Art + Music Camps

Maybe she’s your dancing queen who is always hip-hopping through the house, or perhaps she has a keen eye for visual storytelling and wants to learn more about video production. Let her discover a new passion project this summer with our art camps that are sure to get those creative juices flowing.

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  • + Film Camp

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: July 12-16
    Time: 9 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 is provided.

    Boys are welcome to attend.
  • + NEW! Little Singers Camp

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: June 7-11
    Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $175
    Instructor: Natalie Eastman, Cadek vocal, guitar, and piano instructor

    A summer camp tailored for young children that combines vocal and musical training with fun songs and activities to make you think you are just playing games! Learn basic singing techniques including belly breathing, sustaining breath, and tone support. Receive ear training by matching pitch, identifying and performing high/low and up/down tones, and using body solfège. Use steady beat, chanting, and simple percussion to learn rhythm and begin to identify notes, rests, and meter. And, the most fun of all, see how to learn a new song through story, words, melody, and actions. On the last day, family members can attend the last hour of camp for a fabulous, fun- and energy-filled concert, featuring all of the songs learned throughout the week!

    *Inside tip: Add Camp Kaleidoscope in the morning for a whole day of fun!
  • + Photography 101: Shoot, Edit, and Create A Small Business

    Dates, Grades & Times:
    June 7-11 & July 26-30:
    Grades 6-8, 9 a.m.-noon
    July 12-16:
    Grades 9-12, 9 a.m.-noon
    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 your phone or iPad.
  • + Summer Dance Intensive

    Grades: 6-12th
    Dates: June 21-25
    Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $325
    Instructors: Laurel Zahrobsky ’90, GPS Dance Teacher, and Margi Cole. Margi is the founder and Artistic Director of The Dance COLEctive, and has received a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Calling all modern dancers who want to hone their skill, expand their creativity, and go on an artistic adventure! During this week we will explore modern dance technique, have a short ballet class and work on creating choreography every single day! Our biggest excitement about this week, however, is that we will be taking our creative endeavors out into the sculpture gardens of Chattanooga to do site specific work or using time in the studio to look at prominent choreographers who are diverse in many ways! It's an exciting time to be a young dancer and we want you to be enthusiastic explorers in a field we are very passionate about. Come explore, create, and have fun with us!

    A little about our visiting instructor Margi Cole: Margi has taught for several educational and professional organizations nationally and internationally and performed with many well-known choreographers and companies. In 2011, Cole participated in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. Margi has received two Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, a 2005 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, three Individual Artist Program Creative Project Grants from Chicago’s DCASE, an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship and, most recently, a 2018 Art Omi Dance Residency. Active in the Chicago dance community, she has served as a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member, on grant panels, in public forums and is on the board of See Chicago Dance. Cole is on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where she has served as a Lecturer and Associate Chair and is currently the Program Manager of the Dance Center Presenting Series.

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  • + Kindermusik Adventures

    Grades: Pre-K3-Kindergarten
    Dates: June 7-11
    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 child’s love of family adventures and the lifelong memories they build, “On the Road!” summer camp recreates 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 more. Every day is packed with activities, crafts, and musical exploration! Together, kids and staff will make s’mores, sing songs, tell stories, do puzzles, play card games, and do crafts. And throughout it all, each child will create their own magical world of imagination and play.

    Boys are welcome to attend.
  • + NEW! Summer Dance For Littles

    Grades: K-3
    Dates: June 14-18
    Time: 9 a.m. - noon
    Cost: $200
    Instructors: Laurel Zahrobsky ’90, GPS Dance Teacher, and GPS Dance Company Dancers

    Let’s MOVE! Enjoy the beautiful GPS dance studios while moving and dancing with GPS dance teacher Laurel Zahrobsky ’90 and members of GPS’s modern dance company Terpsichord. Your weeklong dance adventure culminates in a special performance on Friday afternoon, so you can show off all you learned in camp to friends and family members.
  • + NEW! Summer Dance For Tweens

    Grades: 4-6
    Dates: June 14-18
    Time: 9 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $200
    Instructor: Laurel Zahrobsky ’90, GPS Dance Teacher, and GPS Dance Company Dancers

    Five, Six, Seven, Eight! Master the dance floor with GPS dance teacher Laurel Zahrobsky ’90 and members of GPS’s modern dance company Terpsichord. From a backbend to a plié, learn the movements and the lingo. On Friday afternoon, you and your campmates will perform in front of friends and family so you can show off all you learned in camp!
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!
    • Creativity Starts Here

“Summer provides the optimal time for a student to ‘try on’ a new musical instrument, discover a hidden artistic talent or strength, or develop a passion for the arts.”

—Meg Persinger Brock ’79, GPS Fine Arts Department Chair