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Spotlight on Visual Arts, Photography, and Creative Writing

Visual Arts

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

  • Major I classes include : Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Fiber Arts & Crafts, Green Corps
  • 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.

Photography

The Photography program at Appel Farm is a 35mm black and white film photography program.

This means you have to put film in your camera : )

Campers bring their cameras to camp, and Appel Farm provides everything else they need. See below for details about finding the right kind of camera! Campers in the Photography program start by learning how their cameras work, and how to load film. They study composition, subject, and lighting, and shoot photos using new knowledge of f-stops and shutterspeed. Campers develop their film and make prints in one of two darkrooms on camp. They also participate in informal class critiques and learn about the history of photography.

  • Major I classes include : Photography
  • Major II classes include : Photography, Independent Study Photography

Past Photography Minors, which vary every summer and reflect the unique strengths of current staff, have included Portraiture/Fashion Photography, Mixed Media Photography, and Photojournalism.

Creative Writing

Campers in the Creative Writing program explore structure, voice, and characterization in many styles of writing, such as poetry, creative non-fiction, journalism, and short-story writing. Campers practice writing every day, writing from prompts or developing their own ideas, and they also publish summer issues of the Literary Magazine and the Appel Core newsletter.

  • Major classes include : Creative Writing

Past Creative Writing Minors, which vary every summer and reflect the unique strengths of current staff, have included Journalism, Story Writing, Memoirs, Fashion Journalism, Playwriting, and Fan Fiction.