For over 50 years May Program, a two-week experiential learning experience that complements the academic curriculum, has been a hallmark of an Oldfields education. The impact of this hands-on experience has been so meaningful for students that a second experience was built into our curriculum in 2022-2023. Winter Program is a four-day immersive, experiential learning program held in January.
Current students will receive an email with instructions on how to sign-up for your Winter Program.
How Do We Tell Our Story?
Maribeth Littlefield and Michelle Goodrich
How does the United States preserve and tell the story of “us”? How do we tell the story of some of the major events in our history, and do we do it justice? We will explore our capital of Washington, DC-visiting its museums, monuments, and other venues that chronicle our history and evaluate the job we have done in this journey of telling our history, especially of its people.
Outlaw and Outsider Art
This is art from a new perspective: how do we want to express ourselves? How have artists such as Bansky and Christo taken unconventional approaches to public spaces? What can we do at Oldfields to bring art out of the classroom and into our lives? Let’s take an unconventional approach and create something brand new. We will create unusual art for ourselves and add beauty and intrigue to Oldfields. We will leave our mark on campus—literally.
Electronic Music Production
Mary McQuinn-Vinyard in collaboration with Stages Music Arts
Have you ever wanted to remix a favorite song in a creative way? Or do you love to listen to artists/DJs like Calvin Harris, Diplo, or Marshmello? Do you wish you played an instrument to be able to produce great music?
Electronic Music Production makes this and so much more possible! Oldfields School is excited to collaborate with Stages Music Arts in Cockeysville, MD. Students will learn all about Electronic Music Production using a program called Ableton. They will learn to work on a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to create original music. No previous music experience is necessary.
Our cultural and social relationships are often tied to the food we eat. As we pass down recipes from generation to generation, along with our personal food memories, it's common to associate particular foods with a specific culture or experience. These memories are important to us, but they aren't simply memories of food—they represent larger feelings of belonging, nurturing, and nourishment. However, food doesn't exist in a vacuum of objective biology and nutrition. We all need food to survive, but more importantly, we need food to pass on cultural traditions and foster relationships without worrying about not having the resources to do so.
Cost: $275- $325
Ties that Bind: Hearts, Minds, and Connecting with Horses
Amy Phillips, Ann Thal, and Irene Reed
The program will explore how horses learn and better ways to communicate with them through groundwork, mounted work, and breath work. Students will be able to use these methods to form stronger relationships with the horses they are working with in the program and beyond the program.
American Dream: Snow and Surf
Spending time exercising and challenging the mind with new physical skills provides many mental and physical health benefits, including reducing anxiety. Students will have three full days filled with opportunities to explore and develop new physical skills. In addition, they will bond as peers and deepen their sense of belonging within the OS community through sharing in this experiential learning opportunity. Students strong in either skiing or surfing will challenge, practice, and refine skills in one of the only indoor ski slopes in the Northeastern United States: Big Snow. Students that have never skied or surfed before will try it and develop awareness about themselves. While trying a new sport, even for a few days, the brain builds new neurons through motor movement connections.
Healthy Inside & Out
“Healthy Inside and Out” is an exploration of the multitude of layers that create a healthy lifestyle. It will navigate both the outer and inner components of an individual. The focus on the outer body will give thought to what we put on our bodies and the health behind trends seen in popular media. The focus on the inner self will focus on listening to oneself and finding the version of meditation that best works for each individual. Throughout the week, students will also have the opportunity to try varied opportunities to get up and get active to understand how movement can impact many parts of one's health. Finally, students will have the opportunity to make a variety of healthy snacks. This will be an exploration of mind-body-spirit that students will journal through their experiences.
Do you want to experience the art of animation? Witness the magic of time-consuming techniques of claymation? Go to the American Visionary Arts Museum? Watch a bunch of hilarious movies with Ms. Davis? And be your own producer, filmer, and editor? If you answered yes to these, this Winter Program is for YOU!!
This program is designed for you to learn about stop motion/claymation and look into the techniques and styles of Tim Burton and Nick Park. This Winter Program is for all ages and no requirements are needed, but an interest in animation or art could be helpful.
Collaborative Art: Community Mural
The primary goal for this Winter Experiential Program will be for students to work collaboratively as a group to generate visual ideas on a chosen theme and to create a large mural to fit above the staircase in Rodney Hall. The entire Oldifelds Community will be polled before the program begins to determine the chosen theme.
Queer Space, Place, and Time
Molly Marotta and Melanie Weiskopf
"We're here. We're Queer. Get used to it." This rallying cry can be, literally, tied to a space, to a location. The "you are here" on a map orients us, and of course, the idea of one's "orientation" cannot be over-emphasized in this context. This winter program will explore the ways that the historic "gayborhoods" of Philadelphia, DC, and Baltimore are connected to queer history in the United States.
How do spaces define us? How do we define spaces? These questions will be woven throughout the Winter Program. Students will explore historically queer neighborhoods and be asked to reflect on what they meant at the time and what they mean to the queer community now.
Intersectionality, power, and justice will be at the forefront of these explorations and conversations.
Is Reality TV a Documentary?
What is "reality TV"? What makes it a distinct genre, and when did it start? Are there different sub-genres? We will try to come up with a definition and decide how it differs from a documentary.
We would appreciate your feedback to determine student and family interest in our upcoming May Program offerings. Please choose a first, second, and third choice. This form is not a final decision but simply a gauge of interest.