Additional Summer Offerings

Art & Earth

CANCELED this summer due to COVID-19! Where Fine Art and Nature Unite!
Campers watching an art demonstration

August 10-14, 2020

Art & Earth is an art & nature-based program for young people ages 9-14 who have a passion for visual art and who find inspiration in nature. Campers in this program learn to work with a variety of art mediums and techniques, including (but not limited to) watercolor, charcoal, and clay.

Each camp day starts with an art session in the morning, then lunch, swim, and an art session in the afternoon. This format gives campers the time and space to fully immerse in the experience of creating art both with and in nature. Earth artists experience a mix of individual and group project time, exploring nature through drawing, painting, and sculpture, and collaborating on an outdoor installation using natural materials.

At the end of the week, Art & Earth campers and campers in our concurrent Farm & Garden Days program will come together for a pizza party/art exhibit in the garden. Campers have the experience of displaying their creations for others (while enjoying some delicious handmade cob-oven pizza) before taking home their masterpieces!

Camp hours are 9 am to 4 pm. Before and After Care are also available.

In addition to the woods, fields, and streams that make up the property of the Threefold Educational Center, our art program will be based in the painting studio at the Red Barn. This beautiful, light-filled space was built for making art, and will serve as our home base during a week of nature-inspired creation and connection.

Meet the Instructor

Shaina Dunn

Shaina’s journey at the Nature Place began as a camper at the age of twelve. She worked as a counselor for many years, ran the art program briefly, and currently serves as social administrator. While there were a few breaks along the way (giving birth to her daughter and pursuing her Master’s degree), Shaina has been part of the camp family for 25 plus years.  She finds it extremely rewarding to work with staff and campers in the outdoors as they develop new skills, have fun and learn about themselves in relationship to the earth.

During the school year, Shaina is a high school art teacher–a profession she finds to be both fulfilling and inspiring.  She has run the ceramics program at Clarkstown North for nearly 15 years.  From a young age, Shaina found solace in anything creative and artistic.  Always drawing, doodling and crafting–nature being a big inspiration.  In college she fell in love with clay, and when Shaina’s not working, spending time with her daughter or family and friends, she’s creating her own ceramic work.  Making art is a big part of who she is, and Shaina is extremely excited to merge her camp and art worlds together in this new program!

Shaina holds a BFA in Ceramics, BS in Art Education, and MA in Studio Art from SUNY New Paltz. She is the recipient of the NYSATA (region 7) 2017 Art Educator of the Year Award. Shaina also has experience traveling internationally with teenagers, leading community service projects and trekking, and completed a 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2013.

Shaina Dunn

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Fill out an online application. Feel free to contact us with any questions.