Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA): Camps and Institutes

A summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 3-5.

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary aged students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theatre, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging.


Open to students in grades 3-5 who will enter grades 4-6 during the 2019-20 school year.

All students are welcome:

  • FCPS students.
  • Students enrolled in private schools.
  • Students who are homeschooled.
  • Non-Fairfax County residents.

Program Information

Dates and Times

  • Week 1: July 8-12
  • Week 2: July 15-19
  • Week 3: July 22-26

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Class content is different each week.


Fairfax High School

Classes and Daily Schedule

Students have four classes and a 30 minute break for lunch. The classes are 70 minutes long. There is one class in dance, music, theatre, and visual art every day.

Week 1, July 8-12, 2019

Taking the Stage!

Can you see your name in neon lights? Experience being “on Broadway” while performing selected songs from Shrek, the Musical. Bring your favorite characters to life!

Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Follow Shrek into the world of fairy tales. Explore fairy tale characters through improvisation and storytelling techniques including the many characters from the stage and film versions of Shrek, and the children’s book by William Steig.

A Hero’s Journey: Accordion Books

Write your own hero’s journey story and illustrate it in an accordion book using Shrek, your favorite super hero, real-life hero, or mythical hero as your inspiration. The cover illustration will be block printed.

Rhythm and Moves

Explore the basics of dance technique in this fun, high energy class! Learn dances in the styles of hip hop, jazz, and even a little tap (no dance shoes required)! 

Week 2, July 15-19

Musical Careers

Are you a director, choreographer or performer/actor? Explore these careers in the musical theatre as you bring songs from The Lion King to the stage.


Grrr! Tap into your “animalistic” creativity using theatre games to explore the movement and voice of your favorite furry or slinky animals. Characters from The Lion King may be used as inspiration.


Create a silhouette self-portrait that reveals your uniqueness and individuality. Then make a foil mask to use as your prop for the staging of The Lion King.

Triple Threat!

Learn dance skills that will help you be a well-rounded performer. Students will work on dances in the musical theater style to be combined with the staging of songs from The Lion King.

Week 3, July 22-26

Recycled Instruments

Make real musical and rhythmic instruments from recycled, repurposed, and found items. Learn to compose music to play at the end of week “jam” session.

What’s in the Trunk?

A trunk of random objects and imagination are the tools for this week of theatre games, creative dramatics, and scene building. Small teams will choose items from a trunk and create their own stories to act out for the class.

Surprise! Improvisation in Artmaking

Use chance and improvisation in your artwork with drawing, painting, and printmaking. What will you create?

Chance Dance

Explore different ways to create movement. In chance dance you roll dice, flip a coin, or use improvisation. This technique called “chance dance” is credited to Merce Cunningham, a famous modern dancer and choreographer.


FCPS Food Services provides lunch for $3.50 or students may bring a lunch from home. FCPS students can use their school accounts or pay with cash. Non-FCPS students can pay with cash.

Starting June 11, view the lunch menu by school location. Vending machines are available.




There is bus transportation from FCPS high schools and middle schools outside of the Fairfax High School pyramid. Transportation to and from these schools is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The confirmation email sent after registering includes the bus schedule.


Week 1: Registration will be open from February 4 to June 23, 2019.

Weeks 2 and 3: Registration will be open from February 4 to June 30, 2019.

Non-FCPS students must provide a copy of the following documents which can be emailed to SummerDocs@fcps.edu or mailed to:

FCPS-ACE, Department A
6815 Edsall Rd,
Springfield, VA 22151

  • Birth certificate.
  • Medical evidence of immunization.
  • The most recent 2018-19 school report card.


Reduced fee and tuition waivers are not available.

  • Week 1: July 8-12: $230
  • Week 2: July 15-19: $230
  • Week 3: July 22-26: $230


All students must deliver the appropriate form(s) to school the first day of the institute:

Extended Day Classes

Adult and Community Education (ACE) offers academic and enrichment classes at Fairfax High School from 2:30-5:30 p.m. after E-IFTA ends for the day. These classes are an extra cost, and student pick-up at 5:30 p.m. is the responsibility of the parent.