenue and Hampden in St. Paul. In addition to a visit to Mrs. Paulus’ art studio in the building, students will get a chance to see other artist studios in the building and talk with them about their art. Come with a creative and open mind dressed in appropriate “art-making” clothing as we will get messy!

Teacher: Patty Paulus, a recently retired SPA Lower School Art Teacher, returns to develop and teach this new art program called ART MARKS for younger students in this relaxed day-long summer school art opportunity. After teaching art from 1998-2016 at the SPA Lower School and previously teaching K-6 in the Anoka Hennepin School District for 11 years, Patty aka Mrs. Paulus loves teaching this age group and looks forward to sharing her extensive art education background and knowledge with her students. She is a practicing artist and paints in her private art studio in the Dow Building located on University Avenue and Hampden in St.Paul. Patty also has her paintings exhibited with a variety of other local artists in The Dow Art Gallery which is open to the public during regular gallery hours. Her website is www.pattypaulus.com and if you click on “In the Gallery” you can view her narrated videos to see and learn about her paintings and the stories behind them.

Dates: July 9-20, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2018
Bring: Your own (nut free) lunch and beverage of your choice. Healthy snacks will be provided.
Enrollment Maximum: 15
Tuition: $585

Register Here

Art Marks: Creative Constructions, Session 3: One Week

Students entering grades 3-5 will have a range of choices including weaving, painting, drawing, and papier mache and other 3-D construction--all in a relaxed and small group environment. We will go on nature hunts, bring in found or recycled materials to add to the fun of creating assemblages. Throughout this session, students will be introduced to a variety of artists through daily videos/books and lively discussions that reflect what is being introduced that day.

This session will include a half-day field trip to The Dow Art Gallery located on University Avenue and Hampden in St. Paul. In addition to a visit to Mrs. Paulus’ art studio in the building, students will get a chance to see other artist studios in the building and talk with them about their art. Come with a creative and open mind dressed in appropriate “art-making” clothing as we will get messy!

Teacher: Patty Paulus, a recently retired SPA Lower School Art Teacher, returns to develop and teach this new art program called ART MARKS for younger students in this relaxed day-long summer school art opportunity. After teaching art from 1998-2016 at the SPA Lower School and previously teaching K-6 in the Anoka Hennepin School District for 11 years, Patty aka Mrs. Paulus loves teaching this age group and looks forward to sharing her extensive art education background and knowledge with her students. She is a practicing artist and paints in her private art studio in the Dow Building located on University Avenue and Hampden in St.Paul. Patty also has her paintings exhibited with a variety of other local artists in The Dow Art Gallery which is open to the public during regular gallery hours. Her website is www.pattypaulus.com and if you click on “In the Gallery” you can view her narrated videos to see and learn about her paintings and the stories behind them.

Dates: July 16-20, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2018
Bring: Your own (nut free) lunch and beverage of your choice. Healthy snacks will be provided.
Enrollment Maximum: 10
Tuition: $295

Register Here

Chess Camp

Improve your chess skills working in a small group setting with other enthusiastic players. Some basic skills required.

Teachers: Douglas Hare has competed successfully in many local, national, and international tournaments. He has been teaching chess to students of all levels in the Twin Cities since 1997. Many of his students and teams have earned awards at the state and national level. He has also been the SPA Lower School chess instructor for more than a decade.
Dates: July 9-13
Time: 9:00-11:30 am
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Open to students entering grades 2-6 in 2018, younger students with instructor's permission.
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Tuition: $195

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Collaborative Leadership Training Institute

Effective group leadership begins with knowing one's own strengths and recognizing and getting the most out of the strengths of others. This one-week workshop is built around developing an understanding of oneself as a leader and as a member of a group. Mornings focus on theory and research, challenging students to explore their own strengths as well as working to understand and assess group dynamics and task needs in a casual, seminar-style setting with activities and discussions. In the afternoons, students will apply these lessons to group challenges that get them out in the community and practicing their leadership skills. Combining experiential learning with a theoretical approach, students will end the week with strategies for collaborative endeavors as well as an understanding of their own strengths and talents. It's intended to be fun and challenging at the same time. No homework, but you'll have plenty of food for thought as the lessons build on one another and the tasks demand increasing attention to all the areas of group and self-dynamics we explore. A certificate of participation will be given to students on their final day.

Teachers: Mollie Ward and Haseena Hamzawala teach Upper School history at SPA.
Dates: June 25-29
Time: 9:00-2:00
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 10-12 in fall 2018
Max enrollment: 18
Tuition: $385

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Creative Science

Do you love science? Are you a creative thinker? Do you like to make projects and know why they work? In this camp, we will be doing science experiments as we learn why crystals form, how materials conduct electricity and the differences between acids and bases. As a student, you get to set up the lab equipment and make the materials yourself. We will use what we start in the lab to make creative art projects such as painting with solutions like lemon juice and detergent on a treated canvas; making bookmarks, cards, or badges that light up with conductive thread and LED lights; designing crystals on the 3-D printer; and making soap and other interesting projects. Join us for a week of exploration and creative fun. Cost includes all supplies and equipment. Students will be able to bring home their creations!

Teachers: Stacy Overgaard is passionate about science and art, and teaches Middle School science at SPA.
Dates: June 11-15
Time: 12:30-4 p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 5-8 in fall 2018
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition: $375

Registration Full

Debate Institute

Led by Tom Fones, coach of St. Paul Academy and Summit School's award-winning Upper School debate team, students will learn or deepen their skill with the Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum methods of debate. The Debate Institute will also feature videotaped practice opportunities, guest speakers, and a focus on each individual's skill development. Prior debate experience not required. Typically, beginning debaters work together while advanced debaters have more challenging tasks.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day.

Teachers: Tom Fones, Coach of SPA's award-winning debate team; Aaron Shuler, Upper School History teacher; and Heather Fairbanks, Assistant Debate Coach.
Date: July 23-27
Time: 9:00-4:00pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2018
Tuition: $425

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Film & Frolic: Movie-Making Camp, Session I: One Week

The digital age has put the power to make masterful movies in the hands of regular citizens, but few students (let alone adults) have any clue where to begin. Film & Frolic is part feel-good summer camp, part amateur-filmmaking camp, and entirely about having fun. In the process, we will build a 21st-century skill that uniquely pushes our creative limits.

Students entering grades 6-9 will collaborate to conceive, cast, storyboard, film, edit, soundtrack, and produce one or more movies on SPA's varied and picturesque Goodrich Campus and at numerous field trip locations. All post-production editing and sound design will be done by students using Macs and iMovie. We will screen our works on the final afternoon. Additionally, we will enter prominent international student filmmaking competitions. In 2016, a dozen F&F campers won major accolades on the national stage.

Students will create live-action comedies and dramas, documentaries, music videos, or whatever most inspires them. We will also engage in plenty of good indoor and outdoor frolicking -- dabbling in everything from sardines, to world cup soccer, to capture the flag. By camp's end, students will have exercised their brains and bodies, and will have a newfound knack and appreciation for filmmaking.

Note: Film & Frolic is offered in two formats: one week (Session 1, June 25-29) and two weeks (Session 2, July 9-20). All iMovie experience levels are equally welcome in both sessions!

Session 2 provides filmmakers with more time, field trips, and resources to go deep with their movie, screening their draft work to the director, counselors, and campers at a feedback party prior to shooting and editing a much-enhanced final film. Session 2 features twice the field-trip time, doubling the number of shooting backdrops and creative opportunities. Two-week (Session 2) campers who have previously tried the one-week (Session 1) format have reflected afterward that they prefer the two-week format. However, for students who are only available for one week, Session 1 offers a short and sweet path into the fun and boundless world of teen filmmaking.

Teacher: Bobak Razavi, SPA teacher and St. Catherine University professor, founded and directs student movie-making experiences year-round at SPA, including a fall student news program, a winter mini-documentary week, and a 90-Second Newberys activity. At St. Kate's, Razavi designed and teaches Making Change By Making Movies, a graduate-level course for primary- and secondary-school teachers. He has led film-making experiences with students from over a dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin schools, and his students' works have won multiple awards at national youth film festivals.
Dates: June 25-29 (Session 1)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-9 in Fall 2018
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Tuition: $385

Registration Full

Film & Frolic: Movie-Making Camp, Session II: Two Weeks

The digital age has put the power to make masterful movies in the hands of regular citizens, but few students (let alone adults) have any clue where to begin. Film & Frolic is part feel-good summer camp, part amateur-filmmaking camp, and entirely about having fun. In the process, we will build a 21st-century skill that uniquely pushes our creative limits.

Students entering grades 6-9 will collaborate to conceive, cast, storyboard, film, edit, soundtrack, and produce one or more movies on SPA's varied and picturesque Goodrich Campus and at numerous field trip locations. All post-production editing and sound design will be done by students using Macs and iMovie. We will screen our works on the final afternoon. Additionally, we will enter prominent international student filmmaking competitions. In 2016, a dozen F&F campers won major accolades on the national stage.

Students will create live-action comedies and dramas, documentaries, music videos, or whatever most inspires them. We will also engage in plenty of good indoor and outdoor frolicking -- dabbling in everything from sardines, to world cup soccer, to capture the flag. By camp's end, students will have exercised their brains and bodies, and will have a newfound knack and appreciation for filmmaking.

Note: Film & Frolic is offered in two formats: one week (Session 1, June 25-29) and two weeks (Session 2, July 9-20). All iMovie experience levels are equally welcome in both sessions!

Session 2 provides filmmakers with more time, field trips, and resources to go deep with their movie, screening their draft work to the director, counselors, and campers at a feedback party prior to shooting and editing a much-enhanced final film. Session 2 features twice the field-trip time, doubling the number of shooting backdrops and creative opportunities. Two-week (Session 2) campers who have previously tried the one-week (Session 1) format have reflected afterward that they prefer the two-week format. However, for students who are only available for one week, Session 1 offers a short and sweet path into the fun and boundless world of teen filmmaking.

Teacher: Bobak Razavi, SPA teacher and St. Catherine University professor, founded and directs student movie-making experiences year-round at SPA, including a fall student news program, a winter mini-documentary week, and a 90-Second Newberys activity. At St. Kate's, Razavi designed and teaches Making Change By Making Movies, a graduate-level course for primary- and secondary-school teachers. He has led film-making experiences with students from over a dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin schools, and his students' works have won multiple awards at national youth film festivals.
Dates: July 9-20, 2018 (Session 2)
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-9 in Fall 2018
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Tuition: $720

Registration Full

Life of a Story

Have you ever been published? Would you like to be? Life of a Story is an amazing summer journalism workshop that will put you in touch with artists in the Twin Cities so you can tell their stories on Orca Tribe. If you haven't already heard of it, Lutalo Jones, Diane Huang, and John Connelly founded it last year to focus on the work of young musicians, visual artists, fashion designers, photographers, and performers. Classes meet in the morning, for one week in June and feature guest writers from the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio. In just one week, students will learn to conduct meaningful interviews and to write a full length feature story.

Teacher: Matt Hoven, Upper School English teacher
Dates: June 11-15
Time: 9:00-noon (and in rooms for consultation until 2pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2018
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Tuition: $250

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Writing Art

Do you love to write? Are you inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night", or the cold beauty of Greek and Roman statues? What about the lush visuals of Beyonce's "Lemonade", or Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus"? In this workshop, we will search out connections between visual art and creative writing, using the work of painters, sculptors, and designers to inspire short stories and poems. All you need is interest and enthusiasm--no experience in creative writing is needed. At the end of this individualized workshop, you'll translate the beauty of the art world into original imaginative writing.

Teacher: Molly Olguin is a writer, English teacher and art-lover. One of her favorite artists is Kehinde Wiley.
Date: July 9-13
Time: 9:00am-noon
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering 7-12 in fall 2018
Tuition: $250

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ATHLETIC CAMPS

SPA offers camps for student-athletes who attend any school in a wide range of sports, including soccer, basketball, fencing, and dance. Full descriptions and registration can be found on the 2018 Athletic Camps webpage.

affiliate CAMPS

SPA hosts two affiliate camps on its Goodrich and Randolph campuses: the MITY ExplorSchool, an academic enrichment program; and CAMP!, a performing arts camp. 

  • The Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) ExplorSchool program is a full-day, two-week summer experience for students entering grades 5-7 who are motivated and in search of exciting intellectual challenges. ExplorSchool provides students the chance to dive deeper into their favorite topics, from acting to chemistry, mock trials to robotics, and environmental studies to studio art. ExplorSchool will be located on SPA's Randolph Campus June 18-29, 2018. Learn more.
  • CAMP! is a five-week intensive theater day camp for children ages 7-15, led by and showcasing some of the best performing arts talent in the Twin Cities. Campers learn all the aspects of stage performance including set and prop design, speech dialects, movement and dance, musicianship and more, while also rehearsing a performance of a full musical which is performed at the end of the camp. CAMP! will be held on SPA's Goodrich and Randolph campuses June 14-July 20, 2018. Learn more.

 

Cancellation policy: We are able to refund 100% of the tuition for cancellations by April 1, 2018.  Between April 2 and May 15 we are able to refund 50% of the tuition. After May 15, we are not able to refund any tuition. Please contact Matt Edens for help processing any cancellations.

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