In-person classes are offered for ages 6 and up in the historical Freeman Gardens in Glen Ridge. Weekday mornings (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) or full day sessions are available. Select online classes can be made available for students not ready to return to in-person learning. 

During registration, students can choose to focus on Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Music, Eco-science or mix and match!

This link will take you to a Google registration form.
After you register, you will receive an email confirmation.
Class information is listed below as an easy reference.

Exploration Program – Ages 6 to 10

Morning session: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Afternoon session: 1 to 4 p.m.
Full day session: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students choosing the full day option can either go home for a one-hour lunch (with permission) or stay at Freeman Gardens for a supervised lunch break. Activities will be varied for students attending multiple weeks of camp.


Visual Arts Exploration

Students will experience many different forms of visual art, as seen through the natural beauty of the garden. The three-hour session will be broken up into multiple parts, exploring different spaces of the garden and different art media throughout the day.

Nature Explorers

Calling all young explorers and budding naturalists! Join us on a journey as we discover the natural world that exists within and around Freeman Gardens. Students will have the opportunity to observe, explore and learn about their local environment and gain a sense of connection to the natural world that surrounds them. 

Theatre Exploration

Week to week, students will explore all the different aspects of the theatre world, including improvisation, theatre games and writing their own scripts! Classes can be tailor-made to explore each student’s interests. Students will be grouped according to age and/or experience level.

Advanced Concepts – Ages 11 and up

Morning session: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Afternoon session: 1 to 4 p.m.
Full day session: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students choosing the full day option can either go home for a one-hour lunch (with permission) or stay at Freeman Gardens for a supervised lunch break. Activities will be varied for students attending multiple weeks of camp.


Advanced Art Concepts

Students explore Colors in the Environment, Explorations on Paper, Drawing Foundations and Outdoor Sculpture.  The three-hour session will be broken up into multiple parts, exploring different spaces of the garden and different art media throughout the day.

Eco-Investigators

Come along on a weeklong adventure as we explore, learn, and investigate the ecology of Glen Ridge. Students will dive into the world of an environmental scientist by studying local plants and wildlife, collecting data, and documenting observations and experiences.

Theatre Exploration

More experienced students will explore advanced topics such as, Advanced Improvisation, Introduction to Dialogue Work, Song Interpretation, Monologues and more!

Interested in performing in a full-scale production? 

Check out our sister program:New Jersey Summer Theatre Workshop,
also in residency at Freeman Garden.  Visit us at www.njartscollective.org.

Tuition and Supplies Fee

Tuition
Half day (either 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m.)
$450      1 week
$850      2 weeks ($425 per week)
$1200    3 weeks ($400 per week)

Full day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
includes a one-hour lunch break, either supervised at the garden or, with permission, to go home.
$900      1 week
$1650    2 weeks ($825 per week)
$2250    3 weeks ($750 per week)

Supplies fee (collected with tuition):
$50 per student if taking 1 session (AM or PM); $75 for 1 half-day session for 2 or more weeks
$75 per student if taking 1 FULL-DAY session; $100 for full-day session for 2 or more weeks
At the end of camp, students will keep all supplies used.

Supplies

The Supply Fee will provide students with everything they need for a full program experience. In addition, parents will need to supply a large blanket (or old bed sheet), to use as a work space. This blanket will either be placed on the ground or on a table and is likely to become an art project as well, so please plan on recycling an old bed sheet or blanket.

Other recommended supplies
Students should bring a snack and drink, in their own cooler, that they will keep with them. Bug spray and sunscreen are other recommended supplies. Please write your child’s name on each item.

Instrument and Vocal Music

Private lessons will be arranged directly with the teacher and could include evening or weekend sessions.  Lessons will take place during the months of July and August. Group lessons are available upon request.


Private Lessons

Students can take a private lesson once a week, either for 45 or 60 minutes. Lesson times are flexible and can take place during the day, evening or weekends, at a time convenient for both teacher and student. Lessons are intended to be completed in consecutive weeks during the months of summer vacation.

Lessons are available in:
All woodwind (flute, oboe/bassoon, clarinet and saxophone)
All brass (trumpet, F horn, trombone, baritone horn/euphonium and tuba)
Percussion (snare drum and drum set)
Guitar and bass guitar
Piano
Voice

Younger Students (suggested ages 8 to 10)
45-minute lessons 

$200      4 weeks
$290      6 weeks
$380      8 weeks

Students will meet for one 45-minute lesson per week. This lesson structure is intended for students who are able to practice independently between weekly lessons. Lessons will be tailored to each student’s individual interests.

Older Students (suggested ages 11 and up)
60-minute lessons

$260      4 weeks
$380      6 weeks
$500      8 weeks

Students will meet for one 60-minute lesson per week. This lesson structure is intended for students who are able to practice independently between weekly lessons. Lessons will be tailored to each student’s individual interests.

FAQ

Q: What are the safety protocols for in-person classes?
A: First and foremost, GRSA has the health and safety of all students and staff as our top priority. All GRSA staff are fully vaccinated. GRSA will be following all the latest CDC health guidelines to best protect our students and staff. In addition, class sizes are being kept small to help ensure a safe learning environment. All students will be asked to wear face masks during group instructional time. After group instruction is over, students will move further apart to work. Instructors will circulate throughout the space, working with students one-on-one. All NJ State Guidelines will be strictly adhered to, including frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer. Students are asked to provide their own face masks and personal hand sanitizer, but there will always be both on hand just in case.

Q: What if the weather is bad?
A: In the case of inclement weather, we’ll be able to work inside the chicken coop and/or virtual lessons will be offered.

Q: What if my child just wants to focus on Theatre or Eco-Science or Visual Art?  
A: No problem!  Students will be encouraged to experience everything that GR Advanced Concepts has to offer, but we can tailor-make the camp experience to meet your child’s unique interests.

Q: Why is the first week only four days long?
A: Week 1 is a four day week because of the 4th of July holiday. Your child may attend one extra day of camp in Week 2 or 3.

Q: My child is also interested in taking music classes. Can they do that?  
A: Students may also register to take one-on-one music lessons. See the Music page for more information.