Music and Art Creativity Camps

SFF’s Music & Arts Creativity Camps 2020

Helping your child discover and nurture their creativity and self-expression

Both sessions are open to students from ages 10-14 of all musical ability levels.
Camps will take place outdoors at the Sisters Art Works Building,
Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Strict adherence to safety guidelines
in place during COVID-19 will be observed.

$225/week – includes all supplies and instruments
Add lunch/snack option for $50/week

Need-based scholarships are available through FAN – Click here for application

Read about our covid-19 protocols for creativity camps here

The Nature of Expression: A Creativity Camp

August 10-14, 2020

Exploring art, music, creative writing and nature

Led by songwriter-poet Beth Wood and teaching artist Judy Fuentes, campers will investigate animals and nature through sounds and color and explore storytelling and self-expression through art, creative writing, and music.

How does sound inspire imagery? How does imagery inspire sound? What do our emotions sound and look like? Campers will create stories, melodies, songs and poems, and use colors, forms and words to create book arts, rain sticks, and a unique talisman/power animal.

Each day of camp includes immersion into both visual arts and creative writing, time for reflection, and lunch.

Limited to 20 students (2 groups of 10)

Our mission is to have fun with many forms of creative expression through awareness, discovery, and play!


About the Instructors:

Making art is a way of life for Judy Fuentes. Currently the art instructor at Sisters Middle School, Judy has more than 20 years teaching experience and loves to share her passion and knowledge with people of all ages. Judy is skilled at using many mediums and studied art at the University of Michigan. She credits experiences learned from other wonderful teachers, students and life itself.  Judy believes that artistic expression is fun and connects us with our peace and joy. 

Beth Wood is an and award-winning poet and singer-songwriter who has toured the country delighting and inspiring audiences with her exceptional musicianship, intelligent songwriting, powerhouse voice, and warm and commanding stage presence for twenty-three years. Beth has released eleven solo albums, one duo project album, two books of poetry, and a collection of funny stories from the road. Beth’s poetry book Ladder To The Light (Mezcalita Press) is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Awards People’s Choice Award. Beth’s work has expanded to include teaching and song coaching as well as leading workshops at festivals, songwriting retreats and beyond. Beth lives in Sisters, OR with her loyal dog Bailey and is continuously writing and rewriting her artist’s manifesto. Beth has immersed herself in the northwest music community through her work on staff with the Sisters Folk Festival Americana Song Academy and as long-time host of the Sisters Folk Festival Sunday Community Celebration. Beth’s musical philosophy is that there are no wrong notes.


Five Days of Music Imagination

August 17-21, 2020

Sisters Folks Festival’s Music & Songwriting Camp for Young People

Campers will make music together: writing, jamming and listening, on a journey to ignite their inner musician, guided by instructors Natalie Akers and Jenner Fox.


  • Outrun their inner critics with daily “bad poems”
  • Turn those daily poems into songs in a series of “song sprints”
  • Dissect their favorite music
  • Arrange music and learn to be supporting musicians on each other’s songs
  • Practice the language of music
  • Meet for a one on one professional lesson
  • Fall in love with music they haven’t heard yet
  • Jam… a lot

The week will culminate in a presentation of brand new original music. This is a collaborative and inclusive environment. Natalie and Jenner believe listening + playing music together are powerful tools for battling isolation, gaining faith in our imaginations, and building a sense of self. 

LImited to 10 students


About the Instructors:

Natalie Akers is a piano/keyboard player and educator. She discovered camps in 2016, and has since worked on bringing interdisciplinary and music programs to life for middle and high school students in the US and Japan. Natalie came to Sisters to teach at Camp Tamarack’s Outdoor School.

Jenner Fox is a folk singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, international river guide, and the co-founder of the Cassiopeia Academy for Music Performance and Songwriting in Washington, DC. 

“Jenner combines the lyricism of Joni Mitchell and the commentary of Neil Young to represent the next generation of singer songwriters.” – Grammy nominated producer, Cookie Marenco

Natalie and Jenner are touring musicians and educators living in Sisters, OR. They met studying history + music at Yale University

Register for Session 2: August 17-21