Arts & Crafts
Crafts offers a camper the opportunity to slow down, work with his hands, and redirect his energies into a creative project. From leather and wood work to duct tape finery, crafting creations come in all shapes, sizes, and mediums.
Like many of our other activities, craft projects are offered for campers of all ages and skill levels. Participants are encouraged to share ideas and enjoy the creativity that comes from conversation with friends and collaborators.
In everything we do at Camp Rockmont, we aim to help young men build strong relationships and fine-tune skills that will assist them in becoming contributors in their homes and communities. We strive to create more than we consume, and crafts is a fun way to begin developing creative skills and habits. Crafts and other artistic activities such as blacksmithing require campers to employ problem solving skills, while also paying careful attention to detail. By participating in the creative process with friends, campers also learn the importance of taking others’ ideas into consideration and working towards a new creation together.
About the Crafts Instructor
Crafts is led by Kristy Beaver, who has worked with Camp Rockmont for five summers. In her spare time, Kristy enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
The Camp Rockmont Ceramics Studio is in a beautifully lit room on the ground floor of the Ship, overlooking Lake Eden. We begin with teaching the basic hand building techniques, and then we introduce campers to one of our five potter’s wheels. Campers are encouraged and helped to create something beautiful and are introduced to the concept of craftsmanship. We hire staff with a love and mastery of ceramics, and we encourage them to welcome young men into a craft that can last a lifetime. It is also inspiring to work with ceramics in the original classroom studies building of Black Mountain College, an interdisciplinary college that operated on Lake Eden until 1956.
From Etta Baker to the Carter family, the guitar has been a staple in Appalachian music culture for many years. In this skill you’ll get to strum along with our talented staff, whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, learning chords and more advanced techniques like picking. Sharpen your skills and learn to play the Rockmont classics.
With all of the beauty that surrounds us at Rockmont, capturing it is a great skill to have. In photography skill you’ll learn the basic techniques such as exposure, aperture, and ISO, as well as go deeper into the skill with techniques that use light creatively, capture wildlife on the move, and learn to tell a story in pictures. Work with our skilled photography staff learning new techniques and building on others. Capture the beauty of Rockmont in action.