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Below are the course offerings for Summer 2020! During the registration process, you will be asked to designate one for each period. Not all courses are offered each week. Please read the descriptions for each course for details and use this chart to help you schedule your courses.

Summer 2020 Camp Course Offerings

List of 37 items.

  • Acting 101

    By working with short scripted material, campers will develop their abilities in script analysis, beat development, objective, motivation, and playing actions. Actors will have minor memorization requirements during the week. Improve your acting skills and learn new ones in a fun and safe environment.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 3
  • Advanced Acting

    Through work in longer scenes, script analysis, and exercises, campers will explore deeper levels of imagination and creation when it comes to bringing a character to life on the stage. Actors will have some memorization requirements. Strongly recommended for those with previous acting experience.
    Session 1; Period 1
  • Advertising Technique

    Ever buy a product you later realized you don’t need? What makes a product popular? Learn about the advertising techniques that influence our purchasing decisions. In this course, campers will recognize, evaluate, and discuss some of the persuasive techniques utilized by the world’s best (and worst) ad campaigns while considering how they would advertise a product of their own.
    Session 3; Period 1
  • Art 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.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 3
  • Classical Music History

    This course will acquaint campers with music of the great composers through a combination of lecture and listening. Some class time will include music of other styles. Towards the end of the week, campers will have the opportunity to present and discuss a musical selection of any type.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 1
  • Creative Writing Fiction

    A creative mindset is all you need as we engage in activities that will exercise your imagination. An alien family that moves in next door; Election results where you are the new president; A mysterious grove of trees that practice acapella when midnight strikes; anything is possible in this course. Campers will focus on specific imagery and various fiction genres throughout the week.
    Session 1; Period 2
  • Creative Writing Poetry

    This Creative Writing course is an introduction to the genres in poetry. Campers will focus on specific skills such as dialogue and imagery, and they will share their writing with others in the class. The course will help campers learn about history of poetry as well as contemporary life while writing, reciting, and performing original works.
    Session 1; Period 1
  • Creole Culture

    This class explores the peculiar ethnic composition and history of the Creole community of Cane River. Who are the Creoles? What does it mean to be Creole? We will attempt to define a Creole from historical and contemporary points of view, through off-campus visits, documentaries and some online research. Two documentaries, The Spirit of a Culture: Cane River Creoles, and A Common Pot: Creole Cooking on Cane River will also help us understand the history and development of the Cane River Creole Community.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 2
  • 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.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 2
  • Dance Improvisation

    So you think you can dance? This course will help campers explore ways to spontaneously create movement in the moment through fun improvisational games. Build self-confidence, create joy, and find your “flow” as you create community within a dance class. No previous dance experience is needed to enjoy this course.
    Session 1; Period 2
  • Data Analysis Using Excel

    This Data Analysis course will introduce campers to the basic concepts of statistics in a data-driven fashion. Topics to be covered include variables, variable classification, data collection, data summary or organization, visual displays, and contingency tables. No previous experience necessary.
    Session 1; Period 3
  • Discover Natchitoches

    Established in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement within the Louisiana Purchase. Hop in and buckle up as we explore the area and take in the grandeur of Natchitoches while touring and learning about some of the region's most historic and picturesque sites.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 2
  • Elements of Design

    Campers will learn and apply the elements of two-dimensional design through a variety of materials. The concepts taught in the course are applicable within many fields of design including interior design, fashion, print, and more. Each day, campers will explore specific elements such as line, color, shape, form, value, texture, and space by using paper, masking tape, watercolor paints and other materials.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 3
  • Essence of Acting

    A course designed for campers who already have some acting experience, actors will explore longer scenes and script analysis to improve their abilities and gain a deeper level of imagination and creation. Campers will examine the techniques of other great actors and acting teachers while developing their own acting skills.
    Session 3; Period 1
  • Everyday Physics

    From a classroom-sized camera to rainbows and soap bubbles, campers 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. Campers will learn about the sounds of echoes, nature, music and speech. We 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.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 1
  • Examining Improv

    This course will cover short-form improvisational acting for comedic performances. Campers will develop improvisational skills by picking apart, working through and performing sketches from popular TV shows such as “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” “Party Quirks,” The Dating Game,” and “Genres.” All campers in the class will participate and perform in each sketch. Interest in acting is recommended.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 2
  • Extemporaneous Speaking

    Of all public speaking skills, the ability to speak eloquently on a random topic with little preparation is one of the most prized. Extemporaneous speaking is a limited-preparation speech event based on research and original analysis and is a popular event at High School Forensics competitions. Extemporaneous speech can help you achieve a more natural tone, flow and speaking style.
    Session 1; Period 3
  • Figuring out Fairy Tales

    Themes from major fairy tales are represented in just about every culture. Campers will look at different variations of the same fairy tale themes and determine what it is about those stories that make them so universal.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 3
  • I Kid You Not!

    Ever wonder where we came up with idiomatic expressions? Why do we say certain things that are completely random? Spend the week looking into the origin and etymology of English language idioms.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 1
  • Imagination and Movement for the Actor

    All great actors have an overabundance of imagination. This course will involve a series of games and exercises designed to allow an actor's imagination to flourish. Improvisational and imaginative games developed by revered acting teachers such as Viola Spolin and Uta Hagen will be used during the course. Some acting experience or interest is recommended.
    Session 2; Period 1
  • Introduction to French Language

    Bonjour! This course is an introduction to the French language and culture, and it is designed for campers that have very little to no experience with speaking French. Campers will start learning how to communicate in French at a basic level both orally and in writing. Campers will interact meaningfully with others and develop basic communicative strategies.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 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!
    Session 1; Period 1
  • Lyrics as Poetry

    We all know how much everyone *loves* to analyze poetry, but what about song lyrics? We’ll spend the week looking at poetic devices that are used in some of our favorite songs. To culminate the week, we’ll write our own song about Summer @LSMSA.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 2
  • Marketing Mix

    Bring your creativity and good ideas as we dream up innovative ways to market your new product. In this course, campers will choose and develop a new product, idea, or service and learn about different considerations when launching a corresponding marketing campaign. At the end of the week, campers will have an opportunity to discuss their plans and pitch their problem-solving products, ideas, or services to potential “investors” in a shark-tank-like environment.  
    Session 2; Period 1
  • Moving Pixels

    Lights, camera, action! Campers will explore filmmaking using their smartphone or camcorder provided by the camp. They will pick from a list of topics including a how-to video, music video, short documentary, or a public service announcement to create their own film. Campers will learn the basics of video editing and pacing while also storyboarding the topic of their choice.  Throughout the week the class will also be introduced to a variety of influential directors and filmmakers.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 2
  • Musical Theater Dance

    This course will combine elements of a traditional jazz technique class while also exploring the world of musical theater. Class will have a beginning jazz warm-up, center phrases, traveling phrases, before ending with learning fun choreography in the musical theater genre. This course is great for campers interested in combining dance and theater.
    Session 1; Period 3
  • Non-beginner Piano

    This course will be taught in a group format and is designed for campers who have experience with playing piano at any level. Campers can bring their own scores for pieces they are already studying, and depending on enrollment and student interest, the course may also include a music history/theory or a piano literature component.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 2
  • Painting Perspectives

    Campers will have an opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of painting and create their own abstract masterpieces. This course will have campers showcasing their talents by creating new and vibrant works of art that they can take home to remember camp.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 2
  • Penmanship

    This course will deliver instruction and model formation of the cursive alphabet, words, and sentences. Campers will practice cursive handwriting skills. Culminating activities will include a favorite quote written in cursive, a letter written in cursive and mailed at the post office, and a contest/awards for best penmanship.
    Session 1; Period 1
  • Photography Essentials

    Campers will explore the basic concepts of photography by using their own smartphones or a DSLR camera provided by the camp. This class focuses on basic composition, fundamental editing in Photoshop, portrait photography, and experimenting with the cyanotype process. Campers will bring their own smartphone but will have access to a limited DSLR cameras provided by the LSMSA digital media lab.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 1
  • Piano for the Total Beginner

    Designed for campers with no music experience, the course will cover basics of music rotation and keyboard orientation, as well as playing an early-level repertoire.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 3
  • Psychology of Music in Film

    In this course, campers will learn how music in film/movies affect our moods and help us match our emotions to that which are happening on the screen. The group will focus on original films and their remakes to compare and contrast how the music, presentation, and dialogue relate to each other. Also, in this course, campers will learn about the necessary components, functions, and types of music that are used in film.
    Sessions 1, 2 & 3; Period 1  
  • R Programming for Newbies

    R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. This hands-on course will start with a brief introduction to programming and proceed to the use of R as a calculator. It will also touch on R popularity and R Functions. A sound knowledge of R is of critical importance to careers in Data Science and analytics-driven organizations like Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. It is utilized in finance, bio science, sports, retail, marketing and manufacturing. No previous experience necessary.
    Session 1; Period 2
  • Reading Enrichment

    Campers who love to read and who love history will love this course. Throughout the week, Campers will research a historical figure using printed materials and create a visual biography describing what they learned. Campers will visit the Natchitoches Public Library and have a chance to present their projects in front of their friends.
    Session 1; Period 2
  • Robotics

    Robots are all around us! 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 MindstormNXT while expanding your knowledge of circuitry and engineering.
    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. Campers will engage in athletic activity in the LSMSA Gymnasium and around campus. Tennis shoes and athletic dress are required for this portion of the day.
    Sessions 2 & 3; Period 1
  • Vive le français!

    Designed for campers with some French-speaking experience, this course will examine topics of French culture, language, and film. Campers will interact with one another using French in a slightly more advanced level. Basic communicative strategies will be reinforced, and new conversational and situational vocabulary will be introduced.  
    Session 1; Period 1

Summer Activities

Optional activities for campers include a variety or on-campus and off-campus options including Painting, Karaoke Hour, Introduction to Drawing, Rocket Science 101, Bowling, Introduction to Watercolor, Pool Party, Tie Dye, and so much more....