Kids

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

                   KIDS (Grades 1 – 2)

                   BIG KIDS (Grades 3 – 5)

 

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. Pre-Teen (Grades 6 – 8 ) and Teen (Grades 9 – 12) camps are available as well.


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, 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.

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, 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 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 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 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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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, 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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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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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 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 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 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!