I love Bootcamps. It's been a little over a year since I started using them, with the idea in mind of sort of a center opening on steroids. I like the concentrated skill building that happens in a short amount of time during Bootcamps and I like the flexibility - you can do a few in a block, like I do, or one at a time, like Ian.
I use the Gradual Release Model when I teach Bootcamps. I start with demonstrating new information, having students draw along with me as I talk. Next I have a group learning component, where students interact, discussing and applying what they've learned.
Next I have a short session of independent practice, then a longer assignment where students are asked to apply new knowledge that they'd like to explore further in a more open-ended format. These learning experiences are a combination of teacher directed and modified choice. Once my the month of drawing, painting, clay and photography Bootcamps that I do with Art are over, my students tend to be comfortable selecting media independently and can successfully navigate open choice in materials. I do Bootcamps with my more advanced students as well, like facial proportions and figure drawing with Art 2. Bootcamps, however you do them, provide a safe jumping off point for students who are used to following directions instead of making decisions.
I'm interested in creating a student student centered space for my high school students through choice and abundant opportunity for self expression. I'm also a writer for SchoolArts co-author of The Open Art Room.