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Arts Center Camps Information and Policies

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

    • KIDS (Grades 1 – 5)  NEW! 1/2 days available in this age group for Summer 2015!
    • BIG KIDS (Grades 4 – 5)
    • PRE-TEENS (Grades 6 – 8)
    • TEENS (Grades 9 – 12)

For our winter/spring break camps children must currently be in the grade specified. For 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.

Want a sneak peek at what camp is like at The Arts Center? Check out our video!


Before and After Care

Before and After Care are available from 8-9 AM and 4-5 PM. at $5.00 per hour, per child. Forms must be filled out in advance and can be found in the Camp Parent Pack. Click here to download the Winter/Spring break parent pack, and  here to download the Summer camp parent 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/Parent Forms

Payment Plans for 2015 Summer Arts Camps are available. A 25% non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. The remainder must be paid in bi-weekly or monthly installments using a credit card. Must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of camp. Contact the Registrar at (518) 273-0552 x 231 to set-up payment plan.


Scholarships

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


Refunds/Pro-rating

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

Beginner

  • Big Kids: Comic Creations

    A giant worm invading the universe? Little pink pandas parading through zombie town? In this Big Kids camp for 4th and 5th graders, you will create your own zany characters (with or without superpowers) in...

    August 10, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ira Marcks

    Details & Signup
  • AM ONLY: Game Jam Kids Camp

    Love games of all kinds? If you’re a 1st through 5th grader, this is your chance to use your creative muscle and make your own original games! You’ll explore 2 and 3-dimensional board games and puzzles...

    August 10, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • Portraits and Selfies: Pre-Teen

    Into selfies? Why don’t you use those great selfies to draw or paint your own self portrait? Anyone can take a picture, but it takes knowledge and skill to turn that selfie into a work of art. In this ca...

    August 17, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

    Details & Signup
  • Creative Problem Solving Studio Teen Intensive

    Learn how to think creatively to solve problems. In this intensive week, high school students will learn creative thinking skills through a series of interdisciplinary projects. Led by inventor, writer, a...

    August 17, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

    Details & Signup
  • Ceramics Studio Teen Intensive

    Explore the exciting possibilities of ceramic art, including throwing on the wheel and hand building. Teens will work with ceramic artist Cara Nisbeth, who will lead you on a creative journey in clay. Newc...

    August 24, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

    Details & Signup
  • Big Kids: Portrait of the Artist

    In this serious fun camp for Big Kids, 4th and 5th graders will learn the skills and techniques to draw realistic portraits. Explore drawing your self portrait from your own picture or reflection, as well ...

    August 24, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

    Details & Signup
  • Farms, Food and Photography with ASA: Session II

    For the third year, The Arts Center is teaming up with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) for this unique program for students ages 14 through 16, or students who have completed Session I, foc...

    August 24, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ellie Markovitch

    Details & Signup
  • Alien Antics: Kids Camp

    You see them on TV and in the movies, and read about them in books. But what do YOU think an alien being from another planet would look like? How would they walk, talk, act, or laugh? What would their worl...

    August 24, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • AM ONLY: Alien Antics: Kids Camp

    You see them on TV and in the movies, and read about them in books. But what do YOU think an alien being from another planet would look like? How would they walk, talk, act, or laugh? What would their worl...

    August 24, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • Vaudeville Show! Kids Camp

    Love to tell funny stories? Juggle? Do magic tricks? Sing, dance, or impersonate people? In this crazy fun camp you will create, rehearse, and perform your very own Vaudeville Show. The most popular form o...

    August 31, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Emily West

    Details & Signup
  • Big Kids: Music Making and Woodworking

    Love music AND working with your hands? In this busy camp, 4th and 5th graders will learn to work with hand tools with Melissa Collins, while constructing a special woodworking project to take home and kee...

    August 31, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Melissa Collins

    Details & Signup
  • Ceramics Studio Teen Intensive

    Explore the exciting possibilities of ceramic art, including throwing on the wheel and hand building. Teens will work with potter John Visser, who will lead you on a creative journey in clay. Newcomers wil...

    August 31, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: John Visser

    Details & Signup
  • AM ONLY: Vaudeville Show! Kids Camp

    Love to tell funny stories? Juggle? Do magic tricks? Sing, dance, or impersonate people? In this crazy fun camp you will create, rehearse, and perform your very own Vaudeville Show. The most popular form o...

    August 31, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Emily West

    Details & Signup
  • Game Jam: Kids Camp

    Love games of all kinds? If you’re a 1st through 5th grader, this is your chance to use your creative muscle and make your own original games! You’ll even play a few as you explore 2 and 3 dimensional ...

    August 10, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • Dragons in my Tea Cup, Dragons in my Bed! Kids Camp

    Discover dragon tales and dragon tails in this week of all things dragons. You’ll discover dragon stories from around the world, play like dragons, creating your own dragon character, and use them to ins...

    August 3, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • AM ONLY: Dragons in my Tea Cup, Dragons in my Bed! Kids Camp

    Discover dragon tales and dragon tails in this week of all things dragons. You’ll discover dragon stories from around the world, play like dragons, creating your own dragon character, and use them to ins...

    August 3, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • SOLD OUT! Game Design with Tech Valley Game Space: Pre-Teen

    This camp, taught by the game makers at Tech Valley Game Space, will be centered around guided creation in the form of lab activities that are designed to introduce the basic skills required to create gam...

    August 24, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Details & Signup
  • SOLD OUT! Farms, Food and Photography with ASA: Session I

    For the third year, The Arts Center is teaming up with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) for this unique program for students ages 12 through 14 focusing on farming, food, and photography. ...

    August 17, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ellie Markovitch

    Details & Signup
  • Wired Into Art: Conceive, Connect, Create! Pre-Teen

    In this artistic camp for tech loving middle school students, you will explore the concepts of conductivity and resistivity through fun and creative take-home projects. We will create our very own working ...

    August 10, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Julia Alsarraf

    Details & Signup
  • Big Kids: Get Wired Into Art!

    In this techart camp for tech loving 4th and 5th graders, you will explore the concepts of conductivity and resistivity through fun and creative projects. We will learn how to incorporate basic circuitry i...

    August 17, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Julia Alsarraf

    Details & Signup
  • SOLD OUT! Exploring Comics and Graphic Novels

    Looking for inspiration? Let illustrator Ira Marcks challenge you to explore new ideas and methods of creativity. Middle school students are invited to participate in this camp, composed of part writing wo...

    August 3, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ira Marcks

    Details & Signup
  • SOLD OUT! Game Design with Tech Valley Game Space Teen Intensive

    This intensive camp will be centered around guided creation in the form of lab activities that are designed to introduce the basic skills required to create games using Construct 2, a free and intuitive cr...

    August 10, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Details & Signup
  • SOLD OUT! Big Kids: Ceramics Studio

    Get your hands dirty in this week of muddy fun for 4th and 5th graders. You’ll learn from Potters Cara Nisbeth and John Visser all about clay and the techniques for handbuilding your own masterpieces. W...

    August 3, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

    Details & Signup
  • Exploring Sculpture: Pre-Teen: LIMITED SPACE Call to Register

    As humans, we navigate the physical world around us in three-dimensions, so it makes sense that we use three-dimensional design and sculpture to communicate our ideas and experiences. Teaching artist and ...

    August 31, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

    Details & Signup
  • Clay for Kids

    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 safe food clay and glazes...

    September 19, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Tholl

    Details & Signup
  • The Potters Studio for Teens

    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 handforming. Young adult students, ages 12-16, from beg...

    September 19, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Tholl

    Details & Signup
  • Pre-Teen Drawing Studio

    Come flex your drawing muscles with a variety of exercises designed to improve your drawing skills. ...

    September 19, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

    Details & Signup
  • Family Sunday: Making Spooky

    Pre-registration: $5.00/Class day registration: $7.00 ...

    October 11, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

    Details & Signup
  • Pre-Teen Painting Studio

    Come flex your painting muscles with a variety of exercises designed to improve your painting skills. ...

    October 24, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

    Details & Signup
  • Clay for Kids

    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 safe food clay and glazes...

    November 7, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Tholl

    Details & Signup
  • The Potters Studio for Teens

    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 handforming. Young adult students, ages 12-16, from beg...

    November 7, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Tholl

    Details & Signup
  • Family Sunday: Play With Your Food!

    Pre-registration: $5.00/Class day registration: $7.00 ...

    November 15, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Family Sunday: Let it SNOW!

    Pre-registration: $5.00/Class day registration: $7.00 ...

    December 13, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Family Sunday: How Do You Like Them Apples?

    Pre-registration: $5.00/Class day registration: $7.00 ...

    September 13, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Farmers Market Basket Cook-off for Pre-Teens

    Pre-teens and teens aged 11 to 14 are welcome to join Chef Jillian and head to the Troy Farmer’s Market where you’ll learn about new ingredients, shop, then come back to the kitchen and whip up an amaz...

    October 3, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jillian R Naveh

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  • SOLD OUT! Robo Bunnies and Vampire Cows: Kids Camp

    What happens when you get creative and meld two things that don’t seem to belong together - together? You get a Vampire Cow! In this crazy week you’ll playfully fuse crazy things together through pain...

    August 17, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • SOLD OUT! AM ONLY: Robo Bunnies and Vampire Cows Kids Camp

    What happens when you get creative and meld two things that don’t seem to belong together - together? You get a Vampire Cow! In this crazy week you’ll playfully fuse crazy things together through pain...

    August 17, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • Teen Outdoor Mixed Media Exploration

    Sick of only making art indoors? Come explore the beautiful city of Troy, from its incredible architecture to lush green spaces. We will learn how to travel light and get familiar with ways to handle th...

    August 17, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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Intermediate

  • Filmmaking Teen Intensive: LIMITED SPACE Call to Register

    This intensive one-week camp will ditch basic point and shoot methods and focus on more advanced and professional techniques of filmmaking. There will be extra time spent in pre-production, learning how to...

    August 3, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Alexandria Hovet

    Details & Signup