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. 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.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014
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Artists in Action (Two Weeks)

August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

Are you looking for a summer enrichment opportunity for your child with an Individualized Education Program? This August, we are piloting a new camp for students with unique minds to produce creative works of art through movement. Over two weeks students ages 6-10 will be led by a professional certified in Art and Childhood Special Education, with a student-to-staff ratio of no more than 4-to-1. Your child will engage in thoughtful curriculum designed to build social, communication, and gross and fine motor skills. Each activity will exercise controlled elements of body movement to produce beautiful results; smooth strokes of charcoal, arching swipes with rollers, and choreographed hand puppetry, to name a few. This unique experience will stimulate your child’s creativity in an accepting and fun environment, providing space to create identity, embrace gifts, amp up confidence, and build skills though art! Grant funds are available for all campers, IEP’s must be provided. Above price includes a 25% grant funded subsidy. Contact Sunny da Silva (518)273-0552 ext. 222 or sunny@artscenteronline.org before you register.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Trash Transformers

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

Become a Trash Transformer! First and second graders will have fun creating an amazing array of creative works using everyday found objects and items that might otherwise be considered trash. You’ll have an amazing time creating abstract sculptures from recycled plastics, crazy critters, fun masks, and so much more! Explore how far your imagination can go as you magically transform one person’s trash into your own creative treasures!

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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SOLD OUT! Big Kids Ceramics Studio

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ariana Kolins

Get your hands dirty in this week of muddy fun! You’ll learn all about clay and the techniques for hand building your own masterpieces. We’ll work with food-safe clay and lead-free glazes to create beautiful pieces – from one of a kind bowls, to sculptures from your original sketches and more!

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Tech Art Exploration with Tech Valley Center of Gravity: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Erica C. Iannotti

Ready for a new challenge? In this exciting partnership with the Troy MakerSpace, Tech Valley Center of Gravity, students will create innovative art pieces by combining traditional techniques with 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics, and more. The sky is the limit! Bring a new dimension to your craft in this camp for artists and techies alike! Course co-taught by local female engineer/educator Erica C. Iannotti and a local artist/educator. No previous experience with the equipment is necessary although safety training prior to class start date is required.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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SOLD OUT! Ceramics Studio

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

Explore and experiment with ceramic art in this week long camp! Potter in Residence John Visser will assist you with in all things clay. If you already have clay experience, she’ll help you take it to the next level. You’ll end the week with several completed pieces and ready to be fired. All work from pottery camps will not receive its final firing until the camp is over and must be picked up at a later date to be arranged with the instructors. Our studio uses only food-safe clay and lead-free glazes.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Street Art Intensive

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Michael Conlin

This week long Intensive focuses on the history of street art culture from inception to present. Through discussion and demonstration students will engage with and create street art. What is street art? There is as yet no simple definition of street art. It is an amorphous beast encompassing art which is found in or inspired by the urban environment. With anti-capitalist and rebellious undertones, it is a democratic form of popular public art probably best understood by seeing it in situ. It is not limited to the gallery nor easily collected or possessed by those who may turn art into a trophy. Considered by some a nuisance, for others street art is a tool for communicating views of dissent, asking difficult questions and expressing political concerns. Its definition and uses are changing: originally a tool to mark territorial boundaries of urban youth today it is even seen in some cases as a means of urban beautification and regeneration.http://artradarjournal.com/2010/01/21/what-is-street-art-vandalism-graffiti-or-public-art-part-i/ Discussion based around concepts pertaining to art from a graffiti sub text to better understand key differences in and debunk myths surrounding the street art culture. Demonstration and participation in acts such as stenciling, wheat pasting, stickers and stamping, and spray paint will culminate in a group designed and executed work of art. This camp does not condone vandalism.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Stained Glass Intensive

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

The best stained glass pulls the viewer into beautiful, colored worlds. Begin to work your way toward perfecting this art form as you learn the basics during this week long camp, including stained glass design and construction, glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering, and cleaning. The beginner will learn the basics, while the experienced student will have the time and attention to hone their skills. Each student will create their own unique stained glass panel, as well as other smaller pieces to take home. Our studio is lead free.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Big Kids, Let’s Paint, Paint Everywhere!

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Robyn Cross

No need for paper or canvas, you’ve got other things to paint! Walls, ceilings, floors… anything’s game in this camp. You’ll learn about famous murals and street art, and than with your fellow campers you’ll design and create work of your own. At the end of the week the walls and ceilings will be covered with colorful and creative works of art!

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Metalworking and Jewelry Intensive

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Teens will focus on traditional metalworking skills as well as experience the newest ways of working with metal in this camp. Students will learn to cut, pierce, form, file, join, and finish metals on their way to finishing several projects, including jewelry in various metals. Creativity will be encouraged as students develop their own designs while working safely. The instructor will guide individual students’ creative efforts in addition to class demonstrations. There will be a show at the end of the week where you’ll display your finished pieces for family and friends. Fine motor skills are required for this camp. Teens 13 and up welcome.

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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Escape to Down Under

August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

Campers will take delight as they explore all the amazing art Australia has to offer. First and second grade children will create an Aboriginal inspired animal painting with dots everywhere. We will learn about and create paper mache indigenous animals from the outback such as the wombat, dingo, and sugar glider. Students will explore all mediums as we travel to the outback and back! So hop aboard matey’s as we get creative in the land down under.

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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Stained Glass: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

The best stained glass pulls the viewer into beautiful, colored worlds. Begin to work your way toward perfecting this art form as you learn the basics during this camp. Students will learn about stained glass design and construction, glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering, and cleaning. Each student will create their own unique stained glass panel to take home!

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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Culinary Challenge!: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Julianna Glassanos

Explore your culinary side in this hands on camp for junior foodies. You’ll hone your skills and learn some brand new ones as you explore and experiment in the kitchen. At the end of the week you’ll participate in a culinary basket cook-off challenge to show off what you have learned. Can you take the challenge?

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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SOLD OUT! Digital Photography Intensive

August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Erika Nusser

Focusing on photography concepts and techniques, students will learn the arts and science of digital photography, exploring the camera and how it works, lighting and studio techniques, digital image processing, and printing. Students will take several walking trips in Downtown Troy for inspiration. These trips will help with framing, lighting, and composition. Students will also learn to discuss, critique, and curate images. Students may bring their own camera, or use the DLSR cameras from our Digital Arts Studio. Students will develop the skills necessary to develop their vision into a tangible product, and leave with great work for their portfolio!

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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Micrographia Intensive

August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

The master of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of plants and anatomy haunt our imaginations to this day. Do you want to learn to draw in a detailed and incredible way? This camp will explore drawing techniques like stippling and crosshatching that were used to render a variety of subjects. We will utilize magnifying glasses to better understand and view complex natural structures. We will build skills in drawing from life including proportional measurement. By using ink and pencil to build detailed patterns and textures found in nature, you will learn skill sets that can be applied to many other artistic disciplines. Come take an artistic journey that will leave you with a new way of looking at this complex and beautiful world we live in. We will focus on creating three drawings during the week: one botanical (plant), one fauna (an animal or bird), and one geological (from the earth; fossil or mineral) specimen. *Students are encouraged to bring objects that they may have in their own collections that they are interested in drawing.

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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Ceramics Studio Intensive (2 Weeks)

August 11, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

Explore the exciting possibilities of ceramic art, including throwing on the wheel and hand building. You’ll work with potters Ariana Kolins and John Visser who will lead you on a creative journey in clay. Newcomers will have time to focus in and explore the craft, while experienced students will be pushed to develop their skills. You’ll work with food-safe clay and lead-free glazes to create beautiful pieces of work, from one of a kind bowls, to sculptures from your original sketches and more. Students will leave camp with many finished projects of their own design.

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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Trash to Treasure Big Kids Camp

August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Robyn Cross

Get lost in the recycling bin! Have fun creating an amazing array of creative works using everyday found objects and items that might otherwise be considered trash. You’ll have an amazing time creating abstract sculptures from recycled plastics, crazy critters, fun masks, and so much more! Explore how far your imagination can go as you magically transform one person’s trash into your own creative treasures!

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

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Metalworking and Jewelry Intensive

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Teens will focus on traditional metal working skills as well as experience the newest ways of working with metal in this camp. Students will learn to cut, pierce, form, file, join, and finish metals on their way to finishing several projects, including jewelry, in various metals. Creativity will be encouraged as students develop their own designs while working safely. The instructor will guide individual students’ creative efforts in addition to class demonstrations. There will be a show at the end of the camp where you’ll display your finished pieces for family and friends! Fine motor skills are required for this course. Teens 13 and up welcome.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

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Recipe for a Paint Brush

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

Who says recipes are only for the kitchen – how about the artist’s studio? In this active week first and second grade kids will mimic Lois Ehlert’s artistic style through the same inspirations and art materials, while following an artist’s “recipe” to create an abstract drawing. Lois Ehlert has been awarded the Caldecott medal for her book Color Zoo! She is known best for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Vegetable Soup and Leaf Man.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

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Big Kids: Music Making and Woodworking: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ben Karis-Nix

Love music AND working with your hands? In this busy camp, third through fifth graders will be learning to work with hand tools with Melissa Collins, while constructing and personalizing a special secrets box to take home and keep forever. You’ll then head into the Digital Arts Studio with Ben Karis-Nix and learn to make and mix your own music using Garage Band! You’ll learn the ins and outs of this popular and easy to use musical tool so you can continue to compose your own songs when you get home.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

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Portrait of the Artist as a Big Kid: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

In this seriously fun camp for Big Kids you’ll learn the skills and techniques to draw realistic portraits. Explore drawing your own self portrait, as well as learning how to draw from a live portrait model. You’ll learn about the head and facial structural proportions and how to draw and shade them. Come have some serious fun! Serious Fun camps are for fourth and fifth graders who have a strong interest in the art form.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

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Portraiture Exploration

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Robyn Cross

Explore drawing your own self portrait, as well as learning how to draw from a live portrait model. You’ll learn about the head and facial structural proportions that we share, as well as pinpointing that which makes us unique. You’ll also learn proper facial feature placement through measuring techniques to create a likeness of the model and of their own face.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

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Stained Glass Jewelry: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

Bring two fabulous art forms together to make pendants, earrings, and more in this week long camp. Beginners will learn introductory stained glass and metalsmithing techniques. Experienced students will expand their horizons in these mediums. You will leave with beautiful jewelry and some new skills!

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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Drawing Intensive

August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

Whether you love to draw already or are interested in sharpening your skills, here’s the jump start you need to improve your art portfolio! Guided by the instructor, you’ll focus on direct observation of still life and models using graphite and charcoal. Learn methods for simplifying what you see, create proper proportions, and build volume with light and shadow. You’ll be amazed at how much you can improve in one week!

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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Race it, Fly it!

August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

Race it, fly it, send it through wind and rain! In this week of design first and second grade kids will be studying Eric Rohman’s brilliant transportation illustrations, and Tony DiTerlizzi’s creative character superhero adventure stories. Students will create their own arrow dynamic airplanes, cars, trains, and vehicles, as well as what these things will look like in the future! We will also design superheros, stories, and artwork like Tony DiTerlizzi’s. Put on your racing helmets!

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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SOLD OUT! Serious Fun on the Wheel

August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

Are you a Big Kid who is seriously interested in learning to throw on the wheel? In this intimate camp designed to allow fourth and fifth graders the opportunity to tackle the potter’s wheel, students are taught the basic skills and allowed the freedom of trial and error to improve. The Arts Center’s Potter in Residence, John Visser, will share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the wheel and nurture each student to reach their personal best. Serious Fun camps are for fourth and fifth graders who have a strong interest in the art form.

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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Creative Seedling Big Kids Sketchbook Project

August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Carol Coogan

Many professional artists, illustrators, designers, naturalists, archaeologists, inventors, architects, and writers regularly keep a journal or a sketchbook. But anyone can benefit from using this tool. In this camp you’ll learn the practice of keeping a sketchbook as a place for developing artistic skills, exploring ideas, and making interesting connections. Are you a beginner who would like to try your hand at keeping a sketchbook for the first time? Or maybe you have a sketchbook but you’ve never quite known what to do with it. In this camp, you will to learn how shapes, lines, mark-making, and shading techniques are used in the practice of drawing. Natural objects will be brought into the studio for you to draw from observation. Weather permitting, we may also take outside sketching excursions along the Hudson River, and out and about in Downtown Troy. You will be shown examples of many different kinds of sketchbooks and many ways to fill them. Discover what your sketchbook will become for you!

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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SOLD OUT! Stained Glass for Big Kids

August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

The best stained glass pulls the viewer into beautiful, colored worlds. Begin to work your way toward perfecting this art form as you learn the basics in our lead free stained glass studio during this Seriously Fun camp. You’ll learn stained glass design and construction, glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering and cleaning. Each student will create their own, unique stained glass pieces to take home. Excellent fine motor skills required. Serious Fun camps are for fourth and fifth graders who have a strong interest in the art form.

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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SOLD OUT! Computer Game Design

August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ira Marcks

Gamers and tech-loving middle schoolers will love this camp, where they will explore various areas of basic game design using web-based software. Students will utilize our digital arts studio and work on Mac computers to create a variety of projects catered to their unique interests. This a great camp for students who are interested in learning basics in computer programming, basic animation and gaming.

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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Trash The Runway!

August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Claire Sherwood

Welcome to Project Runway with a twist! This fun and quirky camp will teach students how to create unique, wearable artwork all from nontraditional materials. Campers will be lead through individual and group challenges where they will make one of a kind fashion pieces from plastics, papers, wire, and more. The week long camp will end with a fun runway fashion show in which the campers can wear, celebrate, and show off their ideas. Register now and TRASH THE RUNWAY!