Kids and Teens alike can find quality and engaging arts experiences here at The Arts Center. Our classes and camps are taught by passionate professionals, either NYS Certified Art Teachers or Teaching Artists well seasoned in their medium of expertise. Our classes and camps are small by choice so that your budding artist can get the attention they deserve. Curious to see what we are all about? Sign your family up for one of our FREE Family Sunday Happenings or our One Giant Try It! open house on Sunday, March 20th.

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

    • KIDS (Grades 1 – 5)  1/2 days available in this age group for Summer 2016!
    • SERIOUS FUN for BIG KIDS (Grades 4 – 5)
    • PRE-TEENS (Grades 6 – 8)
    • TEENS (Grades 9 – 12

Arts Center Camp Information and Policies

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.  All Serious Fun camps are intended for children who have a sincere interest in the medium being taught, and many require excellent fine motor skills as they begin to use advanced tools. Our camps are tailored carefully to each age group and ability level. 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 2016 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

We have very generous funders who want to insure that every child who wants to attend a camp at The Arts Center can. Needs-based scholarships are available for all of our camps, and all requests are given attention. Click here to download a fillable 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

  • Intermediate/Advanced Painting

    This class will focus first on drawing, and then painting from still lifes and the architecture around us. Previous knowledge or completion of Learning the Fundamentals of Drawing and Intro to Painting is ...

    May 7, 2016 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Family Happening: Fence-for-All

    It’s a happening again at The Arts Center! You and your family are invited to take part in this Arts Center tradition by creating your own family Fence installation. You’ll work together to design and ...

    May 22, 2016 — 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

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  • Big Kids: Ceramics Studio

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

    June 27, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Sarah Pratt

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  • Metalworking and Jewelry Teen Intensive

    Teens will focus on traditional metalworking skills as well as experience the newest ways of working with metal in this camp. You will learn to cut, pierce, form, file, join, and finish metals on your way ...

    June 27, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Morgana Fall

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  • My Art on My Sleeve: A Wearable Art Kid’s Camp

    In this creative multi-media camp for kids 1st through 5th grade, you’ll explore ways to make art you can wear. From traditional tie-dye to duct-tape to recyclables, you’ll discover a variety of ways t...

    June 27, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Victoria Tucker

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  • Farms, Food and Photography with ASA for Pre-Teens

    For the fourth year The Arts Center is teaming up with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) for this unique program for middle school students focusing on farming, food, and photography. Teachin...

    June 27, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ellie Markovitch

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  • A.M. ONLY: My Art on My Sleeve: A Wearable Art Kid’s Camp

    In this creative multi-media camp for kids 1st through 5th grade, you’ll explore ways to make art you can wear. From traditional tie-dye to duct-tape to recyclables, you’ll discover a variety of ways t...

    June 27, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Victoria Tucker

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  • SOLD OUT! Stained Glass for Pre-Teens

    The best stained glass pulls the viewer into beautiful, colored worlds. Learn the basics of this art form during this camp for middle school students. You’ll learn to work safely with the tools require...

    July 5, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Theresa Faul

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  • Drawing and Painting Portraits Teen Intensive

    Focus on the process of drawing and painting accurate portraits in this teen intensive. Working from live portrait models as well as photo reference materials, you will learn about the head and facial stru...

    July 5, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • A.M. ONLY: Color me Mango: A Kid’s Camp

    Color, color everywhere! In this playful camp for 1st through 5th graders you will learn color basics, and then mix them up to create your own unique color! You’ll learn about the color wheel and discuss...

    July 5, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Victoria Tucker

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  • Color me Mango: A Kid’s Camp

    Color, color everywhere! In this playful camp for 1st through 5th graders you will learn color basics, and then mix them up to create your own unique color! You’ll learn about the color wheel and discuss...

    July 5, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Victoria Tucker

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  • In the Kitchen with Ellie: A Serious Fun Camp

    Big Kids entering the 4th and 5th grade are invited into the kitchen to have serious fun with Ellie learning culinary skills and making some delicious food! You’ll learn to use appropriate tools for the ...

    July 5, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ellie Markovitch

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  • Drawing and Painting: A Serious Fun Camp

    In this camp for 4th and 5th graders who really want to learn to draw and paint, you’ll have the chance to seriousy focus on your skills. Starting with drawing, you’ll learn and practice skills and tec...

    July 11, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Kaitlyn Dollard

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  • Ceramics Studio for Pre-Teens

    Explore and experiment with ceramic art in this week long camp! Master Potter John Visser and other ceramics teaching artists will assist you with all things clay. If you already have clay experience, he...

    July 11, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: John Visser

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  • Make a Joyful Sound: A Kid’s Camp

    Since the beginning of time humans have made instruments from the world around them in order to express themselves. This instrument making camp for kids 1st through 5th grade will have you making music fro...

    July 11, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

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  • A.M. ONLY: Make a Joyful Sound: A Kid’s Camp

    Since the beginning of time humans have made instruments from the world around them in order to express themselves. This instrument making camp for kids 1st through 5th grade will have you making music fro...

    July 11, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

    Details & Signup
  • Experimentation in Sculpture for Pre-Teens

    Enjoy building your own creations? In this hands-on camp you’ll learn how to use basic tools and materials (drill, hammer, plaster etc.) and use these skills to build sculptures and installations. You’...

    July 18, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • 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...

    July 18, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jamey Stevenson

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  • A.M. ONLY: Mythological Creatures: A Kid’s Camp

    Delve into the mystery and magnetism behind mythological creatures like unicorns, dragons, and mermaids in this camp for kids 1st through 5th grade. You’ll spend time exploring and researching these crea...

    July 18, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Kaitlyn Dollard

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  • Metalworking for Pirates: A Serious Fun Camp

    All hands on deck for this summers pirate themed jewelry making class! Have you ever wanted to make your own skull & cross bones medallion? A kraken belt buckle ? Or have an idea for your very own desi...

    July 18, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Morgana Fall

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  • Stained Glass Workshop: A Serious Fun Camp

    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 ser...

    July 18, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Theresa Faul

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  • Mythological Creatures: A Kid’s Camp

    Delve into the mystery and magnetism behind mythological creatures like unicorns, dragons, and mermaids in this camp for kids 1st through 5th grade. You’ll spend time exploring and researching these crea...

    July 18, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Kaitlyn Dollard

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  • Photo Boot Camp for Teens with Katherine Wright

    This Photo 101 condensed course is geared towards High School age photographers who are interested learning how to use their DSLR camera, and will also incorporate both conceptual and technical topics in p...

    July 19, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Photography and Editing for Pre-Teens with Katherine Wright

    In this week-long camp you’ll gain exposure to the artistic and technical side of photography learning about the DSLR camera and image optics with professional photographer Katherine Wright. From apertur...

    July 25, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Once Upon A Spaceship: A Kid’s Camp

    Imagine living your whole life among the stars on a big spaceship. Traveling warp speed between constellations. Encountering beings from other planets. Come bring that imaginary world to life in this multi...

    July 25, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

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  • Sculpture and Installation Teen Intensive

    In this teen intensive you will explore a variety of sculptural methods such as, plaster molds, paper sculptures, and wire forms. After hand tool demonstrations and exercises you will use your new skills t...

    July 25, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • A.M. ONLY: Once Upon A Spaceship: A Kid’s Camp

    Imagine living your whole life among the stars on a big spaceship. Traveling warp speed between constellations. Encountering beings from other planets. Come bring that imaginary world to life in this multi...

    July 25, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

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  • Tackling the Potter’s Wheel: A Serious Fun Camp

    Are you a Big Kid who is seriously interested in learning to throw on the potter’s wheel? In this intimate camp designed to allow 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to tackle the potter’s wheel, you w...

    July 25, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: John Visser

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  • Synths from Scratch: Creating Your Own Electronic Instrument for Pre-teens

    Love music, electronics and DIY? In this camp you will learn to use electronic components to create your very own take-home synthesizers from A to (H)z! No prior experience with electronics is necessary; w...

    August 1, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Julia Alsarraf

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  • Enchanting India: A Kid’s Camp

    India is a country full of captivating, colorful beauty. In this camp for kids - 1st through 5th grade - about all things India, you’ll spend a week exploring and creating art inspired by Indian culture ...

    August 1, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Kaitlyn Dollard

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  • A.M. ONLY: Enchanting India: A Kid’s Camp

    India is a country full of captivating, colorful beauty. In this camp for kids - 1st through 5th grade - about all things India, you’ll spend a week exploring and creating art inspired by Indian culture ...

    August 1, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Kaitlyn Dollard

    Details & Signup
  • Ceramics Studio Teen Intensive

    Explore the exciting possibilities of ceramic art, including throwing on the wheel and hand building in this focused summer intensive. Teens will work with Master Potter and Ceramic Artist John Visser, and...

    August 1, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: John Visser

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  • Game Design with Tech Valley Game Space: A Serious Fun Camp

    This seriously fun camp, taught by game makers at Tech Valley Game Space, will be centered around guided creation in the form of a sequence of lab activities that are designed for 4th and 5th graders to i...

    August 1, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jamey Stevenson

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  • Photography with Katherine Wright: A Serious Fun Camp

    In this seriously fun camp for 4th and 5th graders you will gain exposure to the artistic and technical side of photography. Working with professional photographer Katherine Wright you’ll learn about dep...

    August 8, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Metalworking and Jewelry for Pre-Teens

    Middle schoolers will focus on traditional metalworking skills as well as experience the newest ways of working with metal in this camp. You will learn to cut, pierce, form, file, join, and finish metals o...

    August 8, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Morgana Fall

    Details & Signup
  • A.M. ONLY: Monster’s Theatre: A Kid’s Camp

    We are all little monsters, aren’t we? Come discover the monster in you in this “scary” week as you bring it to life! You’ll devise and create your terrible horrible monster and their terrible horr...

    August 8, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

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  • Monster’s Theatre: A Kid’s Camp

    We are all little monsters, aren’t we? Come discover the monster in you in this “scary” week as you bring it to life! You’ll devise and create your terrible horrible monster and their terrible horr...

    August 8, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

    Details & Signup
  • Synths from Scratch Teen Intensive

    In this intensive for tech loving musicians you will learn to use electronic components to create your very own take-home synthesizers from A to (H)z! No prior experience with electronics is necessary; we ...

    August 15, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Julia Alsarraf

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  • Game Design with Tech Valley Game Space for Pre-teens

    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 15, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jamey Stevenson

    Details & Signup
  • Stop Motion Animation: A Serious Fun Camp

    Whether you’re cutting characters out of paper, sculpting them from clay, or drawing your story comic style, you’ll make your ideas come to life with stop motion animation. In this serious fun camp for...

    August 15, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Kaitlyn Dollard

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  • Fruit Salad Safari: A Kid’s Camp

    What’s a fruit salad safari you ask? It’s a mash up of everything fruit! In this crazy camp for 1st through 5th graders you’ll design projects where fruit takes the leading role. Bananas, kumquats, p...

    August 15, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

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  • A.M. ONLY: Fruit Salad Safari: A Kid’s Camp

    What’s a fruit salad safari you ask? It’s a mash up of everything fruit! In this crazy camp for 1st through 5th graders you’ll design projects where fruit takes the leading role. Bananas, kumquats, p...

    August 15, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

    Details & Signup
  • JUST ADDED!! Ceramics Studio for Pre-Teens

    Explore and experiment with ceramic art in this week long camp! Master Potter John Visser and other ceramics teaching artists will assist you with all things clay. If you already have clay experience, he...

    August 15, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: John Visser

    Details & Signup
  • Drawing and Painting Exploration for Pre-Teens

    Step into the studio and learn the art of drawing and painting from life while getting acquainted with new artistic mediums and tools. You’ll have fun learning about color, perspective and composition, ...

    August 22, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Building the Future: A Kid’s Camp

    What will the future look like? How about a city 500, even a 1000 years from now? In this camp for 1st through 5th graders you’ll design from start to finish a futuristic building. You’ll discuss the b...

    August 22, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Victoria Tucker

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  • A.M. ONLY: Building the Future: A Kid’s Camp

    What will the future look like? How about a city 500, even a 1000 years from now? In this camp for 1st through 5th graders you’ll design from start to finish a futuristic building. You’ll discuss the b...

    August 22, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Victoria Tucker

    Details & Signup
  • SOLD OUT! Conquering the Potter’s Wheel for Pre-Teens

    Fascinated with throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, but never had time to really try it? In this intense week you’ll have the chance to concentrate completely on learning to throw on the potter’s wh...

    August 22, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: John Visser

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  • Exploring Comics and Graphic Novels Teen Intensive

    Looking for inspiration? Let illustrator Ira Marcks challenge you to explore new ideas and methods of creativity. Teens are welcome to participate in this intensive, composed of part writing workshop, cart...

    August 22, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ira Marcks

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  • Tech Art: A Serious Fun Camp

    In this seriously fun and artistic camp for tech loving 4th and 5th graders, you will explore the concepts of conductivity and resistivity through fun and creative take-home projects. You will create your ...

    August 22, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Julia Alsarraf

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  • Building Sculptures: A Serious Fun Camp

    Do you love to build? In this seriously fun camp, 4th and 5th grade budding artists will learn about how to design and build sculptural art. First you’ll learn how to use basic hand tools and building ma...

    August 29, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Exploring Comics and Graphic Novels for Pre-Teens

    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 29, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ira Marcks

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  • All the Animals in the Zoo: A Kid’s Camp

    Trumpet. Hiss. Growl and howl; a zoo full of animals is a noisy place! This active and creative camp for kids 1st through 5th graders will explore and discover all the animals in the zoo. You’ll create a...

    August 29, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Victoria Tucker

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  • A.M. ONLY: All the Animals in the Zoo: A Kid’s Camp

    Trumpet. Hiss. Growl and howl; a zoo full of animals is a noisy place! This active and creative camp for kids 1st through 5th graders will explore and discover all the animals in the zoo. You’ll create a...

    August 29, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Victoria Tucker

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  • In the Beginning, There Was Style: A Fashion, Style and Photography Camp for Teens

    Great style isn't something that can be taught, it's something from within. You either have it, or you don't. But the basic elements that have become textbook among fashionista can be learned, and once lea...

    August 29, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Joe Oppedisano

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  • Stained Glass Teen Intensive

    The best stained glass pulls the viewer into beautiful, colorful worlds! Learn the basics of this classic art form during this week long intensive, including stained glass design and construction, glass cu...

    August 29, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Theresa Faul

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Intermediate

  • Portfolio Development Teen Intensive

    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 your current artistic interests and demonstrat...

    July 11, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: To Be Announced

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  • Creative Writing Summer Teen Intensive

    Maybe you’re putting together a portfolio of work to apply to an undergraduate creative writing program. Or maybe you’re deeply committed to improving your writing. Or maybe you just think it sounds li...

    August 8, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Olivia Dunn

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