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 at Wingspan! Allons-y!
Summer Camps for 2017
Week 1: Youth - On the Move! Find your Groove! June 19-23, Ages 5-12
Explore movement, myth and Pokémon characters! Create quirky creatures in 2-d and 3-d. Learn about Da Vinci's flying machines, the daring flights of aviatrix Jean Batten and be inspired by the adventures of The Little Prince, an iconic French story for all ages.
Week 2: Youth - Wizard & Faerie Treasures Galore! June 26-30, Ages 5-12
The natural world serves as our inspiration. Woodland treasure hunts, treasure box creation, nature-inspired costumes and Oh la la!, French fairy tales such as L'Oranger et l'Abeille (The Bee & The Orange Tree) light our creativity, French and adventure.
Week 3: Teen - Surrealism FrART Week- So Surreal! July 10-14, Ages 13-17
Unlock the power of imagination! Explore Surrealism, a fascinating movement centered in Paris. Experiment with diverse mediums, learn artistic techniques to create drawings, collages and paintings. French music, helpful phrases, works of artists such as Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali guide us. Berets optional. No previous experience required in French or art!
Week 4: Pre-k 1/2 Day, 8:30-11:30 - FrART Fun! Bugs, Bees & Trees, July 17-21, Ages 3-5
Nature walks inform our art projects of finger and toe painting, tall tree drawings of ourselves, and bee-utiful wishing flags to take home and hang. French song, movement and games start off this creative day!
Week 5: Youth - Roar! African Art, Music, French & Animals! July 24 - 28, Ages 5-12
Animals guide us as we travel through the continent of Africa on a trip like no other. Sculpture, painting, drawing , map mapping projects w/ lots of outside time . French song, movement and games start off this adventurous day!
Week 6: Teen - Paint Power! Action Painting - Murals - Grafitti, July 31-Aug 4, Ages 13-17
This color and action packed week allows each participant to design and paint their own movable mural on cardboard. We'll explore the work of action painters such as Nikki de St. Phaille and Jackson Pollock. Check out graffiti artists and look at murals of artists around the world. Wear your studio clothes for this one for sure! No experience necessary just the desire to create and get messy!
Week 7: Youth - Dog Days of Summer! Au revoir! Aug 21-25, Ages 5-12
Playful creations enhance the magic this week before school starts up. Cardboard animal robots, artistic assemblages and abstract painting keep us inspired as we visit workshops and studios, play in the parks and gather interesting found objects for our masterpieces. A French animated movie rounds out the week as oui, the dog days of summer come to an end. Oh la la! Au revoir!
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!
Reviewed on 01/02/2015
Madame Maggie has a beautiful studio in the heart of the South End Art District. The space invites creativity, and Madame Maggie offers abundant supplies for students to express themselves with. I had the pleasure of guest teaching for her last summer, and was impressed with her gentle and thoughtful approach to teaching, her joy in supporting students in their art and language studies, and her generosity in sharing her studio space.
I highly recommend Wingspan Studio's unique series of summer camps!...more
Reviewed on 05/27/2014
My two year old and I recently attended FRART with Madame Maggie and it was fantastic. She is great with the kids and encourages everyone - including the parents (I know i struggled way more than my daughter : ) The art projects were always fun - we have them hanging all over our house. I will def be taking another class in the future and look forward to learning more and more along with my toddler!