This is a sample list of classes available for Summer @LSMSA. The 2019 list will be available in February:

Camp Course Offerings

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  • Acting Technique

    Lights, camera, action! This class is for the outgoing camper who will be the next young star. In this course, you will learn the basics of acting technique through emotional expression, group and individual monologues, and projection exercises. Improve your skills and learn new ones in a fun and safe environment. 
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 3.
  • Beginning Improv

    Can you think on your feet? Learn improv scene work fundamentals such as sharing the stage, characters, body language, and scene starts. In this class's interactive exercises, you will build listening and communication skills, heighten awareness and learn how to be more playful, spontaneous and flexible.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 2.
  • Common Tropes in Film

    The "Keys in the Visor," the "Dead Batteries in the Flashlight", the "Explosion Walk Away," and the "Mexican Standoff." In this course we will view film clips to identify and analyze the most common tropes (themes, ideas, and commonalities) used in film over the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Action, and Sci-Fi. 
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 3.
  • Creative Writing

    A creative mindset is all you need as we engage in activities that will exercise your imagination. Campers will experiment with various types of writing and explore the four major genres: fiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, and creative nonfiction. We will also discuss hybrid genres like prose poetry and flash fiction.
    Offered Sessions 1 & 2 only. Period 2.
  • Creole Culture in Louisiana

    This class will explore the peculiar ethnic composition and history of the Creole community of Cane River. Who are the Creoles? What does it mean to be Creole? What is the French influence on these people? We will discuss historical and contemporary points of view, through visits to historic sites in Natchitoches, documentaries and interviews with individuals.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 3.
  • Cultural Anthropology

    In this course, we will take a look at the everyday life of different human societies around the world and their development. We will explore different aspects of diversity and the complexity of social phenomena while discussing the concepts and approaches used by anthropologists in understanding socio-cultural variation.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 2.
  • Discover Natchitoches

    Established in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement within the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. In this course, we will take in the grandeur of Natchitoches while visiting some of the area's most historic and picturesque sites.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 2.
  • Emerging Leaders

    This course will actively engage students in leadership activities and development. Campers will gain experience and develop their skills working both as a team and individually in a group setting to accomplish collective tasks.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 1.
  • Everyday Physics

    From a classroom-sized camera to rainbows and soap bubbles, you will learn about color addition, the flow of energy in humans and other animals and in homes, geysers, cars, factories, cities, civilization, planets and in the universe. You will learn about the sounds of echoes, nature, music and speech. You will see demonstrations of electric levitation, magnetic levitation, electrostatics and the simple electrical generator that is behind our electrical civilization. You will also learn about the radiation that enables cancer treatment, pasteurization, smoke detectors, supplies powers for pace makers and spaceships and warms the interior of the Earth.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 1.
  • Exploring French

    An introduction to the French language and culture, in this class campers start learning how to communicate in French at a basic level orally and in writing. They will also gain knowledge and understanding of French culture from a native French speaker. 
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 2.
  • Exploring the Human Body

    Come along as we take a tour through the structures and functions of the human body. We will explore skin, bones, muscles, blood and other components of the body. Be ready to learn about the fascinating, wonderful things your body does on a daily basis! We will complete our tour with the brain, which manages the rest of the body
    Offered Session 3 only. Period 2.
  • Introduction to Music Theory

    A course for campers who already have some music background. Campers should know how to read music in treble and/or bass clef. We will cover notation of pitch in treble and bass clef, basic rhythmic notation and analysis and writing of intervals, scales and chords.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 and 3. Period 3.
  • Journalism Today

    Journalism is an evolving field that requires reporters to continuously adapt as new media emerges. This course will help young journalists improve their writing, research, and critical thinking skills while reporting the news in a variety of media outlets. We will explore newspaper reporting, radio announcing and broadcast news, where you will have an opportunity to participate in your own summer newscast!
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 1.
  • Piano for the Total Beginner

    Designed for students with no music experience, the course will cover basics of music rotation and keyboard orientation, as well as playing an early-level repertoire.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 2.
  • Piano Masterclass (Intermediate/Advanced)

    This course will be taught in a masterclass (group) format and is designed for students with several years of private piano instruction. Students should bring their own scores for pieces they are already studying. Depending on enrollment and student interest, the course may also include a music history/theory and piano literature component.
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 1.
  • Plants and Society

    In this course, we will explore the interactions of humans with plants. We will examine growing plants on campus, study plant structures and functions and discover the role of plants in the environment. Closed-toe shoes like tennis shoes are required for this course. 
    Offered Session 3 only. Period 1.
  • Poetry Out Loud

    For campers who are interested in public speaking and/or poetry recitation including spoken word poetry. You will write and evaluate poetry and choose poems to perform on stage. Bring your own poetry or choose from a selection provided.
    Offered Sessions 1 & 2. Period 1.
  • Robotics

    Explore the multidisciplinary field of robotics and learn about the roles robots play in everyday life. In this course, you will have an opportunity to build and program robots using Midstorm NXT while expanding your knowledge of circuitry and engineering. 
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 3.
  • Sports Variety

    Focused on fun and sportsmanship, sharpen your skills and learn the fundamentals of a variety of lifelong sports. Students will engage in activity in the LSMSA Gymnasium and on Eagle Field. Tennis shoes and athletic dress are required for this portion of the day. 
    Offered Sessions 1, 2 & 3. Period 1.
  • The Art and Science of Escape Rooms

    Like puzzles? In this course you'll learn how to design your very own escape room. We will discuss the parts of the brain used in solving rooms and working on puzzles. You'll build out your own escape room scenario and clues and give other campers the chance to escape. 
    Session 1, 2 & 3. Period 3.

Summer Activities

Optional activities for campers will include Painting, Karaoke Hour, Introduction to Drawing, Rocket Science 101, Bowling, Introduction to Watercolor, Pool Party, Tie Dye, and so much more....