GRACE ART CAMP 2022

Magical Beasts, Wise (and Silly) Animals, Clever Queens and Daughters,
Noble Sons, Wicked Djinn and Tricksters…

Grace Art Camp 2022 Dates & Stories

Week 1 – June 20 – 24 – completed

Rimonah of the Flashing Sword  (North Africa) – In this ancient tale, retold by renowned Portland Author Eric Kimmel, young Rimonah must flee an evil sorceress, leaving her home and bewitched father.  In the desert, the Bedouin peoples welcome her and raise her to be a fearless rider – armed with a sword.  When the sorceress comes looking for her again, Rimonah finds unexpected help and more….

Week 2 – June 27 – July 1 – completed

Cinderella of the Nile (Egypt) – There are many “Cinderella” stories from different cultures around the world, and this week’s story is based on one of the oldest, which is both fact and fiction. It comes from a version told by Herodotus more than 2000 years ago Rhodopis (“rosy-cheeked” in Greek) was captured by pirates in Greece and taken to Egypt and sold.  She served on a great estate where she made friends with the birds and animals. You may know what comes next – hint: it’s not glass slippers!

3-Day Camp – July 6, 7 & 8 (Wed, Thu & Fri) – registration closed

The Red Lantern  (Morocco) – When the not-very-successful sweet seller, Kadour falls on hard times, he decides to travel across the Atlas Mountains and start over.  He takes his red lantern – his only possession – and finds generous hospitality in a hidden land.  Will he return to his former life in Marrakesh?  After all, that is where his brother lives….

Week 3 – July 11 – 15 – registration closed

The Magic Horse (Sufi – North Africa) – This fantastical tale from the Sufi tradition begins with a contest for creating the most useful invention…which leads to unexpected places: a whirling palace in the sky, an enchanted forest filled with strange beasts and more. There are two princes, two magician-kings, magical artifacts, unhelpful councilors, and, of course, the horse – the magic one.

Week 4 – July 18 – 22

The Handkerchief  (Morocco) – Zakia is lovely, clever and wise, so it is no surprise that the Sultan seeks her hand in marriage. But, Zakia has a condition – the Sultan must learn a trade.  The Sultan is intrigued and then determined to succeed, and he soon finds contentment in his “second job”.  After the Sultan goes missing, it turns out that his side gig gives Zakia the key to finding him.

Week 5 – July 25 – 29

The Storyteller (Morocco) & Animal Stories (Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt) – This week features a tale that magically illustrates the importance of stories in North African culture plus a couple of short and amusing tales from the oral traditions. There is a wise bird (with an amazing, feathered head piece!) who helps a couple of angry rabbits, and three friends – a goat, a rooster and a donkey – who decide to try their luck at farming.

Week 6 – August 1 – 5

The Monster Who Grew Small (Egypt) – Miobi is afraid of everything – spiders, snakes, crocodiles and even things that rustle in the thatch above his bed. But, one day he ignores the fearful pounding of his heart to answer a cry for help. Find out who needs help. And, follow Miobi as he travels a perilous road, hoping to find the courage he so desperately wants.

Week 7 – August 8 – 12 – registration closed

Rimonah of the Flashing Sword  (North Africa) – In this ancient tale, retold by renowned Portland Author Eric Kimmel, young Rimonah must flee an evil sorceress, leaving her home and bewitched father.  In the desert, the Bedouin peoples welcome her and raise her to be a fearless rider – armed with a sword.  When the sorceress comes looking for her again, Rimonah finds unexpected help and more….

These links below have more information:

Grace Art Camps
Registration Information
Info for Parents
Scholarships

For info and pictures of our summer camps see: GAC 2019