Morgan Academy offers a safe and healthy environment where girls and boys of all ages can make friends, discover new passions, challenge themselves, learn new skills, and become independent, responsible individuals.

Our camps offer well-rounded programs that include outdoor adventures, land and water sports, artistic pursuits, and nature- and community-focused programs. Morgan Academy prides itself on its ability to build character through its focus on tried-and-true values like honesty, decency, and empathy, and it instills each camper with a strong moral compass. Campers will be sent home with memories and new friendships that they will remember for a lifetime.

Morgan Academy is excited to announce the 2019 Summer Camp Program!  Three creative, artistic, fun-filled camps are offered this year at the schoolhouse campus.

Nature-Based Art Camp – June 17-21

Sculpture Art Camp – June 24-28

Egyptian Times Camp – July 8-12

Nature-Based Art Camp – June 17-21

Price $150 for Registration before May 15, $165 for Registration after May 15. Ages 6-13.

Nature-Based Art Camp is open to students ages 6-13, with a maximum of 40 students – divided into age appropriate groups. Camp will operate Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sam Nelson is the lead art teacher for this camp. Mr. Sam’s bio is at the end of the camp descriptions. Ms. Lori and Ms. Somers will also be teaching and supervising this camp.

This camp is all about creating projects from natural materials using our on-site forest and wetland for resources. Projects will include: constructing an outdoor arch from biodegradable materials, nature-inspired masks, block printing from natural objects, and other nature-inspired artworks and crafts. Students will also spend time on the nature trail, enjoy outdoor fun on the natural playground and participate in water play.

Major Projects:

  • Arch/Gateway Project: Campers will construct an arch/gateway and will learn how to use tools safely to harvest materials, learn different methods of working with tools for construction (drills/pegs/hammering), how to check for structural integrity, and how to weave and braid.

This fun project will take the entire week and students will be divided into 3 groups all under direct supervision – Gatherers, Builders, Safety and Handlers. Each group will switch duties every 90 minutes.  Only biodegradable materials will be used to create the Arch/Gateway.

  • Clay Day:

  1. Nature inspired masks using clay. Mother Nature takes on a human-esque form that plays off natural shapes and textures in equal parts. Students will create clay masks inspired by an aspect of nature and how the forms flow into human facial structures.

  2. Birdhouses will be constructed using the slab method and other methods. Houses can incorporate aspects of nature for decoration, camouflage, or function. Campers will observe builders in nature: ie termites, ants, paper wasps, etc and the shapes these structures take.

  • Reductive Block Printing From Natural Subjects – Students will take photos of interesting subjects outside including scenery and individual bugs, birds, and pieces of flora for references for a print. Mr. Sam will give examples and demonstrate how to capture basic shapes of subjects and simplify without surrendering interest, how to transfer the drawing to block, and how to carve safely.  Students will be given the opportunity to create multiple copies using different colors in different sequences in order to experiment.

Other projects will include but are not limited to:

  • Silkscreen T-shirts

  • Terrariums

  • Flower pressing

  • Impressionism activities

  • Pinch pots

Sculpture Art Camp – June 24-28

Price $150 for Registration before May 15, $165 for Registration after May 15. Ages 6-13.

Sculpture Art Camp is open to students ages 6-13, with a maximum of 40 students – divided into age-appropriate groups. Camp will operate Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sculpture Camp is transforming plaster, clay, and other materials into molds, masks, structures, and action figures!  Projects will include: creating a mold of each camper’s hands and cast them in plaster, building armatures ( a framework around which a sculpture is built) using wire/foil/dowel rods and other materials on hand, and making creations from papier mache.

Sam Nelson is the lead art teacher for this camp. Mr. Sam’s bio is at the end of the camp descriptions. Ms. Lori and Ms. Somers will also be teaching and supervising this camp.

Major Projects:

  • Life Casting – Campers will pair off and create molds of each other’s hands, then cast in plaster. Once dry, the creation can be sculpted and added to for creating an assemblage sculpture.

  • Action Figures  – Campers will learn how to create an art armature, utilize ideas of old action figures, and create their own action figure. Students can bring action figures and camp will provide options of old action figures – work examples: Shifflett Brothers studio work and Jim McKenzie. Mr. Sam will lead campers through examples of building armatures using wire, foil, dowel rods, and other materials.

  • Mask Making- Masks will be made to cover part of or the entire face or beyond and can be made to hang, hold straps, or wear on top of the head. Masks can conceal or can express the extremes of exaggeration in the personality and expression within. Artist examples such as Jim McKenzie, AJ Fosik, Sergio Baldrin (Carnival mask maker) will be shared with campers.

Other projects will include but are not limited to:

  • Group sculpture using up-cycled materials

  • Creating a comic strip or short story for action figure

  • Magnetic Cardboard Structures

  • Create wood blocks for building from up-cycled wood.

  • Pinch pots

Egyptian Times Camp – July 8-12

Price $150 for Registration before May 15, $165 for Registration after May 15. Ages 6-11.

Egyptian Times Camp is open to students ages 6-11, with a maximum of 40 students – divided into age-appropriate groups. Camp teachers are Ms. Somers, Ms. Misty, and Ms. Lori. Camp will operate Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Travel back to the days of Ancient Egypt and discover the wonders of the Nile. Campers, ages 6-11, will learn about life in the Ancient Egyptian world, from the mystical pharaohs to the wonders of the pyramids and will explore Ancient Egyptian food, games, artwork. There will be various art activities and a lot of water play … anyone game for navigating the Nile? To end the week, all shall gather for an Ancient Egyptian feast! Please join us for the wonders of Ancient Egyptian Times!

  Activities will include but not limited to:

  • Pyramid building

  • Write in hieroglyphics

  • Excavating artifacts

  • Egyptian clothing and jewelry

  • Create a cartouche

  • Learning about Egyptian god and goddesses

  • Discover the secrets of mummification

  • Craft cosmetics from minerals and perfumes from flowers and oils using ancient Egyptian techniques

  • Create a pharaoh’s headdress and pharaoh self-portrait

Required Forms:

  1. Print, complete and mail or deliver with your check at least 7 days prior to your camp start date:
    2019 Summer Camp Registration Form
  2. Print and email to summercamp@morganacademywv.com or bring to the first day of camp:

Visit our Summer Camp Payment Page for more information

Bio for Sam Nelson

Sam Nelson is a graduate from Shepherd University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education K-12 and a concentration on painting. He has worked in local public schools for 7 years, 6 of which for Washington High School where he teaches entry-level Visual Art and Advanced Placement classes. In 2015 he supervised a team of student artists from WHS in completing an 8’ x 8’ mural; a project funded by the Jefferson Arts Council; on display across from the post office in downtown Charles Town. In his private artistic pursuits, he works primarily in sculpture and watercolor favoring whimsical subject matter that allows for a focus on personality and story-telling. He believes that art is not an isolated subject but instead can be used to inform and innovate within other disciplines; especially if it can make things a bit more entertaining.

Contact: Bernardine Somers, Director
Phone: 304-876-2004
Email: summercamp@morganacademywv.com