Upcoming Classes

Media Labs: Digital Photography

Learn how to use the manual functions of a camera to affect your audience, master the basics of using light in an image, and go on photo shoots as we experiment with the world of digital photography from landscapes to portraits to macro.

May 9 – 25, 2017
Ages 13 – 19
Tues & Thurs, 4 – 6 PM

Media Labs: Virtual Reality Game Design

Learn how to create a virtual reality video game using the software Unity3D. Learn the basics of virtual reality interactions before you export and play your games on a virtual reality device.

DATE CHANGE: May 16 – June 1, 2017
Ages 13 – 19
Tues & Thurs, 4 – 6 PM

Reel Stories

Spy Hop’s longest running film class, REEL Stories, gives you the chance tell your story to the world. Each year, twelve high school students write, direct, and edit their own, five-minute documentary film that speaks to who they are, what they’re into, and where they live.

No prior film experience is needed. If you are between the ages of 14 – 19, and have the passion and dedication to give to us, we will give back intensive training in pre-production, shooting, sound and editing from our Documentary arts mentor. You’ll also get two special master classes from visiting award winning filmmakers to help you hone your story and fine-tune your editing. The finished films will then premiere in front of a public audience on the big screen.

June 5 – 23, 2017
Ages 14 – 19
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM
FREE

The Nature of Gaming (all day camp)

In partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah
Watch out! We’re unleashing a new crop of game-creation prodigies! Students will begin their day at Spy Hop learning the ins-and-outs of video game construction, from conception to final product. Each afternoon at the Museum, students will explore the areas surrounding the Museum, investigating the plants, animals and geology of the area. Drop camper off at Spy Hop by 8:30am and pick them up at NHMU at 4:30pm. Transportation between sites is provided.

June 5 – 9, 2017
Grades 6 – 8
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
$325

Lights, Camera… MUSEUM! (all day camp)

In partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah
We’re discovering a new group of nature film masterminds! Students will begin their day at the Museum, where they will explore the surrounding areas, investigating the plants, animals and geology of the area. Each afternoon with Spy Hop, students will find funny and informative ways to educate viewers on our local environments. Students will act, use cameras, green-screens, stop-motion animation, and more, to create collaborative pieces in this wildly inventive mash up. Drop camper off at NHMU by 8:30am and pick up at Spy Hop at 4:30pm. Transportation between sites is provided.

June 5 – 9, 2017
Grades 4 – 5
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
$325

Audio Apprenticeship (summer session)

We are looking for teens ages 14-19 that are passionate about filmmaking, graphic & game design or audio recording & music production, dedicated to investing 10 hours per week to Spy Hop. Build your personal portfolio as you work with clients in the community on film, web, audio and gaming projects. At the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down with professionals in your field to show your portfolio and get feedback on your work.

June 12 – August 19, 2017
Ages 14 – 19
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 – 6 PM

Design Apprenticeship (summer session)

We are looking for teens ages 14-19 that are passionate about filmmaking, graphic & game design or audio recording & music production, dedicated to investing 10 hours per week to Spy Hop. Build your personal portfolio as you work with clients in the community on film, web, audio and gaming projects. At the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down with professionals in your field to show your portfolio and get feedback on your work.

June 12 – August 19, 2017
Ages 14 – 19
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 – 6 PM

Hip Hop Dance and Beats (all day camp)

In partnership with The Bboy Federation
You will spend your mornings learning four styles of Hip Hop dance (Bboying, Popping, New Jack & House) and how to create an individual style of your own. Spend your afternoons in a fast-paced Hip Hop collaboration experience with Spy Hop. Using music production software, you will write original beats and produce your own music. Drop camper off at The B-Boy Federation by 9:00am and pick them up at Spy Hop at 4:00pm. Transportation between sites is provided.

June 12 – 16, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
$325

Stop-Motion Madness (half day camp)

Bring your imagination to life in this introduction to animation class. Write, produce and direct a short claymation or LEGO piece involving your own hand-built clay figure, your favorite mini-figs, and your own set designs. Learn to synchronize your clay creations to music and sound effects on your computer. The end product will be a short film that will wow friends and family!

June 12 – 16, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 9 – 12 PM
$155

GIRLS ONLY: 2D ANIMATION & GAME DESIGN (Half day Camp)

Join Spy Hop for an all-girl, video game design class. Discuss games with fellow girl gamers, then make your own game from concept to prototype. Learn the basic principles of animation and movement and create a digital rendering of a character that you design! You will make a hand drawn flip-book that you will translate into a digital format, using a tablet and stylus. We will be using Unity Game Engine, with the ability to make 2D or 3D games. You will learn enough C# to get your character moving in your game (no previous programming experience required).

June 12 – 16, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 PM
$155

Resonate (summer session)

In this condensed summer Resonate class our focus will be all about the BEAT! You will spend 2 months learning advanced production techniques using Ableton Live music production software. You’ll dig deeper into sampling, sound design, merging acoustic and electronic musical elements, mixing, basic music theory and creating your own unique touches in your music.

June 19 – August 9, 2017
Ages 15-19
Monday & Wednesday, 6-8 PM
FREE

801 Sessions (summer session)

he 801 Sessions staff will handpick three local musical acts each month and produce an exclusive video of the headliner performing their songs and discussing their music. These videos, along with free downloads of live music from the event, will go up on the 801 Sessions video blog promoted by Spy Hop and SLUG Magazine.
Summer 801 Sessions will curate a week of outdoor lunchtime shows in downtown Salt Lake, as part of the Salt Lake Arts Council 2016 Brown Bag Concert Series. You will also get a behind the scenes tour of the Twilight Concert Series setup, and work closely with industry professionals from all over the city.

June 20 – August 10, 2017
Ages 15 – 19
Tuesdays & Thursday, 4 – 6 PM

Rock Climbing and Video Games (all day camp)

In partnership with The Front Climbing Club
Experience the thrill of rock climbing in The Front Climbing Club’s state-of-the-art indoor facility while also learning climbing fundamentals such as how to use equipment, and rope work. Through games like capture the flag and blind climbing learn technical movements and problem solving on the wall. Then head over to Spy Hop to make a rock climbing video game! YOU become the hero in a parkour-style world that you create. Use moves inspired by your own climbing experiences to create lifelike movements for your game character. Drop camper off at The Front by 9:00am and pick them up at Spy Hop at 4:00pm. Transportation between sites is provided.

June 26 – 30, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
$325

Monster Mockumentary (half day camp)

What happens when a group of drama-filled monsters star in a reality show? Find out when you hilariously document their lives on The Real Monsters of Salt Lake. You will write the script, create monster makeup and costumes, and film and edit the movie in this week long film camp.

June 26 – 30, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 12:00 PM
$155

No Strings Attached (all day camp)

In partnership with the Kippers’ Brothers Puppet Works
Design and create your own puppets and have your creations star in a movie! You will work with professional puppeteers from Kipper Brothers Puppets to make the stars of your movie. Create the entire thing, from lights, camera, action, puppet construction, puppeteering, and performance! Camp will be held at Spy Hop.

July 10 – 14, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
$325

3D Sculpting (half day camp)

Have you ever wanted to sculpt but did not want to get your hands dirty? Create 3D digital images and illustrations using visual sculpting tools. Learn how to make your illustrations lifelike with lighting and textures, and finish the class with your own collection of digital sculptures.

July 10 – 14, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 PM
$155

Lighting a Path (all day camp)

In partnership with The Front Climbing Club
Experience the thrill of rock climbing in The Front Climbing Club’s state-of-the-art indoor facility.  In this new mash up between The Front and Spy Hop, you will document your climbing route up the wall using various filmmaking techniques and light to create artistic videos and photos that are fun to look at and even cooler to experiment with. Add music to your media using electronic music-making software to create jams that blend with your climbing style. Learning climbing fundamentals such as how to use equipment, and rope work; you will learn movement and problem solving, often through games such as no-handed climbing, blind climbing, and climbing capture the flag. Camp will be held at The Front.

July 17 – 21, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
$325

Songwriting (half day camp)

Learn to develop your musical and lyrical ideas into what could be the next hit song. From lyrics to song structure, you’ll learn from professional musicians to compose and record using various software programs, and leave the class with a finished recording of your song. This class is open to all levels and no prior songwriting experience is necessary.

July 17 – 21, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 PM
$155

Film and Movement (all day camp)

In partnership with the Salt Lake Arts Academy
Explore a unique collaboration between Salt Lake Arts Academy and Spy Hop as we bring together the art of movement and the media arts to create short films based on original music and dance pieces. You will have hands-on experience with music composition, stage rigging, lighting techniques, and the art of cinematography. Drop camper off at Salt Lake Arts Academy by 9:00am and pick them up at Spy Hop at 4:00pm. Transportation between sites is provided.

July 31 – August 4, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
$325

GIRLS ONLY: 2D ANIMATION & GAME DESIGN (Half day Camp)

Join Spy Hop for an all-girl, video game design class. Discuss games with fellow girl gamers, then make your own game from concept to prototype. Learn the basic principles of animation and movement and create a digital rendering of a character that you design! You will make a hand drawn flip-book that you will translate into a digital format, using a tablet and stylus. We will be using Unity Game Engine, with the ability to make 2D or 3D games. You will learn enough C# to get your character moving in your game (no previous programming experience required).

July 31 – August 4, 2017
Ages 9 – 12
Monday – Friday, 1 – 4:00 PM
$155

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