June 6 - July 29
at Ensworth Frist Campus
Welcome to Summer Programs!
The Ensworth Summer Arts Program is a great opportunity for students grades 6 - 12 to learn new abilities, deepen skills, engage with teachers and their peers through an immersive arts experience. Enhance and broaden skills learned during the school year, try new things, discover new concepts and ideas, and encounter projects for a portfolio with the feedback and consultation of our dedicated instructors.
Whether you are looking to try something new, to work on developing aspects of your craft, or to refine and progress some of your skills, these week long offerings run throughout the summer and have something for every artistic student. It is a fantastic way to spend the summer as our diverse offerings include Printmaking, Stone Carving, Photography, Digital Art, Dance, Music, Musical Theater, Shakespeare, and more. Students are encouraged to use this summer opportunity to explore and grow their love of art and artistic expression.
Courses & Calendar
June 6 - 10
Using the skills you gained in photo and the darkroom, this enrichment course allows you the time to dive deeper into the processes we didn’t have enough time to master. We learn to use digital negatives, print more photos in the darkroom, and work with alternative photographic processes like cyanotypes, image transfers, and salt prints. All that is required is a willingness to experiment. Students must have or acquire a license to Adobe Photoshop and provide their own camera.
June 13 - 17
This course allows students to dive into the world of photography. All that is required is a willingness to experiment. Beginning photographers and more advanced students are welcome. We will explore digital processes while learning the basics of using a manual camera, experimenting with a range of photographic ideas, and playfully connecting to existing tools (like cell phone cameras) in a new way. Students must have or acquire a license to Adobe Photoshop and provide their own camera.
June 13 - 17
This course will focus on basic Soapstone sculpting techniques and is open to Artists of any experience level (grade 6-12). Students will start by learning the characteristics of soapstone and apply this knowledge when sketching an original design. Sketches will be transferred to stone as students learn to transition from 2-D concept to 3-D sculpture. Hand carving tools will be used to shape the soft stones. The stones are soft but the carving process is hands-on and will require hours of carving. Artists will sand and polish their works to bring out the beautiful colors each stone holds.
June 27 - July 1
This course would introduce the students to the basics of digital arts, digital manipulation, and digital layout / design. Students will be instructed in taking a photographic image to the digital display and exploring a broad range of visual possibilities, including basic and professional editing techniques, manipulation, text / image layout, and an experimental use of digital media - all toward the creation of a final project. Students will gain experience working with the base set of Adobe software and being exposed to how these programs work with one another and act as cross disciplinary tools. Students are encouraged to bring digital cameras if available or have immediate access to digital images via accessible online storage such as google drive (or portable flash/hard drive). Students must have or acquire a license to Adobe Creative Suite and provide their own camera.
July 11 - 15
This studio course will focus on drawing fundamentals. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to draw and further refining a student’s skills. Students will develop drawing and shading techniques in both graphite and charcoal mediums. They will explore the new creative methods of working! Drawing from still life, incorporating photographs, as reference material, and applying these methods in a final work will be some of the content covered. Students will be met at their level of drawing ability and enjoy this all-inclusive experience in drawing techniques.
July 11 - 15
This studio course focuses on the fundamentals of acrylic painting. Students will be introduced to both classical and contemporary painting, techniques and concepts. The objective of the course is to develop the student's confidence in using painting as a means for artistic expression. The course will focus on painting from life and incorporate the use of photographs as reference material. An emphasis on realism will be the stylistic focus, using a range of subject-matter from still life to portraiture.
July 25 - 29
This studio course focuses on relief printing. Students will review the progression of printmaking throughout history to help inspire the creation of their own design. After designing and transferring, the sketches will be brought to life as students carve out textures and line work. Printing by hand is a process mastered through repetition. The opportunities to learn this process will be abundant as each artist prints multiple editions within each technique. This course is open to students of any experience level grades 6-12.
June 13 - 17
The Summer Vocal Arts Intensive at Ensworth is a week-long unforgettable experience in the world of contemporary and classical singing. As a student, you will experience masterclasses as well as receive training on vocal health techniques, audition prep, music theory, improvisation, performance techniques, and much more! All students will participate in the mass choir as well as at least one auditioned ensemble. The week will culminate with a concert showcasing all of our groups’ hard work in the world-class Ingram Arts Center. *An Audition video will be required for students. Musicians may be grouped according to age and/or ability, as needed.
June 20 - 24
Grab your instrument and join the BAND. Summer ROCK BAND has students perform in a BAND with a group of peers, while also learning about music theory, history, performance, and technology. The full week experience finishes with a Friday night concert held under the lights of the Ingram Arts Center Stage. All instruments are encouraged: Guitars, Basses, Drums, Keys, Singers, Multi-instrumentalists, and more. *An Audition video will be required for students. Musicians may be grouped according to age and/or ability, as needed. We have a limited number of spots per instrument so please sign up early!
June 6 - 10
Join us for a fun and challenging week of specialty classes to prepare dancers for the upcoming dance season. Classes will include a variety of styles, such as jazz, hip hop, pom, lyrical, contemporary, dance team skills, and more! This camp is designed for current and aspiring Dance Company members who are looking to challenge themselves at a higher level. *Dancers may be grouped according to age and/or ability, as needed.
July 18 - 22
Join us for a fun and challenging week of specialty classes to help prepare dancers for the upcoming dance season. Classes will include a variety of styles, including jazz, hip hop, pom, lyrical, contemporary, dance team skills, and more! This camp is designed for dancers who are looking to improve their dance team skills and challenge themselves. *Dancers may be grouped according to age and/or ability, as needed.
June 6 - 10
What do the woods beyond our fence smell like in the morning? How does the light fall in the forest hour by hour? Take a few days to rest in the woods this summer, cultivating a bond with literature, each other, and the land. Beginning with the woods and farmlands outside our own back door, the week includes an overnight camping trip on the Cumberland Plateau. Over the course of the week, you will: take a tour of a working farm, eat fresh cookies in a 100-year-old rural bakery, swim in a waterfall, read among the tree-tops, walk through one of the region's only old-growth forests, and read award-winning nature writing while lounging in the very corner of the forest that it was written about. Our readings, like the course itself, are short and sweet and include selections from acclaimed American nature writers such as Sewanee's own David George Haskell and southern agrarians such as Wendell Berry.
June 13 - 17
Master an audition monologue. Develop a toolbox for working with Shakespeare’s text that you can carry with you for years to come. Whether you are a first time actor or more experienced, this week-long short-course will give you the opportunity to set and achieve goals, and to get the workout that you don’t have time for during rehearsals. We will learn exercises designed to strengthen the actor’s body and voice, and explore a physical approach to harnessing the dynamic power of Shakespeare’s language. Participants should memorize an instructor-approved monologue prior to camp.
July 5 - 23
July 25 - 29
Spend the week learning from Ensworth’s Technical Theater Director, Cody “Beardman” Allen how to safely accomplish amazing feats of theatric wonder. Gain safe and careful training in tumbling, stage combat, jumping, and more. Learn how to move properly and create in-person “visual effects” to enhance your ability as an actor for film and the stage.