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Createability Wisconsin

Changing Lives...One Film at a Time!

Camp Createability

Youth Summer Camp group
Jack in summer camp film
Learning how to film
Behind the scenes of film camp
Noah at the computer
Virtual Workshop Flyer
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Camps & Workshops

Createability Wisconsin's Camps and Workshops are for individuals with Autism or other disabilities.  We also encourage others without disabilities to join us for an inclusive setting. All camps end in making a short film, with film credits for everyone involved. Creating a film is a monumental effort for any group, but for those with Autism or other disabilities, vital skills must be mastered to succeed, including cooperation, negotiation, listening, and taking direction. Participants will learn those skills as well as be introduced to many trades, animation, set design, script-writing, acting, dancing, singing, prop/set building, ward-robe, make-up, budgeting, directing, filming, editing, and other tasks necessary for a film.


All workshops and summer camps are open to Ages 7 - Adult.  Our Adult Full-Day camp is for anyone age 16 years and older.  An awards ceremony and Red Carpet Premier for all programs is held in the August. This showing is open to families, friends, and the public.

Summer Camp Opportunities

Our Summer Camps are going ‘digital first, in-studio second’!

In the long term, we plan to return to in-studio programming, but for now many of our summer camps will be virtual, with the possibility of some smaller in-person camps later in the summer.  We have been working hard to create great Virtual Summer Art, Animation and Video Production Camps. When we do return to in-studio programming, we want to be able to ensure safety for our staff, students, families and everyone in our community.

Summer camps 2021 will mirror last summer's structure, with adjustments made for in-person and 100% virtual format.  Our team will provide clear schedules and online creation methods, with distance support for all interested in expressing their ideas on screen.  All art supplies or other needed materials will be provided to students ahead of time.


For the most part our process will utilize tools available in each person's home, and to assess the capacity each family has, we will be asking families to fill out a technology survey.  We will try to make accommodations as best we can for all interested students.


To answer questions about this year's summer camps, we will be holding a live question and answer video call on Wednesday, June 10th at 6pm. Please send an email to darmstrong.camp.createability@gmail.com if you would like to be included on this video call so you can receive your link.


For those who are ready to take on the challenge be sure to register as soon as possible.


We realize this is a difficult time for many and some will choose not to attend virtual camps, but we also know that most of you would not choose in-person camps either.


Our reasons for making the choice to invest in a ‘digital first, in studio second strategy’ include:

  1. To maximize safety for our staff, students, families & community
  2. Flexibility to make smart choices
  3. Accessibility now and in the future
  4. Providing certainty and clear expectations
  5. Ensuring future in person interactions options are by choice.


Createability Wisconsin's Camps and Workshops are designed for individuals with Autism or other disabilities, but we encourage others without disabilities to join us for an inclusive setting.  Creating an art masterpiece, animated or short film is a monumental effort for any individual or group, but for those with Autism or other disabilities, vital skills must be mastered to succeed, including cooperation, negotiation, listening, and taking direction. Participants will learn those skills as well as be introduced to many art mediums, animation, set design, script-writing, acting, dancing, singing, prop/set building, ward-robe, make-up, budgeting, directing, filming, editing, and other tasks necessary for a film. Film camps are open to any child going into 2nd grade through adult.


Art camps are open to any child going into Kindergarten through adult.  Interested in drawing, painting, clay and being creative then the art camps may be for you. With some imagination and a little guidance participants will learn drawing and painting techniques and variety of other art mediums.

Virtual Classes

Virtual Classes are a great opportunity to learn about art and technology and to try a variety of programs that are offered at Createability Wisconsin. Students can participate in weekly virtual sessions to continue practicing their craft and learn additional skills along the way. While these workshops are fun, they are not a camp.  The workshops are taught in both 1:1 and small group settings depending on the desires and abilities of the students.


Virtual classes can be scheduled during the day or evenings. Most of our students take between 2-6 hours of lessons per week. Class times and days are scheduled after registration is accepted. The cost for the virtual classes are $55 per hour. It does not include supplies or software.


Virtual Workshops are great for students who:

  • Are between the ages 7 – 35
  • Learn effectively in a virtual workshop setting
  • Follow multi-step directions and work independently for a minimum of 15 minutes at a time
  • Verbally ask appropriate questions (i.e. for help, clarification)
  • Have an interest in computers, visual effects, filmmaking, and/or animation
  • Have fluency in basic computer skills

Virtual Gamer Zone

Students in this course will learn the ins and outs of what goes into making gaming content online. Using the Adobe Creative Suite and OBS, students will learn how to record, edit, and post their own gaming videos or even how to livestream themselves on websites like Twitch or YouTube Gaming so others can watch them play games live! There’s a niche for everyone in gaming, whether it be tutorials, commentaries, comedy, or even speedrunning! Learn how to make content like your favorite creators, and who knows maybe you’ll be the next Ninja! Participants will build on their peer interactions and social experiences while building self-confidence and independence.


Unity Game Design

Learn the fundamentals of game building using the state-of-the-art game engine Unity. These sessions will focus on building and creating a 2D breadout game, art design by the students and some coding


Animation

Learn to create animated cartoons, characters, and objects using Adobe Animate and Photoshop software. This fun and very popular class allows young artists to make their creative ideas come to life.


The Magic of Film

Learn techniques that creative professionals use to create effects and graphics for movies, television, and social media—using Adobe After Effects and or Premiere students will learn how to create and edit their own shorts with amazing graphics and cool effects.


Digital Design

Students will learn how to use the Adobe Creative Suite to create stunning digital design projects. In this collaborative experience, students not only will learn how to use various Adobe programs, but they will als use skills that will increase their conversation and communication, make friendships, learn conflict resolution and most importantly, they will learn a sense of accomplishment. 


Art

One-on-one instruction provides the individual a uniquely effective way of learning, because the instructor is able to demonstrate concepts and help participants build new skills in a step-by-step manner. We strive to provide quality instruction tailored to individuals of all ages and skill levels.


Everyone is capable of drawing and painting when given actual step-by-step instructions.  Anyone can improve their skills in a short amount of time with individual instruction.  We are able to move as fast or slow as each individual needs.


Sound Design

Master sound design for music production, game audio development, film scoring, composition and more.


Photography

A fun beginners digital photo course for kids using a digital camera, phone, or tablet to create amazing photos.