Creativity Starts Here

She’s always marched to the beat of her own drum, so why not let her learn how to play one? Or perhaps the violin pulls at her heart strings? Or maybe she’s your dancing queen who is always hip-hopping through the house? Let her discover a new passion project (filmmaking? photography?) this summer with our creative art and music camps that are sure to move her.

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  • Ceramics Camp

    Ceramics Camp
    Grades: 6-9
    Dates: July 8-12
    Time: 9 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $195
    Instructor: Julie Deavers, GPS art teacher

    Do you want to learn the basics of working with clay or refine your current skills? Then sign up for Ceramics Camp! You'll learn the basics about attaching clay, building a pot that can survive a kiln firing, and how to glaze as we work with pinch pot and drape mold techniques to create one-of-a-kind pottery pieces. You'll be able to pick up your glazed creation the week following camp and keep it for yourself!
  • Film Camp

    Film Camp
    Grades: 5–8
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $325
    Instructor: Lee Wright, GPS Digital Art and Media Teacher

    This exciting summer film camp teaches you all about the basics of audio and video communications plus the art of storytelling, video production, and acting, and then helps you put those skills into practice. By the end of this week-long camp, you will write, direct, and star in your own short films.

    Equipment provided.
  • Kindermusik Adventures | New for 2019!

    Kindermusik Adventures
    Grades: Pre-K3-Kindergarten
    Dates: June 17-21
    Time: 9 a.m.–noon
    Cost: $175
    Instructor: Natalie Eastman, Cadek Conservatory Kindermusik Instructor

    Kindermusik’s camp adventure “On the Road!” gives kids ages 3-4 a summer adventure they’ll remember for a lifetime! Inspired by a children’s love of family adventures and the lifelong memories they build, “On the Road” summer camp re-creates the cozy delight of family travels: singing rounds in the car, making up songs, snacking at roadside picnic tables, harmonizing (or trying to!), playing “I Spy,” and many other road-trip-style adventures! Every day is packed with activities, crafts, and musical exploration! Together, kids and staff will find shapes in the clouds, discover constellations in the night sky; have campfire-style fun like making s’mores and roasting bananas, singing songs, and telling stories; explore the woods and shoreline; do puzzles, play card games, and do crafts on rainy days! And throughout it all, each child will create his and her own magical world of imagination and play!
  • Music Week of Fun

    Music Week of Fun
    Grades: 5-11
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 9 a.m.–noon
    Cost: $200
    Instructor: Mary Baxter, GPS Orchestra Director and Music Instructor

    Learn a new instrument or improve on the one you play! This camp is for musicians of all abilities on any symphonic instrument: violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, or percussion. At the end of the week, show off what you have learned with a concert open to friends and family.
  • Photography 101: Shoot, Edit, and Create a Small Business

    Photography 101: Shoot, Edit, and Create a Small Business
    Dates: June 17-21
    Grades & Times:
    Grades 6-8, 9 a.m.–noon
    Grades 9-12, 1-4 p.m.
    Cost: $200
    Instructor: Emily Lester, Professional Photographer

    Want to learn more than just point and shoot when taking photos? Photographer Emily Lester to the rescue! This popular camp returns to teach you the creative process of photography. Improve your skills, understand manual DSLR camera modes, and produce a personal portfolio. Practice landscape, portrait, and food photography. You’ll even learn basic editing with Adobe Creative Suite (Lightroom and Photoshop) before exhibiting your photos at the end of the week. Plus create a website where you can start a small business and gain a following. Use your own camera or one will be loaned to you for the week.
  • Piano for Fun

    Piano for Fun
    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: June 24-28, July 8-12
    Time: 9 a.m.–noon
    Cost: $200
    Instructor: Janet Sump, Cadek Conservatory of Music Piano Klass Kidz Instructor

    Learning to play the piano can be fun when you learn with friends! At Piano For Fun Camp, you will get moving and grooving on a floor piano while you learn how music works, too! This is a great camp for trying out the piano to see if one-on-one or group lessons might be in your future.
  • Summer Dance Intensive

    Summer Dance Intensive
    Grades: 6–adult
    Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Dates: July 8-12
    Cost: $425
    Instructors: Laurel Zahrobsky ’90, GPS Dance Teacher, and various guest artists

    Enjoy the beautiful GPS dance studios while articulating your dance skills with fun and challenging teachers. Learn various forms of dance—modern, ballet, hip hop, and composition—with instruction by professional dance company teachers. Choose from two levels: intermediate and advanced.
  • Summer Theater Intensive

    Summer Theater Intensive
    Dates & Grades:
    June 3-7, Grades 6-12
    June 10-14, Ages 18+
    Time: 9 a.m.–noon
    Cost: $200
    Instructors: Mark Krawczyk, GPS Drama Teacher

    This intensive program is made to engage passionate, dedicated, and curious artists. The approach is a combination of Stanislavski-based training along with various physical theater practices, but is always actor-centric. Your mind, body, and voice will develop an actor who communicates an honest, compelling story through the use of text and movement. Become inspired and engaged in your craft with a seriousness of purpose. Through group, pair, and one-on-one coaching, you will develop the professional skills and attitudes needed to excel in professional, college, or university/conservatory training. The course concludes with an exhibition of student monologues and/or scenes.
For year-round opportunities for your child to discover his or her passion for music, check out the offerings at Cadek Conservatory of Music, conveniently located on the campus of Girls Preparatory School. Visit!