GIV Winter Weekends are exhilarating, academic/creative weekend events for any Vermont 9th-12th grade student. At Winter Weekend you will spend the weekend on a college campus, make new friends, take on an intensive study challenge and gain exciting new skills and ideas. Registration for 2014 Winter Weekends will open December 10th. Go to www.giv.org
Unlike our summer Institutes, Winter Weekends are filled on a modified first-come-first-serve basis (with extra spaces for new GIV-ers), so get your application in as soon as you can!
ARTS - Arts is exploding at Winter Weekend this year! Get a rich taste of our incredibly varied summer Arts Institute smorgasbord by choosing between five Arts strands:
Visual Arts – Cartooning and Illustration. When he’s not performing as a New York Blue Man, GIV graduate and summer instructor Isaac Eddy is creating and publishing visual art for national publications such as the New Yorker. In this course students will take on the challenge of blending written and graphic communication to convey artistic and political meaning and action.
Visual Arts – Silkscreening. You’ll try out several types of printmaking, create your own wearable art, and learn how to pursue print artistry at home without specialized equipment with dynamic print artist Molly Greene.
Dramatic Arts – Dance Improvisation. One of the summer’s most popular choices, dance improvisation comes to Winter Weekend for the first time. Whether you’re an experienced dancers or new to dance, in this strand you’ll embrace your own originality in group and individual pieces and work with live professional musicians to create and perform your own choreography.
Dramatic Arts – Theatrical Improvisation. Give free reign to your acting talents in an Improvisation strand led by Blue Man Group actor (and GIV graduate) Isaac Eddy! You’ll hone your timing, character development, and vocal and physical chops in a supercharged dramatic ensemble.
Arts Production - Advanced Lighting and Stage Design. In this crash course on professional lighting and production, you’ll work with production professional (and GIV graduate!) Cavan Meese to explore the technical, aesthetic and semantic possibilities of stage lighting. Plus in two days you and your team will design, light and help produce a live show for nationally touring musicians.
How can youth leadership and empowerment overcome oppression, injustice, environmental and social crises, and international conflicts? With other concerned teens from throughout Vermont, you’ll learn how to analyze and create strategies for addressing global, national, and local issues. We’ll especially look at avenues where young people can lead, such as political organizing, using arts for social justice, and building strategic alliances and student activist networks.
Again this year our renowned Engineering strand will spotlight biofuels and the creation of biomass stoves as a form of sustainable energy production. Students will work in teams or individually to create devices from scratch, measure and test their creations for burn rate, efficiency, and more, and participate in a judged contest, all while learning principles of engineering design and energy production. Expect this strand to be very hands-on, adventurous and a lot of fun!
GIV’s Information Technology Institute presents a strand on Augmented Reality: The Merger of Art and Technology for the GIV Winter Weekend. Computer-aided design is commonly used for animation and technical design, but we’re going to harness its power to create an alternative world from the ground up. Using Google Sketch Up and software like Layars, ARMedia, and Aurasma, we’ll do visioning, referencing and 3-D modeling to bring it to life.
We’re partnering with the Northern Skies Observatory this February to bring you the first-ever Governor’s Institute on astronomy! AstroPhotography, the capture and manipulation of cosmic images for use in science and art, is a unique blend of graphic design, math, science, information technology and art. We’ll use professional-grade equipment to scan and help solve some of the sky’s greatest mysteries.
ADVANCED MATHEMATICS FOR GIRLS
Maybe you’re a girl who secretly loves math, or maybe you’re curious about what a future in math looks like. Maybe it’s not even such a secret! Come check out some of the completely fascinating things you can do with advanced math, meet other math fans from around the state, and together we’ll look at how mathematical principles apply to the world we care about. (Note: girls will receive priority admissions in this strand. Boys are welcome to apply in case extra spaces become available.)
Winter Weekend 1: February 7th-9th
Advanced Mathematics for Girls
Arts: Theater & Improvisation
Winter Weekend 2: February 21st-23rd
Current Issues & Leadership
STEM: Astronomy (AstroPhotography)
Arts: Improvisational Dance
Arts: Advanced Lighting & Stage Design
Arts: Illustration & Cartooning
Regular Winter Weekend tuition is $295. Full payment is due at the time the application is submitted. If your child is not admitted, your check will be returned uncashed.
Need-Based Sliding Scale - GIV’s mission includes making sure that all students can access GIV regardless of family financial status. Students whose family incomes fall in the shaded area and those with extenuating circumstances may elect to submit aid applications and income tax documentation to qualify for lower rates. An applicant’s chance of being accepted is exactly the same whether his or her family can pay full tuition or not.