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Program Overview

Please Note: Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel all of our in-person programming for the summer of 2020. If you are interested in learning about any of our virtual offerings, please contact us at

Kick off your summer with Berkeley Carroll's one week summer intensive programs. Berkeley Carroll offers several different options for students in grades 5-12. Our summer intensives are a great way for students to learn a new skill or take part in a subject they already love! For the summer of 2020, Berkeley Carroll will offer the following one-week summer intensives: Welding, claymation, filmmaking, and sculpture. Please see below to learn details about all of our intensives.

Introduction to Woodworking and Welding (June 15-19; Grades 9-12)

Have you ever wondered how the various wood and metal sculptures you see in public are created? Or have you ever thought about what it would be like to use wood and metal to create an original work of art? In this course, you will learn about the foundations of woodworking, with an introduction to metalworking, covering cutting, joinery, and refining. With full access to Berkeley Carroll’s Beta Lab, you will have the opportunity to research and design an original concept for a sculpture that you will be able to create in wood with a steel component, and then take home at the end of the session. This program will be taught by Berkeley Carroll's art teacher, Josh Smaller-Swift, and engineer in residence, Ryan Byrne.

Claymation Film and Art (June 15-19; Grades 5-8)

In this Claymation centered session, students will explore the design thinking process through the vehicle of Claymation film. Students will collaborate to tell stories, build table top sets, sculpt claymation characters, and film and edit their Claymation videos. In addition to Claymation, students will explore other artistic mediums such as bookmaking, sketching, and prototyping to enhance their artistic process. Students will hone their collaborative work skills, their problem solving skills, and their storytelling skills through this fun Claymation process! This course will be taught by Berkeley Carroll's art teacher, Molly Klema.

Robotics Intensive (June 22-26; Grades 7-9)

The Robotics Summer Intensive at Berkeley Carroll is open to students entering grades 7-9 who have a strong interest in robotics or engineering, and are looking for a fun challenge to kick off their summer break. Students will attend morning lessons on various robotics principles such as circuits, Arduino microcontrollers, and C++ Programming. The second half of the day will be entirely devoted to tinkering and testing, as students make their way through an array of progressively more difficult robotics challenges, incorporating the skills and knowledge learned from lessons. This program will be taught by Berkeley Carroll's engineer in residence, Ryan Byrne.

Foundations of Sculpture (June 22-26; Grades 5-8)

How can the exploration and use of different materials affect the representation and outcome of a sculpture? During this one-week intensive course, students will learn about the foundations of 3-D art through the introduction and use of a variety of materials such as wire, plaster, paper-mache, and clay. Students will research and design concepts for up to three sculptures, both functional and decorative, that they will work to create during each day of the camp and then take home at the end of the session. This course will be taught by Berkeley Carroll's art teacher, Josh Smaller-Swift.

Filmmaking (June 22-26; Grades 6-9)

Are you a film buff with an urge to tell your own stories? Well look no further! In this week-long course, we will learn the language of movies to create our own Oscar-worthy short films. Each day we’ll do a deep dive into some of the main aspects of filmmaking. We’ll learn the basics of screenwriting, storyboarding, set design, costumes, acting, cinematography, and editing. We will also take a look at some famous films and consider what decisions our favorite directors have made. On our last afternoon, we’ll share our films in Film Festival style complete with Q&A’s -- and popcorn! This course is taught by Berkeley Carroll's librarian, Anna Murphy.

Program Details


The Berkeley Carroll School
181 Lincoln Place, between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Open to students who will be entering grades 5-12 in September 2020 (varies by course).




There is a very limited number of spots for each session and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early enrollment is strongly recommended. A 20% deposit must be submitted at the time of registration. The balance is due on May 1, and families registering after May 1 will be asked to submit full payment.

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