Artisan Craft and Creative Arts
In the alternate week of summer school, students choose from a variety of practical and artistic activities. Photography and film, woodworking and turnery, Painting, tailoring and panting and even practicing with the Summer School Band are offered. Students are given guidance by experienced trainers and artists.
A piece of wood sits on the work-bench, uncarved and untreated. What can be created from it? A bowl, a cone? In the woodworking shop this simple piece of wood will be held in a vice and, under the instruction of the master craftsman, can be turned into an useful household object or a work of art.
Participants of our Salem Summer School learn to work with metal and will make useful objects or small artistic pieces using turning, milling and drilling techniques.
Have you ever wanted to direct a film? In this film workshop your dream will come true. Young filmmakers work together on a screenplay and turn it into a real film with editing and cutting. The "final cut" will be shown to parents at the final evening. "Take ONE!"
Students of this workshop are constantly on the move with digital cameras in hand, in search of suitable subjects. A photographer teaches students how to develop a good eye for a the right perspective and supervises image editing on the computer.
To work like Picasso..., or perhaps maybe Rembrandt instead? A blank canvas waits on the easel for brush and paint. The picture in your head wants to be put on paper. Under an artist's guidance different forms, perspectives, shadows and color compositions will emerge. And of course it is worthwhile debatting one of the basic questions: What is Art?
Would you like to sew your own boxer shorts or skirt? Just choose a fabric and a pattern of your liking and off you go!
In the afternoons students can chose between a wide range of sports activities which are offered over the period of one week.
To start with students head off to the school’s harbour at Lake Constance. Along with learning the basic theory of the sport, practical experience of this water sport is central, Students will use both our traditional cutters and the more sporty jollyboats.
Archery, a very popular sports club in Salem, helps to develop concentration and fine motor skills. Students construct their own arrows, learn to be calm, practice their aim and focus on their target in order to hit the bulls-eye.
Tennis players can chase after the yellow felt balls. Our experienced and enthusiastic trainers will assist beginners as well as advanced students to improve their techniques. There may even be an opportunity to cool down at the end of the day in the nearby Salem Lake.
A total variety of activities awaits students in the outdoor sports program. Exertion and stamina are needed while mastering the rope course in an adventure park, for mountain biking in the hilly landscape and for water tours on Lake Constanze in the school's own canoes. These days are balanced out with relaxing afternoons spent swimming and playing beach volleyball at the nearby Salem Lake.
The key focus of team sports is to have fun doing sports together -- whether indoors or outdoors on Salem’s extensive sports fields, on the basketball or beach volleyball courts, football pitch or playing water polo in the school’s swimming pool.
Playing Hockey is a traditional sport at Salem. Here students can try out a team sport, which they are often not familiar with. They'll learn techniques and moves and then put them into practice in games and competitions.
Here students learn the basic steps of this dynamic dancing style --starting with easy Top-Rocks, continuing with Basic Down Rocks and Freezes, and on to the first Power Moves. On the final evening the dancers will entertain the audience with their own choreographies.