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Arts and Cultural Enrichment Weeks

Week-long breaks (one in October and one in February) when students can participate in a variety of on-campus, arts-focused activities. 

FAIS operates on an academic calendar that is broken up by five 7 to 8-week periods with breaks for Winter Break, Spring Break, and Arts and Cultural Enrichment Weeks. School is not in session during Arts and Cultural Enrichment Weeks, and an alternate program is provided for students who wish to participate. 

Lower School

Lower School students participate in theme-based activities with a strong emphasis on the arts that often involve outside instructors.

Middle School

Middle School students participate in different workshops centered around different forms of visual art.

Arts Week Workshop Descriptions

Monday

The Art of Illustration

In this special workshop, students will have new opportunities to explore drawing and painting as a means of expressing their imaginations and communicating ideas in a personal way. Through a variety of artistic exercises and some surprises, students will develop foundational artistic skills and complete matted and framed work. Each student will be given a new sketchbook and some drawing supplies to use during the class and then to take home, encouraging them to continue their adventure in artistic exploration.

Instructor: Denise Lundblade

Creations in Clay

Imagine all the wonderful ceramic projects you can make for yourself, your family and your friends. We'll begin with a demonstration of how to make simple pinch pot creations (think of an acorn shaker or a sunflower to top your pencil). Next, we'll demonstrate coil creations by using a balloon. Finally, you will get to decide what to make, whether it's pieces for a chessboard; a wacky birdhouse or whistle; or maybe a coffee mug, bowl or vase. You'll have enough time to create something that's special to you. We'll color our creations with special slip underglazes Monday afternoon and later in the week, you or your instructor can glaze your creations with clear glaze for the final firing. Your completed pieces will be done by the next week of classes. If anyone wants to spend time working on the wheel, you will have the chance during this class.

Instructor: Mary Sauvé

Edible Art: Surprise Cakes 

Learn to bake and decorate a show-stopping cake that will surely impress at parties! Sometimes tie dye or ombre (changes colors by layer), these cakes can be made with shapes baked right in the center or designed to overflow with candy when you cut into them! Thanks to the imagination and experience of the instructor Julie Duffield, there are a world of possibilities. Students who have registered can check their school email for cake ideas and ingredients to Mrs. Duffield at jduffield@faispdx.org so she can come prepared.

Instructor: Julie Duffield

Mythical Cartography

Student Mythical Cartography

All the good fantasy books have maps of their mythical worlds. This is your chance to hand-draw one of your own! Make your own full size replica of your favorite fantasy map, or do some world-building of your own. You'll learn how to draw antique-looking terrain, fonts, 3D shadows, and how to age your map to make it look as authentic as possible. Plus you get to hang out with Mrs. Sinclair. No big deal. ;) Bring a mug and we'll have tea and hot cocoa and a nice cozy day.

Instructor: Lauren Sinclair

Paddle Palace: Ping Pong Camp

It's time to bust out the paddles at Ping Pong Palace.  Spend the day learning the fundamentals of the sport with instruction by champion players. It will be a fun-filled day with instruction, practice, games, bracket play, and a whole lot more! 

Tuesday

Glazed Tile Design

Glazed Tile Design is one of the most popular Arts Week workshops because you can create such a wide variety of projects: from single framed pieces to art works using up to sixteen tiles to create incredible mirror frames and table tops. Students can sign up for multiple days to allow time to finish the larger, more complex projects.

Leather Crafts

Learn the fundamental skills you'll need to work with leather and create something beautiful and useful.  You will be introduced to leather working tools, techniques and materials.  By the end of the day you will have created a something beautiful to take home like a handmade journal, a small leather bag or bracelet or something of your own design. We will also have wood burning tools available, if time permits you may be able to add a little art or a favorite quote to your creation.

Mythical Cartography (Field Trip)

Have you ever tried drawing a map while looking at a landscape far below you? Join Mrs. Sinclair on this field trip and you'll get that experience! We'll visit the Portland Art Museum to study examples of topographical illustration, then take the OHSU tram to the top of the West Hills to draw your view of Portland.

Instructor: Lauren Sinclair

Wednesday

Ahh! Tournament & Sports Extravaganza 

In the morning, students will warm up with a variety of sport activities of their choice including basketball, volleyball, and badminton. In the afternoon, students will play Ahh! A more complicated form of kickball, Ahh! is a Gilkey tradition that utilizes six bases and requires the development of kicking, catching, and throwing skills. This workshop gives students the chance to practice skills they will later use in gym class.

Instructor: Ron Thomas

The Art of Illustration

In this special workshop, students will have new opportunities to explore drawing and painting as a means of expressing their imaginations and communicating ideas in a personal way. Through a variety of artistic exercises and some surprises, students will develop foundational artistic skills and complete matted and framed work. Each student will be given a new sketchbook and some drawing supplies to use during the class and then to take home, encouraging them to continue their adventure in artistic exploration.

Instructor: Denise Lundblade

Edible Art: French Pastries

French pastries are the most popular sweets in the world! We'll prepare four different kinds of fine French pastries: tartes au citron, babas, choux à la crème, and carrés au chocolat. Each student will receive copies of the recipes, that they can use for all their events such as birthdays and parties. 

Instructor: Mina Badereddine

Handmade Bath and Beauty

Have you ever had a refreshing bath with bubbles or bath salts? Let's learn the chemistry to create a bath time treat that combines both fizzy bubbles and soothing salts.  You'll learn everything you need to know to make your own Bath Bombs and fragranced Bath Salts, and if time permits, you'll get to create your own glycerin soap bars too. 

Instructor: Mary Sauvé

Thursday

A Day of Painting (Watercolor/Jackson Pollock) 

We'll begin our day exploring the basics of mixing color and painting with watercolors. We'll see how adding things like salt and rubbing alcohol change our watercolor paintings. You'll be able to create your own watercolor design or draw a design with sumi ink before adding your watercolor. In the afternoon, for those who want to try something new, we'll learn how to paint like Jackson Pollock. You might get dirty throwing paint on your canvas or being near someone else who is throwing paint, so dress accordingly, and come prepared to have some fun!

Instructor: Mary Sauvé

Glazed Tile Design

Glazed Tile Design is one of the most popular Arts Week workshops because you can create such a wide variety of projects: from single framed pieces to art works using up to sixteen tiles to create incredible mirror frames and table tops. Students can sign up for multiple days to allow time to finish the larger, more complex projects.

Instructor: Denise Lundblade

Ninja Warrior

Ninja Warriors, this is your calling! Have you been a fan and cheered on the contestants competing American Ninja Warrior? Have you said "I want to do that!"? Well, now it is your turn to join in on the fitness and fun at Portland's Skyhook Ninja Warrior Fitness gym. Each student will have the opportunity to face obstacles, challenge themselves, build strength in mind and body, as well as walking out feeling accomplished. Grab a friend and find the Ninja Warrior that is within YOU!

Instructor: Ron Thomas

Friday

Edible Art: Sushi

Love to cook? Curious about how they make those cool sushi rolls? In this workshop, students will make both raw and non-raw sushi and experiment with some fun, creative rolls. Best of all, students get to eat and take home some of what they make! Dive into some onigiri, learn how to make a hand roll, devour handmade rolls, and finish off with some mochi! Come learn some new knife skills, try a new cuisine, and have fun with your friends eating some delicious and beautiful food that you made.

Instructor: Julie Duffield

Glazed Tile Design

Glazed Tile Design is one of the most popular Arts Week workshops because you can create such a wide variety of projects, from single framed pieces to artworks using up to sixteen tiles to create incredible mirror frames and table tops. Students can sign up for multiple days to allow time to finish the larger, more complex projects.

Instructor: Denise Lundblade

Wood Burning

Learn all about the art of pyrography, it's so HOT!  You'll learn the basic techniques of decorative wood burning and then create your own unique designs.  Using a pen like burning tool, you'll work on small pieces of wood to practice your technique.  Next, you'll move onto your masterpiece.  We'll have cutting boards, wooden spoons, birdhouses and picture frames as well as a few surprise pieces for you to create and  burn your own designs into.  You're instructor will also supply a few stencil templates if you need help getting started.

Instructor: Mary Sauvé