Jam Sessions

Jam Sessions- Junior Art and Maker Camp

July 10-14, 2017   |   9am – 3pm  |  Cancelled for 2017

$100/week per child – Morning OR Afternoon Sessions
$180/week per child- Morning AND Afternoon Sessions

Camp Art & Maker Exhibition

Join us for an exhibition of beautiful work created by our campers.

Morning session: July 14th @ 11:00 am – Cancelled for 2017
Afternoon session: July 14th @ 2:15 pm – Cancelled for 2017

JAM Sessions (Junior Art & Maker)

Junior Art & Maker Sessions, or “JAM Sessions” at Hamilton District Christian High provide students who will be going into Grade 6-9 with a practical experience of the arts. Children can register for one or two sessions of art or design during the second week of July (10-14), which will be lead by experienced and passionate professionals. JAM Sessions will be a place for discovery, development, and fun!

Visual Art

The drawing and painting sessions are a great opportunity for participants to experiment and develop skills with graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolour, and acrylics both outdoors and in.

Some time will be spent learning to draw from photographs, but there will be many fun opportunities to draw and paint from life and imagination.

The sculpture session will give participants a chance to work with clay to make unique pieces of pottery. They will also have a rare opportunity to carve blocks of soapstone into impressive sculptures.


Maker sessions will be held in various rooms throughout Hamilton District Christian High from the woodshop to the computer labs. Campers will create beautiful works using our innovative equipment including the 3D printers and laser cutter.

Jam Session Campers will:
  • Learn new skills from experienced, passionate teachers
  • Meet new friends who share similar interests
  • Choose from a combination of drawing, painting, sculpture, instrumental music and vocal music

$100/week per child – Morning OR Afternoon Sessions
$180/week per child- Morning AND Afternoon Sessions


Time Activity
9:00-11:40 a.m Session 1

Drawing, Painting or Woodworking

11:40-12:20 p.m. Lunch
12:20-3:00 Session 2A

Sculpture, Printmaking or Computer Technology


What happens on the first morning of camp?
On the first day of camp, please park your vehicle in the parking lot and walk your child to the designated drop-off location. At this time you will meet the Director and receive your child’s camp T-shirt.

What are the drop-off procedures?
Students should arrive no later than 9:10 a.m. Punctuality is important in order to allow the student(s) to enjoy the full camp day. If your child(ren) will be late or absent, please notify the office at (905) 648-6655. You will be required to drop your child off, in person, at the camp drop-off location. You may do this by parking and walk your child to the designated drop off location. Please do NOT drop your child(ren) off at a different location, as this makes it impossible for us to ensure their safety.

What is the earliest time I can drop my child off at camp?
Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. Before camp care is not available. Please DO NOT drop your child off before 8:45 a.m., as staff will not be available to supervise your child.

What are the pick-up procedures?
To pick up your child please park and walk to the designated camp pick-up location. A staff member will greet you and assist you in signing out your child. Please do not take your child without signing out.  Your child will be released to the people that were listed at the time of online registration. If you wish to add people to the list, please inform JAM Sessions in writing.

How late can my child stay at camp?
The camp day ends at 3:00 p.m. It is expected that all students will be picked up no later than 3:15 p.m.

What if my child requires an epi-pen, or medication while at camp?
Should your child require the use of an epi-pen and/or require medication during the camp day, please in addition to indicating this online, contact the office at least one week prior to your child attending camp to discuss logistics with the camp. Our Director and/or friendly office staff will be pleased to assist you.

What to Bring

Students are asked to bring their own nut-free snacks and lunches from home. Students will carry their lunches to their classrooms with them, so please use your discretion as to whether a ‘cold pack’ may be useful to keep the lunch fresh. Please do not send lunches that require heating as heating equipment/facilities will not be available.

What NOT to Bring

  • Electronic devices (music, video players, gaming devices)
  • Valuables (jewelry, money)
  • Medication (please speak with the Director in advance regarding your child’s medication)
  • Nut or nut products (including peanut butter)


At Hamilton District Christian High JAM Sessions, we pride ourselves in providing the best staff team to guide and shape your child’s experience. Our staff is dedicated to making your child’s week at JAM Sessions the best it could possibly be, and we go above and beyond to ensure this is always the case.

Jon_CircJonathan DeVries, MEd, OCT, CSTC
“Art has been a lifelong passion for me that I have been sharing with my students for nearly a decade. At Hamilton District Christian High I have had the fantastic experience of teaching teenagers from a wide variety of backgrounds to grow their creative gifts and abilities through a wide range of media.

As a previous elementary school teacher, I know the importance of giving students as much exposure to the arts before high school and this is why I am so excited to help offer Junior Art and Music sessions. This is a chance for junior and intermediate elementary students to do what they love for a week while building confidence and having new creative experiences!”

Rich Vanderwier Rich VanderWier
Award winning technology teacher Rich VanderWier encourages students to make Beautiful Work. He has a heart for all students and enjoys seeing youth create things.


Art Room
Sessions for art will take place in the new and spacious Hamilton District Christian High art studio. At no additional cost, participants are provided with high-quality materials and taught how to use professional art-making tools. Time will be divided between working in the studio and working outdoors on HDCH’s beautiful twenty-acre property.

Maker Space
Maker sessions will be held in various rooms throughout Hamilton District Christian High from the woodshop to the computer labs. Campers will use our innovative equipment including the 3D printers and laser cutter.