Summergarden is an opportunity for children entering grades 2 - 6 to explore arts, weaving, jewelry making, and more - all while making new friends! Join us this summer for hands-on fun. Children from all schools in the area are welcome! Campers will engage with the theme of the week, developing new and interesting skills with the help of experienced instructors. Each day is a mix of structured activity and free play. Snack and lunch provided! Read on for more info on our themes and instructors.
Weekly Themes & Dates
Times & Pricing
MAIN SESSION, $ per week
8:15 AM - 1 PM, Monday - Friday
AFTERCARE, $ per week
1 PM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
*Camp is closed 7/4 for the holiday. Weekly pricing is prorated for the reduced schedule. $240 for Main Session, $100 for Aftercare.
Davis Waldorf emphasizes:
Great Programs: Our Summergarden program features wholesome, age-appropriate activities in a natural setting. We strive to provide a mix of hands-on, teacher-led activities and supervised, child-directed play.
Healthy Food: Nutritious whole-food lunches and snacks are included in tuition. All meals are organic and local when possible.
Beautiful Location: Davis Waldorf School is located in North Davis. It sits on five acres amidst grassy playspaces, gardens, herbs, wildflowers, and plenty of shade trees.
Juggling, spinning plates, devil's sticks, balance boards, balance beam, spinning poi and unicycle! Oh my! Learn these skills, make your own hula hoop, and create a routine!
Explore the fabulous world of fiber! Learn all about the art of batik, fabric prints, and tie dye. Ms. Blair will lead children in the decoration of scarves and the creation of custom t-shirts .
Weaving & Basketry
Discover the ancient craft of basket making and weaving practiced by many indigenous cultures. Instructor Shai will lead children in shaping natural reeds into a braid, a placemat, and a small basket, all while learning new weaving techniques.
Join Instructor Shai for a week of Jewelry making. We will learn how to create bracelets, add beads, manipulate wire, and shape and decorate copper using traditional jewelry tools. Come use your creativity and imagination!
Over the course of the week, children will create a detailed landscape painting on canvas using acrylic paints. Maestra Marta will teach students what brushes and types of paints are used to achieve different effects. At the end of the week, each child will have their own masterpiece to keep.
Meet your instructors!
Thea Blair, Circus Arts & Fiber Arts Instructor
Thea Blair is the current sixth grade class teacher at DWS. She has substituted in all grades and many subject classes. Thea has worked as adjunct faculty at Rudolf Steiner College and in the LifeWays program, teaching singing and the dynamics of kindergarten circle time. Thea enjoys outdoor recreation, contra dancing, live theater, games of all sorts, and gardening. But most of all, she enjoys being creative.
Shai Porath, Basketry & Jewelry Instructor
Shai Porath is a Handwork and Craft teacher who graduated from Steiner College in 2015. He acquired a BFA in Studio Art and Art Education from CSU Chico in 2019. Since 2010, Shai has been involved in education, and taught in a few schools including Grizzly Hill Elementary School, Yuba River Charter School and Yes Charter. He led Summer Camps in Oregon House since 2012 and taught in Davis Waldorf School Summer programs since 2015. Besides teaching, Shai is an artist, an art restorer and a fine builder. Shai loves to hike in nature with his wife, write, play classical music, and sculpt with clay.
Marta Juliao, Landscape Painting Instructor
Marta Juliao has been a Spanish Teacher at Davis Waldorf School for the past 16 years and currently teaches First through Eighth Grade. Maestra Marta was born in Colombia and moved to the United States in 1993. Marta is an artist and has had several landscape exhibitions in the Sacramento region. Marta loves traveling, painting and learning from other cultures. She is married and has two daughters.