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Summer Camps

We are offering different FUN and ENGAGING opportunities for middle and high school students this summer! Check out all of our listings below!

Arts & Crafts

For more information on the following classes please contact: Jeff Marley, Director of Heritage Arts at 828.366.2005 or j_marley@SouthwesternCC.edu

Register online HERE.

Looking for adult classes? Here is a current listing of Heritage Arts and Personal Enrichment classes.


 

 

CLAY

Garden Gnomes
Dates/Times: Friday • July 1 • 2 - 3:30P
Cost: $22/Cost of materials included
Location: Swain Center, room 125
For ages 6 years and up. We will make a funny little clay Garden Gnome to look after your flower bed or house plants! If time permits, we will also make a simple leaf bowl. No experience needed and all materials are provided.

 

Mushroom House
Dates/Times: Friday • July 15 • 2 - 3:30P
Cost: $22/Cost of materials included
Location: Swain Center, room 125
For ages 6 years and up. Kids will build a cute and easy mushroom house from tubes and slabs of clay, using stamps and tools to texture and decorate. If time permits, we will also make a few "pinch pot" creatures. No experience needed and all materials are provided.

 

Hand-built Mug
Dates/Times: Friday • July 29 • 2 - 3:30P
Cost: $22/Cost of materials included
Location: Swain Center, room 125
For ages 6 years and up. We will make a textured mug with a handle using clay slabs! Glaze colors can be chosen. When picked up at a later date, these will be food and dishwasher safe. If time permits, we will also make a small textured dish. No experience needed and all materials are provided.

 


 

HOBBIES

Model Railroading
Dates/Times: Monday • June 13 OR July 11 • 1 - 3P
Cost: $18
Location: Swain Center, room 101
For ages 10 years and up. If watching trains roll by gets your heart pounding, this class is for you! We'll discuss the basics of model railroading including what items you need to start your own layout. We will put together an N scale T-Track layout and explore two portable layouts built by the instructor.

 

Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT)
Dates/Times: Monday & Wednesday • June 13 - 29 • 5 - 7P
Cost: $25/Cost of materials included
Location: Jackson Campus, Founders Hall, room 123
In this hands-on course, students will build their own WiFi-enabled weather station.  Electronics and programming skills will be used, but no prior experience is required. All project electronics, tools and software will be provided. We will discuss IoT, client-server architecture, microcontroller programming using C++, WiFi communications, and client-side programming using HTML and JavaScript. Bringing your own Windows laptop is preferable, but you can use the lab's Windows-based computers on campus.

 


 

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

Campfires for Kids
Dates/Times: Wednesday • June 15 • 1 - 4P
Cost: $25
Location: Swain Center, room 115
For ages 8 years and up. Learn how to build a campfire! A great skill to have if you are interested in camping and the outdoors. We’ll cover fire safety and what materials to use and not use. All materials provided.

 

Primitive Toys & Games
Dates/Times: Wednesday • June 22 • 1 - 4P
Cost: $25
Location: Swain Center, room 115
For ages 8 years and up. Explore some of the oldest games on the planet! Students will collect and make all the necessary items to play each game in this hands-on class. All materials provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAINTING & DRAWING

Watercolor Basics
Dates/Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday • June 13 - 15 • 10A - 12P
Cost: $54/Cost of materials not included
Location: Swain Center, room 102
For ages 8 years and up. Explore the basics of watercolor. We will focus on wet on wet, washes and creating layers. Students will need their own watercolor set, brushes and watercolor pad. No experience needed and all materials are provided. 

 

Pen & Ink Drawing
Dates/Times: Wed., Thurs., Fri. • June 29 - July 1 • 10A - 12P
Cost: $60/Some materials included
Location: Swain Center, room 102
For ages 8 years and up. Learn how to paint and draw with markers, pens and quill pens. We will focus on how to use markers, blending and lines. Students will need their own drawing paper and marker set, other materials will be provided.

 


 

PRINTMAKING

Bee Friends
Dates/Times: Monday • June 20 • 10A - 3:30P
Cost: $55/Cost of materials included
Location: Swain Center, room 110
For ages 10 years and up. Participants will explore several printmaking methods to depict our beloved pollinator, the bee, and the flowers it loves. The three printmaking techniques will include cardboard collage, screenprint stencil and found/object/nature print. Participants will talk about art, learn studio safety and have a break for lunch (please bring your own lunch). No experience needed and all materials are provided.

 

Write On!
Dates/Times: Monday • July 11 • 10A - 12P
Cost: $30/Cost of materials included
Location: Swain Center, room 110
For ages 10 years and up. Participants will use various printmaking techniques, including the proof press and the etching press, to create postcards to use and to share. Students will keep some of their own cards, share some with other participants and have cards added to our traveling postcards exhibit.

 


 

Woodcarving for Kids
Dates/Times: Wednesday • June 29 • 1 - 4P
Cost: $32
Location: Swain Center, room 115
For ages 8 years and up. Learn the basics of whittling and carving. Learn how to carve useful items for use in the outdoors or camping. Students will learn knife safety and explore a variety of carving techniques. All materials provided.

 

Primitive Cooking
Dates/Times: Wednesday • June 6 • 1 - 4P
Cost: $30
Location: Swain Center, room 115
For ages 6 years and up. Learn how to cook over a campfire! We’ll explore a variety of foods to cook over a campfire, including cooking methods, and food safety. All materials provided.

 

NASA STEM CAMPS

For more information on the following classes please contact Randi Neff, Project Coordinator, Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative at 828.339.4357 or r_neff@SouthwesternCC.edu
 

 

Robotics Camp
Dates/Times: June 6 - 10 • 8:30 - 11:30A
Cost: $50
Location: Balsam Center, room 253
Led by Smoky Mountain High School’s First Lego team. Open to middle school students. 

 


 

AstroCamp
Dates/Times: June 20 - July 1 • 8A - 1P
Cost: FREE
Location: Smokey Mountain Elementary School
Open to middle school students. Students will do a variety of activities and challenges, including NASA engineering problems and a dissection. Students will work in teams to earn badges while learning fun, new skills. Includes breakfast and lunch. 

 

 

PARI Camps

"Martian Frontier"
Dates/Times: June 12 - 24 (Overnight)
Cost: $50 registration fee + transportation to camp
Location: Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute’s campus in Rosman
Open to high school and middle school students in public, charter, private and home schools in Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary. A limited number of spaces are available. Participants pay a $50 registration fee and provide transportation. Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative covers the tuition cost.

 

"Above & Beyond"
Dates/Times: July 3 - 15 (Overnight)
Cost: $50 registration fee + transportation to camp
Location: Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute’s campus in Rosman
Open to high school and middle school students in public, charter, private and home schools in Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary. A limited number of spaces are available. Participants pay a $50 registration fee and provide transportation. Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative covers the tuition cost.

 

 

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