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April Update: Friends Academy Summer Programs are still planning to run as scheduled at this time. If we have to cancel any programs to comply with state/CDC guidelines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer all families a full refund.


Grades 4–9 | Afternoons 1–3 June 22-26

Create 2D and 3D digital art with Inkscape. Create your own t-shirt design and t-shirt, your own cartoons, graphic art, video game sprites, logos, stickers, and your own 3D print using Inkscape, a vector art application. You’ll learn how to work with vector paths, draw shapes, add colors, patterns, and gradients to drawings; transform objects by scaling, rotating, shearing, and duplicating. You’ll learn other tips and tricks to make beautiful art, even if you’re not an artist.

Cost: $140/week


Grades 4–9 | Mornings 9–12 July 13-17

There are two types of photos: one simply to record your memories, an exact replica of a scene you want to remember; the other is a form of expression, where you aim to provoke the viewer’s senses — whether it be how vast and open a field of flowers can look, or the warmth and coziness a small cottage might have. Learn how to explore your world through photography. There are so many amazing subjects just waiting to be discovered through the lens of your camera or smartphone! Learn how to enhance or manipulate your photographs like the pros, using web-based editing software.

Cost: $160/week


Grades 5-9 | Afternoons 1-3 July 13-17

Processing is a Java based programming language. Processing is designed to help artists create with code as easily as they sketch in a sketchbook. Create art while learning the fundamentals of programming.

Cost: $150/week


Grades 4–8 | Mornings 9-12 July 20-24

Using kits from Lego, students build their own robots and learn how to program them to react and interact with their environment and to perform certain tasks. The class will be structured with teacher-led instruction and then followed up with hands-on learning experiences. Programming and writing code is emphasized as students learn how to instruct the robots. Activities include Robot Races, Save the Pedestrians, Bug in a Box, Robot Golf, and a Robot Obstacle Course Challenge. Taught by Mr. Lobato.

Cost: $160/week


Grades 3–8 | Afternoons 12:30-3 July 20-24

Stop motion is a fun animation technique. In this course, we’ll learn how to use still photos to create short films. You’ll learn how to shoot and edit your photos in a timeline. We’ll add audio, voice-overs, transitions, and effects. By the end of this class, you’ll produce your first stop motion video.

Cost: $150/week


Grades 5–9 | Mornings 9–12 July 27-31

Learn the tips and tricks of the widely used garage band recording platform. You don’t have to play an instrument to enjoy this program, but it’s ok if you do. All musical styles and ability levels are welcome.

Cost: $165/week