For its fifth season…
Artech Camps has a new location, programs, new contest and new workshops
By Louise Rachlis, Ottawa Citizen, Special Sections, March 10, 2010
Photograph: Adam standing beside his Clay Animation set
Artech Camps has a new contest this year “Where’s the Backpack?”, a Where’s Waldo style hunt through their website to find the backpack. The prize is a week at an Artech Summer Camp, plus the Artech team will visit the first place winner’s school and conduct a workshop for his/her class. It’s one of many new things for the camp which helps children get creative with technology.
“This year we will be holding our Ottawa camps at L’Academie de La Capitale,” says Ronnie Scullion, parent, artist and owner of Artech Studios. “The location is very central and accessible to many communities, just off highways 416 and 417,” she says. “We are very excited about locating our programs in schools. As we form partnerships with different schools, our goal is to offer quality camp programs in child-friendly, quality environments.” Some of the Animation and Adventure Camps will be offered as bilingual camps. For the first time Artech is offering a March Break program in Ottawa.
Two camps will be held March Break week: Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Technology & Art inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book and movie and an RPG Game Design where campers can create their own original role-playing games.
Along with the full roster of programs from last year on Video Game Design, Animation, Claymation and Robotics, new programs include Felted Productions using stop motion animation techniques, Manga & Anime Camp, Photo Expressions, and Art for RPG Games. There is also a Leader-in-Training Camp, a full week’s training in essential computer skills, leadership and teaching skills.
Artech is also launching a new workshop for educators called Creating Video Games in the Classroom.It’s a full-day workshop giving hands-on experience on how to make and teach game design in the classroom, targeting educators (grades 4 through grade 8.) The material can also be adapted for older grades.