Explorations (Grades 7-9)

March 4-9, 2018
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

EXPLORATIONS  affirms the gifts that every student offers. Through this immersive, week-long program, students are introduced to the world of arts and ideas, creative risk-taking, and personal development. It’s a total learning environment that challenges the mind and body in equal measure.

Each day features four workshop sessions where students pursue their main interest then explore different genres in their other three classes. During breaks, participants connect with nature and explore the trails, beaches and historic monuments at Fort Worden State Park. Each evening, our faculty artists showcase their skills, followed by snacks and group activities in the dorm. The week concludes with a student showcase for friends and family to celebrate and witness the results of the week!

For this program, students sign up in groups of 4 to 6 with an adult chaperone. Limited scholarships are available. Tuition, room and board are FREE for chaperones, but each chaperone needs to be registered. Student tuition, room and board is $515. Scholarship Deadline: February 5, 2018; Notifications the week of February 12.

I so appreciate the spirit and culture which the staff and dorm counselors share…such high quality people setting up good group dynamics. I also appreciate the freedom, trust and independence the students receive and watching what they do with that. It’s a very formative experience.” Chaperone Kelleigh McMillan

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Breakdance!  with Robert Eyerman
Using music as an inspiration, learn the foundation of breakdancing, or “breaking.” The four fundamental components, toprock, footwork, freezes, and power moves will be demonstrated and taught. With Robert teaching some new-found knowledge and skills, students learn to create dance routines. Everyone will have the opportunity to battle against and perform with one another by exploring the arts of cyphering, battling, and performing. Perfect for those with little-to-no dance experience who are dedicated, enthusiastic, and open-hearted about learning.

From Water to Print: Mixed Media Monotype, Printmaking with Cathe Gill (Visual Art)
Using a water-based printmaking method this class will explore the diversity and the changing nature of marine life in water. By watching short videos of the shapes and movements of various species, students will choose the shapes they wish to use and will paint (using watercolor) on a monotype plate. Later they will add detail with pastel pencils. Each student will make prints at his own pace and work toward an intuitive, creative and unique way of making marks.

Music & Roots with Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons (Music)
Learn to hear and play instruments and songs that laid the foundation for American music as we know it! This class will give you experience playing music with others on an instrument of your choice–guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin, singing and percussion are all options for students, beginners are welcome. Explore the amazing stories and heartfelt lyrics of some of the greatest music America has ever produced, all while having good fun with Ben and Joe!

Sculpting in Plaster with George Rodriguez
In this class we will work on creating wire armatures as the starting structure for our sculptures. We will then work through additive and reductive plaster application to help our sculptures take shape. Carve, sand, add, and mold your way to a 3 dimensional form. We will use color to finish our creations.

Spoken Word with Daemond Arrindell (Poetry)
“Who are you?” is sometimes a difficult question to answer. Society often wrongly assigns labels that show only one small part of the complex, amazing human creatures we are. In this class with Daemond, you will address the ways that others see you and you will decide for yourselves who you really are and how you want to be seen. Spoken Word is a style of poetry that is meant to be performed. You will be bringing to life dynamic voices and stories through writing prompts, imagery, metaphor, and individual as well as group poems.

Theatremaking with Jéhan Òsanyìn
Theatremaking will explore several of the ways artists create theatre. We will dive into improvisation, devising (creating a play collaboratively with a group of people), and the rehearsal process.  We’ll use scripts from established playwrights as well as the work we create ourselves. If you want to know about acting, directing and performing, sign up for Theatremaking!




Daemond Arrindell

Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University, Cornish College for the Arts and Tacoma’s School of the Arts. He has performed in venues across the country and has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Art Museums. In 2013, he was chosen for “13 for ‘13,” a joint project between the Seattle Times and KUOW, profiling 13 influential people in Seattle’s art scene.


Robert Eyerman

Robert Eyerman, aka Bboy Bobby Drake, started breaking in 2005 at the age of 13. Three years later he co-founded the Dog Pound Crew. His group works frequently alongside the Seattle Theater Group, dancing in productions such as DANCE This, Global Party, and Sasquatch Music Festival. Robert highly values education, graduating from the University of Washington with two degrees – chemistry and biochemistry. His passions include dance, music, medicine, education, and philanthropy.

Whenever he is not conducting clinical research in the hepatology clinic at a local Seattle hospital, he provides in-home tutoring to youth, writes music, trains for competitions, and brainstorms how to further impact the world through art and science. Robert enjoys jamming on his guitar, playing with lasers, and traveling the world with his girlfriend.


Jéhan Òsanyìn

Jéhan Òsanyìn

Jéhan Òsanyìn is a Seattle-based artist, educator, performer, and playwright.  Her solo show, yankee pickney, premiered at Theater Schmeater in March of 2017.  Before that she performed with several Seattle theaters such as Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Other Season, and Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program.

She has been a theatre educator since 2002.  In 2014 she founded, Earthseed, a youth development organization that uses theatre in wild spaces to decolonize those spaces and the bodies that pass through them.


George Rodriguez

George Rodriguez received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas El Paso and an MFA from the University of Washington.  As a recipient of a Bonderman Travel Fellowship he traveled the world through most of 2010 visiting 26 countries in the span of 10 months. The Museum of Northwest Art recently recognized him as an Emerging Artist Luminary.

George has shown extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond and his work can be found in the permanent collection of the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago. George is represented by Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA.


Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter

Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter

Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter are songster revivalists, performing a variety of field hollers, fiddle & banjo breakdowns, early jazz and hokum that has delighted audiences in concerts and workshops nationwide for the past three years. Their tours serve as an extension of their work as teachers and community organizers in their home of Seattle Washington. With their unique integration of performance, education and modern-day folklore, the duo is redefining the role of a songster for the 21st century.

In January of 2016, they released their second album and earned 1st place in the International Blues Challenge’s solo/duo category.


Cathe Gill

Cathe Gill has collaborated for more than twenty years with Barbara Pitts as Art Partners International to teach and to organize international exchanges of printmakers.

They have taught printmaking classes at Centrum and in China and Kuwait; and have organized public art projects made by students of all ages using printmaking.


This program is generously funded by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Additional sponsors include ArtsWA, The Baker Foundation, Jubilation Foundation, the Congdon Hanson Family, and nearly a thousand individual donors whose generosity celebrates the power of creativity to change lives.