We offer a wide variety of classes and activities in many fine art and craft disciplines. Campers can be involved in intense workshops or dabble in any area they are interested in. In our drawing and painting department, campers may use pencil, graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and oil. There is also a large-scale mural program. In our ceramics department, campers use hand-built and wheel-thrown techniques to create both pottery and sculptures. Clay projects are fired in electric and gas kilns for natural, smoked, glazed and raku finishes. We make beaded and braided jewelry and metal jewelry – wristbands, bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces out of a variety of materials. We also teach classes in traditional black-and-white photography, development and printing, as well as digital photography, digital photo editing and composition. In another area we work with stained glass, both for traditional soldered applications and for tile and glass mosaics. We offer a large screen-printing program where we make posters and t-shirts, a leather working and woodworking department and a traditional crafts program where we make traditional camp crafts including knitting, fabric painting, Tie-dye and more.
French Woods is also a great place to learn more about computers and technology. We have more than 80 computers in our computer lab, all connected to the internet, with software for graphic design, video editing, web page design and more. Each camper gets an E-mail address and can send and receive messages from their first day at camp. Counselors supervise and assist you with digital photography, the web, E-mail and chat technology. The staff teach classes in many areas of interest. Our video department uses state of the art DV cameras and non-linear editing to make video postcards and short films which are featured in our film festival each session.
A camper works on a painting in one of our painting and drawing classes.