Out of the Box!

Penland Kids: Out of the Box! Kits

We are happy to introduce kits designed by Penland’s Kids Camp instructors that your child can do from home this summer! Since creating kits is new for us, we are starting small, aiming for quality over quantity, and doing our best to provide an experience that will enrich your child’s summer.

We’re offering one kit for each of the four age groups: 3 to 6, 6 to 9, 9 to 12, and teens. The activities in two of the kits can be done at your own pace, and the other two include live meetings with the instructor that will take place at specific dates and times. Please see each listing for details.

Each kit includes all the materials you’ll need, with the occasional exception of a common household item such as a cup for water or a paper towel. Kits can either be picked up at Penland or shipped via priority mail. Shipping costs are actual USPS rates and are listed with each camp.

Mirrah Johnson and her natural dyeing kids camp group

Registration

Registration is open through August 30th. Each kit has a “Kit available” date in the listing to indicate the first possible date for shipping.

  • Kits that don’t include live meetings can be ordered anytime before August 30th and will start shipping on the “Kit available” date.
  • Kits with live meetings can be ordered anytime before July 27; live meetings will take place August 3-7.

Kits can either be picked up at Penland or shipped via priority mail.

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Kit Choices

Summer Days with Clay, with Anna Early

Ages: 3 to 6
Dates and times: Flexible, based on your family’s schedule
Kit available: July 20th
Registration closes: August 30th
Cost: $80.00. If shipping, add $15.00

Enjoy this fun material from the Earth and celebrate the world around you! Children will explore the possibilities of working with clay, discover wonders in their own backyards, and let their imaginations run wild with a week’s worth of daily clay and mixed-media projects. Students will gain new skills to develop their own unique styles and creations  while making small pots, buttons and beads, ornaments, miniature fantasy lands with creatures and gardens, nests with birds and eggs, going on a texture treasure hunt to make tiles. For this age group, the joy of playing and creating with clay is the primary focus, so clay pieces will not be fired. On the shelf they’ll last forever, but they won’t be for functional use. Kit contains clay, tools, mixed materials (wool, feathers, craft sticks, etc.) and written instructions (no electronic content). Parental supervision is required.

 

Wonderful, Colorful Artists, with Selma Neel

Ages: 6 to 9
Dates and times: Flexible, based on your family’s schedule
Kit available: July 20th
Registration closes: August 30th
Cost: $80.00. If shipping, add $15.00

Learn about inspiring artists who have painted the world with vibrant color! Explore the basics of working with acrylic paint as you get to know five artists who will provide you with inspiration for fun, colorful, and exciting paintings: Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rafael López. Together we will capture the joy and magic of color through our art! This kit will contain video and written instructions and all the supplies you’ll need to complete the projects.  Parental supervision is suggested.

 

Wooden Toys, Tall Tales, and Traditional Tunes, with Sam Maren

Ages: 9 to 12
Dates: August 3-7, 2020
Times: Flexible, with live meetings each day at 3:30 PM for about 1 hour
Kit available: July 20th
Registration closes: Kits are available for local pickup through Friday, July 31st
Cost: $95.00. If shipping, add $21.00

Using simple hand woodworking tools, students will explore the rich tradition of creating simple, functional, and often very clever wooden toys for a fun week of learning about this Appalachian tradition. The first part of each day will be spent making one of the toy projects independently, using the pre-cut wooden pieces and written and video instructions provided. We’ll join together at 3:30 each afternoon via videoconference to share traditional storytelling and songs, and Mr. Sam will be available to help with anything that came up while making that day’s toy. The kit will contain everything you need to make a Spinning Top, Flying Whirligig, Racing Car, Tug Boat, and Stump Fiddle.

 

Embellish It! with Mirrah Johnson

Ages: 13 to 17
Dates: August 3-7, 2020
Times: Meetings will be held in the afternoon
Kit available: July 27th
Registration closes: Kits are available for local pickup through Friday, July 31st
Cost: $85.00. If shipping, add $15.00

Use embroidery, beadwork, and stencilling to express yourself on fabric! You can choose your project-create embellishment directly on a piece of your own clothing, make a patch to sew onto most anything, or create a piece of art for the wall. Kit includes written and video instructions on a variety of techniques, all the materials you’ll need, and group meetings online to share ideas and receive feedback. The instructor will be available by email during the week for guidance on individual projects.

Safety

We are very mindful of keeping things safe in light of Covid-19. We’ll be using gloves and masks when assembling the kits, and we will ensure that materials sit untouched for a minimum of 3 days before they’re distributed. All materials in the kits are certified non-toxic.