Welcome to Willowbrook!

"Willowbrook is a small seed we plant today for our belief in tomorrow."

– Althea Pratt-Broome, Founder

Willowbrook Arts Camp is an outdoor summer day camp that provides opportunities for children to develop their creative potential through experiences in the arts and nature. Campers, ages 3-18, are free to explore over 30 separate covered areas, each with their own distinct focus and experienced instructors. These areas are arranged into four primary centers based on age groups: Squirrel's Nest (ages 3-4), The Village (ages 5-7), Artisans (ages 8-11), and Advance Artisans (ages 12-18) where campers discover new interests, learn new skills, and make new friends in a safe and welcoming environment. Explore our camp areas below...

Artisans (Ages 8-12+)

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Artisans may choose their daily activities from a variety of art areas where they explore more independently. Staff is on hand to guide children who need help becoming acquainted with the centers.

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"It's relaxing and gives me something to do with my hands. There are a lot of really nice people."
– Nora, 13
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Artisans & Advanced Artisans (ages 8-18) use natural materials to create traditional and modern baskets.

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"It's fun to write and you don't always have to do a certain project."
– Kate, 9
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Through writing of original stories, poetry, books, and scripts, Artisans & Advanced Artisans become more powerful observers, explore their imaginations, and develop greater awareness of themselves and others. While at camp, they also create Willowbrook’s own publication, “The Babbling Brook.”

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"My favorite game is statues."
– Sophie, 9
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The dance program is offered to all ages and skill levels, covering classical ballet, creative movement, jazz, tap, ballroom, contemporary and world folk dance.

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"I love the minute just before a show backstage when a director gives a speech and you know you can do it."
– Annie, 11
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In our drama area, campers can audition for and perform in any of the 10+ evening performances each year.

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"I like filmmaking because when you're there you can write down ideas for movies and you can get a counselor and go actually film your movie and make it real."
– Lela, 10
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Artisans & Advanced Artisans are given opportunities to learn the art of visual storytelling, and are taught the skills needed to create their own films.

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"I like Fine Arts because they are always doing stuff I like to do. My favorite thing was mosaic."
– Sydney. 8
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Artisans and Advanced Artisans take their painting, drawing, collage and many other fine art techniques to a whole new level as they continue to explore and build their skills in the areas that interest them most.

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"Fun to make the houses and details."
– Mealoh, 8
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Hand building techniques are taught in coil, pinch, and slab construction for every level, from 3 -18 years. Let your mind go wild!

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"Fun: lots of origami and lots of Japanese craft."
– Lily, 12
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Campers experience traditional and contemporary Japanese arts and craft.

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"There's some days that are slow, and some days that are fast, and on the days that are slow, you can just hang out with a teacher and jam out."
– Max, 10
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Instrumental instructions is offered for all age levels on woodwinds, brass, drums, guitar, piano, keyboard, violin and cello. Voice lessons focus on basic techniques and provide options for campers to participate in performances.

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"I like dreamcatchers because they look cool when they are done."
– Olivia, 9
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Campers explore Native American arts through crafts, storytelling and music.

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Discovering beauty and wonder in the natural world is an integral part of the Willowbrook experience. Through nature walks, projects, and hands-on experiments, children gain an appreciation of their surroundings and the importance of taking care of our environment.

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"I developed my film I made yesterday."
– Dar, 10
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Campers view the world through a new lens as they capture images using mixed media, digital and other photographic processes.

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"I like to play with the shapes and getting messy."
– Audrey, 9
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Campers create functional and decorative objects with clay.

Ages 5 – 18 may learn to throw on potter's wheels while ages 8 – 18 hone finishing, glazing, and firing methods.

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"You can make any puppet and are open to everything. Plus, the people here are nice and creative."
– Rachael, 10
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Campers have the opportunity to construct a variety of puppets as well as create and perform puppet shows. Using art, storytelling from around the world, and drama, they breathe life into the inanimate in this wildly fun and imaginative activity.

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"We help make the plays at Willowbrook spectacular."
– Sarah, 14
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Campers have opportunities to contribute to stage set painting and making theatre props.

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"I like making gimps and pouches."
– Idan, 8
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Campers create fiber artworks using hand and loom weaving.

"Every day we travel across the world doing different projects, such as sumi-e, eussian yarn dolls, and henna!"
– Amelia, 19
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Campers take a "trip" around the world as they delve into the histories and techniques of international folk arts.

Advanced Artisans (Ages 12+)

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For those who are ready and eager to hone their skills, Advanced Artisans have opportunities to work with Specialists in ALL Artisan areas. Many of our Advanced Artisans work half days through our teen apprenticeship program. For information on how to become a high school apprentice assistant, please visit our Employment page.

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"Positive atmosphere. People here are really nice. It's a fun place to be."
– Rachel, 14
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Advanced Ceramics provides instruction for campers who are ready to move to the next level!

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"I like doing projects; the process is fun. They are really pretty and I like the people in this tent."
– Ilana, 14
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Advanced Artisans (ages 12-18) create beautiful colored artwork pieces and jewelry.

The Village (Ages 5-7)

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The Village is an area where each age level has its own name, home base and staff who help children make individual choices on the activities they’d like to participate in.

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Village Art campers explore all aspects and mediums that catch the eye and hand. From paint and crayons to fairy wands, pop-up cards and creations from recyclables, there is no end to what a child can create here!

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Dance is first introduced to campers in the Squirrel's Nest (ages 3-4), and continues into The Village for ages 8-11. Campers learn to explore the art of movement with games, performances, props and various genres of music.

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The Village Drama area offers games and activities to help children discover different characters within themselves. Villagers have opportunities to participate in camp-wide theater productions as well as smaller productions, presentations, plays and skits held within The Village alone.

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"Because it feels good."
– Keana, 5
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Our Village Music program includes songs, games, dances and other activities to help children learn the basics of rhythm and pitch. With options to take lessons on more than a dozen instruments, Villagers are also introduced to world music through folk songs and visits from Artisan area camp specialists.

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Learning and caring for the world around us is an integral part of the Willowbrook camper experience. Nature walks, craft projects, hands on activities and games are all options to help children become aware of the physical beauty of the earth.

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"I like working with clay with my friends that I made at camp."
– Sadie, 7½
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As children discover the importance of touch and feel, Village Pottery gives them the opportunity to mold a natural substance into anything in their imagination. Many techniques are learned using different tools and with help from experienced staff. Villagers are also given the choice to learn how to throw clay pots on a kick wheel.

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Village Puppetry encourages campers to create characters and bring them to life through different materials. Options for writing, practicing and performing puppet shows are available.

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"I like weaving the most."
– Munroe, 5½
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Village Weaving introduces the ideas of patterns and colors. Campers are taught how to manipulate the materials to create beautiful works of art.

Squirrels Nest (Ages 3-4)

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The Squirrel's Nest is an area of beginnings, with opportunities to explore the arts and try new skills in a secure environment.