Hope to Host Two Week-Long
Arts Camps for Children in August
Posted May 27, 2003
HOLLAND -- Hope College will present two week-
long, afternoon arts camps for children in the first half of
The camps will blend hands-on activities in all
four of the arts--the visual arts, dance, music and theatre-
-with science themes. The first, "Creature Feature," is for
children entering second and third grade, and will run
Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-8. The second, "Earth Rocks!," is for
children entering fourth and fifth grades, and will run
Monday-Friday, Aug. 11-15.
"Creature Feature" will study the world of real
and unreal creatures, while "Earth Rocks!" will explore
rocks and minerals as well as social studies and
mathematics. The students will engage in creative work and
performances in both week-long camps.
"The students are going to be using all of the
arts to study earth, rocks and creatures," said Dr. Leslie
Wessman, who is coordinating the camps and is the Arnold and
Esther Sonneveldt Professor of education and chair of the
department at Hope. "This is a unique program in Michigan."
The program is a cooperative effort involving
Hope, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and
teachers from West Ottawa.
Wessman believes that the camps fit well at Hope,
given the department of education's emphasis on integrating
the arts into the curriculum. "We have the only course and
the only major in the state that includes all four of the
fine arts," she said. Other major programs, she noted, omit
Instruction will be provided by area in-service
teachers and Hope education students. They will be led by
four arts instructors: Maxine DeBruyn, who is the Dorothy
Wiley DeLong Professor of Dance and chairperson of the
department at Hope; Patrick Foley, theatre teacher at West
Ottawa High School; Claudia Hayes-Hagar, art teacher at
Waukazoo Elementary School; and Bobbi Kearns, music teacher
at Waukazoo Elementary School.
The lead team has taught a class at Hope called
"Arts for the Elementary Teacher" for the past six years.
They are now bringing the integrated arts experience to the
Teachers are invited to participate in the program
as a way of enhancing their own classroom instruction and by
Hope education students. As a "lab school" for the
educators and college students, the program will provide an
opportunity to develop lesson plans and work with children
in blending creative expression into the core curriculum.
The camps will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. for
the children. Registration for participating children is
$80 per week.
The teachers will begin their day at 8:30 a.m.
There will be a fee for college credit for the participating
The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 15.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Wessman through the college's department of education at