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Remote Summer Programs

A Letter From the Solebury Day Camp Directors

June 22 - July 3, 2020
10am - 12pm
$275 per student

Write YOURSELF RIGHT: A GUIDE TO CULTIVATING A SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE ESSAY

Take some uncertainty out of the college admission process! Brainstorm ideas and develop a foundation for your college essays through daily journal writing, a close look at and cultivation of responses to both general and specific essay prompts, and a crash course on the grammar mechanics essential to good writing with guidance from experienced faculty member Micki Kaplan McMillan, MA, Middlebury College. This course will also include tips and guidance on the changing college admission landscape from Director of College Guidance Tim Gallen, past president of Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling, as well as a guest appearance from a college admissions officer. 1 credit. Rising 11th-12th graders
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Computer Programming (Beginner / Intermediate)

Have fun while honing your coding skills in our summer computer programming class! This class is designed for students with experience levels varying from absolute beginners to intermediate levels with a guided exploration of the principles of computer science using projects designed to inspire creativity. Using web-based software ranging from Scratch to Python students will have a chance to complete projects at their preferred pace and share the results of their work on the last day of the course.


Dan Perez is an MIT alum and member of the Science Department who teaches both Science and STEM elective classes including Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Programming. Rising 7th-12th graders
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Introduction to Digital Photography

Students will submerge themselves in the craft of digital photography by learning a hands-on approach to composing, lighting, and exploring the settings on their cameras (or phones!) while shooting various related subject matter. Assigned briefs will be given so that each participant can fully explore the huge genre of color and black and white photography and learn to achieve the style and professionalism of photography they want from their work. Training in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with instruction on how to maintain good work-flow and editing skills will be offered, but will not be required. 

Kelli Abdoney currently teaches film and digital photography in Solebury School visual arts department, she also works as a freelance photographer and exhibits her fine art landscape work locally. Rising 7th-12th graders
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July 6 - 17
10am - 12pm
$275 per student

Introduction to French Film

From the Lumière brothers’ early moving pictures to the experimental New Wave and the searing political lens of Ladj Ly, French creators have pushed and shaped the film world since the birth of the medium. Join us for a two-week exploration of French film from the 19th century to today, as we take a look at how film helps us explore art, history, and culture. Get ready to dive deep into the weird, the heavy, the spooky, and the downright silly. This course is taught in English but, through viewings, will provide many opportunities to get exposure to French language. By the end of our time together, you’ll be confident in your ability to say things like, “that’s so Godard.”  Taught by Solebury's own Helen Matthews. Rising 9th-Post-grad
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July 6 - 17
10am - 12pm
$275 per student

Music of the 1960s 

Taught by Cathy Block, this class is all about how the music from this seminal decade changed the world and shaped the future. It is an in-depth look at the music, artists and people who were the intellectual movers of the time. We will dig into and discover who some of those voices were, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles and so many others. The decade culminated in the greatest music festival of all time, Woodstock. Take a walk back in time and find out how powerful music and people can be. Rising 9th-12th graders
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Prison Systems and Reform 

(Hanna Howe with guest speaker Sasha Skulsky): Prison reform efforts began almost the moment incarceration became a form of punishment. In this class we will learn the history of both, with a special emphasis on the psychology of prisons and the ongoing work of prison reform advocates. Taught by Hanna Howe with guest speaker Sasha Skuslky. Rising 10th-post grad students
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July 6 - 17
1pm - 3pm
$275 per student

Introduction to French Film

From the Lumière brothers’ early moving pictures to the experimental New Wave and the searing political lens of Ladj Ly, French creators have pushed and shaped the film world since the birth of the medium. Join us for a two-week exploration of French film from the 19th century to today, as we take a look at how film helps us explore art, history, and culture. Get ready to dive deep into the weird, the heavy, the spooky, and the downright silly. This course is taught in English but, through viewings, will provide many opportunities to get exposure to French language. By the end of our time together, you’ll be confident in your ability to say things like, “that’s so Godard.”  Taught by Solebury's own Helen Matthews. Rising 9th-Post-grad
To request more information, please click here.

July 6 - 24
10am - 12pm
$600

Health 

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn about nutrition and fitness, drug use and abuse, lifestyle choices, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, environmental health issues and other topics surrounding a person's physical and psychological well-being. Taught by Stacie Anastacio. Rising 9-12th graders. 1 Credit.
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July 20-24, 2020
10am - 12pm
$175 per student

Independent Filmmaking 

Learn to write, direct, film, and light short films like a pro for Docs, YouTube, or the Big Screen. Taught by Solebury School’s Film teacher Brian Pearson, students will develop a timeline, create a script, and then learn how to be resourceful and rely on themselves or close friends and family to perform all the jobs of a small film production crew including: Actor, Director, Camera Operator, Sound Person Gaffer, and Grip. At the end of the week each student will leave with a project they can be proud of! (Consultation with Brian is requested prior to class dates to verify what software and equipment are available to each student.) Rising 7th-11th grade  
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Songwriter Workshop

What makes a good song? What makes a good lyric? Trending in the music industry, songwriting workshops offer teens the opportunity to gather with a group to write songs. Taught by renowned musician (and Solebury’s own) Cathy Block, who has penned songs that have been recorded by icons including Diana Ross, Kool and The Gang, Al Jarreau, and others, students will be given prompts to write from and collaborate as they develop the ability to be a critical listener of established songwriters. Though not required, it would be most helpful if students have some familiarity with playing an instrument, particularly guitar or piano. Rising 8th-12th graders
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July 27-Aug 7, 2020
10am - 12pm
$275 per student

Introduction to Digital Photography

Students will submerge themselves in the craft of digital photography by learning a hands-on approach to composing, lighting, and exploring the settings on their cameras (or phones!) while shooting various related subject matter. Assigned briefs will be given so that each participant can fully explore the huge genre of color and black and white photography and learn to achieve the style and professionalism of photography they want from their work. Training in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with instruction on how to maintain good work-flow and editing skills will be offered, but will not be required. 

Kelli Abdoney currently teaches film and digital photography in Solebury School visual arts department, she also works as a freelance photographer and exhibits her fine art landscape work locally. Rising 7th-9th graders
To request more information, please click here.

 

Summer STEM Workshop

This class will explore the topics of Engineering, Robotics, and Game Design through a daily class session with a different theme each day followed by a daily challenge task for the students to work on until the next class session. If help is needed, optional office hours will be available each day and the instructor will be available for individual meetings by request. Students will get the opportunity to develop their engineering and mechanical design skills using a combination of materials found at home and online design software with options to accommodate the student’s home computer, laptop, or Chromebook. By the conclusion of the class students will design and demonstrate proof of concept of a final project of their own creation. This curriculum will allow any range of students from beginner to advanced to develop their engineering skills with a fun and individually designed project as the final result.

The workshop will be led by Dan Perez, an MIT alum and member of the Science Department who teaches both Science and STEM elective classes including Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Programming. 1-3pm, with optional office hours by appointment in the morning. Rising 7th-11th graders
To request more information, please click here.