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2023 In-Person Summer Camp Schedule

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Happy Valley Art School proudly announces our unique summer camps that combine art, crafts, literature, STEM, and Chinese culture.  This summer, we will add many fun and new activities to our summer program. Each week, students will have life drawing camps depending on the theme of the week. Respecting and stimulating the individual creativity of each student is at the heart of their teaching philosophy. Happy Valley Art School takes a student-centered approach, with a focus on design principles and the process of problem-solving, rather than on copying the subjects. In the classroom, instructors consult individually with each student as they work independently and collaboratively. They help students to develop their own big ideas, collect references, brainstorm relevant concepts, and explore how the concepts are conveyed through visual elements.

Advanced portfolio students can choose any camp that is for 8+. We will divide students into different age groups and instruct them individually. Our summer class ratio is 8 students maximum for one class. Please register as soon as possible to ensure your spot!

Happy Valley Art School的夏令营不仅仅局限于画画,而是结合了艺术,手工制作,创意写作,STEM和中国文化在不同的课程设计中。夏令营每周都会根据课程内容带学生们进行写生和技法训练。学校教育理念的核心在于尊重和激发学生的创新意识,采用了以学生为主的教学方式,帮助学生学习和理解艺术元素和设计原则,并着重培养学生解决问题的能力,而不是去简单的拷贝或者画得相似就好。在课堂中,老师会引导学生找到他们感兴趣的主题,学习如何收集和分析参考图片和资料,进行头脑风暴找到解决问题的各种方法,并且探索如何用视觉的元素来表达他们的概念。王颖骅(Sarah Wang)老师创建了Happy Valley Art School,王老师在美国获得艺术教育的博士学位,研究方向为创意艺术教学法研究以及设计思维在艺术教育中的应用。以下是Happy Valley Art School今年的夏令营项目,我们会针对年龄分班,提供适合学生程度、激发他们兴趣的教学。



  Date Morning (9 am-12 pm) Afternoon (1 pm-4 pm) Age
Week 1 6/5-6/9 Academic Still life Drawing Academic Still life Painting 8+
Week 2 6/12-6/16 Landscape Painting Landscape Mix Media & Print Making 8+
Week 3 6/19-6/23 Animal Drawing Mix Media Animal Study 8+
Week 4 6/26-6/30  Character Design & Digital Painting Character Design & Digital Painting 8+
Week 5 7/3-7/7 No Camp
Week 6 7/10-7/14 Portrait Drawing Fundamentals Portrait Painting Fundamentals 8+
Week 7 7/17-7/21 Digital Painting & Illustration Design Digital Painting & Illustration Design 8+
Week 8 7/24-7/28  Stop-Motion & Animation  Stop-Motion & Animation 8+
Storyboard & Animation Storyboard & Animation 10+
Week 9 7/31-8/4 Clay & 3D Building Clay & 3D Building 8+

A Typical Day at Camp

8:50-9:00 Drop Off
9:00-10:15 Camp Time
10:15-10:30 Snack Break
10:30-12:00 Camp Time
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break/Game Time
13:00-14:15 Camp Time
14:15-14:30 Snack Break
14:30-16:00 Camp Time

*We have classes after 4 pm, please contact school info@happyvalleyartschool.com if you need extended care between 4 pm-6 pm.

Half-Day Camp (9 am-12 pm, 1 pm-4 pm): $265/week (Early Bird); $275/week (After 5/30)

Full Day Camp (9 am-4 pm): $530/week (Early Bird); $550/week (After 5/30)

Lunch (Optional): $50/week

Early Bird Discount: qualified for the early bird if you PAY before 5/30

Multi-week Discount: 1st-week Full tuition; 2nd+ week $10 off Half day camp; 2nd+ week $20 off Full day camp

Sibling Discount: $10 off one child

Referring Discount: $10 off both the referrer and referee, Referring discount only applies if the referred person pays for the camp 

*If you need to cancel the camp, please notify us 1 week ahead to get a full refund (a 5% process fee is required). If you have attended two days or less before you cancel the camp, you can only get a half refund. If you have attended three days or more before you cancel the camp, no refund.

*You will receive our invoice from your email once you register online. It may take several days for us to process and send the invoice. You can pay the invoice through your email. Find your spam if you do not see our email.

Drawing, Painting, Mix Media, and Portfolio (素描,绘画,混合媒材等纯艺术夏令营)

This camp is designed to provide instruction in the fundamental approach, techniques, and concepts of drawing and painting. Students will investigate various ideas and considerations regarding art in both historical and contemporary terms. Campers will be divided by age and level. Little students will focus more on observation and creative exploration. Larger students will be taught using still life, nature, and photo references as a means of investigating art elements and principles. Students will bring home a portfolio of all the work they created during the camp. High schoolers are welcome to take the camp to prepare a portfolio for AP Studio Art and college application. Each week we have a different focus on the media and content. It is recommended that students attend multiple weeks to master a variety of media, art concepts, and skills. 




Landscape Painting & Print Making

Students bring their past vacation photos to turn their memories into beautiful landscape paintings. They will take inspiration from masters such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Monet on how to compose and stylize their artwork. Line, color, and balance are key elements in this camp. Students will also explore block print techniques and convert their drawings into printmaking.


Mix Media Animal Study

Animal Study camp emphasizes developing an understanding of the anatomy of wildlife and domestic animals. Students will learn to construct quadruped skeletons as well as render fur and reptilian skin. Learning to draw animals is a vital step in creating populated landscapes as well as building a foundation that strengthens believability when developing creature designs in the future. Students will explore a variety of media including scratch art, ink pen, and soft pastels


Portrait and Figure Drawing

Students will focus on the anatomy, proportions, and movement needed to make interesting human-figure artworks In addition to figure development, students learn about costume design, gestures, and facial expressions. Students will explore visual storytelling techniques, including story development, page composition, perspective, and color theory. These skills will be displayed at the end of the week’s showcase!


Digital Painting & Illustration Design

Students combine their basic art element skills with their love of technology in the exciting camp. Students will learn how to: Draw shapes and forms using digital software; Apply value, space, and texture; Develop patterns, repetition, and variety; Practice movement, rhythm, proportion, and more. This class uses and builds upon their 2d visual art skills that involve problem-solving, courageous creativity, and time management. Character design will be thoroughly conceived through anatomy, clothing, hair, and facial/body expression design. Students will explore a range of drawing styles such as realism, abstract, technical, and graphic. Students will learn how to create more interesting and meaningful compositions by taking risks, editing, and peer/self-critiques. The software we may use is iPad, Apple Pencil, and Procreate, students need to bring their own devices to the class.


Character Design & Digital Painting

Students will create their Character Design sheet using traditional media or digital painting. The character design camp will put an emphasis on creating memorable characters with interesting personalities & shapes to tell a story. The goal is to visually communicate the characters from life observations, references, and imaginations. The students will get used to the idea of iteration and refinement in designs, better serving the story and direction. Exploration, getting out of your comfort zone, and visually communicating through drawing will be major components of the camp.

Stopmotion/Storyboard & Animation

Bring your characters and stories to life! Students will learn to write a story and convert the story into a script for an animated cartoon. They will then create drawings of characters as inspiration to build 3D model clay sculptures. Campers will learn the basics of animation production such as timeline and storyboarding. They will use stop motion apps as well as simple video editing apps to turn their story into REAL animation! Students will bring home the sculptures they made and also the link to their animation to share with families and friends. Students will also present and play their animation in front of parents in the end-of-week showcase. You can visit https://vimeo.com/album/4005337 for previous students’ claymation. High school students will work on more advanced storyboarding and 2D animation production techniques and create their own animation for contests and college preparation portfolios.


Clay & 3D Building

Campers will learn how to use clay, recycling materials, and other media to build their project. Students will explore their own big idea, draft design, and form their structures from a variety of materials. They will learn to convert their ideas from 2D sketches to 3D forms. Smaller students will work on clay and have fun building. High school students will work on more advanced projects to form their portfolio pieces.