The Creative Labs

  • July 2018
  • Rising 7th to 9th Grade
  • $1295

Behind the Lens: PhotoCamp

July 15-20, 2018

During this weeklong experience, we introduce the power and impact of photography and how it helps to shape and visualize the world around us. Students build the fundamentals of digital and documentary photography in the state-of-the-art Ainslie Arts Center on the Episcopal High School campus, explore the history of photography and its impact, and develop their own personal aesthetic. Led by Episcopal High School staff, students build their portfolio, develop and communicate their personality through their unique experiences and aesthetic, visit visually stunning historic sites, and display their talents in the culminating final exhibition of their work.

The curriculum is developed to both excite new photographers and encourage students who are looking to expand their skills through hands-on experience, as well as through masterclass learning from New York Times editorial photographer Will Mebane (EHS class of 1991). All equipment is provided, though students are welcome to bring their own. View program activities

David Douglas

Faculty

David Douglas

Visual Arts, Co-Chair of the Assistance Team

As an artist himself, David has works in numerous collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Chrysler Museum, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the Academy Art Museum. His work has also been shown in solo and group exhibitions alongside artists including Chuck Close, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. In his visual arts education, David's focus is on the exploration of the power of photography in history, and the development and communication of each artist's unique personality through their experiences and work.

Interested in more than one week? Check out our D.C. Discovery Weekend.

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Whitman Writing Workshop

July 15-20, 2018

In a week-long exploration of writing, we challenge students to discover and express their authentic voice in narrative and fiction writing, poetry, and journaling. Students will hone their writing skills and study other voices by writing daily, listening to podcasts, reading memoirs, and visiting the stomping grounds of famous writers. Led by Episcopal High School faculty, this program explores the various forms of writing, with an emphasis on the process and craft of writing over the final product. Through daily mindfulness and journaling exercises, as well as formal writing, feedback, and revision, campers learn the craft of writing while developing their unique narrative voice.

This experience was developed to appeal to new and experienced writers. Our instructors will provide detailed daily feedback to encourage students and advance them toward writing for publication. The session culminates in a formal reading for family, friends, and the larger community. View program activities

Ben Courchesne

Faculty

Ben Courchesne

English, Associate Dean of Students

A nearly twenty-year veteran of independent schools as a student, teacher, coach, and administrator, Ben now serves as the Associate Dean of Students at Episcopal and Dean of International Students in addition to his teaching in the English Department. Holding both a M.A. in English from the Breadloaf School at Middlebury College and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College, Ben now focuses his efforts on creating meaningful holistic student experiences, as well as making the transformative power of a boarding school education more accessible to all.

Interested in more than one week? Check out our D.C. Discovery Weekend.

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Theater Studio

July 22-27, 2018

Curtains up for a week-long, on-stage adventure! Students engage with the full experience of theater through hands-on group experimentation. Throughout the week, students will create and perform in a show, learning not only acting principles, but the basic technical elements of theater, including lighting, costuming, and more. Students will gain confidence through customized curriculum involving improv activities, technique, set building, and stage management, as well as formal learning through Masterclass instruction from professional actors. Led by Episcopal High School staff and cast members from local production company Monumental Theater, students will make full use of the Ainslie Arts Center Black Box Theater, and attend an off-campus professional show in Washington, D.C.

Both experienced and novice actors are encouraged to enroll. Everyone plays an important role in ensuring that the show goes on! View program activities

Michael Windsor

Faculty

Michael Windsor

Theater, Music, & Visual Arts

Michael is a freelance director and theater professional in the DMV and serves as Co-Artistic Director of Monumental Theatre Company. With Monumental, Michael has directed and collaborated on several shows, most recently the critically-acclaimed Brooklyn: The Musical. Outside of Monumental, he has worked on the creative teams of shows at Signature Theatre in Alexandria (Light Years and the Broadway-bound revival of Titanic) as well as Adventure Theater, Annapolis Shakespeare Theatre, and Riverside Dinner Theatre. During the school year, Michael works as the Arts Assistant at Episcopal High School where he assists the theater, music and visual arts departments. Long involved n theater education and camp, Michael has also led theater camps and classes throughout DC, Annapolis, and Virginia.

Interested in more than one week? Check out our D.C. Discovery Weekend.

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The Fun Never Ends

Because many students want to explore multiple programs, our D.C. Discovery Weekend allows students to unwind and explore the region through outdoor adventures and local events.

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