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Turn Nature into Art Camp

Turn Nature into Art Camp is a fantastic combination of exploring the beautiful Fairthorne Manor site and creating stunning art.

Children will collect materials from our varied habitats before creating their own masterpieces with the help of an experienced artist. Children don’t need to be ‘arty’ to join – they will learn plenty throughout the camp.

Additional help for parents

To make busy schedules easier we offer the following Turn Nature into Art Camp extras:

Stay overnight or longer

Children can extend the fun of all of our camps by joining one of our residential options:

  • sleepover – children on this camp have the option of a sleepover during every Daycamp period.
  • Big Weekends – children aged 8 years and over can enjoy a 2 night stay from Friday to Sunday on selected weekends in the summer.
  • Residential Camp – children aged 8 years and over have the option of a 5 night stay at Easter or throughout the summer.

When do they run?

Turn Nature into Art Camp will be running for the following dates in 2017:

  • Summer week 1: 31st July-4th August

For details of all camps and themes please visit our  dates & prices page.

Challenge by choice

Many of the children that visit us are ready for greater challenges and the programme of Turn Nature into Art Camp activities allows them to fulfil their potential. Those who are not quite so eager will be sensitively encouraged to push themselves as far as they are happy to. Fairthorne Manor exercises a ‘challenge by choice’ policy, whereby no individual will be pressured to participate in an activity they are not ready for.

Children who require additional support

If your child requires additional support to access our schemes, please visit our support page for further information, including details on potential funding for buddies.

Through membership of the YMCA Community, you will have the chance to feel a greater sense of ownership and belonging, as well as enjoying exclusive member events, discounts and early booking discounts.  For more information visit our Membership page.

Children will learn a whole range of creative skills, including sculpture, mask making and collage and put their newly learned skills to use to create their own personal master pieces.  The planned programme may include:

  • Soap Carving – create miniature creatures or other forms; produce natural plinths and create an exhibition.
  • Leaf Designs – create abstract forms using coloured leaves and learn about repetition and creating pattern.
  • Natural mobiles – create your own mobile using natural objects, mixed media, weaving, knotting, sound.
  • Large natural mobiles – group work, creating large mobiles using natural objects.
  • Graffiti over a leaf background – create a dried leaf background, produce stencils  and apply spray-paint (or sponge) to create the graffiti work.
  • Mosaic self-portraits with sticks – learn about proportions, facial features. Enlarge the drawings and recreate them using coloured sticks.
  • Giant Creature – group work to create a giant creature using large logs over steel rods.
  • Painting with earth – children create own designs beside each other to create a pathway, using different coloured soil and stones.
  • Cultural art – Aboriginal or African based artwork to learn about the chosen culture; create a story in a group and illustrate the story.
  • Easel making – Make own easel using natural materials. To develop an understanding of Impressionism – Fauvism, explore a suitable location to create an artwork.
  • Andy Goldsworthy – Learn about the environmental British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. Use stones/sticks and other materials to create a set of Goldsworthy style work.
  • Painting with UV paint – Draw small creatures in hidden spaces and apply UV paint to make them glow at night. Decorate a stone to take home.
  • Make fantasy creatures – Use your imagination; Stack up the stones, wrap the sticks around stuff the leaves to create, mix PVA with sand and more to create your own small  (or large) fantasy creatures.
  • Stick bugs – Use fine-soft branches and wire to create bugs.
  • Spider Web – Use fine-soft branches and wire to build large spider webs.

Daycamp dates & prices

Daycamps are offered every school holiday.  For details on dates, prices and booking, see our dates & prices page.

Booking one of our camps couldn’t be easier:

  • Book online
  • Call us on 01489 785228 and book over the telephone
  • Visit us in person – our reception is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm

Please note, our Daycamps are very popular, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Daycamps must be booked by midday the Thursday before the Daycamp begins during periods, when full weeks must be booked.

This Daycamp is suitable for children in school years 4*-11 but most popular with children in school years 4*-9. If your child is in school year 10 or 11 they are welcome to join in but should be aware that the majority of the group is likely to be younger. Children in school years 10-11 can only be booked onto this camp over the phone, online booking is not available.

*for the summer holidays those children about to start year 4 in September

If your child is in school year 10 or 11 they are welcome to join in but should be aware that the majority of the group is likely to be younger. Children in school years 10-11 can only be booked onto this camp over the phone, online booking is not available. Children will be in multi-aged groups, but will be grouped with children of a similar age wherever possible.

We offer a variety of ways to pay:

  • Credit/debit card
  • Cheque (in person) in advance
  • Cash (in person) in advance
  • Childcare vouchers – if booking online or by telephone, you must pay in full at the time of booking using a credit/debit card and send us the vouchers for the childcare element of the booking with a clear reference of which child the payment relates to. Once we receive the vouchers, we will refund the voucher value back to the card with which you paid. It can take between 10-14 working days to refund you once we have received the vouchers. Alternatively, if booking by telephone, we can make a provisional booking and ask you to send the vouchers to us with your child’s name listed on the payment.  Once the vouchers are received, your booking is confirmed and a confirmation sent.  Please note that bookings are only confirmed once payment has been received.  We accept vouchers from a variety of listed childcare providers.  Childcare vouchers will only be refunded for eligible services that have been delivered within 6 months of receipt of a customers voucher.

Our Daycamp Booking Conditions are available as a download; please contact us if you would prefer a hard copy.

Turn Nature into Art Camp is suitable for children in school years 4*-11 but most popular with children in school years 4*-9. If your child is in school year 10 or 11 they are welcome to join in but should be aware that the majority of the group is likely to be younger. Children in school years 10-11 can only be booked onto this camp over the phone, online booking is not available. Children will be in multi-aged groups, but will be grouped with children of a similar age wherever possible.  Children will be in multi-aged groups, but will be grouped with children of a similar age wherever possible.

*for the summer holidays those children about to start year 4 in September

Children coming on our Turn Nature into Camp should come prepared to be outside whatever the weather. Many of the activities are outside, so please ensure you send your child with clothing appropriate for all weathers.

Children attending Turn Nature into Art Camp should bring the following:

  • Packed lunch and a drink (refillable bottle as we have plenty of water points around site) or add a packed lunch to your booking
  • Snacks for breaks in the day
  • Warm clothing (Jacket, jumpers, t-shirts)
  • Shoes that can/will get wet
  • Towel (warm showers and changing facilities are available)
  • Spare clothes (a complete set including pants!)
  • Spare shoes to travel home in
  • Plastic bag (to put wet clothes in)
  • Optional tuck money (in a labelled money bag or purse)

Please do not send your child with flip flops or crocs, mobile phones, electronic equipment or other items of value as we cannot be held responsible for them.

If your child is attending residential camp please click for a full kit list.

Fairthorne Manor is located a short 10 minute drive from Junctions 7 and 10 of the M27, approximately 1 mile from the village of Botley near Hedge End. The full postal address is:

Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH

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Although Street Dance Camp is based indoors, children will spend some time outdoors moving between sessions. Our site can get very muddy so please ensure you send your child with appropriate clothing for all weathers.

Children attending Street Dance Camp might want to bring the following:

  • Packed lunch and a drink (refillable bottle as we have plenty of water points around site) or add a packed lunch to your booking
  • Snacks for breaks in the day
  • Warm clothing (Jacket, jumpers, t-shirts)
  • Optional tuck money (in a labelled money bag or purse)

Please do not send your child with flip flops or crocs, mobile phones, electronic equipment or other items of value as we cannot be held responsible for them.

If your child is attending residential camp please see the full kit list.