This summer you can have fun and learn with friends: characters from your favorite books, movies, and television shows! GHF Online classes encourage your child to engage with students and instructors on everything from Disney History to Harry Potter to Speculative Literature to literally any fandom that interests them through The Art of Fan Fiction. GHF Online offers a variety of programs specially designed for gifted and twice-exceptional kids. All of our programming follows your child’s interests and lets them delve as deeply as they want to go, “geeking out” on their favorite subjects with fellow fans. Register for SUMMER classes now! See what’s on tap for FALL!
(Age ranges are suggested guidelines)
Suggested age range: 9-12
Do you love Disney? Have you ever wondered what the people who made the movies thought and did during their time at the studio? This course takes a virtual tour through the most famous animation studio in history. We begin by discussing Walt Disney’s life and his early animation studio Laugh-O- Grams. We continue by discussing the central historical occurrences of the animation studio – the Golden Age, the Disney Renaissances, and the current trajectory of the studio. We will cover such important historical events such the opening of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the creation of The Disney Channel, and the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, LucasFilm, and 20th Century Fox. Students will be encouraged to choose a subtopic for research.
Beyond the Harry Potter Universe: Language, Science, and More
Suggested age range: 9-12
Dive into the world of Harry Potter and bring it to life! J. K. Rowling has created a rich world for her readers, and in this class we will look at the bridges between that world and our own. Each week, we will look at a different aspect of the Harry Potter universe and the real life equivalents, using the series and various outside resources. At the end of the term, you will be set loose to explore and present on the subject or magical object of your choosing in greater detail, using whatever presentation method works best for you. From Herbology and botany to the mythology of Magical Creatures, we will see the many and varied ways that Hogwarts is not so fictional afterwards – and gain a new appreciation for both magic, and muggle ingenuity!
The Art of FanFiction
Suggested age range: 11-14
You love certain tv shows, movies, graphic novels, broadway plays, etc. You know these characters and where they live inside and out, but there are a lot of scenarios and episodes missing! And you have a couple of ideas you’d like to pursue to fill in those gaps, don’t you? Maybe you even think you’d be a really cool character in their world, right? Who wouldn’t want a Patronus and an owl to keep them company in the good times and the bad?
This class will take you through a step by step approach to help you get to that first word of that first (or latest) fanfiction. We’ll work together through planning a world, outlining a story, fighting dreaded writers block, and even discuss how to keep those borrowed characters who they are when presented with unknown drama in an unknown time and space.
In the context of what content will be created or discussed in class, this class is as much about research and the development of an organized writer as it is about the creative writing itself.
Speculative Literature: Utopias and Dystopias
Suggested age range: 13+
The concept of utopia – a society without conflict in which all people’s needs are met and they live in harmony – has intrigued us for more than 2000 years. Just as surely, there are those among us convinced that any place that a substantial number of people would find utopic, others would find unlivable. And worse yet is the certainty that others have that a place set up as a utopia would become, whether quickly or slowly, a dystopia – a place of oppression, good only for the chosen few.
In this course, we will review historical views of utopia, take a gander at some of the attempts to create them in practice, and consider the rise of dystopian fiction, both ~100 years ago and again in the recent past. Along the way, we will explore what we consider to be necessary conditions for a utopia and design our own – or at least, we’ll try to!
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