Early Summer Camp: From Chopin to Steampunk

by Sandra Foyt on May 19, 2010

in Enrichment Ideas

steampunk This summer, send kids on a journey to a bygone era that still influences us today.

How does the Victorian world inspire us?

  • Intense, story-driven Romantic classical music – Chopin, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann – can still be heard in the music of today.
  • Victorian fashions can be seen beyond sub-cultures of Goth and Steampunk.
  • Modern horror writers owe their allegiance to Shelley and Poe.
  • Inventions – steam engine locomotive, photography, tin can.
  • English country dances, waltzes and tea etiquette.
  • Industrial Revolution vs. the Romantics – the brain vs. the heart.

From Chopin to Steampunk: A History Through the Creative Arts Summer Camp

Kids will take a train ride through the 19th century where they will have high and low-tea, create period clothing, learn to waltz, read poetry, examine beautiful music, learn etiquette, and follow the arts in America and Europe to learn about the dichotomy between the Industrial Revolution and Romantics, the brain vs. the heart, that is still being performed in modern culture.

When: June 7-11, 2010 from 9am to 3pm.

Ages: 8-14

Cost: $200 plus $25 for supplies. Historic snack provided each day. One hour lunch break (bring bag lunch.)

Instructor: Rebecca Angel Maxwell


Out of the Box Creative Learning
Old Songs Building
37 South Main Street
Voorheesville, NY


Interested?  Find out more at the Out of the Box Creative Learning website.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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