2017 ALL-DAY CAMP
Our first Camp Boundless All-Day Camp experience was an amazingly energetic event in the immersive, experiential and creative environment of Catalyst Ranch. It was just the spot to get the juices flowing! The day was full of face-to-face games, activities and three rounds of Play Sessions where campers got to try their hand at an incredible array of activities.
Here's what we did in 2017.
PLAYFUL PEOPLE PORTRAITS
You won’t want to miss this demonstration/activity of the “5 Speeds of Drawing People” and techniques for successfully sketching people in motion (and not to get yelled at). You will learn how to sketch people successfully in public settings such as on planes or trains, airports, coffee shops and anywhere people feel like they waste their time – but not you. Wes will demonstrate some techniques involving pen & ink and markers for on-location sketching while we spy on the other Play Sessions.
PAPER CUTTER /
Come play with scissors!!! Learn about paper cutting as a traditional decorative art focusing on Eastern European examples. Learn the basics of traditional cutting and then let your creativity run wild. The Polish wycinanki tradition dates back to the mid 1800s and artwork was used to decorate walls, cabinetry, books, and windows in farm cottages. Today's patterns can be found in greeting cards, posters, and banners as there is a renewed interest in Poland if folkloric crafts.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
& THE MANY WORLDS OF ROLE-PLAYING GAMES
Come open your mind to worlds upon worlds of adventure! Learn the basics of tabletop role-playing games, build a team of adventurers, and embark on an imaginative journey that can last a lifetime.
Make your own mechanical cartoon! Fine artists, casual doodlers, and everyone in between will enjoy animating their imagination through the puppetry technique of cranky-scroll- a scrolling panoramic picture-story device.This session is part cartooning class, part story telling play session. You will illustrate, animate, and perform original stories that you can take home
IMAGE TRANSFER TECHNIQUES
Learn the tricks to successfully transfer images onto fabric and then adorn them with embroidery and watercolors. You'll be amazed at the ways in which these techniques can be used to create your own fancy cards, adorn clothing or create frame-worthy art pieces.
Take a wild journey within yourself, to the Core of the Earth and beyond the Stars. Create your own person Heart Chamber and play silly games with your friends. Take your experiences from the Astral Plane and bring them to life! We will use nuggets of our experiences to build scenes loosely-inspired by our collective journeys. This is where goofiness meets spirituality. Get outside your body. Get deep within it. Find out
how being vulnerable with a group of strangers breeds magic, mystery, and hilarity, if only we let it.
Create a miniature environment in a compact tin - it can be a stage, a room, an outdoor scene, your favorite travel destination, whatever you desire.
We'll design and build tiny 3D paper models and draw detailed background that all fit in a little tin. These dioramas make wonderful desktop art pieces and meaningful gifts.
AIKIDO: THE ART OF PEACE
Come and learn simple aikido self-defense techniques. Aikido practice leads to greater self-confidence, improved physical stamina, and increased relaxation. Feel a balance of mind, body, and spirit. Explore how to blend, redirect and transform an attacker’s energy.
PACIFICA ART PROJECTS
Campers will use Aboriginal art and Pacifica tapas art for inspiration to create their own versions of various art forms found in the Pacific Islands. They're simple and fun to make, and look phenomenal! Art projects include Aboriginal style painting, which can be traditional, or use your creativity to produce a modern twist. In the session, campers have the opportunity to use a variety of techniques to create beautiful and effective art limited only by their imagination.
Learn the basics of imperial Vietnamese silk hand embroidery from a Play Session leader who is the 4th generation of her family to learn these special skills. Her grandmother did this type of embroidery in the royal palace of the emperor Bao Dai in Viet Nam in 1930. What makes this type of embroidery unique is that it is done with silk thread, requiring a special level of skill and yielding a product that looks just like a photograph.
It's time to stop growing up and come play with the big kids. Find your inner child once again and release it. It's healthy to have fun and play again. You will juggle, spin objects, balloon twist, smile and laugh! Take some of the circus home with YOU!!!
FACE PAINTING EXTRAVAGANZA
Did you ever go to a festival or birthday party where face painting was the big attraction? Have you always wanted to get your face painted, but your parents were too strict to allow it? Well, you're an adult now....and you get to decide! Come join us in this Face Painting Play Session! In this session, you will learn some quick tips and tricks for face painting yourself, your friends, and your kids! We will partner up and paint ourselves as well as each other!
Want to take your childish scribbling to the next level? Want to get your hands on some super models? In Capturing Cosplay, you will be instructed to draw the costumed figure model (pirate, knight, sci-fi hero archetypes) in a variety of poses. Receiving professional instruction on everything from posing and perspective, to textures and tool usage. Finally we will design our own costumes and characters on fashion design templates to springboard future creation and take your art from the page to the stage!
WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOKS FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Bring along a possession (or photo or memory) from your childhood to this play session. Then through reading children's books (imagining them as if you were in the process of writing them), creative meditations, and writing exercises you will explore the stories your childhood have given you and so unlock the storytelling power that is inside each and every one of us.
CHANNEL YOUR INNER BOLLYWOOD ROCKSTAR
Love the dance moves you see in Bollywood films? Here's your chance to learn the basic moves but with a twist. It's Bollywood line dancing meets hip-hop meets contemporary dance! All the movements can be done by anyone - no experience or special athletic ability necessary. You'll be amazed by the dance moves you'll learn that you can incorporate the next time you go out dancing - and amaze everyone on the dance floor.
You will have the opportunity to use a variety of techniques, such as a “story starter” to spur your
imagination. Then will be given a time limit to write the rest of the story. You can read their stories aloud to share with the rest of the group.
MINI-BOOK; BIG IMPACT!
Transform a single sheet of paper into a petite 8-page booklet in this imaginative play session. Mini-books, popular in the Zine scene, can be used as playful mini portfolios, comic storytelling devices, even recipe booklets or miniature scrap books! Mini portfolios, comic storytelling devices, even recipe booklets or miniature scrap books. Campers will pack a ton creativity into a tiny booklet in this collaborative, improvisational session, and will leave with a finished booklet as well as the knowledge to create unlimited minis in the future.
RECOVERING THE LOST ART
OF LETTER WRITING
Today everything is quick. But once, not so long ago, we cleared some time and our desks, took out a pen and paper and wrote a letter. In that period of quiet, as essayist Vivian Gornick says, we spent time alone with our thoughts “ in the conjured presence of another person”. Goethe called letters the “most immediate breath of life” for they seem at once alive and intimate. In a letter, more than in a text or email or even phone call, it seems natural to confess, expand, narrate, and share of ourselves in way we never could otherwise. And yet we are losing this form of communication and so this form of intimacy and even this access to ourselves and others. In this workshop we will think and read about letter writing, do meditations and exercises to prepare for it, and then try our hand at this old art.
LET'S GET PSYCHIC-AL
Exercise your psychic skills and learn to see energy in your body and aura. Using body movement, meditation and picture making, explore and heal your energetic space - clairvoyantly. Identify that which you are ready to MOVE OUT and ignite your ability to MANIFEST your life vision. Leave the session feeling energized and with a deeper clarity of your psychic super powers. Then, watch the magic appear in your life....
Macramé is back and so easy to learn! You will learn simple knots and how to work those knots to create functional art. Learn to make life simpler and manipulate things to work best for your hectic schedule. Find joy and relaxation in the functional and creative art of macramé.