Kids + Teens

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Camps and Classes at The Arts Center are broken down into four categories unless otherwise specified.

 

                   KIDS (Grades 1 – 2)

                   BIG KIDS (Grades 3 – 5)

                   PRE-TEENS (Grades 6 – 8)

                   TEENS (Grades 9 – 12)

 

For our summer camps, children must be entering these grades in the Fall.   These are noted in the class/camp descriptions.  Our camps are tailored carefully to each age group. To maximize your child’s enjoyment and safety, please adhere to these guidelines.


Before and After Care are available from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. at $5.00 per hour. Forms must be filled out in advance and can be found in the Camp Parent Pack. Click Here to download the pack, which contains useful information about our camp programs as well as the required information forms. Forms can be submitted online or printed and delivered to The Arts Center.  All forms must be completed before your child can attend camp.

Payment plans for 2014 Summer Camps are available. A 25% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. The remainder must be paid in bi-weekly or monthly installments using a credit card.  Must be paid in full two weeks before camp starts. Contact the Registrar at (518) 273-0552 x 231 to register for camps on the payment plan.

Needs-based scholarships are available for all of our camps. Click here to download an application form.

The Arts Center cannot pro-rate single or multiple sessions of a class/camp. Click here for The Arts Center’s refund policy.

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
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Clay for Kids

September 13, 2014 to October 18, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Tholl

Play with clay! In this exciting weekend class, students (ages 6-11) will learn to hand build with pinch pots, coils, and slabs. We will combine these three basic techniques using food clay and safe glazes to construct fun and whimsical creations with emphasis on form and texture. Each student will complete several glazed creations. Our ceramics studio is lead free.

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

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The Potters Studio for Teens

September 13, 2014 to October 18, 2014 — 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM Instructor: Katherine Tholl

If you think the pottery studio is the place for you, don’t miss this chance to work with a professional potter on the potter’s wheel, sculpting and hand-forming. Young Adult students (ages 12-16), from beginner to experienced, will be able to develop at their own pace with personalized instruction and guidance, allowing them to develop their skills and find their individual style. Students will work with food safe clay and glazes to create beautiful pieces. Our pottery studio is lead free.

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

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Family Saturday: Create Your Own Hungry Caterpillar!

September 13, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM Instructor: Jane McCambley

DAY OF/DROP IN RATE: $7.00. Come down to The Arts Center to create your own version of a very hungry caterpillar, and maybe even some of the food he eats! Pre-registration for Family Saturdays is preferred.*Note: Family Saturdays are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014
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“You Can Do a Graphic Novel” – Pre-Teen Edition

September 16, 2014 to October 21, 2014 — 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Barbara Slate

Everybody can draw, even if it’s stick figures! Described by comic book legend Stan Lee as “titanically talented”, Barbara teaches how to write and draw comic books/graphic novels using her critically acclaimed textbook “You Can Do A Graphic Novel” (Britannica). Barbara nurtures the creative process while students complete bio sheets of each character, (name, age, biggest fear, etc.), learn to plot by using color code, and get something to POP! off the page by designing exciting layouts. There is a graphic novel show at the end of the sixth week. Students will answer questions about their process and display pages.
Barbara Slate is a pioneer among women in the comics industry. She has written hundreds of comic books and graphic novels for DC, Marvel, Archie, Disney: Barbie, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Archie, Betty and Veronica. Created Angel Love, Yuppies from Hell, Sweet XVI. Getting Married and other Mistakes. Barbara is profiled in A Century of Women Cartoonists. A resident of Hudson, NY, she travels extensively nationwide as a keynote speaker, teacher, moderator and panelist.
www.youcandoagraphicnovel.com

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
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Your College Essay Made Easy

September 18, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Dennis Gaffney

Are you worried about writing your college essay? In this workshop, an experienced college essay coach will ease your worries by showing you how to get it done. Learn how to write a meaningful piece—and one that will strengthen your chances of getting into the college of your choice. Dennis Gaffney has coached students who have been accepted to schools such as Middlebury, NYU, Harvard, Dartmouth, Stanford, and SUNY-Binghamton. He’s an adjunct writing professor and freelance journalist who has written three books and articles for venues such as The New York Times (www.dennisgaffney.com). The interactive workshop will cover common mistakes to avoid, a sound process to minimize stress, and techniques for a memorable essay. All will leave with a strong sense of their essay topic. Students and parents are welcome.

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

September 18, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

October 2, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
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Family Saturday: Fall Frolic

October 11, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM Instructor: Jane McCambley

DAY OF/DROP IN RATE: $7.00. Leaves, leaves everywhere! Come explore the natural world around us and create the colors of Fall. Pre-registration for Family Saturdays is preferred. *Note: Family Saturdays are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

October 16, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
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Your College Essay Made Easy

October 18, 2014 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Instructor: Dennis Gaffney

Are you worried about writing your college essay? In this workshop, an experienced college essay coach will ease your worries by showing you how to get it done. Learn how to write a meaningful piece—and one that will strengthen your chances of getting into the college of your choice. Dennis Gaffney has coached students who have been accepted to schools such as Middlebury, NYU, Harvard, Dartmouth, Stanford, and SUNY-Binghamton. He’s an adjunct writing professor and freelance journalist who has written three books and articles for venues such as The New York Times (www.dennisgaffney.com). The interactive workshop will cover common mistakes to avoid, a sound process to minimize stress, and techniques for a memorable essay. All will leave with a strong sense of their essay topic. Students and parents are welcome.

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

October 30, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014
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Family Saturday: Picasso Your Pet

November 8, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM Instructor: Jane McCambley

DAY OF/DROP IN RATE: $7.00. Have a pet, or dream of having one? Come make your own version of your real or imaginary pet – Picasso style! Pre-registration for Family Saturdays is preferred. *Note: Family Saturdays are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

November 13, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

December 4, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
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Family Saturday: A Crayon Odyssey

December 13, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM Instructor: Jane McCambley

DAY OF/DROP IN RATE: $7.00 Learn new ways to draw with crayons as you draw exciting journeys like Harold and the Purple Crayon! Pre-registration for Family Saturdays is preferred. *Note: Family Saturdays are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

December 18, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.