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About Us

Imagine your child, happy, engaged, and inspired, sourrounded by color and the great outdoors. Imagine waking up in the morning, looking forward to another day to make, to create, and to explore. That's what it's like at art camp!

We've been making art on the mountain for 12 summers. We have returing campers every year. I've even been told, "This is the best camp....EVER!"

There's a lot that goes into camp, but here are a handful of things that make Bull Run Mountain special. 

1. Our projects are especially designed to be successful for everyone.

2.  We incorporate a huge variety of art-making techniques. Our collection of supplies is ENORMOUS and we change things up every day.

3. We love camp, and it shows! Our instruction is light-hearted and engaging.

4. We like to keep things chill, which means perfect-sized classes. Six campers for ages 7-10 and 4 campers for ages 5-7.

5. Both of our instructors make their own art, as often as possible. We live and breathe the creative process.

6. Our outdoor working space is bathed in dappled light. Squirrels and birds play in the tall, old trees, and chickens squawk and crow in their run. It's a magically creative environment. 

7. Our Student Show! We make A LOT of art over the course of the week, and this moment is just, "Wow!" We go all out to create a special event, and it's worth everything to see the pride and joy on your child's face when they show YOU their art. It's a must-see evening.

Bull Run Mountain is in Western Prince William County, local to Haymarket, Gainesville, Bristow, Aldi, South Riding, Leesburg, Middleburg, Marshall, and The Plains. Camp is at an easily accessble location on the mountain. 

About your teachers: Judy, camp founder, splits her time between her tiny-house studio on Bull Run Mountain and a sailboat on the Pacific Island of Guam. You will usually find her doing one of three things: making art, tending chickens or walking dogs. Judy's husband, Tim, built the studio from scratch (following Judy's design, no tension there, haha) and works on Guam half the year. Judy and Tim are both retired Army musicians. Judy has been teaching art to children for almost 20 years; first in Sandusky, Ohio, at an art program she founded called Creative Kids, and now at her second successful program, Bull Run Mountain Art Camp. She has shown her work at the Waterford Fair and recently won an honorable mention at the Piedmont Regional Art Show in The Plains. 

Helen, camp assistant, is a graduate of the fine art program in painting at VCU. She is an art instructor in the Fairfax County Recreation system and is returning for her 5th year at Bull Run Mountain Art Camp! Helen has great ideas and is really good at encouraging everyone to try new things and explore new ways of making art. We're so glad to have her with us at camp!