Middle School Summer Camp

summer_camp_banner_2 Left: Students sketch still lifes from a display. Right: Art camp student stands inside her "human etch-a-sketch" drawing; students discuss their work during group time.


Summer 2017: It' a Better World with Books, a journey with art and literature

This year's theme, It's a Better World with Books, had students taking a literary journey around the world learning about other cultures through stories and books.  We did art from around the world, created community art pieces, explored foods and music from each of our "stops" and much more!


Past Camps:

Summer 2016

Our "Perspectives" Middle School summer camps tied into Indiana's Bicentennial!  We capped programming off with our All-IN Block Party on Saturday July 16, 2016. The children's mural is always on display in our side yard.

"South Bend Turns 150 (SB150)"

Creative nonfiction at the NDCACNDCAC Summer Camp

2015: The camps focused on the unifying theme of South Bend's 150th anniversary. Student participants researched and created artwork or projects that focused on the past, present, and future of their community.  SB150 focused on the history of South Bend as well as the interactions of the individual students with it through artwork, creative writing, and photojournalism.  Pieces that were student-produced were featured in a local newspaper.

"Identity Camps"

2014: Each camp explored the idea of "Identity" in connection with the exhibit of the mural "Ecuador," by Oswaldo Guayasamin that was displayed at the NDCAC fall 2014. This was the first time that this piece was seen outside of South America, and NDCAC summer camp students got a sneak peek at the five panels summer 2014. Additionally, at the grand opening in September, the work the students created during the camps was on display alongside Guayasamin's. There were four different weeks, each with a different focus: visual arts, cooking, creative writing and photography.

Civil Rights Art Camp

2013: Students learned about various art concepts while exploring the Civil Rights movement in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Students experimented with different art medium and techniques that culminated in an art display at the IUSB Civil Rights Heritage Center.