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.

 

Monday, Jul 28, 2014
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Wearable Art for Big Kids: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

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 third 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 beaded jewelry out of paper and sculpey. We’ll also make duct tape wallets and purses. We’ll even weave our own bag! We will learn about real fashion design, and make 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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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, third through fifth graders will draw, build, and learn about the primary shapes and structures of our universe from triangles and tetrahedrons to geodesic domes and Buckyballs. Through a variety building activities, campers will create three dimensional structures and experience these geometric relationships directly, learn about the principles of structure, and have a better understanding of the synergetic way nature builds. Kurt Przybilla is an inventor, educator, and writer. He wrote and produced the Molecularium, an NSF-funded digital dome animation made at Rensselaer Polytechinc Institute. He invented Tetra Tops, the world’s first spinning top with more than one axis of spin. These award-winning toys have been featured in the New York Times, Popular Science, Baby Einstein and Discover Magazine, as well as at the Smithsonian Institute.

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, first and second grade kids will be recreating Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, on stage! You’ll be reviewing patterns, creating masks, designing scenery, and dreaming up new monsters while using the same bold color palette 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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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 ages 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 Sunny da Silva (518)273-0552 ext. 222 or sunny@artscenteronline.org before you register.

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 masks, 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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SOLD OUT! Big Kids Ceramics Studio

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 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 – from one of a kind bowls, to sculptures from your original sketches and more!

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 or canvas, you’ve got other things to paint! Walls, ceilings, floors… anything’s game in this camp. You’ll learn about famous murals and street art, and than with your fellow campers you’ll 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 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. First and second grade children will create an Aboriginal inspired animal painting with 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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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. You’ll have an amazing time creating abstract sculptures from recycled plastics, crazy critters, fun masks, 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 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 first and second grade kids will mimic Lois Ehlert’s artistic style through the same inspirations and art materials, while following an artist’s “recipe” to create an abstract drawing. 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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Big Kids: Music Making and Woodworking: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

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, third through fifth 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. You’ll then 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: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to Register

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 portrait 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 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 first 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 superheros, stories, and artwork like Tony DiTerlizzi’s. Put on your racing helmets!

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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SOLD OUT! 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 fourth and fifth 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 Arts 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 a journal or a sketchbook. But anyone 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, and making interesting connections. 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 camp, you will to learn how shapes, lines, mark-making, and shading techniques are used in the practice of drawing. Natural objects will be brought into the studio for you to draw from observation. Weather permitting, we may also take outside sketching excursions along the Hudson River, and out and about in Downtown Troy. You will be shown examples of many different kinds of sketchbooks and many ways to fill them. Discover what your sketchbook will become for you!

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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SOLD OUT! 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.