Summer Camp - Farm, Food, Fun
Jun
18
to Jun 22

Summer Camp - Farm, Food, Fun

Spend time each day at Laurel Academy Farm, an urban micro-farm down the street from Rhizome, helping out with farm work and learning some basics of growing fruits and vegetables, from planting and harvesting to weeding and making compost. Head back to Rhizome to prepare a snack to share, incorporating ingredients from the farm. Activities to include: planting seeds, sifting compost, harvesting greens and carrots, harvesting bamboo, building with bamboo, preparing a salad, making homemade ice cream with fresh mint, making an herb sachet, making a garden mosaic, garden stories and games....

Ages 6 - 10 // June 18 - 22 // 9am - noon // $165 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Summer Camp - Sound Machines
Jun
25
to Jun 29

Summer Camp - Sound Machines

A week-long camp devoted to exploring sound in fun and creative ways. Participants will design and build sound-producing machines and sculptures using wire, wood, and motors; collaborate on a junk sound sculpture; generally have fun learning about, listening to, playing, and recording sound. Campers will also gain experience with drills, saws, hammers, and other basic hand tools.

Ages 8 - 13 // June 25 - 29 // 9am - noon // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Summer Camp - Music Composition and Performance
Jun
25
to Jun 29

Summer Camp - Music Composition and Performance

Using xylophones, drums, and other easy-to-make-sound-with instruments, campers will use structured group improvisation and other prompts as jumping off points for composing music together. Each day we'll listen to a variety of music, talk about its elements and how it makes us feel, and use that to inform discussions of musical decision-making in our own compositions. The camp will culminate in a performance for family members at the end of the week. No experience necessary.

Ages 8 - 13 // June 25 - 29 // 1 - 4pm // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Summer Camp - Sound Art
Jul
16
to Jul 20

Summer Camp - Sound Art

In this camp, we will study and create works of art using sound as the primary medium. Recorded sound, mechanical sound, incidental sound, imaginary sound -- the possibilities are just about endless! The beginning of the week will be focused on learning a bit about the field of sound art, and preliminary experiments; later in the week students will work toward creating their own sound-based artwork. Limited to 8 participants.

Ages 10 and up // July 16 - 20 // 9am - noon // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Summer Camp - Experimental Music
Jul
16
to Jul 20

Summer Camp - Experimental Music

Rhizome is currently the de facto home for experimental music in the DC area. Participants in this camp will explore what it's all about. We'll learn about noise music, free improvisation, extended techniques, sound-based performance art, and more, mostly through hands-on exploration of some of the tools of the trade. Guest appearances from local luminaries. Come with an open mind, leave with a wide open sense of what music can be, as well as plenty of ideas for further experiments at home. Limited to 8 participants.

Ages 10 and up // July 16 - 20 // 1 - 4pm // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Summer Camp - Circuits and Sound
Jul
23
to Jul 27

Summer Camp - Circuits and Sound

Learn to solder! Learn basics of circuitry! Build your own functioning electronic instrument or effects pedal!

Many trends in music over the past 50+ years have been based on the ability to harness and direct the flow of electrons through a circuit in order to produce and/or shape sound. In this camp, we will focus on understanding one of the building blocks of electronic musical instruments/synthesizers: the oscillator. Our investigations will progress from modelling an oscillator circuit mechanically (with just a battery connected directly to a speaker), to prototyping oscillator circuits on a solder-less breadboard, to soldering together a functioning electronic instrument to take home. *Depending on interest and experience, participants can choose between building an oscillator from components, or building a kit of their choosing. Kits could be amplifiers, guitar pedals, synths, etc. Kits may entail additional cost.* Participants will receive instruction on safe and effective soldering technique. Ages 12 and up (younger students possible at the discretion of the instructor). Limited to 6 participants.

Ages 12 and up // July 23 - 27 // 10am - 2pm // $200 (scholarships available)
Students may elect to extend the day until 4pm for additional explorations, for an additional $20 per day.

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Summer Camp - Shadow Puppetry and Music
Jun
18
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Camp - Shadow Puppetry and Music

On the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, whole villages gather for shadow puppet shows depicting creation myths and other stories. The shows can last all night and are accompanied by live gamelan music, which is conducted by the puppeteer. Loosely and playfully drawing on this tradition, students in this class will collaboratively devise characters, make puppets, write a narrative, and create a musical soundtrack using gamelan-inspired percussion instruments built by the instructor. The camp will culminate with a performance for friends and family.

Ages 6 - 10 // June 18 - 22 // 1 - 4pm // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Kids' Workshop: Invent Your Own Games
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Kids' Workshop: Invent Your Own Games

During this workshop we invite children and their families to imagine, invent, and build their own life-sized games using the world around them as inspiration. During the course of the workshop kids will work in groups to build a playspace, come up with rules, goals, and challenges, and test each other’s games.

The workshop is open to children 5-8 years old and one guardian. (Guardian required).

Chloe Varelidi is a designer most recently with littleBits (Toy of the Year 2018). She has over 10 years of experience designing toys and games using pixels, paper, and circuits. She is the founder of Humans Who Play, a design collective that uses the extraordinary power of play to solve real world problems.

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Unthings (March-April 2018 Session)
Mar
1
to Apr 19

Unthings (March-April 2018 Session)

Unthings provides children with the opportunity to explore, create, and learn — in groups and individually. Each week a team of two to three artists/mentors will provide materials, ideas, and guidance in a supportive and creative environment. Kids will have the space and time to engage with and explore their own ideas and questions, while learning and creating collaboratively.

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Youth Percussion Ensemble
Jan
16
to May 22

Youth Percussion Ensemble

We will meet weekly to play music together using a set of pentatonic xylophones as well as drums and other percussion instruments. Each week will start with warm-up exercises focusing on rhythmic fluency, musicality, and listening. We will improvise and compose music together, over time developing a repertoire of known pieces. We will work with fundamental concepts like dynamics, tempo, timbre, rhythm, articulation, mood, and notation in order to develop music that is expressive, interesting, and fun. We will also study percussion music from around the world in order to ground our own endeavours. Goals include allowing students to see themselves as real musicians whose creativity and ideas are valued, to develop a sense of themselves as individuals functioning within a group, and to use music as a mode of personal expression. All of this would carry over to yield benefits in terms of any other instruments anyone is studying, but the main goal would be to enjoy making music together. No experience necessary.

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Drop Beats not Bombs
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Drop Beats not Bombs

The revolution starts with you! Make your own protest music using drum machines, synths and vocoders in this all-ages workshop and jam. You'll program beats and build tracks to create sonic protest art. No previous musical experience necessary.

Workshop leader - Barrett Jones

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Camp - Creative Kids! - Music, Movement, Art, and Play
Aug
7
to Aug 11

Camp - Creative Kids! - Music, Movement, Art, and Play

Each morning will involve an initial listening activity, singing/dancing, creative movement, an art project, and outdoor play at Takoma Urban Playground, a five minute walk away. Children should bring a healthy snack with them. This will be a noncoercive environment, so children will be able to opt out of any activity and read, draw, play quietly - anything that doesn't disturb the rest of the group.

Ages 5 - 8 // August 7 - 11 // 9am - noon // $150 plus $10 for materials (scholarships available)

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Camp - Build a Cigar Box Guitar and Shoe Box Amp
Jul
10
to Jul 14

Camp - Build a Cigar Box Guitar and Shoe Box Amp

A camp with a very specific project - to build a sturdy, working, nice-sounding 3-string guitar and amplifier. Participants will learn safe and effective techniques for using drills, saws, clamps, and other woodworking tools, as well as soldering equipment. Basic concepts of acoustics and circuitry will be covered. There will be time towards the end of the week for playing and recording the instruments together.

Ages 8 and up // July 10 - 14 // 1 - 4pm // $150 + $50 for materials (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Band Camp!
Jul
10
to Jul 14

Band Camp!

Play music together. Original music, other people's music, traditional music, improvised music,..... Open to all levels of experience, including none - we'll work with everyone where they're at. Bring an instrument or use one of ours. Performance opportunity if we all decide to go that route.

Ages 8 and up // July 10 - 14 // 9am - noon // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Healthy Living Summer Camp
Jun
26
to Jun 30

Healthy Living Summer Camp

LA BOULANGERIE "Healthy Living" summer camp aims to build a foundation for health and well-being. This summer camp provides participants with a fun, creative, educational and enriching experience through food preparation, yoga movement and mindfulness activities, relaxation, crafts, and outdoor time.

The food preparation component aims to introduce heart healthy whole grains, such as kamut, millet, teff, spelt, rye, emmer, einkorn, buckwheat, amaranth, and sorghum. Students mill the grains into flours and, then use the flours to prepare afternoon snacks. Participants also enjoy making fruit and vegetable smoothies for the morning snack, they learn about essential nutrients in fresh produce and how directly they affect our health.

June 26-30, 2017. Ages 8-15
9:15am–3:15pm

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Unthings (New Session)
Apr
20
to May 25

Unthings (New Session)

Unthings provides children with the opportunity to explore, create, and learn — in groups and individually. Each week a team of two to three artists/mentors will provide materials, ideas, and guidance in a supportive and creative environment. Kids will have the space and time to engage with and explore their own ideas and questions, while learning and creating collaboratively.

In previous sessions we made collaborative sculptures using materials such as wire, small objects, magazines, and words; collected natural objects to make mobiles; made sound circuits and light boxes; harvested and planted crops at the nearby urban farm; wrote collaborative stories and poems; worked with natural/local materials to make eco-prints with steam bundling; made a harp; composed and performed graphic and text scores for vocal music; and drew and bound books with a visiting artist.

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