Day of The Dead

 

Workshops

 

Each day will feature a choice of partial day workshops. You can choose one or move from one to the other as you like. We will feature Nature Based Crafts as well contemporary Maker Style crafts.

 

Make a LED Totem

Design and build a custom LED totem to represent your camp, family, or tribe.  Using mixed materials, you will create your “symbol” (approx10”x10”) and illuminate it with programmable waterproof LEDs.  Your totem will mount on a lightweight pole and will be powered using a USB connector so that you can get power from a wall or a portable battery pack.  This project will allow you to solder and create the electronics from scratch. Prior soldering experience is not required! Suited for electronics beginners interested in working with basic electronics and individually addressable LEDs or people interested in making fun blinky things with light and patterns.

Instructors: Katherine Cannistra

 

Pyrotechnics 101

Learn about what goes into a backyard, pyro-musical fireworks display.
We will have a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation discussing how a fireworks “look” is choreographed and how the display is synced to music. Later that evening we will gather again to set up the fireworks and wire them to an electronic firing system synced with music.

Instructor: Dave X

 

Star Party: Stargazing with an Astronomer

Gather around and gaze into the Driftless skies. Peer through a telescope or binoculars for a more intimate look at the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. Astronomer John Heasley will provide sky maps, use a laser pointer to give a tour of the constellations, and educate campers on use of binoculars and what they are viewing. After this party, you’ll never look at the sky the same again.

Instructor: John Heasley

 

Jaali’s Dollies: Create a Cuddly Character

Jaali has been a maker of creatures and things since 2009.
It all started as a passion for sewing and being a lover of all things cute, creepy, and cuddly. In this workshop, you will design your very own character. Whether it be cute, creepy, or cuddly is up to you. You will start by drawing out your design and choosing and cutting materials, then you will get to work assembling and sewing together your magical little being! If all goes well, you’ll have a cuddly companion to snuggle in your sleeping bag in case you get scared of the dark.

Instructor: Jaali Rose

 

The Art of the Bon-Fire

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Instructor: Doxie Detroit

 

Silo Mural 

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Instructor: Kyle Richards

 

Basket Weaving

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Instructors: Kenny & Michelle Warkowski

 

Barn Mural 

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Instructors: Tim Priebe & Brandon Minga (House of Rad -Milwaukee)

 

Candle Magick

Create a hand dipped beeswax candle while focusing on an intention. As we dip our candles participants will choose from dried herbs to roll their candles in. Each herb has properties that aid in the intention of the candle. Candle magick is a tool that helps bring meditations and intentions into the physical world.
We will talk about the materials and techniques used, then have a dipping meditation.

Instructor: Jenny Hamje

 

On-Farm Pottery Studio

Step into the pottery studio at Keewaydin Farms. Each person will receive a handmade mug and tile which they will decorate in bright colors designed in the majolica style (applied with brushes, sponges, etc.) These will be fired the same day so folks can take their creations home on Sunday. The day will also include demonstrations on wheel-throwing.
Instructor: Charna Schwartz 

Instructor: Dave X and (TBD)

 

The Craft Lab

On Friday we will do three introduction courses to introduce folks with three different types of craft tools. Tools and supplies will include: glass working tools and supplies, a set of Cricut cutting machines, and a set of airbrushes. We will have all kinds of the usual craft supplies and hand tools just to make sure no one leaves without a basket full of crafts. Owww, Good thing there is a basket making workshop!

Once those who have taken the intro course are checked out with the equipment the Craft Lab will be open for the remaining time of the camp for campers to make crafts using those tools. A knowledgeable Camp Counselor will be on hand in the lab to help!

Hands on introductions to Craft Lab Tools:

Instructor: Dave X and (TBD)

Intro to the Cricut system

A cut paper card with fancy lettering, an etched acrylic light art plaque, a designer leather patch, and of course we will cut the classic vinyl sign of our choice. The Circuit Maker is basically the CNC machine for the home crafter. It can cut precise shapes from a long list of materials up to 2 mm in thickness. It can draw with pens and markers, it can emboss, cut stuff and it can etch. Frankly… it is amazing!

Instructor: Dave X and (TBD)

Intro to Glass Bead making

We will learn how to use a torch, a stainless-steel mandrel and molten glass to make classic glass beads. Bead making is a gateway to other glass work and campers will find themselves making unique glass beads. We will make barrel beads, round beads and perhaps even some pendants!

Instructor: Dave X and (TBD)

 

Intro to Airbrush

The Airbrush is one of the fundamental tools in model making, biker helmet decorating and sweat car decoration. And that is just the start! Bring stuff to Airbrush and we will show you how.

 Instructor: Dave X and (TBD)

Copper Work

In this workshop, we will go through the steps from turning something like a length of scrap pipe into a flat workable sheet from which many useful home items can be made with pretty basic tools and some creativity with found objects. Feel free to bring copper pipe to work with (about 10″ per class member would be ample for materials). Participants would be strongly encouraged to come prepared with two tinsnips(one with red handles and one green).

Instructor: XX

Other Activities

 

Water Activities: SlipNSlide, Run through sprinklers, Kiddie Pool Lounge
Games: Croquet, Volleyball, Bag Toss
Farming: Play farmer (harvest)
Forest Fun: Fort Building, Make Your Own Potion  

 

Night Activities

 

Friday Night – Bonfire & Fire Spinning
Saturday Night – Fireworks Show Synchronized to Music
Sunday Night – Driftless Stargazing – Star Party (stargazing through telescopes led by professional astronomer John Heasley)