Arts learning outside of the classroom in week-long courses at mac birmingham this summer

Thu 23 June 2016

With arts under threat as part of the government’s formal plans for education, mac is fighting back by offering children a programme of arts-based courses and summer schools during the holidays. Alongside its extensive choice of one day courses, kids can benefit from a range of week-long programmes – mac Camps.

Taught by professional, practicing artists, participants aged 6-11 years can select from four different weeks. The days run from 8.30am to 5.30pm to fit around the hours of working parents/guardians and include breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.

mac works with experienced, local artist tutors and each workshop is supervised by DBS-checked learning support workers (Disclosure and Barring Service), offering added reassurance to parents and guardians that their children will be kept safe, while enjoying themselves and making new friends.

With four camps starting from 25 July and ending on 19 August, participants will take part in themed creative arts sessions, then wind down at the end of the day by enjoying a specially selected film linked to the course art form or subject area. Those interested in dance can choose from South Asian inspired classes with internationally renowned choreographer Tanusree Shankar or a contemporary dance intensive from infuseDance. Budding visual artists and animators can enjoy a heroes and heroines inspired week, or learn to create shadow animations which will be screened in mac’s cinema. Each mac Camp costs £180 for the week with all materials and food included.

Young people aged 12-17 have a choice of three Summer Schools, a five day Animation class (8-12 Aug), which will enable them to develop their own concept art, model-make and using Stop Motion Animation, direct and produce their own short animated film. Budding fashionista’s will be taught essential design skills, including darts, seams and pleats over five days, using a sewing machine to construct their own top or skirt as part of mac’s Young Designers Sewing School (15-19 Aug). They just need to bring their own fabric. The summer ends with the 4 Day Film Challenge (30 Aug – 2 Sep) – the film making process will be explored in full, from scripting, acting to camera, sound and editing. On completion the short film will be shown within mac’s cinema on the final day. The cost of each course is £140, £150 and £120 respectively. Refreshments are not included in these sessions.

To see all the courses on offer for children and young people this summer at mac visit here.

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