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Visual Arts, Green Corps, and LEGO® Robotics and Design at Appel Farm Arts Camp

Throw a pot, paint a mural, sculpt your wildest dreams, plant a garden, build a robot. Possibilities are endless when you let your imagination take the lead.

Visual Arts

Campers in the Visual Arts program choose a specific medium to study, learning and practicing new skills and techniques, and working on projects. Campers learn to work with a variety of artistic tools including a printing press, loom, pottery wheels, welding and glass torches, and electric, gas, and unique Noborigama wood-fired kilns. They also participate in informal class critiques and learn about art history.

  • Major I classes include : Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Fiber Arts & Crafts,
  • Major II classes include : Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Multimedia Art & Printmaking

Past Visual Arts Minors, which vary every summer and reflect the unique strengths of current staff, have included Illustration & Comic Book Art, Painting on Alternative Surfaces, Sculptural Ceramics, Functional Ceramics, Mixed Media Sculptures, Jewelry Making, and Fabric Art.


Understanding how the environment works, and keeping it healthy…that’s the work of the Green Corps!

Green Corps

Log tree species or track the turtles in Lake Inferior! Become an organic gardener and learn about composting! Participate in environmental activism expressed through the arts! If you are interested in organic gardening, camp conservation, ecology, and environmental art, consider joining the Green Corp, offered as both a major and minor.

  • Green Corps will be offered during Major II, and one or both minors.

Our most popular past minor, Green Corps Explorers, combines the best of Green Corps (nature, gardening, bugs, and activism), creative and personal journaling, and multi-media. You’ll get to explore the world around you in a fun and exciting way!




Appel Farm’s newest program is a perfect blend of artistic design and technology, and tons of fun!

LEGO® Robotics and Design

Appel Farm Arts Camp has spent over 55 years enriching the lives of young artists through the arts! Last summer we were excited to join the S.T.E.A.M. initiative as we launched our LEGO® Robotics and Design program!

LEGO® Robotics and Design runs as both a major and minor activity within the setting of our engaging and nurturing traditional overnight, arts camp. Participants collaborate in groups to design and build a unique LEGO® Mindstorm robot. Once built, campers develop and program creative solutions to obstacles with the robots using EV3 programming software.  

This fun and high-tech program seemlessly blends art and technology exposing campers to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math while developing 21 century learning and innovation skills. The program encourages campers to practice collaboration, critical thinking, and communication in a creative way

  • LEGO® Robotics and Design is offered during at least one major, and one minor period.