WANT TO CONNECT
with other designers
& your inner-child creative spirit
WHAT IS CAMPHAUS?
Feeling stifled by the brand you must live, eat, breath?
Feeling isolated as a solo designer?
Want an escape from the coffee shop or co-working space?
Reminisce about the freedom and flexibility of the college/school studio?
Need a digital detox or a jaunt in nature to kickstart the creative juices for Monday mornings?
Want to be inspired again by creative process using your own voice?
In this cheeky, campy, bring-more-joy--sensibility ode to the Bauhaus movement that was a rejection of traditional art education in favor of community, experimentation, and mentor/mentees, the "Camphaus" is a series of weekend getaways for the creative soul.
Tap into your inner child, creative spirit with an urban escape into the rural rolling hills of mid-south Tennessee for a camp glamping design experience for the solo and in-house designers. In each weekend adventure, you'll start before you even arrive by de-stressing with the view en route from Nashville or the region letting your mind wander to your personal work leaving the client and other drama behind. Get back to craft and get your hands dirty on occasion. We'll dust off the old school tools and even venture out into nature for inspiration and materials.
GET OUT OF THE CITY, GET OUT OF YOUR SPACE, AND GET INTO CAMPHAUS MODE. A WEEKEND series DOING ART, DESIGN, EXPLORING, WONDER WANDERING AND MORE...
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
OCTOBER 4-6 : WONDER 101
DECEMBER 6-8 : WANDER 101
JAN 31 - FEB 2: TASTE
APR 3-5: BRAND ME
TYPICAL WEEKEND AGENDA:
FRIDAY evening arrival by 8pm
- Dessert and get to know you campfire
- Breakfast with fresh farm eggs
- creative play exercise relating to the Weekend Theme
- tour of the facilities, land and a walk to the Buffalo River
- Lunch provided, but grab it as you go.
- Afternoon working and creating based on the Weekend Theme.
- Dinner (participants divided into volunteer for prep and cleanup)
- Volunteer to feed donkeys and close up the animals for bed time
- Show and Tell - share the work you've done throughout the day
- Evening Campfire, retreat to your own cozy space at whatever time
- Breakfast with farm fresh eggs
- Creative play 24 hour close out, wrap up what you are working on.
- Depart at any time after 11am.
- Optional: Stay for the afternoon and work in the pottery studio (add'l fee)
Lodging – You will stay in the main lodge or the residency house during the weekend. Some rooms are private ensuite and some beds are more dorm style. Small additional fee to reserve private space, otherwise beds are first come first serve upon arrival (not Big Brother or Real World on MTv, but you know the drill).The houses are furnished and includes linens, blankets/comforters and towels.
Food – Includes dessert Friday night, 2 breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. No junk food. Will have fresh clean well water, juice, tea, and coffee available.
Coaching/Instruction – You will receive mentorship and coaching with the guidance of Val starting you off on the creative exercises each weekend. One on one conversation of your work at least once during each weekend session. When special projects require supplies, those would be included but it is recommended that most supplies will be supplied by you.
What to Bring?– comfortable casual clothes that could get dirty, rain gear just in case, durable shoes for walking the property - closed toe preferred, slippers or socks for wearing inside (no shoes inside), flashlight, possibly your favorite pillow, and any art materials or equipment of your own including sketchbooks or paper, writing instruments, etc.
WHAT IS ______________?
These are mini-sessions of Val's workshop offerings:
WONDER 101: release your inner creative monster as you escape the digital back to analog in a search for a daily creative habit that keeps the mindblock demons and brand blah blues away. Tis the season to share client horror stories to bond with fellow designers around the campfire.
WANDER 101: flex the creative muscles and become a wordsmith exploring type and image with hand craft and adventure quest into the flora and fauna of the 17 acre landscape. Leave behind the digital solutions and fill up your sketchbook pages with glorious marks.
TASTE: a sampler platter of the food and design workshop that will get your creative juices flowing with exercises that will have your creative inner spirit salivating for more freshness as you investigate the local to the mysterious. expand your design portfolio with a buffet of design.
BRAND ME: after months of flexing your muscles, expanding your creative tool box, and challenging your mode of problem-solving, it's time to evaluate your own work and focus on your personal brand. whether it's your passion project that takes precedence or you prefer an extra set of eyes on creating your personal brand, updating your website, or creating a list of projects to do to update your portfolio, this is a perfect conclusion to you In-house/Camphaus experience.
INDIVIDUAL WEEKEND SESSION
TWO OR MORE SESSIONS PRE-PAY:
$175 EA (no cancellation)
PAY MONTHLY FOR ALL 4 SESSIONS
8 mo - August to March = $680 ($85/mo)
5 months ending March = $680 ($135/mo)
POTTERY STUDIO SUNDAYS
Use the pottery studio equipment for maximum of 5 hours each Sunday prior to departure.
PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Transportation. Additional supplies. Pottery studio access.
MINIMUM PARTICIPATION = 1
MAXIMUM PARTICIPATION = 12
Design Professor turned Design Coach
My mantra is a be a wonder wanderer in all aspects of life. I worked in higher education for just over 20 years walking away in 2018 to start the Camp and reach a completely different audience beyond four walls and no windows of a computer lab.
I believe, and research supports, that you learn by having fun and experiences. I instill exercises and creative play in all of my assignments to encourage one to begin to not just think outside the proverbial box, but to expand your box, to expand your comfort zone, to stretch the creative muscle memory.
In my design education career, I worked with majors and non-majors from introductory level to portfolio. I have spent untold hours speaking with people about life and career goals, and coaching them in the design process. I look forward to working with you!
I had an opportunity to teach at my alma mater in Florida as an instructor and decided to pursue the necessary degree of an MFA from 1996-1999. Late in '99 I moved to Orlando and when friends in The Creative Club of Orlando heard I was an AIGA member (and former board member of AIGA Jacksonville) they elected me to be president to assist them in becoming a chapter. That was 2000, and in 2001, I moved to Nashville for my first tenure track position and repeated a similar process in establishing AIGA Nashville (2001/2002 signing our charter with 60 members!)
I moved to Rhode Island in 2007, but kept my connection to the Nashville community returning annually. While in RI, I eventually held the president position at AIGA Rhode Island. I've also been in other roles on those various chapter boards from education to programming and membership; and attended 10 retreats during those leadership years.
After giving a significant chunk of my life to AIGA, I'm now focusing on other roles I can take in supporting the design community.
I've never lived in a rural area or even a small town, but I'm loving this new life and hope to share it with you, especially those who dream of this but can't quit their lives and hide in the hills. I'm really happy to be back in Tennessee and to be immersed in nature. I can walk across the property and gaze at the stars, listen to the sounds, watch the lightening bugs, and more as part of a daily experience. I am grateful for my passport and the experiences I've had traveling. I conceptualized the camp based off of my own experiences in scouting until age of 17 and my travels internationally, especially to Japan.
I'm a great host and look forward to your stay.