Girls in Action

For Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
Our one- to four-week visual arts, creative writing, and journalism workshops offer students the opportunity to develop technical foundations with an emphasis on personal expression, creative voice, and journalistic storytelling led by our expert faculty. 

Middle School students choose a focus area to explore including Visual Arts 2D, Visual Arts 3D, Film, Creative Writing, or Journalism. Each day, students will have the option to take enrichment courses that exist outside of their chosen focus. Our thematic week-long programs culminate with a celebration and showcase of student work.

Tuition: $750 per week

Focus Areas

Visual Arts 2D: Students will develop their skills in drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, printmaking and textiles in our art studio. Projects vary as they relate to a weekly theme. Students in both 2D and 3D programs will create an exhibition of their work at the end of each week in one of our many galleries on campus. Ambitious visual arts students who register for all four weeks will have the opportunity to present and create their own gallery show.
Visual Arts 3D: Students will develop their artistic skills in the areas of sculpture, ceramics, and other mixed media applications in our Ceramics Lab, outfitted with throwing wheels and a variety of sculptural tools and materials to encourage hands-on exploration and creation. Projects will vary as they relate to the theme of any given week. At the end of each week, students will showcase their 3D projects in an imaginative installation. Ambitious visual arts students who register for all four weeks will have the opportunity to present and create their own gallery show.

Film: Students will write, shoot, and edit digital video projects in our MediaSpace, complete with a lighting studio, green screen technology, editing bays, and a screening room. Students will also create stop motion videos and experiment with VR technology. Each week will culminate with a student film festival. Ambitious film students who register for all four weeks will have the opportunity to engage in longer format projects.

Creative WritingStudents will develop their creative writing toolkit by producing original works each week. Students will gather inspiration from the work of diverse writers across multiple genres: poetry, narrative, non-fiction, and visual storytelling (graphic novels). Projects will vary each week, focusing on overarching program themes and specific writing genres. Each week will culminate with a workshop where students share and celebrate the week's work. Word lovers and emerging writers alike will walk away with a magical writing portfolio. 

Journalism: Students will learn how professional journalists tell the stories of those around them. They will learn the foundations of good journalism: interviewing, reporting, writing in a journalistic style, and photojournalism. They will document the wonder around them as they dig beyond the obvious and report on the magic of summer at Archer.

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Sample Schedule

9:00 - 9:25
Group Warm-Up and Connection
9:30 - 10:30
Workshop 1
10:35 - 10:50
10:50 - 12:00
Workshop 2
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 1:30
Workshop 3
1:30 - 1:45
1:45 - 2:45
Workshop 4
2:45 - 3:00
Wrap-Up Activity

Week 1

Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19: Stories & Surprises
Some of the most famous pieces of art are embedded with secrets and codes that reference and allude to other histories, stories, and illusions. Through the exploration of classic works, students will explore their own narratives to create original pieces that encourage viewers to look beyond what exists on the surface. 

Week 3

Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 3: Patterns & Perspective
Students will embrace the impossible by creating optical illusions, surreal objects, and architectural patterns and design. They will push the edges of possibility and capture the intricacy of the world around us. From technical drawing to building dazzling new inventions, students will stretch different artistic mediums to their creative limits.

Week 2

Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26: Quests & Voyages
Throughout this week, students will delve into the histories and journeys of different female pioneers and mavericks. Through the lives and works of these bold women, students will focus on quests that seek unique uses of seemingly traditional materials. Students will look to the universe and beyond to create artistic pieces that transcend the familiar and embrace the possibility of the unknown. 

Week 4

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10: Dreamscapes & Realities   
Dreams are at the heart of creative risk-taking. Students will explore their daydreams and fantasies through building immersive dreamscapes, creating mythical creatures, and mapping magical worlds. Students will use lighting and sound design, virtual reality, and mixed media to create interactive wonderlands.
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs.