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Grace Art Camp Japan – Summer 2017

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Celebrating the arts and culture of Japan through  mukashibanashi – very old tales from Japan, known as “tales of long ago.” Develop skills and express ideas through a variety of daily studio projects offered and led by professional artists and inspired by  stories, art, and the landscapes of Japan. Throughout the week campers choose from a variety of daily art studios that range from theatre, music & dance, fused glass, ceramics and sculpture, fibre arts, painting, drawing & illustration, paper arts, and printmaking to animation, puppets, T-shirt design!  Come explore different media and build skills within a larger meaningful context.

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Grace Art Camp is designed for children  4 – 12 years of age (pre-K through 6th grade). Children must be 4 years old by January 1, 2017 and already be attending a full-day program and use the bathroom independently. Due to high demand, campers may register for one week of summer camp only).

  • Camp Hours: M – F, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (gate opens at 8:45 am)
  • Extended Hours: M -F, 3:00pm – 6:00pm ($95/week or $10.00/hour)
    Please reserve in advance when registering.  You may also email the business manager with your name, your child’s full name and age at: An email will be sent prior to your child’s week of camp for specific Extended Hours pick-up instructions.
  • Tuition: $335.00 (Includes art supplies, camp t-shirt, and morning snack. Campers bring sack lunch and water bottle. We are a nut- free camp).
    Scholarships are available based on financial need and application ($30 fee).
  • Registration: Online registration is now closed. To be placed on the waitlist, please email the registrar at include your name, your child’s first and last name, birthdate, age, and current grade in school.


WEEKLY MONDAY  “MAKURA”  (a “pillow story” to set the stage)

Under the Cherry Blossom Tree
A cherry tree growing from the top of the wicked landlord’s head is just the beginning . . . . what happens to the cherry tree and to the wicked landlord is a favorite ancient rakugo (a joke tale) . . . .(Based on the retelling by Allen Say who was born in Yokohama, Japan. Say dreamt of becoming a cartoonist since he was six years old, and by twelve was apprenticing with his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. Say has always done what he loves best: writing and illustrating children’s books. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.)

WEEK 1:  June 26 – June 30 (session closed)

The Luck of the Sea and the Luck of the Mountain
This magical kamifilled (spirit-filled) legend belongs to a collection of very old Shinto creation myths known as The Kojiki, or “Record of Ancient Matters.” In this story of promise and trust, two siblings each long for the luck of the other, and so “Luck of the Sea” and “Luck of the Mountain” exchange their tools and swap places for a day . . . .

WEEK 2:  July 10 – July 14 (session closed)

Bunbuku Chagama
Bunbuku Chagama roughly translates to “happiness bubbling over like a tea pot.” This humorous tale of gratitude tells of a poor man who rescues a tanuki (Japanaese racoon-dog) caught in a trap. That night the tanuki visits the poor man’s house, and to thank him for his kindness transforms itself into a chagama (tea kettle) which is supposed to bring good fortune. However, not all goes according to plan. . . .

WEEK 3:  July 17 – 21 (session closed)

From 10th Century Japan, this tale could be among the earliest known stories of extraterrestrials visiting earth. . . .  An old bamboo cutter finds a tiny child in the hollow of a bamboo stalk, and so begins the story of this amazing girl whose destiny and unearthly beauty shine far off in the sky. . . .

WEEK 4:  July 24 – 28 (session closed)

Urashima Taro and the Princess of the Sea
This very old story from the 8th Century Nara period tells of a young fisherman who rescues a sea turtle from being teased by a group of children.  He is rewarded for this good deed with a visit to Ryūgu-jo, the magical underwater sea palace of Ryujin, where the Dragon God Nadraka lives . . . .

WEEK 5:  July 31 – August 4 (session closed)

Perhaps the most beloved of all Japanese tales from the Edo period, Momotaro is about a boy born from a large peach. Upon discovering this peach floating down the river, a childless couple raise him as their own. Grown up, the kindhearted and brave Momotaro sets out on a journey to the island of marauding oni (ogres) accompanied by faithful companions, Dog, Monkey, and Pheasant . . . .

WEEK 6:  August 7 – 11 (session closed)

The legend behind Tanabata, the Star Festival, celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th  lunar month, tells of two stars, Vega and Altair, known as Orihime, the weaving princess, and Hikoboshi, the cow herder. They are devoted companions living on opposite sides of the Milky Way allowed to meet each other once a year if the skies are clear. People all over Japan celebrate the Star Festival by writing a wish on a strip of paper known as tanzaku and tying it to a bamboo tree. What will you wish for this Tanabata?

WEEK 7:  August 14 – 18 (session closed)

Issun Boshi
This classic Japanese tale tells the story of Issun Boshi, who is strikingly tiny and very brave. His mother longs to have a child for so many years that she finally adds “even if it is a very small one” to her wish – and he turns out to be only one inch high. . . .


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