Registration is now open for 2013 Summer Camps. Camps begin the week of May20th and run for 12 consecutive weeks. Good Dirt serves three age groups each week: 4-6 year olds, 7-10 year olds, and 11+. Kids will create a variety of clay projects throughout the week of camp and their pieces will be fired in Good Dirt's kilns to create lasting keepsakes of their experience. Please be sure to book well in advance since camps often fill up. Please read the following policy statements -- these policies help us ensure that we can continue to bring you consistent, high-quality ceramic arts instruction. Thank you!
When registering on-line please make sure the payment is complete. If payment is not finalized, the registration does not go through and your child will not be on our class list. After registration and payment is complete you will receive 2 emails- one from paypal and one for the booking. If you are ever unsure if payment was finalized please call or email us and we can verify it for you.
If a camp is full and you would like to be on the wait list please call or email us. Occasionally there are cancellations.
Camp Cancellation Policy
Cancellations will be allowed up to two weeks prior to the start date of the camp. Fees may be refunded, minus a $35 cancellation fee, or campers may receive credit for a camp later that summer (subject to availability). Within two week of the camp start date, no refunds or credits will be issued.
Summer Camp / Youth Participation and Safety Policy
Good Dirt is an active and fully functional ceramics studio with hot kilns, pottery wheels, and electrical equipment in constant operation. Because of the inherent hazards of working in the studio environment, I also understand that if my child cannot remain in the designated teaching areas and follow the verbal instructions of camp staff, he/she will not be invited to return for the remainder of camp, and no refund will be given. NOTE: I am aware that my child’s registration is not assured until payment is received, and that spaces are allocated by date of receipt of payment.
(Offline Registration Form If Paying By Check/Cash)
Ages 4 – 6
9 am- noon
All Preschool Camps -- $110 Tuition + $15 Material Fee (unless otherwise noted)
May 20 – 24 Dinosaurs Set your time machine for the Cretaceous and get ready for some dino-themed clay fun. We’ll sculpt our favorite prehistoric pals, make dinosaur trackways, and even make hatching dinosaur eggs.
May 28 – May 31 Volcanoes Kids will make clay models of volcanoes, geysers, and other geological wonders that really erupt for a week of art and science exploration. (4-DAY CAMP - Tuition: $88 + Materials: $15)
June 3 - 7 Medieval Times Clay projects this week will draw inspiration from medieval fairy tales. Kids will make castles, princesses, knights in shining armor, dragons, and even their own coat of arms.
June 10 - 14 Out of this World Outer space, both real and fictional, will be the theme for this week’s projects. Campers will create clay spaceships, planets and meteors, aliens and even the man (or rabbit) in the moon.
June 17 - 21 Pirates and Parrots Argghhh! There will be plenty of swashbuckling fun this week with nautically-themed projects: clay sharks, desert islands, and more.
June 24 – June 28 Garden Art for Little Sprouts Campers will explore such wonders of the garden as seed germination, pollination, soil building and more. This week will be a blend of art, science, and hands-on gardening. Campers will even create their very own planting in their clay planters.
July 1 - 5 Functional Pots for Tots This is the week for budding potters to get their hands in the clay. The week will include a variety of functional pottery projects. Campers will create one-of-a-kind clay pieces and decorate them with colored clay slips. We’ll even see how clay spins on the wheel for some hands-on gooey fun.
July 8 - 12 Funky Folk Art The freshness of a child’s perspective lends itself beautifully to the folk art style. Projects this week will include dot-painting, clay masks, and the decoration of a real clay face-jug.
July 15 - 19 Clay at the Beach Art projects inspired by the ocean and beach will be the theme for this week. Colorful clay fish, spiny echinoderms, and funky sandcastles are just some of the fun that’s in store.
July 22 – 26 Little Critters What’s cuter than a baby animal? A baby animal made out of clay by a young child. Just imagine guinea-piggy banks, puppy masks, and little personalized food bowls for family pets.
July 29 – August 2 Fossil Hunters Campers this week will blend the science of fossil formation with some very accessible clay forming techniques. From duck-billed dinosaur eggs to fossil fish, plants and dino tracks, campers can satisfy their natural fascination with paleontology while getting their hands dirty in the clay studio.
August 5 - 9 Rainforest Adventure The plants, animals and people of the rainforest will inspire this week’s art projects. Animal masks, hot cocoa mugs, and ceremonial bowls are just some of the projects in store.
Youth Camps: Ages 7 – 10
9 am- 1 pm
All Youth Camps -- $140 Tuition + $15 Materials Fee (unless otherwise noted)
May 20 - 24 From Turning to Burning This ceramic survey class will include handbuilding techniques and wheel throwing, as well as outdoor Raku and stoneware firings.
May 28 – May 31 Ch-ch-ch-chia! Campers will create hollow sculptures with unglazed textured areas for sprouting chia seeds. We’ll make animals and trees, and even a self-portrait with chia hair. Campers will receive chia seeds and planting instructions when they pick up their finished projects. (4 DAY CAMP - Tuition: $112 Tuition + Materials: $25)
June 3 – 7 Asian Pottery The ceramic history of China, Korea and Japan will inspire this week of pot-making exploration. A variety of hand building, wheel throwing, firing and decorating techniques will be covered. We will learn about stoneware glazing and fire up the Raku kiln on Friday for some crackled and iridescent results.
June 10 - 14 Wheel Throwing and Slab Building Students will combine simple wheel-thrown forms with clay slabs to create projects of increasing complexity throughout the week.
June 17 - 21 Mythological Beasts This week will draw on the wonderful hybrid creatures that populate so many myths and legends. Centaurs, chimaeras, and harpies will inspire both paintings and clay sculptures, and we’ll finish the week by creating our own mixed-up characters and the legends behind them.
June 24 – June 28 Ancient Egypt The land of the pharaohs provides fertile ground for imaginative clay exploration. Hieroglyphs, mummies, pyramids, sphinxes, and even canopic jars could all figure in the week’s clay activities.
July 1 - 5 Art for the Garden We will use ceramic and other sculptural materials to make gargoyles, garden gnomes, bird houses and funky planters.
July 8 – 12 Clay Lairs and Action Heroes If you have trouble dragging them out of their virtual world, this might be the camp topic to inspire their artistic side. We’ll make clay projects based on popular video game characters and the worlds they inhabit. Think Minecraft and Mario meet pinch and coil!
July 15 - 19 Ninja Clay Dragon sculptures, ninja masks, teabowls and talismans…kids will spend the week making art projects inspired by fantasy.
July 22 - 26 Drawing on Clay Moist clay makes a very interesting medium for drawing and painting that has both exciting possibilities and peculiar challenges. We’ll tackle drawing on the curved interior of a bowl, splitting up a drawing over multiple tiles, and the sgraffito technique in which general areas of color are applied with a brush and then details are etched through to the underlying clay.
July 29 – August 2 Cut and Stack Campers with prior experience on the wheel (e.g. youth wheel classes, “Turning and Burning” or “Asian Pottery” camps, etc.) will be challenged to find new ways to create pottery by assembling parts, darting and altering, and combining throwing and handbuilding techniques. Although good foundational techniques will be covered, the emphasis will be on exploration and fun with clay on the wheel.
August 5 – 9 Turning to Burning II This ceramic survey class will include handbuilding techniques and wheel throwing, as well as outdoor Raku and stoneware firings.
Teen Camps: Ages 11 – 18
9 am- 1 pm
All Teen Camps -- $140 Tuition + $25 Material Fee (unless otherwise noted)
For glass fusing: $140 Tuition + $50 Material Fee = $190
May 20 - 24 From Turning to Burning This ceramic survey class will include handbuilding techniques and wheel throwing, as well as outdoor Raku and stoneware firings. This camp is ages 7 and up. Please register under Youth Camps.
May 28 – May 31 Tile Decorative tiles provide a great backdrop to experiment with all kinds of decorative techniques on clay. They can stand alone as coasters or trivets, or images can be built up over multiple tiles. Images can remain flat, or relief can add to the interest. Campers can expect to learn good techniques for making slabs of uniform thickness and how to cut tiles by hand using templates. Then their creative impulses will be set free to paint, draw or sculpt patterns and imagery on their tiles (4 DAY CAMP - Tuition: $112 Tuition + Materials: $25)
June 3 – 7 Fused Glass We will experiment with fusing layers of colored glass in the kiln to create shimmering chimes, pendants, ornaments, and coasters. The interplay of color and light makes fused glass a very exciting medium that is surprisingly accessible for beginners. Kim is developing a number of new projects to keep things interesting for repeat youth fusers. (Materials: $50)
June 10 - 14 Snack Attack We’ll create funky, festive serving pieces this week using both wheel and handbuilding techniques. Students will be encouraged to develop their own personal set of design motifs for popcorn bowls, cupcake stands, and pizza plates.
June 17 - 21 Pottery on the Wheel Students will learn the basic techniques for making a variety of pottery forms on the potter’s wheel. The last class will feature a firing extravaganza in our Raku kiln. Graduates of the class may enroll in summer wheel classes or independent studio with permission.
June 24 – June 28 Revolutionary Pottery The potter’s wheel will be center stage this week, but we’ll push the clay creations to new heights by stacking, combining, and altering the thrown forms. A variety of surface decoration and firing options will be available.
July 1 - 5 Art for the Garden We will use ceramic and other sculptural materials to make gargoyles, garden gnomes, bird houses and funky planters. This camp is ages 7 and up. Please register under Youth Camps.
July 8 - 12 Monster Mash-up We’ll take characters from myth and legend and put our own modern twist on them to create witty narrative sculptures. The class will cover techniques for successful sculpting in clay, surface embellishment, and how to work from quick models to more intricate finished pieces.
July 15 – 19 More Fused Glass Students will tackle more complicated projects this week using copper wire, open latticework, and recycled glass. (Materials: $50)
July 22 - 26 All Fired Up We will spend the entire week making wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces designed to take advantage of the exciting crackled and iridescent glazes of the Raku kiln. Students will take part in the exciting firing process that involves transferring hot pots to a smoky post-firing reduction vessel. What kid wouldn’t love this camp?
July 29 – August 2 Cut and Stack Campers with prior experience on the wheel (e.g. youth wheel classes, “Turning and Burning” or “Asian Pottery” camps, etc.) will be challenged to find new ways to create pottery by assembling parts, darting and altering, and combining throwing and handbuilding techniques. Although good foundational techniques will be covered, the emphasis will be on exploration and fun with clay on the wheel. This camp is ages 7 and up. Please register under Youth Camps.
August 5 – 9 Turning to Burning II This ceramic survey class will include handbuilding techniques and wheel throwing, as well as outdoor Raku and stoneware firings. This camp is ages 7 and up. Please register under Youth Camps.