Destination: The Wild Swans and Swan Lake

AGES: 5 TO 12

The Wild Swans and Swan Lake


9:00 AM TO 4:30 PM

Bruno Bettelheim told us so long ago that exposure to the magic of fairy tales as a child is integral to the development of their imagination…this is one fire that we want to add fuel to. Hans Christian Andersen is a touchstone for timeless fairy tales. Whether you know it or not, you have almost certainly been exposed to one of Andersen’s stories in some form or another. In this camp, we will be looking at the significant showcase of self-sacrifice in The Wild Swans while working to craft a series of delicate watercolour paintings. 

Just as timeless as its namesake, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is a tantalizing tale of “magic, tragedy, and romance”. We will watch excerpts of the beautifully choreographed ballet while using its fluid movements to influence our artwork and bring a little enchantment to your Spring Break.

The books...

The Wild Swans is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a princess who rescues her 11 brothers from a spell cast by an evil queen. The tale was first published on 2 October 1838 as the first installment in Andersen's Fairy Tales Told for Children by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Commissioned to produce his ‘take’ on Swan Lake, the Tchaikovsky ballet for which no fundamental text exists, Helprin modified and extended the story into a surprisingly emotional and profound short epic cycle of ceaselessly alternating triumph and defeat. The world in which this takes place is as extraordinary, hypnotic, and beautiful as that of Winter’s Tale. Children and adults are delighted, captivated, and moved, and those who are able may follow as well a Swiftian political and theological subtext.


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