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.

Saturday, Apr 26, 2014
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Beyond the Crayon: Drawing for Pre-Teens

April 26, 2014 to May 17, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Joseph Mastroianni

Do you love to draw? Are your school art classes not enough? Kids 10-13 can join us at the Arts Center and explore your abilities further, learn new techniques, and refine your skills. Throughout a structured curriculum students will discover their own unique visual language using a wide range of drawing materials to strengthen visual observation at their own pace.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Clay for Kids

May 10, 2014 to June 21, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Tholl

Play with clay! In this exciting weekend class for kids, students ages 6-11 will learn to hand build with pinch pots, coils, and slabs. We will combine these three basic techniques to construct fun and whimsical creations with emphasis on form and texture. Each student will complete several glazed creations.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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The Potters Studio for Teens

May 10, 2014 to June 21, 2014 — 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM Instructor: Katherine Tholl

If you think the Potter’s 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 – 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. You will work with food safe clay and glazes to create beautiful pieces of work and you will be encouraged to experiment with everything you do. Our studio is lead free.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Family Saturday: Boats Away!

May 31, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

PRE-REGISTRATION:$5.00/CLASS DAY REGISTRATION: $7.00 Anchors Away! Let’s make boats out of unexpected things…. just make sure they can float!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Farmers Market Basket Cook-off for Pre-Teens

May 31, 2014 to June 14, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Julianna Glassanos

Pre-teens aged 11 to 14 are welcome to join Chef Julianna 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 amazing dish from your basket of fresh products. You’ll learn about what’s in season, and how to cook it, as well as basic cooking skills that will make you feel confident in the kitchen!

Monday, Jun 30, 2014
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Drawing and Painting Portraits Intensive

June 30, 2014 to July 3, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

This camp will focus on the process of drawing accurate portraits. Working from live models as well as photo reference materials, teens will learn about the head and facial structural proportions that we share, as well as pinpointing that which makes us unique. Students will learn proper facial feature placement through measuring techniques to create a likeness of the model. No class 7/4.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

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Big Kids Ceramics Studio

June 30, 2014 to July 3, 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 of work, from one of a kind bowls, to sculptures from your original sketches and more. No class 7/4.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

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Color Playground

June 30, 2014 to July 3, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

Come play with us this week and color the playground! Laura Vaccaro Seeger playfully explores color from a different perspective in books like Lemons are Not Red! First and second grade students will mimic Seeger’s literature illustrations through creating vibrant colorful works of art using tints, shades, monochromatic color schemes and complimentary colors. Seeger’s inspirations become our inspirations as we play and experiment with lots of COLOR! No class 7/4.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

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Stop Motion Animation

June 30, 2014 to July 3, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ira Marcks

Whether you’re cutting people out of paper, sculpting characters from clay, or drawing your story on paper, you can make make your ideas come to life with stop motion animation. In this camp, creative middle schoolers will explore various areas of animation using stop-motion software, DSLR cameras and hands-on art techniques. Students will utilize our digital arts studio and work on Mac computers to create a variety of projects catered to their unique interests. No class 7/4.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

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Ceramics Studio (Two Weeks)

June 30, 2014 to July 11, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

Explore and experiment with ceramic art in this two week camp! Potter Ariana Kolins will assist you with hand building, and Potter in Residence John Visser will help you learn to throw on the wheel. If you already have clay experience, they’ll help you take it to the next level. You’ll complete the two weeks with several pieces completed and ready to be fired. Our studio uses only food-safe clay and lead-free glazes.

Monday, Jul 7, 2014

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Figure Drawing Intensive

July 7, 2014 to July 11, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

If you are a serious student of art, this intensive will allow you to focus on an important facet of an artist’s education; drawing the human figure. Through direct observation of a model, you’ll learn methods for simplifying what you see, creating proper proportions and building volume with light and shadow. You’ll be amazed at how much you can improve in one week! Life drawings make an impressive addition to a college entrance art portfolio. Please note: Students will be drawing from a professional live model, both nude and partially draped. We recommend this intensive for more serious art students, over the age of 14. All students must have parent or guardian sign a release form.

Monday, Jul 7, 2014

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Podcast Theatre for Big Kids

July 7, 2014 to July 11, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Rebecca Angel Maxwell

Write, direct, and act in a play, all without setting foot on stage. This is Podcast Theater! Podcasting is sharing audio through the internet- the new version of Radio Drama. Campers will create original stories made for listening, explore the fun of making sound effects, and learn voice acting. Perfect for those interested in theater, but shy on stage.

Monday, Jul 7, 2014

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BE the Mouse!

July 7, 2014 to July 11, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

First and second grade kids will learn to see like Leo Lionni in this engaging week! Inch along with Leo as we change our perspective and view the world as an inchworm, a mouse, and a fish! We will create art using the same techniques and materials as he does, and sculpt clay inspired creations reflecting Lionni’s Caldecott winning book, Inch by Inch.

Monday, Jul 7, 2014

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Woodworking

July 7, 2014 to July 11, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Melissa Collins

Come join us in the wood shop and create beautiful pieces you’ll treasure forever! In one week you’ll learn some basic woodworking skills and use them to create a personally detailed keepsake box and a name shelf with hooks to put in your room. Students will be learning to work with hand tools, and every step will be clearly demonstrated and all techniques explained before students are asked to use any equipment. Fine motor coordination is required.

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

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Photo Journalism Intensive

July 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Patrick Dodson

Do you love photography? In this intensive week designed for students that have an interest in photography and telling stories, students will work together as a group using photojournalism to put together a social documentary book. Local photojournalist Patrick Dodson will lead students through every step of the process, including developing a specific idea, planning shoots, laying out pages, and proofing the final product. You may bring your own camera, but DSLR cameras and instruction will also be provided. Students should have basic knowledge of digital cameras and computers. Two copies of the class book, printed locally by Troy Book Makers, will be provided to each student to be added to their professional or personal portfolios.

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

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Ceramics Studio Intensive (2 Weeks)

July 14, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Explore the exciting possibilities of ceramic art, including throwing on the wheel and hand building. You’ll work with potters Ariana Kollins 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, Jul 14, 2014

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Site-Specific Theatre Intensive (Two Weeks)

July 14, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Leigh Strimbeck

How does the space of a place influence the performance? In what way can the layers of history in a building infuse its way into a story? This is what site-specific theatre is all about, and what better place to create it than in historical downtown Troy, NY! In two weeks you’ll be researching, creating, rehearsing and performing an original piece of theatre at a chosen Troy site. You’ll then perform the piece for a live audience during the July Troy Night Out. Led by Leigh Strimbeck, Artist in Residence at Russell Sage College, and playwright and Director of Education at The Arts Center, Sunny da Silva, with help from Theatre Artist Emily West. Students interested in any facet of theatrical writing, design or performance are encouraged to take part. This is a one of a kind experience you shouldn’t miss!

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

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Big Kids Explore Africa!

July 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

Come explore Africa through its amazing art! We will make African masks from recycled materials, create pottery from clay, create amazing beaded jewelry, paper mache a safari animal, and print Adinkra inspired works. If you are the type of artist that likes to dabble in all mediums then this is the class for you. It will be an action packed week as we create together!

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

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Big Kids Cook Off!

July 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Julianna Glassanos

Are you a Master Chef in the making? Want to improve your skills, or learn new ones? Come join Chef Julianna in the kitchen and learn basics that will allow you to wow your friends and family! At the end of the week their will be a team cooking challenge, and you’ll be able to share the dishes you’ve made. Can you stand the heat?

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

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Brain Swimming

July 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

What is brain swimming you ask? Artists have a process that they explore when they create a series of Illustrations. In this fantasy filled week 1st and 2nd grade kids will dive in –hands first—into the brain of author and illustrator David Wiesner. Join us as we work with paneling, modeling clay, sketches and patterns. We will create unique fantasy worlds and play with different outer worldly characters. Come on and dive in!

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

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Podcast Theatre

July 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Rebecca Angel Maxwell

Write, direct, and act in a play, all without setting foot on stage. This is Podcast Theater! Podcasting is sharing audio through the internet- the new version of Radio Drama. Campers will create original stories made for listening, explore the fun of making sound effects, and learn voice acting. Perfect for those interested in theater, but shy on stage. Student will take home a CD of their work.

Monday, Jul 21, 2014

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Once You Pop The Fun Don’t Stop: Pop-Up Gallery Intensive

July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Joseph Mastroianni

What is a pop-up gallery you may ask? A pop-up gallery is a DIY form of exhibiting artwork to the public. Utilizing a found space within a community setting pop up galleries function as a one day event for artists alike to showcase their artwork. In this intensive you will learn the basic fundamentals of creating a collaborative exhibit with your peers that showcases your artwork, writings, and creativity. You will learn the importance of brainstorming ideas, writing exhibition descriptions, and how to properly hang an art show in a fun interesting manner. This is your opportunity to share your art with friends, family, and peers within the community! Upon completion students will have learned the necessary tools to create their own Pop-Up Gallery and will exhibit their Pop-Up Art Show for one night at the July Troy Night Out. Don’t miss this unique experience!

Monday, Jul 21, 2014

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Comic Creations : Big Kids Camp

July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ira Marcks

A giant worm invading the universe? Little pink pandas parading through zombie town? Big Kids in 3rd-5th grade can create their own zany characters, with or without superpowers in this week of storytelling. You’ll learn how to draw and design your own creative characters and tell their story with colorful illustrations. You’ll leave with your own colorful comic creation!

Monday, Jul 21, 2014

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It Takes Two to Tangle

July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

Ever heard the saying, two heads are better than one? Sometimes, Authors and Artists need to work together in order to get the job done. We’ll look at Philip Stead Illustrator, and Erin E. Stead, Author, and how they create books using their two heads. 1st and 2nd grade kids will use team work and build on their communication skills as they collaborate on group projects and design pieces of art work fit for a portfolio.

Monday, Jul 21, 2014

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Digital Photography

July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Erika Nusser

Focusing on photography concepts and techniques, Middle School students will learn the ins and outs of digital photography, exploring the camera and how it works, lighting and studio techniques, and basic digital image processing and printing. Students will take several walking trips in Downtown Troy for inspiration and subject matter to shoot for their projects. Students will also learn to discuss, critique and curate images. Students may bring their own camera, or use the cameras in the digital arts studio.

Monday, Jul 21, 2014

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Exploratorium: Creative Thinking Camp

July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ismet Mamnoon

Ever wondered how your brain works in such fascinating ways? In this unique camp you’ll get creative in ways you never imagined, thinking beyond the box and taking part in activities that develop the essential life skills of creative thinking and problem solving with lead teachers Ismet Mamnoon and Pamela Szalay. Creative Thinking is recognized as a core 21st century skill, and is an attribute needed to face the diverse challenges of the future. In this camp, taught by graduates of the International Center for Studies in Creativity, and compiling more than 50 years of research, you’ll have a unique opportunity to learn and develop your creative skills. Come join us for a week of brain burning fun! Lead Teacher: Ismet Mamnoon, Director of Imagination. Ismet holds a master’s degree in Creativity and is the founder of the Initiative for Creativity in Education. She has worked with children, families and educators internationally to bring creativity into their daily practices. Ismet has authored three books on creativity and received the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate student and the SUNY Chancellor’s award for her work with children, educators, communities and organizations. Recently, she was featured as TEDx speaker where she spoke about her journey to becoming a creative parent.

Lead Teacher: Pamela Szalay, Director of Play. Pamela holds a master’s degree in Creativity, a bachelor’s degree in Music and English, and an advanced certificate in Adolescent Education. She is a founder of Beyonder, LLC., and Imagine and Play Music, with a signature workshop called “Opening the Door to Creative Musical Expression”. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College, written numerous articles on creative approaches to education, and served as a research and curriculum assistant for the “The Creative Thinkers Toolbox”, a DVD-series recently published by The Great Courses. In addition, Pamela is actively involved in the arts as a creator, performer and educator.

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Big Kids Building with Geometry and Synergy

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

Discover and explore the geometric patterns and synergetic structures found everywhere in the world around us! In this fun hands on camp for 3rd-5th graders you will draw, build and learn about the primary shapes and structures of our universe from triangles and tetrahedrons to geodesic domes and Bucky balls. Through a variety of building activities, you will experience these geometric relationships directly, learn about the principles of structure and have a better understanding of the synergetic way nature builds.

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Portfolio Development Intensive

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

This week will focus on an intensive program of drawing and painting with the goal of creating strong portfolio pieces for college applications that represent the student’s current artistic interests and demonstrate drawing skills and awareness of formal visual values. Students will explore a variety of tools, media and approaches draw and paint from direct observation, using still life, models, and landscape as our subject matter, as is typically preferred by most art colleges. Students will begin to develop their own artist practice, discovering interests in new methods and gaining new skills in drawing and image making. This camp will strongly benefit high school students interested in pursuing a college degree in art or design.

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Stained Glass Jewelry Intensive

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 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 intensive. Beginners will learn introductory stained glass and metalsmithing techniques, and experienced students will expand their horizons in these mediums. You will leave with beautiful jewelry, and some new skills!

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Wearable Art for Big Kids

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Robyn Cross

Art isn’t just something to hang on the wall, what about the art that’s hanging in your closet? Or around your neck? This week 3rd through fifth graders will concentrate on making art that you can wear! We’ll tie-dye t-shirts and other things; we’ll make our own beads out of paper and sculpey, and make cool jewelry out of those beads. We’ll also make duct tape wallets and purses. We’ll even weave our own bag! We will learn about real fashion design, and do some drawings like the pros. Join us for the fashion show at the end of this fantastic week!

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Monster’s Theatre

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

What kind of MONSTER are you? In this week of Performance Art 1st and 2nd grade kids will be recreating Where the Wild things Are, by Maurice Sendak, on stage! You’ll be are going to reviewing patterns, creating masks, designing scenery and dreaming up new monsters while using the same bold color palate as Sendak. You’ll end the week with a colorful and scary play for all to see performed on our stage! Monsters aren’t just scary, they’re FUN!

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Computer Music Production and Recording

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Michael Campion Leczinsky

Love music? Ever thought of writing and recording your own but thought you didn’t have the tools? This week long camp will teach you how to use computers to write, record, and produce full-length songs. Enthusiasm for music, but not formal training, is required. You’ll learn multi-track recording (“overdubbing”), MIDI sequencing, mixing, effects, song structures, loop construction, composing music for video, and the basics of digital music distribution. MIDI controllers, headphones, microphones, speakers, software, and Apple Macintosh computers will be provided in our Computer Lab. At the end of the week you’ll show off your original compositions, and leave with the skills to continue creating on your own computer.

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Farms, Food and Photography with ASA

July 28, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ellie Markovitch

For the second year the Arts Center is teaming up with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) for this unique two week program for students 12 through 16 focusing on farming, food, and photography. Students will visit several local farms to learn about farm operation and harvest food with their own hands. Back at The Arts Center, teaching artist and cook Ellie Markovitch will help students understand the idea of “farm-to-table” with basic cooking skills and work with the student to prepare a meal with the food they’ve harvested while discussing nutrition. The students will also be documenting their time on the farm and in the kitchen while using the Digital Art Studio at The Arts Center to create a series of photographs, recipes, blog posts, and other media related their their experience. The Arts Center will host a food tasting and official exhibition featuring the students’ work at August Troy Night Out to remind the community of the important role farms and food play in our lives.

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Ceramics Studio

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ariana Kolins

Explore and experiment with ceramic art in this week long camp! Potter Ariana Kolins 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 complete the week with several pieces completed 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. Thru discussion and demonstration students will engage with and create street art. What is Street Art? Consider the following definition:

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 course 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 Intensive, including stained glass design and construction, glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering and cleaning. The beginner will learn the basic, 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, you’ve got other things to paint! Walls, ceilings, floors… anything’s game in this Big Kid’s camp. You’ll learn about famous Murals and Street Art, and then with your fellow campers 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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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 mask making 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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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 aged 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 Royah Ansari royah@artscenteronline.org or (518)273-0552 ext. 233 before you register.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Big Kids Ceramics Studio

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

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 with potter Ariana Kolins. Youll 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.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Tech Art Exploration with Tech Valley Center of Gravity

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. Ianotti and local artist/educator. No previous experience on this equipment is necessary though safety training prior to class start date is required.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Mural, Mural on the Wall

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Joseph Mastroianni

Throughout history mural creation has been used to make positive statements, bring a colorful new light within a public space, and create conversation amongst people within a community. Would you be interested in changing how people view the world around them? If you are, than this is the camp for you! Through a collaborative process the campers will concentrate on creating a fun and exciting large scale mural based on a chosen theme for ALL to see. You will obtain a brief history of mural making, and an arsenal of techniques towards the making of a colorful and thought provoking piece of art.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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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, he’ll help you take it to the next level. You’ll complete the week with several pieces completed 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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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 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 11, 2014

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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 cameras in the 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 that detailed and incredible way? This class will explore drawing techniques like stippling and crosshatching that were used 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 3 drawings during the week: one botanical (plant), one of fauna (some kind of animal or bird) and one of a 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 Kollins 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. The children will have an amazing time creating abstract sculptures from recycled plastics, crazy critters, fun mask making and so much more! Campers will have the opportunity to explore how far their imaginations can go as they magically transform one person’s trash into their own creative treasures!

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. Children will create an Aboriginal inspired animal painting with dots, 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

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, including 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!

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 18, 2014

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Mosaic Installation Intensive

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Tamara DeMartino

Join us for this chance to create a permanent Art installation, and to learn the ancient art of Mosaics. You’ll be working with Mosaic Artist, Tamara DeMartino, to design and construct and install a permanent mosaic to be placed on the back exterior wall of The Arts Center. You’ll use the history of Troy, NY to create a statement about all that is unique in the city, from past to present. You’ll leave a glorious piece of art which will last for years to come. What a great experience to add to your portfolio.

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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Big Kids Music Making and Wood Working

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 3-5th 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. Then you’ll 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

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 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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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 1st and 2nd grade kids will mimic Lois Ehlert’s artistic style through the same inspirations and art materials, and create an abstract drawing by following an artist’s “recipe”. 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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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 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

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, and 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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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 4th and 5th 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 Art 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 journals, sketchbooks, or notebooks of some type. But anyone, for any reason, 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, making interesting connections, And it’s fun! 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 workshop, you will to learn how shapes, lines, mark-making, and shading techniques are used in a drawing and sketching practice. Natural objects will be brought into the classroom for you to draw from observation. You’ll be encouraged to really looking at what you are drawing. Weather permitting, we may also take outside sketching excursions along the Hudson River, and out and about in the city of Troy. You will be shown examples of many different kinds of sketchbooks and and many different ways to fill them. Discover what your sketchbook will become for you.

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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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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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 1st 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 superhero characters, stories and artwork like Tony Diterlizzi. Put on your racing helmets!

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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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 workshop 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. Sign up and TRASH THE RUNWAY!