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.  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 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, 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.

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: Jeanine Mitchell

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!

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
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Clay for Kids

September 13, 2014 to October 18, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Tholl

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 food clay and safe glazes to construct fun and whimsical creations with emphasis on form and texture. Each student will complete several glazed creations. Our ceramics studio is lead free.

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

September 18, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

October 2, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

October 16, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

October 30, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

November 13, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

December 4, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

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Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay!

December 18, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Come play with clay! Each Mommy/Daddy & Me: Fun With Clay class will center on a themed project based on a preschool level storybook read aloud at the beginning of class. The instructor will have a sample project with instructions, and the students will also have the option of coming up with their own project ideas. Children and parents will use handbuilding techniques to make original ceramic objects with guidance from the instructor. They will explore the creative process using clay as an artistic medium. Cost of class includes one adult and one child. There will be a new project for each session, so sign up for one or all! *Note: Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are not eligible for the “Create More-Save More” discount.

Two examples of possible books and projects:
• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll – A story about two mice working together to grow a pumpkin. Potential projects include making simple pumpkin or mouse shapes, autumn leaves, and leaf bowls.
• Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr – A picture book version of the beloved song. Students can create an array of ocean-themed projects based on this book. Fish, shells, seahorses, and octopi can all be created using handbuilding methods.