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for 2024 six month "design charrette"



Riveropolis Maker Camp '24

The San francisco School June 17-28    

Our twentieth summer at SFS!

“River Camp is the most innovative and imaginative camp our son has ever attended.” – Caroline K.

River Camp

Riveropolis Maker Camp 2023

Carnival, County Fair, Circus!

The San Francisco School

.June 21st – July 1st (9 days)

For kids entering 3rd—6th grade

There’s nothing like the sight, sound and feel of cascading water to stimulate the imagination! In River Camp, kid’s explore art, architecture and engineering as they construct a fantastic model river world with real rain, waterfalls, lakes and islands. Along the banks of the river campers will learn arts and craft techniques as they build, houses, towers, castles, forests, gardens, statues and more. Creating special features that link wtroduces concepts of collaboration, civics and urban design. The resulting 35-foot river landscape becomes the centerpiece for a Grand Tour for parents and friends on the final day of camp!  This summer each young architect will design and construct a unique contribution to a County Fair, Carnival & Circus world! Creating for this whimsical theme for 2022 suggests a wide range of creative options from amusement park rides, circus wagons, show animals, agricultural displays, futuristic inventions and more . . . . all this with a real 35 foot water river running right through it!

NOTE: This camp presumes an interest in developing craft-skill and demands periods of collaboration, creative focus and self direction. Not a camp for the disintersted.


Gregory Gavin, Riveropolis Maker Camp Creator & Teacher

Gregory Gavin an inventor and educator designs public art and educational projects for schools, museums and public places. He’s been commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the de Young Museum, the Academy of Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts. Gavin has piloted summer camps for the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Museum of Children’s Art, Camp 510 and the San Francisco School. He is a California Arts Council Fellow and the founder and director of Riveropolis based in North Oakland.

Dolores Elkin, Riveropolis Maker Camp Co-Teacher

Dolores Elkin has been teaching since 1985. She has a BS from SUNY New Paltz in Art Education and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. Dolores has worked at The San Francisco School since1990 and has taught River Camp with Gregory Gaven since 2009. She has a CA Clear Multiple Subjects Teacher Credential  PreK-6 along with Art grades 6-8, a CA Child Development Program Director Permit and a  NY State teaching certificate PreK-6 and Art.