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Summer Programs for 2024

Week of June 17, 2024

The Art and Science of Fire

Please Note: This is a four day class- Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri. We are closed, Wed, June 19th.

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Week of June 17, 2024

Sew Around the World

Please Note: This is a four day class- Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri.
We are closed, Wed, June 19th.

Join professional freelance theatrical costumer, C. Delari Johnston to learn how to sew by hand and on a sewing machine. You will ...

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Week of June 17, 2024

Hiking and Journaling

Please Note: This is a four day class- Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri.
We are closed, Wed, June 19th.

East Rock Park was established 140 years ago to preserve and share the woodlands and wildlife that surround the river that powered...

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Week of June 24, 2024

Material Studies: Wood, Metal, Clay, Glass, Fiber

This week we are building a Design Engineer’s toolbox. How do you know which material to use? Delve into the intricacies of 5 types of materials:

  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Fiber
  • Ceramic


  • In this...

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    Week of July 1, 2024

    Classic Model Building

    Please Note: This is a four day class- Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
    We are closed, Thursday July 4th.

    Plastic Scale models began to appear in the 1940s. While easier to construct than the balsa models that preceded them, plas...

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    Week of July 8, 2024

    Transportation Through the Ages

    Since the beginning of time, humans have been searching for faster and better methods of transportation. Beginning with boats, then wheeled transport, transportation has evolved as we grew across the globe.

    Learn of the trade routes of old to t...

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    Week of July 8, 2024

    Analog Gamebuilder

    Technology surrounds us and is so woven into our everyday lives. Even entertainment, like video games, has grown so much in popularity and accessibility becoming a driving force in our culture. Despite this, it is nice to take a step back and see whic...

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    Week of July 15, 2024

    Exploring Morocco: Art & Architecture

    With a coastline that touches both the Atlantic and Mediterranean, mountains, deserts, and so much in between, Morocco has a rich history to match its geography. From ancient times to the present, Morocco has been influenced by the many different peoples calling it home. Ancient Romans, indigenous Berber, Arab Muslims, and more have influenced a distinct and unique style that is reflected in the art and architecture of this proud country. To better understand, build a Kasbah (walled building/home) featuring different architectural elements found throughout Morocco. Explore the many crafts skilled artisans produce, such as leatherwork, enamel jewelry, and ceramics. Reflect upon these traditions as Morocco looks to the future as it rebuilds from the earthquake that struck in September of 2023.

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    Week of July 15, 2024

    A Broken Umbrella Theatre

    Play with A Broken Umbrella Theatre! and learn the building blocks of ensemble theater-making.

    A Broken Umbrella Theater is proud to team up with The Eli Whitney Museum this summer to present a one-of-a-kind experience. They will be offering a o...

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    Week of July 22, 2024

    Connecticut Bridges

    Connecticut Bridges: In Collaboration with Preservation Connecticut

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    Week of July 22, 2024

    Natural Dyes: A Fibers Workshop

    This camp is all about natural color! Learn about plant-based dye with artist and designer Isa Rodriguez. Harvest material from local plants to create eco-prints. Use marigold flowers to create warm yellows. Use madder roots to make vibrant reds. Buil...

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    Week of July 22, 2024

    Skate & Create

    This camp is all about skateboarding. Learn how skateboards are made–starting with the trees we harvest to craft them. Design your very own skateboard shape and graphics. Learn how to use basic tools and image making techniques to convert your design...

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    Week of July 29, 2024

    Messing About in Boats: Admiral Nelson's Navy

    Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
    - Water Rat, Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Gramme 1908

    Join us for a week devoted to learning about...

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    Week of July 29, 2024

    Build A Computer!

    How does a computer actually work? It’s not magic, it’s science!

    Over the course of a week, peel back some of the mystery and learn about topics such as binary numbers, boolean logic, static memory, and system clocks. Find out how a processo...

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    Week of August 5, 2024

    Making Marbles Think: Rotation and Reason

    When most people think of marbles, they think of marble runs and sidewalk games. However, they can do much more! Discover how various materials and forces influence how marbles move and how they can be utilized to perform impressive feats.

    Emplo...

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    Week of August 12, 2024

    Open Studio

    The culmination of a summer of exploration, design, mistakes and more comes together with a review of our favorite projects. Create a Frankenstein, join disparate projects together to make something new. Try something new, make a wheel-thrown piece of ...

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    Week of August 12, 2024

    Analog Gamebuilder

    Technology surrounds us and is so woven into our everyday lives. Even entertainment, like video games, has grown so much in popularity and accessibility becoming a driving force in our culture. Despite this, it is nice to take a step back and see whic...

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