Ages: 2 - 14+
Cost: Pricing varies by class - see web site
Parking: No - Street parking on Howard or Pine Streets and behind the building-enter lot from Howard or Pine Streets
Wingspan Studio offers the most inspiring programs in the Arts, French and Nature.
The wonders of the natural world, art, culture, and French, oh la la!, are woven seamlessly together. Wingspan Studio carefully balances artistic process and final product with self-direction and instruction. The goal is to intentionally make space for critical thinking, confidence and creativity to blossom. French is integrated naturally through activities including art, music, movement and games. Camps take place in a working atelier as well as in nearby parks, natural spaces and include visits to workshops and art studios. Wingspan Studio is located in Burlington's funky South End Arts & Enterprise District, where beauty and innovation abounds!
Director, Maggie Standley, founded Wingspan Studio in 2001 after coming to Vermont in 1999 for an Art Residency at The Vermont Studio Center. An arts, francophone and educational leader, Maggie co-founded The Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden in 2008, launched a scholarship program called Spread Your Wings! in 2013 to level the playing field of life, and was honored in 2016 to receive only the 2nd annual Burlington Community Arts Award for her exemplary work with the arts and youth empowerment. Maggie has lived in both Paris, France and Yaounde, Cameroon. Expand your child's artistic, global citizenry and French language skills with Wingspan! Allons-y!
February Break African Art & French
Feb 26-March 2, Ages 5-13
Join us for one or more days in an immersive cultural journey into the multi-facets of the African continent. We'll explore culture, animals, art while creating fabulous art creations along the way. French songs, games and activities add to the cultural diversity of this exciting week!
Summer Camps 2018
New – Girl Power & Sensory Savvy weeks!
- Beautiful art studio, outdoor time, inspiring projects
- Youth take part in running an Art Studio Workshop
- Visit nearby natural areas, industries, studios, parks. Create amidst South End Arts District!
- Difference cultivates richness, empathy. Inquire for preferences/accommodations.
- Visit nearby natural areas, industries, studios, parks.
- Create amidst South End Arts District!Camps led by professional artist, award winning educator Maggie Standley and experienced educational team.
- All welcome! Bienvenue!
Week 1 June 18-22 Ages 5-12 Let's get Nautical!
Splashy, artsy, French filled. Mythology, geography, water come alive. Maps, drip painting, 3-d sea creatures, merfolk magic, a day at Oakledge along Lake Champlain. Water games, plein air art!
Week 2 June 25-29 Ages 5-12 Sensory Savvy Art, Nature, French- Oh la la!
Create in calm, playful manner. Make playdough, shaving cream sculpting, finger paint, watercolor and nature listening walks. Camper's preferences taken into account and they can enjoy and shine!
Week 3 July 2-6 (no camp July 4) Ages 5-12 Amazing Brain Power!
Who is in charge of you?! Your Brain! Art projects, experiments bring this incredible organ to life. Brain hats, maps, paintings, more. French too. Learning a foreign language is great brain fuel. Allons-y!
Week 4 July 16-20 Ages 13-18 Teen - Painting, Drawing, Grafitti, Murals!
Design and paint your own movable cardboard mural and/or large painting. Explore work of action and street artists Nikki de St. Phaille, Jackson Pollock, Basquiat, Banksy, more. Drawing, painting, French art terms, daily phrases make up this exciting week. Opportunity to work on community mural too!
Week 5 July 23-27 Ages 9 -17 Tween/Teen - Movement, Migration & You!
Animals and plants have always moved. Create unique movement maps, discover explorers Jean Batten, DaVinci. Paint, draw. explore. Learn French travel phrases! Jacob Lawrence, El Anutsui, Kara Walker inform this week as guest artists.
Week 6 August 6-10 Ages 3-5 ½ day camp, 8:30-11:30 FRArt Fun: Art, French, Nature $175
Your little camper will soak up French in immersion Artsy French camp. Nature walks, watercolors, collage, finger painting, French songs, games, mixed-media projects will have them saying «Oh la la!».
Week 7 August 13-17 Ages 9 – 17 Tween/Teen - Girl Power!
Help your camper harness her inner treasures. Art, skits, active games, poetry provide the lens through which coping skills, conflict resolution, relationship building and healthy choices are honed for our strong, smart, competent girls! Groups will create/work together in a buddy type format.
Week 8 August 20-24 Ages 5-12 Prehistoric FRArt & Dinasours!
The earliest paintings are in French caves! The real «early birds,» were dinosaurs! Delve into prehistoric art making, make cave art, mix natural pigments, shape clay dinosaurs and practice French along z way.
Reviewed on 03/07/2018
My son who is 7 years old loved Ms. Maggie and the activities he did at Wingspan’s summer camp in 2017. It seemed like there was the perfect balance of creative things in the studio and running around outside. It also helped that he had a friend at camp who made it fun too. I would definitely recommend Ms. Maggie! It was one of my son’s favorite camps last summer and he can sometimes be picky about camps.
Reviewed on 12/30/2017
My 10 year-old took a 12-week after-school immersion French art class with Maggie. Maggie is kind, patient, and flexible, but firm about keeping the kids focused and not goofing off. The kids made great art pieces and learned French songs and some other basics. She gave suggestions for reinforcing the learning at home as well. Her spoken French is very easy to understand and inspires me to want to re-learn the language myself!
Reviewed on 06/02/2017
Maggie does a wonderful job integrating creativity into classes she leads, whether they're focused on French, gardening, or art projects. She is a dynamic teacher who the students at the Sustainability Academy have come to love deeply. She brings puppets, music, dance and more to her work, along with plenty of energy and adaptability.
Reviewed on 05/14/2016
My daughter loves Madame Maggie! We took the French Immersion class for preschoolers and it was perfect. I was relieved that the class was very open ended even though the children were being exposed to such classical subjects as fine art and foreign language it was presented in a fun and vibrant manner. True to the spirit of art she allows the children to do their own interpretations of the subjects and explore with the different mediums...more
Reviewed on 03/09/2016
I’m so excited to send my boy to camp or after school with Madam Maggie. What a wonderful gift for our language-starved American children to have French with art. Also, Maggie gets kids. I love how she gives them space to create and be their own person, while giving them the support they need to create.
Reviewed on 02/24/2016
My daughter had a wonderful time at Madame Maggie's studio over the holiday break. She attended the "James and the Giant Peach: Just peachy!" camp and very much enjoyed the diverse art projects that Maggie was ready to do with the children. From painting and doing 'blind drawings' to making snow globes and at the end acting out the story! ...and learning 'un petit peu Francoise'. My daughter loved it!
Reviewed on 11/07/2015
Madame Maggie is wonderful! My kids have such a great time with her and she has been kind, generous and flexible. My boys come home with imaginative artwork made cleverly from beautiful materials, and this is done entirely in French! Incredible! We will be back!
Reviewed on 08/13/2015
What an opportunity to be in a class with Maggie. She offers such creative expression for the children and all with a beautiful spirit! Highly recommend!!
Reviewed on 08/10/2015
I highly recommend the creative and vibrant Wingspan Studio for your child to explore their creativity and boost their confidence! Madame Maggie provides a variety of activities that stretch one's mind and imagination. I was thrilled to visit this Winter and can't wait to return!
Reviewed on 01/30/2015
I took adult French from Madame Maggie after a long hiatus from language study, and she was a perfect teacher. Patient, fun, knowledgable, and with an innate curiosity that makes her successful at teaching all ages. Also a wonderful artist, I think she brings new ways of seeing to her classes. The learning atmosphere is vibrant and laid-back, yet effective. I was so sorry when the class ended. Highly recommended!