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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

  • Computer Game Design: Spring Break Camp

    Gamers and tech-loving middle schoolers will love this camp. Students explore various areas of basic game design using web-based software. Students will utilize the Digital Arts Studio and work on Mac comp...

    April 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ira Marcks

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  • 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...

    May 2, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Tholl

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  • 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...

    May 2, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Tholl

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  • Family Saturday: Krazy Kites

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

    May 30, 2015 — 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

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  • Community Inclusion Project: Moving Story, A Collaborative Theatre Workshop

    In this inclusive workshop designed for 9-12 year olds of all ability levels you’ll learn that there are many ways to tell a story on stage. Students will come together to create a unique collaborative p...

    April 7, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

    Instructor: Allison Lerman-Gluck

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  • Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

    Come play with clay! Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay classes center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the childr...

    April 30, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Instructor: Sarah Pratt

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  • NEW START DATE! Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

    Come play with clay! Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay classes center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the children a...

    April 2, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Instructor: Sarah Pratt

    Details & Signup
  • Our Universal Universe: Spring Break Kids Camp

    What’s in our universe? Stars, planets, stuff spinning and twirling, bright, shiny, and colorful. Join instructors David Dowd and Emily West in the discovery of our Universe in this camp for 1st through ...

    April 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Superheroes Unite! Kids Camp

    Bam! Zing! Crash! Do you ever wish you had super powers? See how fun it is to dream up your own super hero characters and bring them to life! In this camp, for 1st through 5th graders, we’ll learn how to...

    June 29, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

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  • Stained Glass: Pre-Teen

    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 will learn about stained glass design and constr...

    June 29, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Theresa Faul

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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 their way...

    June 29, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Maria Fusco

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  • Big Kids: Stop Motion Animation

    Whether you’re cutting characters out of paper, sculpting them from clay, or drawing your story on paper, you’ll make your ideas come to life with stop motion animation. In this serious fun camp 4th a...

    June 29, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Alexandria Hovet

    Details & Signup
  • AM ONLY: Superheroes Unite! Kids Camp

    Bam! Zing! Crash! Do you ever wish you had super powers? See how much fun it is to dream up your own super hero characters and bring them to life! In this camp, for 1st through 5th graders, we’ll learn h...

    June 29, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

    Details & Signup
  • Computer Music Production and Recording: Pre-Teen

    Love music? Ever thought of writing and recording your own, but thought you didn’t have the tools? This week long camp for middle school students will teach you how to use computers to write, record, an...

    July 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Michael Campion Leczinsky

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  • Big Kids: Paint Like You Mean It!

    In this seriously fun painting camp for 4th and 5th graders, you’ll learn and experiment with a variety of wet mediums; watercolor, pastels, acrylics, and more. You’ll begin to learn how these differen...

    July 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeanine Mitchell

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  • AM ONLY: Seeds, Roots, and Mucky Boots Kids Camp

    Ever wondered what’s going on underneath your feet? Explore the secrets of the underground world as we discover its sights, tastes, smells, and texture. We’ll use draw, sculpt, and paint and even ima...

    July 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • Creative Story Play! Kids Camp

    Calling all kids in 1st through 5th grades with big imaginations! Get ready for a week of making art, performing on stage, and sharing stories. Utilizing dramatic play and storytelling techniques, we will ...

    July 13, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Tammy Ellis-Robinson

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  • Stop Motion Animation Studio: Pre-Teen

    Whether you’re cutting people out of paper, sculpting characters from clay, or drawing your ideas out on a story board, you’ll make your ideas come to life with stop motion animation. In this camp for ...

    July 13, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Alexandria Hovet

    Details & Signup
  • Ceramics Studio: Pre-Teen

    Explore and experiment with ceramic art in this week long camp! Potter Cara Nisbeth will assist you with in all things clay. If you already have clay experience, she’ll help you take it to the next leve...

    July 20, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

    Details & Signup
  • Stained Glass Teen Intensive

    The best stained glass pulls the viewer into beautiful, colored world! Learn the basics of this art form during this week long camp, including stained glass design and construction, glass cutting, copper f...

    July 20, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Theresa Faul

    Details & Signup
  • Big Kids: Lights, Camera, ACTION!

    Lights, Camera, and... ACTION! This exciting camp will give 4th and 5th grade movie-makers and artists your first big break, preparing you for do-it-yourself filmmaking, and giving you all the skills you n...

    July 20, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Alexandria Hovet

    Details & Signup
  • Creative Collisions: A Creative Thinking Camp:Pre-Teen

    What is your passion? No matter what you like to do, creativity is part of it. Imagine if you could expand your creative thinking. You can! We will spend the week exploring skills to boost your creativity ...

    July 20, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Rebecca Angel Maxwell

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  • AM ONLY: Puppet Pets Kids Camp

    We all love our pets - if we have one - or want one desperately if we don’t. In this week of creative fun for 1st through 5th graders, you’ll make a variety of your own puppet pets, use them to create...

    July 20, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Morgan Kelly

    Details & Signup
  • Big Kids: Stained Glass

    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 27, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Theresa Faul

    Details & Signup
  • Big Kids: Wearable Art

    Art isn’t just something to hang on the wall. What about the art that’s hanging in your closet, or around your neck? In this week long camp for 4th and 5th graders, you will concentrate on making art ...

    July 27, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Robyn Cross

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  • The Art of Film Making: Pre-Teen

    This immersive one-week camp for middle school students will guide aspiring artists of all kinds through the entire filmmaking process, from creating the most captivating story to seeing it come to life on...

    July 27, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Alexandria Hovet

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  • AM ONLY: Wee Little World Kids Camp

    Come join our wee little world, the world of tiny creatures. In this enchanting week, 1st through 5th graders will create the little places that elves, leprechauns, fairies, sprites, and gnomes live. You...

    July 27, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Morgan Kelly

    Details & Signup
  • Exploring Comics and Graphic Novels: Pre-Teen

    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

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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 all about clay and the techniques for handbuilding your own masterpieces. We’ll work with food-safe clay and lead-fr...

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

    Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

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  • 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
  • Creative Collisions: A Creative Thinking Camp: Pre-Teen

    What is your passion? No matter what you like to do, creativity is part of it. Imagine if you could expand your creative thinking. You can! We will spend the week exploring skills to boost your creativity ...

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

    Instructor: Rebecca Angel Maxwell

    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
  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Artists in Action (Two Weeks)

    Are you looking for a summer enrichment opportunity for your child with an Individualized Education Program? This July, we are continuing a unique camp for students with unique minds to produce creative wo...

    July 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

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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...

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Exploring Sculpture: Pre-Teen

    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

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  • 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
  • Big Kids: Game Design with Tech Valley Game Space

    This exciting 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 introd...

    July 13, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Details & Signup
  • Puppet Pets: Kids Camp

    We all love our pets - if we have one - or want one desperately if we don’t. In this week of creative fun for 1st through 5th graders, you’ll make a variety of your own puppet pets, use them to create...

    July 20, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Morgan Kelly

    Details & Signup
  • Seeds, Roots, and Mucky Boots: Kids Camp

    Ever wondered what’s going on underneath your feet? Explore the secrets of the underground world as we discover its sights, tastes, smells, and texture. We’ll draw, sculpt, paint and even imagine wh...

    July 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jennifer Tayne

    Details & Signup
  • Wee Little World: Kids Camp

    Come join our wee little world, the world of tiny creatures. In this enchanting week, 1st through 5th graders will create the little places that elves, leprechauns, fairies, sprites, and gnomes live. You...

    July 27, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Morgan Kelly

    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

Intermediate

  • Drawing Teen Intensive

    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 ...

    July 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

    Details & Signup
  • Painting Teen Intensive

    Learn and practice techniques in the wet medium in this week long intensive camp sure to improve your skills. We will cover a variety of techniques as we introduce you to different topics in painting. Thro...

    July 27, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

    Details & Signup
  • Drawing Studio: Spring Break Intensive

    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, teens will focus on direct observatio...

    April 6, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

    Details & Signup
  • Filmmaking Teen Intensive

    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

Advanced

  • 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 13, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

    Details & Signup