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Noctiluna camps are process oriented Creativity camps, with a focus on problem solving and FUN. We keep the camp sizes small, and the atmosphere relaxed with plenty of breaks and unstructured time outdoors.
We work with a variety of 2D and 3D media, and focus on deeper learning, creative thinking skills and, of course, happiness. We want our campers to go back to school feeling relaxed and inspired.
“Chitra is an amazing artist and teacher! Our son loved her camp!”
“Chitra is the most amazing child-centered educator. Love her and love her work with the children!”
Meet the Teachers:
Chitra Sharma is an artist, designer, maker and educator. She studied Textile Design at The Winchester School of Art in England, and worked as a textile designer, magazine editor, fashion stylist and public artist before deciding to study for a Masters degree in Art Education at The University of London. After moving to the USA in 2004, Chitra worked as an IB art teacher at the Washington International School in DC. In 2009, Chitra started her own business, Noctiluna, as a way of reconnecting with her own art and design practice. Currently, she designs and produces a collection of clothing and accessories for children and babies and runs an annual summer art camp in Oakton VA. Chitra was the Fairfax Arts artist in residence at Glasgow Middle School in 2019.
2022 visiting teacher, Emily Steigler, is a designer, maker, and scientific and medical illustrator. She studied Studio Arts and Biological Illustration at the University of Pittsburgh, where an internship kicked off her career in scientific illustration, drawing snails and slugs in the Section of Mollusks at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. After working in the Department of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History She was hooked, and went on to pursue as Master of Medical Illustration at the Medical College of Georgia. Emily worked in the Medical Legal field as an illustrator for 10 years before leaving to pursue her creative maker passions. She now runs her own company, Scout & Indiana, which creates edgy and fun clothes for the whole family.
2023 visiting teacher, Steve Loya, is an art educator and artist who has been working and teaching in Northern Virginia for over two decades. Steve moved to the area from Pittsburgh in 2001 and has been teaching elementary art in Loudoun County ever since. A practicing artist himself who is known for his Splotch Monster Island creations, Steve understands the value of creativity and art as a crucial part of the learning process, and has worked with numerous camps throughout the years, including with Noctiluna. Steve is so happy to return to work with Chitra at his favorite summer camp, and looks forward to a fun-filled couple of weeks of creative learning and play!