Visual Arts

Professional instruction fosters many artistic experiences at all skill levels. There's something for everyone, as campers express themselves​ creatively​ in our 15 art studios and workshops.

Glass Arts

HVC campers design their own traditional stained glass pieces - mirrors, window hangings, etc. - and that's just the beginning! Campers make fused glass plates, bowls and plaques. They create jewelry and small sculptures in the glass bead studio. And the Beehive is home to a dynamic glass blowing program where campers produce glass flowers, cups and more.

Stained glass glass arts glass blowing visual art glass
Campers melt glass to create sculptures and glass bead jewelry.

Ceramics

Hidden Valley's 3 room pottery studio features 5 wheels, a huge open space where children create an infinite number of hand-building projects, and 3 kilns, a slab roller and just outside a special spot for raku firings.

pottery wheel hand pottery

Woodworking & Metal Work

The sky's the limit in this active and exciting camp area! Make furniture for home, create free form sculptures, invent a toy and more!

wood working wood working class

Photo

Two darkrooms support HVC's dedication to the "ancient art" of analog black and white photography. We provide each camper with a 35 millimeter camera and they print their photos.

photography class Dark room

Textiles

Silkscreen, tie dye or batik a T-shirt. Create a pillow or stuffed animal. You'll bring something home that you'll have forever!

Tie-Dye at HVC

Fine Arts

Three art studios are dedicated to drawing and painting, papier mâché and other forms of expression.

drawing projects

Musical Instrument Making

Campers make dulcimers, ukuleles, xylophones and thumb pianos and then learn to play these lovely creations.

dulcimer makinginstrument making

 

Program Options

Glassblowing at HVC

 

Check out our newest program

 

glass work
A demonstration of a glassworking technique.

 

painting
Putting the final touches on her landscape painting.

 

photography
35mm film photography class

beehive
The Beehive - Our new glassblowing studio

slab roller
A slab roller in the pottery studio.

timbuktu
Timbuktu features our fine arts

experimental arts

HVC’s Mosaic Murals

All around Hidden Valley, you will find huge mosaic projects conceived by our professional artists and executed by campers during the summer. The mural in our dining hall includes 80,000 tiny pieces of glass and was made during one summer by campers.

mosaic project mosaic doors round mosaic

What Parents Say

We chose Hidden Valley for Mad because she loves art! Every summer, she comes home with new projects and crafts. She has especially enjoyed making instruments and learning to play them. - HVC Parent

The craft classes are much more intensive and engaging for both kids than I imagined. Stained glass, woodworking etc. The kids have a chance to undertake serious responsibility which is great to observe in action. And those who teach the classes so thoughtful and engaged. - HVC Parent

She had a wonderful time and experience at Hidden Valley, full of joy, friendship, and many beautiful human and "artistic" experiences. - HVC Parent