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2020 The Hive Summer Camp


Brand new for summer 2020, is remote hive. We'll miss having you at deCordova, but we have been working hard to bring the hive spirit of creativity and community into your homes. The cornerstones of camp are the same. Each week is a different theme inspired by art, nature, and imaginations. Campers will create extraordinary artworks from traditional and unconventional materials.

What Does The Day Look Like?

Campers and Instructors will have 2.5-3 hours of direct contact in the mornings. There will be hive-wide conversations, group collaborations, movement/mindfulness activities, and supported making time. Before lunch, Instructors will share a invitation to play. Invitations to play are screen-free questions or ideas for your children that encourage art and nature explorations inside and out. Afternoons are independent from Instructors. Campers can keep busy with the invitation to play, watching How-to videos demonstrating materials and art-making techniques, videos that dive deeper into the inspirational artwork, artists, and museum practices, movement videos, and more. Of course, campers can continue working on their art too. At the end of each day, campers are invited to post about their independent afternoon activities and questions that came up for discussion the next morning. See sample routine in the green block.


Each week our capacity is 50 campers divided into groups of up to 10. Our intention is to keep like ages together. Because of access to screens, we'll also be keeping siblings together (unless parents request otherwise).

Nature of Hive Art-Making & Grownup Support During Camp

Art-making at the hive is intentionally designed for campers to create without the assistance of grownups. Grownups at home are not expected to lead or be relied upon for art-making. Campers will experiment with art-making techniques, but this is not a camp for mastering traditional skills. We are looking for campers to find innovative solutions to creation challenges. We are process based. There's no one way to create or explore materials.


We will be utilizing several online platforms Zoom, Google Classroom, and Flipgrid. Some campers might need a grownup to help with technology (logging into platforms, posting etc). 


There are some basic supplies we hope you'll have at home already like scissors, paper, mark making tools (pencils, crayons, or markers, etc). You might have a treasure trove of unconventional art-making materials around your home already. For a starting place, please see our list on deCordova's ARTfull at Home Creativity Prompts page. Included in the registration fee is a Hive Camper Supplies Kit which will be available for curbside pickup at deCordova. If you live outside of driving distance from deCordova, we will happily mail the Kit to you. There will be a shipping fee.

What Else Will We Need At Home?

A dedicated space/surface where your camper(s) can work all week with access to a screen. Some projects won't be finished in a day. Some might need drying time. On Mondays, Instructors will chat with campers about their at home studios. Please think about where an at home studio makes sense for your family (and pets).

Family Invitation to deCordova

Families are invited to visit deCordova's campus to see the outdoor art inspirations and to add to a new ongoing cumulative community made sculpture. More information to come about the project. Your family's visit is included in your camper's registration fee. Families will need to reserve timed passes as deCordova's outdoor Sculpture Park is now open in a controlled manner to limit overcrowding.

Week 1: Make the Invisible, Visible, July 6-10, 2020 

Week 1 Theme: Millions of invisible connections link ecosystems into a cohesive whole. Infinite and tangled, these threads are impossible to escape. Let’s be detectives who focus on the in-between connections to find origins and end points in our immediate and far off universe.

Week 2: We Are New England Visionaries, July 13-17, 2020

Week 2 Theme: Transcendentalists in the 1840s advocated for equality, access to education, finding truths through nature - visionary ideals still ringing true today. This week, hivers are New England visionaries imagining the world as it could and should be. 

Week 3: Architecture & Soul, July 20-24, 2020

Week 3 Theme: An energy radiates from all things – living or inanimate. Think of a four-leaf clover or a pair of shoes worn to feel a bit braver. Buildings have that affect too. Architecture creates an atmosphere, an energy emits from the walls, doors, and windows as if there is a personality, even a soul.  

Week 4: Visionary Animals, July 27-31, 2020 

Week 4 Theme: Have you looked into the eyes of an animal and seen its soul? Do you seem to know what your pet is thinking? Campers will imagine animals as extensions of their own souls and even guides to other realms and moments in time. 

Week 5: Trees and Rocks: Live at deCordova, August 3-7, 2020 

Week 5 Theme: “Madness isn’t talking to trees–it’s not hearing them when they nod.”* Trees, rocks, even grass, in the Park are bursting with dynamic life. Campers will tune-in to the elements of nature and notice stories, songs, and even gifts among the seemingly inanimate. Humans and the environment mutually depend on each other. Enhancing the relationship between people and nature through creative communications will benefit all! 

* Richard Hardack, Visionary New England catalogue, p. 44 

Virtual Hive, WEEK 1, Make the Invisible, Visible - July 06, 2020 to July 10, 2020
Virtual Hive, WEEK 2, We Are New England Visionaries - July 13, 2020 to July 17, 2020
Virtual Hive, WEEK 3, Architecture and Soul - July 20, 2020 to July 24, 2020
Virtual Hive, WEEK 4, Visionary Animals - July 27, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Virtual Hive, WEEK 5, Trees and Rocks: Live at deCordova - August 03, 2020 to August 07, 2020
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