TASIS Summer Programs

The TASIS family of schools offers a wide range of exciting courses, sports, and activities for children of all ages. Our 2021 summer programs will be hosted live on our Switzerland and Portugal campuses, and we will also offer online courses taught by teachers from all TASIS schools

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Switzerland

Our programs in Lugano offer students ages 4–18 exciting, dynamic programs that take advantage of our location in the heart of Europe. Students can focus on languages, sports programs, the arts, and more!

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England

Our programs attract bright and adventurous students who seek challenges and wish to develop new perspectives. A summer at TASIS England is an unforgettable one, and we look forward to welcoming you in joining us for this unique educational experience.

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Portugal

The newest edition to the family of Summer Programs, TASIS Portugal is excited to launch their new summer program in the summer of 2021.

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Locations

The TASIS family of schools offers a wide variety summer programs for all ages in desirable locations around the world. Learn more about our campuses and programs in the sections below.

Switzerland

Switzerland

Our programs in Lugano offer students ages 4–18 exciting, dynamic programs that take advantage of our location in the heart of Europe. Students can focus on languages, sports programs, the arts, and more!

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England

England

Our programs attract bright and adventurous students who seek challenges and wish to develop new perspectives. A summer at TASIS England is an unforgettable one, and we look forward to welcoming you in joining us for this unique educational experience.

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Portugal

Portugal

We are passionate about encouraging and inspiring our students throughout their time at TASIS Portugal, so we want to give them the opportunity to enjoy excellent education, activities, and new experiences over the summer. We are gathering ideas and offering a wide array of summer activities spanning many interests. 

What makes TASIS Portugal special is our sense of community and family atmosphere. "Everyone is new," and as activities, sports, and time are shared, we expect many friendships to be made!

The safety, welfare, and wellbeing of your children remain our prime concern at all times. In an effort to best utilize our space and create the best programming for your children, we have named Middle School Coordinator Bill Brooks as our Summer Programs Director. He and the rest of our staff are excited to make this summer a memorable experience!

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Academic Writing
TSP (Ages 14–18)

Students practice the various forms of writing that are expected at quality international schools and universities. Classes focus on structuring and writing narrative, expository, persuasive, and research essays, and students leave with a portfolio of work that will enhance their school applications. This course is limited to students who place in the highest EAL level or are native speakers.

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Acting Out
Ages 10–13

Children will participate in a series of drama games focusing on collaboration and team building exercises as well as the ability to perform for their fellow peers. Drama Club will be designed for students interested in learning more about the aspects of theater. This includes learning stage terminology, working on acting skills, set building, and costumes/makeup design. 

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American Flag Football
Ages 6–10

Join in a fast-paced introduction to American football this summer! Besides drilling to learn the skills and positions necessary to play, students will take part in ongoing teamwork exercises and scrimmage one another in games. 

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Architecture & 3D Design (2022)
Ages 13-17

We all experience architecture without even thinking about it. The space that surrounds us, our homes, our schools, and our cities are all shaped in some way by architectural design. Let’s challenge our ideas, explore, and design an inhabitable space through this hands-on course that cultivates creativity, critical analysis, and ideas development. You will be introduced to the qualities of architectural space, form, function, and materiality through drawing, experimentation, and specialist workshop demonstrations. Each student will have the chance to design their own liveable space using a range of techniques like sketching, collage, technical drawing, paper folding, and 3D modeling in a variety of media and scales. 

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Architecture & Design
TSP (Ages 14–18)

This course introduces students to the disciplines of architecture and design. Classwork includes studying Classical to 19th-Century architecture, sketching from slides, and creating several models that are displayed during the Summer Arts Festival. A required weekend trip takes the class to Basel, Ronchamp, and Weil-am-Rhein to explore the renowned Vitra Museum. This course makes use of a purpose-built architecture studio on campus and is taught by Master Teacher Mark Aeschliman. 

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Crossfit
TSP (Ages 14–18)

Get in shape fast with the renowned strength and conditioning program that consists of aerobic exercise, calisthenics, and weightlifting.

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Digital Photography
MSP (Ages 11–13)

An experienced photographer works with students who are looking to make every photograph a better one. The curriculum focuses on camera features, composition, lighting techniques, and image processing, and the class takes various trips to scenic locations around Ticino. Cameras are provided.

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Digital Photography
TSP (Ages 14–18)

Take your photos to the next level! This course is an introduction to the technical and aesthetic properties of digital photography with an emphasis on using a digital camera as a tool for photographic self-expression. Students learn how to process their images with the tools offered in Adobe Creative Cloud, and trips around the region provide opportunities to practice shooting among some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in Europe

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Drop a Beat
Ages 10–13

Students will work on their rhythm, learn about different forms of percussion, and learn to play percussion instruments while focusing on two styles. Students will be exposed to Samba with Samba percussion accompanied by ukuleles as well as African percussion with djembes. Previous experience not required. 

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EAL Writing
MSP (Ages 11–13)

Designed for advanced EAL students with a strong knowledge of the language, this course encourages young writers to express themselves in English. Students improve their writing through learning how to structure and write essays, short stories, and persuasive texts. They discuss what makes good creative writing and strengthen their comprehension and critical thinking skills.

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)
CDE (Ages 4–10)

Our EAL course is a truly immersive English language learning experience, as English is the language of instruction and communication program-wide.

Small class sizes and strategic grouping ensure differentiated lessons for our young learners. During morning class time, children learn new academic language and vocabulary, participate in group projects, and engage in field trips that give them the chance to use their language in the real world. In the afternoon, students participate in STEAM Hour with their EAL teacher.

The EAL course is designed for beginner, intermediate, or advanced English language learners who wish to establish or develop their English speaking and listening skills.

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)
MSP (Ages 11–13)

MSP offers students the chance to improve their confidence and skills in English. The program language is English, so TASIS offers an immersive language experience for children. Our teachers make learning fun by providing interactive, challenging activities, and the MSP environment compels students to practice their English during sports, activities, meals, and excursions.

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)
TSP (Ages 14-18)

TSP English courses are structured to improve fluency and confidence in an immersive environment. Lessons are reinforced through daily interactions with friends and counselors.

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English Language Arts (ELA)
CDE (Ages 4–10)

Our ELA course is an in-depth study of the English language. During morning class time, students strengthen their English language skills through word study, reading fiction and non-fiction texts, participating in discussions, crafting a variety of writing pieces, and reinforcing their oral language skills by delivering presentations in front of their teachers and peers. In the afternoon, students participate in STEAM Hour with their ELA teacher.

The ELA course is designed for near-fluent or native English speakers who wish to strengthen their English reading and writing skills.

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Entrepreneur Inc: An Introduction to Business (2022)
Ages 13-17

Do you dream of starting a successful business in the future? What are the secrets of successful entrepreneurs? In this three-week course, we will look at some of the most famous entrepreneurs in history to better understand the important skills, habits, and actions needed to be successful. You will also learn the fundamentals of good business, including strategy, marketing, management, and finances. Our study will culminate in a hands-on project where you will develop a unique concept and build your very own business proposal to "pitch" to investors (your classmates).

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Fashion and Textile Design (2022)
Ages 13-17

What we wear and why we wear it has been a subject of philosophical, historical, and artistic discussions. Through this one-week course, students will have the opportunity to study a brief history of costume and the changes that the 20th century brought to the fashion industry, as well as textile design techniques. By the end of this course, a combination of both theory and practice will lead the students to broaden their knowledge of fashion and to practice their artistic skills in design.

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Fashion & Textile Design
TSP (Ages 14–18)

This is an introductory course for students interested in exploring the art of fashion. Students learn the process of creating fashion designs and textiles through fashion illustration, silk painting, block printing, and natural dyeing, and they also study branding, marketing, sustainability, color psychology, and trend anticipation. Class trips include visiting the Ratti Textile Museum in Como, touring the VF International European Headquarters, and taking a fashion industry tour of Milan.

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Fine Art Portfolio
TSP (Ages 14–18)

This intensive drawing and painting course offers young artists the unique opportunity to learn and practice techniques taught in 19th-century French art academies. The classic approach allows students to enhance both their artistic skills and portfolios and is an excellent option for students preparing to enter art school or for those studying AP or IB Art. Applicants are required to submit a recommendation from an art teacher.

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Foundations on Language and Research (Online)
TSI (Ages 12–18)

This course focuses on the reading, writing, and language skills that are relevant and aligned to future English and research courses. It prepares students for close and critical reading through the discussion of the use of language and the purpose of complex and informational texts. Students will react to and use them as textual evidence in different types of analytical writing to support their arguments.

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French
CDE (Ages 4–10)

Our French course introduces children to the languages and cultures of French-speaking countries. Learning continues outside the classroom, as students sit together at meals to gain additional speaking practice and attend weekly field trips together. During afternoon class time, students participate in STEAM Hour with their French teacher.

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French
MSP (Ages 11–13)

Students learn from native speakers who are dedicated to helping them gain confidence in their skills. Optional trips to the French-speaking part of Switzerland provide a chance to use the language in the real world.

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Futebol & Mixed Athletics
Ages 3–13

Join a team in pickup games of football (soccer), basketball, and volleyball. While activity comes with the obvious benefits of physical fitness, students will develop in their abilities to be a good sport and work as a team while having fun! 

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Geometry (Online)
Ages 14-17

This course provides a thorough foundation in plane Euclidean geometry with an emphasis on the formal nature of definition, the structure of knowledge, and inductive and deductive reasoning. An introduction to trigonometry through similar triangles and analytic geometry through the coordinate plane is included, along with a review of basic Algebra. A full year’s study of Geometry will be covered at an accelerated pace. This course is suitable for all students 14-17 years old, especially those who have completed Algebra I and aspire to enroll in Algebra 2 in the coming academic year. All students will have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive exam, and academic credit for the course will be granted to successful students. Course text: Geometry (pub. Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt). The course is aligned to the Common Core curriculum standards.

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Golf Camp
Ages 6–13

This camp will combine golf sessions with a qualified PGA golf professional alongside other fun activities to build skills while building community. Available to players with a range of abilities, this course will give students an opportunity to discover golf and improve their game. 

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Graphing Calculator Skills (Online)
TSI (Ages 12–18)

Students will learn how to use the many features of the Texas Instruments graphics display calculator (GDC) to enhance their understanding of mathematics and improve their ability to respond to exam-style questions. They will learn how to use the GDC to graph functions and find their important features such as intercepts and turning points. They will also learn how the GDC can be used to perform statistical analysis of data sets.

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Intensive French
TSP (Ages 14–18)

The TSP French program is focused on providing an accelerated environment for learning the French language and learning about Francophone culture. Students develop speaking, reading, and writing skills and learn about French food, culture, songs, and films.

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International Baccalaureate (IB)® Preparation Course
TSP (Ages 14–18)

Students learn about the three core components of the IB program (Theory of Knowledge; the Extended Essay; and Creativity, Activity, Service) and develop their research, presentation, and academic writing skills. The class also discusses how to stay on track in the IB Diploma Programme through realistic goal-setting and time management. Students must have at least an intermediate level of English.

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Italian: Beginner and Intermediate
MSP (Ages 11–13)

Ticino, the only Italian-speaking Swiss canton, is the perfect environment for learning conversational Italian. Students build their vocabulary and learn to write about topics in the areas of fashion, food, art, and culture. They reinforce their classroom learning with excursions to locations throughout Ticino and Italy.

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Knights in Training
Ages 10–13

As Knights, students and staff at TASIS Portugal strive to grow in wisdom and knowledge working toward the ideals of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Join new, incoming students in a series of fun, interactive projects on the topics and events your future classmates will have learned. 

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La Cucina Italiana
TSP (Ages 14–18)

Learn to cook authentic Italian food! Students choose ingredients at Italian markets, tour Italian cheese and meat factories, practice knife skills, and learn how to perfectly balance spices. They leave with an extensive knowledge of the food culture of Italy—and with a few recipes to use for years to come.

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Leadership Academy (2022)
Ages 13-17

JD Wilson with the Lead U Crew will be hosting a fully interactive, differentiated empowerment experience at TASIS over a three-week leadership course. Students will learn and live the elements of a strong team, as well as develop activities and initiatives on campus to lead their peers. Furthermore, they will be given the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and create together while building their own school community. This experiential learning will help students foster skills necessary for becoming tomorrow's leaders. The students will work together through various age-specific strategies focusing on public speaking, peer-to-peer communication, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and the responsibility of embracing the leader within themselves. 

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Lets Learn English! Vamos aprender inglês!
Ages 6–13

Students taking English as an additional language over the summer will focus on developing language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course is aimed at incoming students for whom English is not the home language. 

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London through a Lens: Digital Photography (2022)
Ages 13-17

Discover London and the surrounding countryside through a camera lens as you capture images of life using the latest digital technologies. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas and refine techniques as they prepare three portfolios during the course. The study of photographers and their own personal style is at the forefront of each lesson. Lesson topics include studio photography, outdoor action, and still photography. 

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Martial Arts (Judi, Jiu Jitsu, and/or Karate)
Ages 3–13

Martial arts like Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Karate are capable of exercising both body and mind. In addition, they work to teach practitioners about greater human values such as friendship and respect for others. Aimed at all levels, beginners or those already with some knowledge of the sport may join. 

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Math Skills
TSP (Ages 14–18)

This course is ideal for students wishing to brush up on the fundamentals of algebra in advance of precalculus or for students who would like to get a head start on what they will be learning in the fall. The course instructor, an experienced math teacher, will differentiate instruction according to the students' needs.

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Milan Academy Scuola Calcio
TSP (Ages 14–18)

TSP students have the exceptional opportunity to work under coaches from the renowned Milan Academy Scuola Calcio. Students spend three afternoons per week working with professional trainers on their skills. Players are issued an exclusive Milan Academy soccer kit. Participation is at an extra cost.

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Musical Theater
TSP (Ages 14–18)

Students lift their musical theater skills in this comprehensive course taught by our excellent Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT), which features a versatile group of international teaching artists. This course concentrates on high-quality music, dancing and acting classes that help prepare the students for an original musical experience, crafted for and by them. This one-of-a-kind musical theater program includes a demanding rehearsal schedule and elevates the performers to reach beyond their limits to create a unique summer arts experience.

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Musical Theater Production
MSP (Ages 11–13)

In this one-of-a-kind course, students engage in high-quality acting, singing, and dancing classes, working alongside professional teaching artists from our Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT). Students who are more interested in the production side of theater may choose to focus on costume design, lighting, sound design, and production design. All students are encouraged to be involved in the final performance at the Summer Arts Festival.

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Robotics
Ages 3–13

Robotics stimulates students in their technological skills, innovative abilities, and creativity. Students learn informatics, programming and robotics in an engaging way. 

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School of Rock
Ages 10–13

Already a popular activity at TASIS Portugal, students will have a chance to join a pop/rock band for part of the summer. They’ll practice learning different parts and grow in their performance skills. 

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STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
CDE (Ages 4–10)

This exciting course challenges students through project-based learning meant to boost student inquiry, dialogue, and problem-solving. This course draws upon the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Students learn foundational principles in math and science through design challenges and hands-on activities. This course is taught using a STEAM approach in both morning and afternoon class time.

The STEAM course is designed for near-fluent and native English speakers who wish to bolster their critical thinking and communication skills.

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STEM Courses (Online)
TSI (Ages 12–14)

Sign up for a range of STEM courses online from the TASIS Summer Institute. Topics include Computer Programming and 3D Design.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
MSP (Ages 11–13)

This is a high school preparatory course for middle school students who are looking to get ahead. This course solidifies the math and science skills needed for high school, extending to projects using technology and engineering skills through robotics and 3D printing.

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STEM & STEM Junior (2022)
Ages 11-17

STEM - Session 1 & 2, Ages 13-17

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) class integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes. Students will examine different components that shape their past, present, and future lives in topics such as Electronics & Embedded Systems, Coding & Programming, 3D Modelling, and 3D Design. The course emphasizes practical learning through project-based lessons and units. 

STEM Junior - Sessions 1& 2, Ages 11-13

This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) course is designed to introduce key concepts usually taught as separate subjects for students and align them with everyday life. This is an opportunity for younger students to gain an insight into important topics related to STEM fields. The course will keep students engaged using simulations and hands-on activities. A major part of the course will be allocated to a culminating project. 

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Strings Attached - Violin Camp
Ages 6–10

Violin is one of the distinctive components of an education at TASIS Portugal. Come discover this beautiful instrument and learn to play fun melodies with our very own violin teachers.Join in a fast-paced introduction to American football this summer! Besides drilling to learn the skills and positions necessary to play, students will take part in ongoing teamwork exercises and scrimmage one another in games. 

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Sustainable Arts and Crafts
Ages 6–10

Combining crafting with outdoor activity, children will have the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing with a range of fun activities that embrace the motto of “reduce, reuse and recycle.” The theme will be sustainability and “making something from nothing.” 

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Sustainably Stylish
Ages 10–13

Students will be challenged to design and produce a fashion item from rescued materials to raise awareness of the environmental problems caused by the fashion industry. The program will finish with a fashion show for parents. 

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Take a Bow: Performing Arts Alive (2022)
Ages 13-17

Take a Bow is where theatre, dance, and music converge to inspire and engage students to tap into their most creative self. This is a perfect way to express yourself and share your point of view to the world. This course aims to develop your acting technique and confidence on stage using the tools of the acting process. You will be encouraged to explore your expressive abilities as you work on voice, body work, character development, improvisation, and scene design. It's a highly collaborative and creative process calling on the imaginative participation of each member of the cast. Come and join us for a fun summer on the stage! 

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TASIS Eco Warrior Club
Ages 3–6

At TASIS Eco Warrior Club, we will be creating arts and crafts from natural, sustainable, and recycled materials. The children will also be made aware of how to take care of their immediate environment and their planet. 

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Tennis Academy
Ages 3–13

Take time this summer to train with an experienced tennis coach. Aimed at all levels, beginners or those already with some knowledge of the sport may join. 

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The Author's Workshop (2022)
Ages 13-17

Do you dream of being a bestselling author someday? This course will help you to better understand how to clearly, creatively and logically express your thoughts and ideas in writing. You will discuss and practice different techniques, styles, and genres of writing, and have the opportunity to share your work. 

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The Olimpia Milano Basketball
TSP (Ages 14–18)

The Olimpia Milano Basketball challenges players by focusing on tactical, sophisticated methods of play. Coaches from the Olimpia Milano Basketball Program focus on physical strength and the elements of fitness necessary to improve player confidence and performance. Players are issued an exclusive basketball kit. The club meets twice a week and participation is at an extra cost.

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Touch & Feel
Ages 3–6

Our young artists will learn about textures through a variety of materials and explore how these textures are used by artists and inspire them to express their own feelings through a variety of art forms using mixed media techniques. 

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Tri‐Golf
Ages 6–10

Aimed at those brand new to golf, tri‐golf provides an excellent introduction to the sport which is both accessible and fun. The games and activities create enjoyable competitive elements that promote essential skills acquisition. 

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TV Production: Time to Shine (2022)
Ages 13-17

Powerful and persuasive, television has the power to change the course of history by its influence on viewers and how it communicates information. In this course, you will learn to produce your own videos using studio recording equipment as well as the programs iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and Quicktime. Television production is an exciting, fast-paced field. TV Production: Time to Shine students live the life of a television director, producer, or host for a summer, and get a taste for the adventure that is live production! 

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Voyagers Quest: Storytelling for Young Learners (2022)
Ages 11-13

Voyagers Quest: Storytelling for Young Learners combines literature and geography to lead you to discover your place in the world. You will gain an understanding of global awareness, self identity, and hope while exploring the novel, Walk Two Moons by author and former TASIS England teacher, Sharon Creech. The course will develop your storytelling skills through the use of physical and digital resources. 

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Yoga
Ages 3–10

Everyone can do it! Yoga is something that children can learn from early on and everyone can practice to improve, increasing calm and tranquility in the whole learning process. 

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