Afternoon Workshop Selection

Workshop Schedule

WEEK ONE (July 6-9)

Grades 6-7: Smartphone Photography - We will use our smartphone cameras to learn a few new skills in creating and editing a good photo.  Then we will transfer our photos through Gelli plate printing and head home with lots of creative colorful prints.  Don't have a smartphone?  No problem!  AIM will have iPads available for all to participate.

Grades 6-7: Tennis for All Levels - Students will improve their tennis game and fitness in a fun, team-oriented atmosphere by playing games and matches, practicing tennis drills, applying strategy, and engaging in physical conditioning. Students at any level can join!  Students are encouraged to bring their own racket if they have one.  We will have extras available for those who do not. Please note: Space in this group is limited due to the number of seats available in our transportation vans.

Grades 6-8: Science of the Senses - Science is a whole body experience! Every day, our senses work together to help us understand and navigate the world around us. In this workshop, we'll learn about each system and complete different science experiments/creative activities to engage those senses.  Examples include exploring kaleidoscopes, musical instruments, taste tests, slime making, movement games, and more!  We will leave with a better understanding of our senses and all of the amazing ways that they can be engaged (and sometimes fooled)!

Grades 8-10: 4 Chords Music Workshop - Students will learn to play 4 chords (C, D, Em, G) on the piano and guitar, as well as the fundamentals for playing the bass and drums.  After tutorials in each, students will pick their instrument of choice and together they will form a band and learn to play various songs using the 4 chords learned. No musical skills required!

Grades 8-10: Campus and Community Projects - Learn new skills while giving back to the AIM community!  Students will engage in special projects around campus that are focused on refreshing and beautifying the school.  Specific projects will be determined closer to the start of the workshop, but examples may include: learning to use basic tools to repair or assemble furniture, refurbishing beloved (but aging) artwork, learning how to prep walls for painting, organizing storage spaces, and refreshing gardens and landscape.

WEEK TWO (July 12-16)

Grades 6-7: 4 Chords Music Workshop - Students will learn to play 4 chords (C, D, Em, G) on the piano and guitar, as well as the fundamentals for playing the bass and drums.  After tutorials in each, students will pick their instrument of choice and together they will form a band and learn to play various songs using the 4 chords learned. No musical skills required!

Grades 6-8: Campus and Community Projects - Learn new skills while giving back to the AIM community!  Students will engage in special projects around campus that are focused on refreshing and beautifying the school.  Specific projects will be determined closer to the start of the workshop, but examples may include: learning to use basic tools to repair or assemble furniture, refurbishing beloved (but aging) artwork and sculptures, learning how to prep walls for painting or repair, organizing storage spaces, and refreshing gardens and landscape.

Grades 6-10: Fishing in Philadelphia - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!  Join our Interim Head of School, Dr. Gallagher, in this week of fishing adventures!  We will travel around the Philadelphia area to various fishing locations and explore local rivers, canals, and more.  Students are encouraged to bring their own fishing pole and sun/insect protection (hooks and bait will be provided).  Please note: Space in this group is limited due to the number of seats available in our transportation vans.

Grades 8-10: Cyanotype Photography - Use your smartphone to take photos that we will develop into negatives. We will learn about the science behind cyanotypes, mix the light sensitive emulsion, coat the paper and work in a mock darkroom to experiment with exposure times to create prints from your photos. We will also work outdoors and let the sun help develop our photograms.  Don't have a smartphone?  No problem!  AIM will have iPads available for all to participate. 

WEEK THREE (July 19-23)

Grades 6-7: Printmaking Workshop - We will explore a variety of ways to use the nature around campus to create prints on paper or fabric, including Gelli plate printing, stamp prints, natural materials, and more. If you are interested in embellishing your own clothing, bags, shoes, or making art to frame, this workshop is for you! 

Grades 6-7: Sports Madness - Join everyone's favorite, Coach Totaro, for fun, fitness and sportsmanship!  This group will explore a variety of sports and games (no experience necessary).  Examples include basketball, soccer, lacrosse, kickball, floor hockey, and more!

Grades 6-7: Gaming Workshop - Join us for a week of strategy, fun, and gaming.  We will be exploring a variety of board and card games, traditional or otherwise. Game choices will be tailored to players’ interests and personalities. Suggestions and recommendations are encouraged. If you enjoy gaming for strategy, friendly competition, or simply to socialize, this workshop is for you!

Grades 8-10: “Zine” Making - In this workshop, students will use collage techniques (either by cutting up magazines or using Photoshop) to take apart and reconstruct advertisements to "change the message." Discussions about advertising, subliminal messaging, celebrity influence, and body image will be incorporated into this workshop, along with fun hands-on projects.  At the end of the week, each student will have their own “zine” showcasing all of their creations.

Grades 8-10: Tennis for All Levels - Students will improve their tennis game and fitness in a fun, team-oriented atmosphere by playing games and matches, practicing tennis drills, applying strategy, and engaging in physical conditioning. Students at any level can join!  Students are encouraged to bring their own racket if they have one.  We will have extras available for those who do not.  Please note: Space in this group is limited due to the number of seats available in our transportation vans.

WEEK FOUR (JUly 26-30)

Grades 6-7: “Zine” Making - In this workshop, students will use collage techniques (either by cutting up magazines or using Photoshop) to take apart and reconstruct advertisements to "change the message." Discussions about advertising, subliminal messaging, celebrity influence, and body image will be incorporated into this workshop, along with fun hands-on projects.  At the end of the week, each student will have their own “zine” showcasing all of their creations.

Grades 6-8: Environmental Sculpture - We will use saws and drills and other basic hand tools to create sculpture from natural materials.  We will take daily walks in search of fallen natural materials like branches, bamboo, seed pods and more as inspiration for sculptures that can endure the elements.  We will display our daily creations in our sculpture garden and at the end of the week you will leave with a variety of wood and bamboo sculptures for your own garden.

Grades 6-10: Fishing in Philadelphia - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!  Join our Head of School, Dr. Gallagher, in this week of fishing adventures!  We will travel around the Philadelphia area to various fishing locations and explore local rivers, canals, and more.  Students are encouraged to bring their own fishing pole and sun/insect protection (hooks and bait will be provided).  Please note: Space in this group is limited due to the number of seats available in our transportation vans.

Grades 8-10: Gaming Workshop - Join us for a week of strategy, fun, and gaming.  We will be exploring a variety of board and card games, traditional or otherwise. Game choices will be tailored to players’ interests and personalities. Suggestions and recommendations are encouraged. If you enjoy gaming for strategy, friendly competition, or simply to socialize, this workshop is for you!

Please note that Afternoon Workshops are only available to students registered for AIM’s full day Middle and Upper School program. This is a four-week program and we do not currently offer week-by-week prorated options.

If you need to access the selection form that was emailed to registered students, please contact Erin DeVault at edevault@aimpa.org.