Summer Camps

GSA offers a variety of summer camps each year. Most camps are open to GSA and non-GSA students. See listings for details.

2018 Summer Camps
Classes are taught by GSA faculty with the exception of Innovation Creation taught by Janet Couvillion and Super Crafters and World Traveler taught by Claire Hermes.

Registration is now closed for GSA’s 2018 Summer Camps.

Innovation Creation with Janet Couvillion

June 11 – 15, 9 am – noon
For rising 3rd – 5th grade girls/ $325 

Want to be an entrepreneur for a week?  In this camp, you will learn how to design and build an innovative product aimed at solving a problem of your choice.  Meet a unique set of characters called The Extraordinaires™ (made by the Extraordinaires Design Studio)– each with its own set of skills and heroics.  Using our imagination, we will engage in the engineering design process to design and build an innovative product tailored to meet the specific needs of one of the creative characters—such as the wizard or “future child.”  Materials will range from cardboard to electrical and computer components.  All supplies provided.

Janet Couvillion received her Masters in Education from Texas State, and her Bachelor of Arts in Business Law and Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow.  She has been teaching robotics and coding classes in Austin for many years and served as the Educational Technologist at Forest Trail Elementary for 8 years.  You can find out more about Janet and Young Women Who Code at http://ywwc.weebly.com/

Fairy House Construction with Kristen Brewer

June 11 – 15, 9 am -2 pm
For rising 1st – 4th grade girls/$300

Intentional design and open-ended play will collide to harvest a bounty of creativity. Campers will design and create “make and take” fairy houses and villages using an endless supply of magical materials. Lovers of woodland fantasy will enjoy this fairy filled week which includes a special fairy and gnome sketch workshop from a guest artist.

Art and Science: Outside the Box with Kristen Brewer

June 25 – 29, 9 am -2 pm
For rising 1st – 4th grade girls/$300

Highlights of this creative summer camp include: yoga, sensory art, science, water games and some of the hottest new read-alouds. As always, we will enjoy a visit from our scaly friends at Austin Reptile Shows!

Survival! with Anne Seekatz

July 23 – 27, 9 am – noon
For rising 1st -4th grade girls/$275

Learn what you need to survive in the wild! Make your own sunscreen, learn to tie knots, cook with a solar oven and collect clean water. Along the way, girls will explore how adaptations let animals survive in harsh conditions.

Martial Arts with Anne Seekatz

June 11 – 15, 9 am – noon
For rising 2nd – 4th grade girls/$275

Learn to fight like a girl with this introductory martial arts class! Girls will learn basic kicks, blocks, and strikes, as well as games to improve reaction time and body awareness. They will also get a chance to hit pads and break a board!

Super Girl Camp with Jenny Sparks

June 18  – 22, 9 am – 3 pm
For rising 1st -5th grade girls/$325

Join us for a fun-filled week of camp-style games, sports, dancing, gymnastic crafts and songs!  Let us bring out the Super Girl in your child.  Camp t-shirt, daily taken home craft and healthy snacks included.  There will be a slideshow and small performance at the end of the week.

World Travelers with Claire Hermes

July 23 – 27, 9 am – 3pm
For rising 2nd – 5th grade girls, $325

Grab your passports, pack your bags, and let’s travel the world! Each day of this full week camp, we will ‘travel’ to a new destination across the globe. We will explore what makes each destination unique – from the people who live there and their art, music, architecture, and food, to their native plants and animals and their unique habitats. Each day will include a mix of discussion to learn about our destination, hands-on crafts and projects, and logging our travels in our very own passports!

Claire Hermes is an avid crafter, and has been teaching arts & crafts classes in Austin for the past 5 years. She spent her whole childhood tackling different art projects with her sister, from paper maché and leather stamping to calligraphy, card making, and pottery. Ms. Hermes still loves to experiment with different mediums, which is useful in her craft business, where she sells her goods at markets around Austin every weekend. Introducing new ideas and mediums to her students is one of her favorite things, as their unique creativity always takes the projects in completely new directions.

Kinder Camp with Meredith Hayden

July 30 – August 3, 9 am – 1 pm
For rising GSA Kindergarteners/$275

Incoming GSA Kindergarten students can enjoy a week of fun while preparing for Kindergarten!  Get a sneak preview of what Kindergarten has to offer while also reducing any anxiety your child might have about the transition into Kindergarten. This camp will include art, outside play, language arts activities, kinder routines and new friends.

Art Camps 2018 with Nancy Hoover


1 – 4 pm /$300 for each 4-day camp

Art Intensive: June 11 – 14 for rising 5th – 12th graders (co-ed)
A challenging intensive for middle and high school students, concentrating on all media works for Scholastic Art, competitions, portfolio and pursuing artistic dreams. If you can imagine it, you can do it! Limit 12 students per class.

Painting Large: June 18 – 21 for rising 1st – 12th graders (co-ed)
Hone your art skills with glazing, new techniques and creative inspiration for stronger painting and interesting viewpoints on a 24″ x 36″ canvas. Limit 12 students per class.

Artapalooza: June 25 – 28 for rising 1st – 12th graders (co-ed)
A different project every day to keep your creativity flowing (drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media). Limit 15 students per class.

SEED with Lorna Torrado

June 18 – 22, 9 am – noon
For rising 6th -8th co-ed/$275

As part of our commitment to building a community guided by gender fair, multiculturally equitable, socioeconomically aware, and globally informed practices, we are offering a diversity summer camp for teens. During this week-long (15 hours) camp, participants will have the opportunity to learn about gender and individual identity, race, racism, and bullying. We will use the SEED* methodology to facilitate structured group conversations and examine how our own stories relate to social systems, learn from our own stories, and the stories of our peers, as well as from texts, and turn oppression and privilege into agency and action.
*Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity is a national program that encourages community-wide ownership of diversity challenges and solutions. Limit of 18.

Super Crafters with Claire Hermes

July 9 – 13, 9 am -3 pm
For rising 2nd – 5th grade girls/$325

Join us for a full week of hands-on arts and crafts! Students will tackle a variety of projects every day, from paper maché, painting, and paper marbling to hand-sewing and making felt flower crowns. Students are encouraged to get their hands dirty, to experiment with different techniques and mediums, and to let their creativity run wild.

Claire Hermes is an avid crafter, and has been teaching arts & crafts classes in Austin for the past 5 years. She spent her whole childhood tackling different art projects with her sister, from paper maché and leather stamping to calligraphy, card making, and pottery. Ms. Hermes still loves to experiment with different mediums, which is useful in her craft business, where she sells her goods at markets around Austin every weekend. Introducing new ideas and mediums to her students is one of her favorite things, as their unique creativity always takes the projects in completely new directions.

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