Friday, May 19, 2006

Artshram’s Second Annual Summer Art-Farm Camp and Apprentice Program at the Grand Traverse Commons

Area children and youth have the opportunity to experience the magic of gardening, nature, and art this summer right in the heart of Traverse City.

The Summer Art-Farm programs follow the Permaculture practice of carefully studying natural patterns, cycles, and diversities. The focus areas in our Art-Farm Camp programs are: food, water, shelter and community. The curriculum is a blend of art-making, organic gardening, natural building projects, nature awareness, and hikes on the Grand Traverse Commons grounds.

Children will grow cucumbers, popcorn, pumpkins, tomatoes, beans, cut flowers, and other crops in three or four garden plots. Other projects include: nature sketching and watercolor painting, music-making and creating a "Sound-Garden," building bird and bee puppets, storytelling, singing and performing weekly puppet-teach ins, AND, end with a garden-picnic feast with the families!

Each weekly camp accommodates 25 children and young people with a staff of two-three adult artist facilitators and two assistants.

The camp’s Beehive Program is for 1st through 6th grades:
The Art-Farm Day Camps are offered, Monday through Friday, 10-2PM,
June 26-30
July 17-21
July 31-Aug 4
August 7-11
The cost is $125.00 per week, with scholarships and work-trade available to help families in need.

Early Birds Registration ---by June 2nd: $99.00
Early Bees Registration---by June 16th: $115.00

Little Artshram also accepts 10% in Bay Bucks, local currency towards the camp cost, and they are a registered 501.c3 organization.

For more information, call 231-326-3493, email or visit

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