Summer Arts 20



For its 11th year, Buxton’s Summer Arts is excited to offer programming for children, ages 6 and up. The programs will run from 10:00AM – 3:00PM each day, with an hour for lunch, when campers will picnic outside and engage in supervised interactive games and activities on Buxton’s pastoral campus. A small, afternoon snack and all other materials are provided. With any questions, please contact Peter Smith, Summer Programs Director:

IT’S THYME TO COOK – August 10-14   & August 17-21

New this year! Due to the popularity of It’s Thyme to Cook, we are breaking up Heather’s culinary arts camp into two separate weeks of classes, one for beginners and one for more advanced students. The age range of 8-12 will be the same for both classes, so enroll your child in the appropriate class based on their culinary experience. And in order to provide for a more conducive working environment that allows for Heather’s undivided attention and the students’ maximum participation, enrollment for the two classes will be limited to six students per class.

It’s Thyme to Cook! Get your Mise en Place: Join Buxton School Chef, Heather Mumford, for a week dedicated to the most fun (and tasty) art of all: CULINARY ARTS! From Brunoise to Béchamel, we’ll learn the basics of cooking and kitchen skills, while taking an in-depth look into the art of culinary. We will also incorporate Farm-to-Table by sourcing ingredients from Buxton’s very own garden! For beginners or the already established young home chef, there is something for everyone at culinary camp! Ages 8-12, each class is limited to 6.

For the week of August 10-14, the class will be for more advanced students. This will be a week of honing their culinary skills and learning more intricate dishes and practices. If your child has already taken Heather’s class, is already fond of whipping up dishes at home, or is obsessed with Chopped or MasterChef Junior, then this is the class for them. Limited to six.

For the week of August 17-21, we will be offering a beginners’ class for those children completely new to the culinary world and who are looking for a way to get started in the kitchen. This class will teach food and equipment safety, basic skills and simple, healthy recipes to get them acclimated to the kitchen atmosphere. Limited to six.

Heather Mumford  has been a food service professional for over twenty years, the last six of which have been spent working with children of various ages. She has worked in a broad spectrum of kitchens, from mom-and-pop, to corporate, to schools. While vegetarian cooking is Heather’s strong point, she thrives on learning new techniques and embraces culinary challenges in all aspects of cuisine.



CERAMICS & ART – July 27-31

Come join Tighe Ridley and Melissa Mendes for an adventurous week of making unique art and getting messy while exploring ways to artistically express oneself! All classes will be structured with ample opportunity to find one’s creative voice while working with fabulous tactile materials! Ceramics will include learning to throw on the wheel, making functional and abstract sculptures with coils, slabs, colored slips, and glazes. Studio Arts will include fiber arts, painting, crafting with recycled materials, drawing comics, bookmaking, printmaking, & more!  A casual culminating art show will take place Friday at the end of the day and an optional ceramics glazing class will occur the following Monday. Time TBD. Ages 6-13

Tighe Ridley is a potter and musician currently attending Bennington College. Originally from Northampton MA, Tighe has been working in clay since he first took a lesson at Northampton Pottery in 2013 and he hasn’t had a pair of clean pants since. When he isn’t throwing pots or painting slip onto slabs, Tighe plays the saxophone and guitar for people. Tighe believes that art-making fosters community and is excited to share in the joy of clay with anyone who’d like to make.

Melissa Mendes is a cartoonist and crafter who lives in Adams. She studied art at Hampshire College and is an avid crochet-er. She has led multiple arts and cooking summer camps at the Robert C. Parker school for the past few years and she also organized an after school club there called Doodle Club. Since 2006 she has been teaching comics and drawing workshops to all ages, both in the Berkshires and in Providence, RI.


Science and logic- July 20-24

Our “Science and Logic” program is an interactive week of exploring the world that we live in through a unique combination of the laboratory sciences and abstract reasoning. Our week will reflect the modern scientific method, requiring logical reasoning, understanding of computation, and fundamental experimentation, packaged in games and activities that excite and engage. Our activities will include word and number puzzles, Rubik’s cubes, geocaching, computer science, experiments in buoyancy, light filtration, and an exploration of the diversity of nature in the Berkshires. All classes will be structured with ample opportunity to think outside the box, experience hands-on learning and engage in a fun-filled environment!

Age Limits: The camp will be appropriate for students entering the 3rd grade or above, and focused for those entering late elementary or early middle school. If you have questions about your child’s individual situation, feel free to contact Micah directly.

Micah Manary has been a STEM educator for over a decade, and currently is a high school math and science teacher at Buxton. He has taught at and directed summer camps in Missouri, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and loves sharing his own passion for math and science with younger generations.

Micah Manary

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