GIRLS CREATE Summer Camps

Our unparalleled Girls Create summer camp program ignites the passions and talents of 6th to 10th grade girls in playwriting, fashion design, improv, and visual arts (including a storytelling arts camp for girls who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing). Professionals teach, guest artists share their expertise, and mentors from the community guide and encourage – empowering girls to lead, and to affect change in themselves and others through creative learning.

During each five-day program, the girls work toward a fabulous final project, which they present at a Friday Celebration. Their creations may also feature in our Girls Create Celebration at the next Athena Project Arts Festival!

Athena Project Presents Girls Create

2018 CAMPS

GIRLS WRITE

Our Girls Write is a theatre and writing immersion camp that empowers girls’ imaginations through the creation of a short play. Guest actors and directors bring each story to life in a staged reading at the end of the week. As they develop the creative tools for storytelling, girls gain confidence in their unique voices and experience the value in sharing ideas.

Why should I come to Girls Write Camp?

SO MANY REASONS! First of all, you’ll get to learn playwriting from professional playwrights who have had their work produced on Broadway, and at theatres across the country. You’ll also get YOUR play produced for an audience at the end of the week by a team of professional actors, with a professional director! In addition to this, you’ll grow as a writer, make new friends who are excited about writing and theatre, have a ton of fun along the way.

What does a typical day look like?

A typical day has lots of variety! The day may include writing games/exercises, learning about different aspects of playwriting, working as a large group to create ideas, creating play-based art projects, working one-on-one with writing mentors on your own play, field trips to find inspiration, and of course…writing time!

What should I bring?

Just comfy clothes, your lunch, and your imagination! We provide laptops, notebooks, pencils, and snacks!

What kinds of things will I learn about?

You will learn every aspect of playwriting–characters, setting, plot, dialogue, conflict–you name it! You’ll even experience the process of seeing your play in rehearsal, working with actors and directors, and experiencing a live performance of your show. But don’t worry–everything is broken down step by step, day by day, so you never feel overwhelmed.

Instructor: Jenny Stafford
Date/Time: July 9–13 or July 16–20 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily
Location: Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214
Tuition: $250

July 9th – 13th

July 16th – 20th

Athena Project - Girls Write Summer Camp


GIRLS DESIGN FASHION

At our Girls Design Fashion camp girls unleash their inner fashionista! As they each create an original fashion design from concept to sample, they learn the basics of machine sewing, draping, and patterning simple garment ideas. This camp not only provides a fun creative outlet, it also helps develop key life skills like innovation, focus, planning, and problem solving.

Why should I come to Girls Design Fashion Camp?

You’ll be working with a professional fashion designer who will teach you what it takes to design and create your own unique clothing styles from concept to runway. You’ll have an opportunity to show off your designs in a fashion show at the Girls Create Celebration in August. Plus, you’ll get to connect with other girls that love fashion as much as you do!

What should I bring?

Just comfy clothes, your lunch, and your imagination! We provide equipment, supplies, and snacks!

Instructor: Darlene C. Ritz and Jade Johnson
Date/Time: July 23–27 or July 30–August 3 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily
Location: Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214
Tuition: $250

July 23rd – 27th

The week of the 23rd is sold out. Girls Design Fashion for July 30-August 3 only has a few spots remaining. Sign up and get your spot before they’re all gone!

July 30th – August 3rd

Athena Project - Girls Design Fashion Summer Camp


GIRLS IMPROV

Our Girls Improv camp is new for 2018! Seasoned mentors will provide a fun space for girls to exercise their creative energies through improv scenes, focusing on both long and short forms, to boost self-confidence, spontaneity and playfulness.

Why should I come to Girls Improv Camp?

1) Girls Improv is a great place to learn the art of improvisation in a safe environment. Often girls are told they aren’t funny, and we KNOW that’s not true; join our improv-olution and learn what we know!
2) Improv skills are life skills; in a world where people are more afraid of public speaking than almost anything, improv skills will put you head and shoulders above the average.
3) Improv is just terrifically, amazingly, wonderfully great. So why not?

What should I bring?

Shoes/clothes that are comfortable to move in. Improv can lead you to crazy physical choices–be prepared! Also, make sure to bring a sack lunch. We’ve got water and snacks covered!

How will learning improv help me?

When you leave Girls Improv, you’ll take a whole new set of life skills with you. School presentation? No problem! Job interview? Nailed it! Improv skills enhance your ability to be comfortable in front of any audience, any time, and whether it’s your first improv or your 10th, there’s always something new to learn and practice.

Instructors: Erin Rafaels, founder of AllProv and Elizabeth Komos, 2017 winner of Denver’s Next Improv Star!
Date/Time: August 6-10 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily
Location: Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214
Tuition: $250

Athena Project - Girls Improv Camp


GIRLS GIVE BACK

Our Girls Give Back camp provides inspiration and instruction in drawing, painting and compositional techniques, and also gives girls the chance to contribute some brightness to the lives of underserved members of our community by donating their finished artwork to the clients of Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

Why should I come to Girls Give Back Camp?

1) Because girls are artists, too! Enhance your skills or learn it all new with Michele.
2) Your art is for a good cause; at the Girls Create Celebration, we will showcase your art and then donate it to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

What should I bring?

Shoes that are comfortable to walk/stand in; clothes that are comfortable to move/paint in. Also, make sure to bring a sack lunch. We’ve got water and snacks covered!

Instructor: Michele Brower
Date/Time: July 23–27 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily
Location: Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214
Tuition: $250

*Camps must have a minimum of 3 students in order for camps to be held

Athena Project - Girls Give Back Summer Camp


GIRLS ACCESS ART

Our brand new Girls Access Art camp is tailored for girls who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. As they explore a variety of modalities together – including theatre, visual art, and movement – the girls’ own creativity bursts through, sky-rocketing their self-confidence and sense of enjoyment in self-expression.

Instructor: Ruthie Jordan
Date/Time: July 30–August 3 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily
Location: Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214
Tuition: $250

*Camps must have a minimum of 3 students in order for camps to be held

Athena Project - Girls Access Art Summer Camp