Teen

High School students at The Arts Center are encouraged to hone their skills and interests, deeply engage in an intensive study in various mediums, or just discover and expand a new interest.  Many classes and camps offered are suitable for the beginning student, yet others are directly intended to answer the needs of the college minded fine arts student, helping them to expand their portfolio. Portfolio Development classes and camps are recommended for serious high school students who are developing their college entrance art portfolios.

Teens’ camps and classes at The Arts Center are recommended for high school students (grades 9-12) unless otherwise specified. Summer camp students must be entering high school in the Fall. Our camps are tailored carefully for each age group. To maximize your child’s enjoyment and safety, please adhere to these guidelines. For Pre-Teen classes/camps (grades 6-8), click here.


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 4, 2014
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Street Art Intensive

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Michael Conlin

This week long Intensive focuses on the history of street art culture from inception to present. Through discussion and demonstration students will engage with and create street art. What is street art? There is as yet no simple definition of street art. It is an amorphous beast encompassing art which is found in or inspired by the urban environment. With anti-capitalist and rebellious undertones, it is a democratic form of popular public art probably best understood by seeing it in situ. It is not limited to the gallery nor easily collected or possessed by those who may turn art into a trophy. Considered by some a nuisance, for others street art is a tool for communicating views of dissent, asking difficult questions and expressing political concerns. Its definition and uses are changing: originally a tool to mark territorial boundaries of urban youth today it is even seen in some cases as a means of urban beautification and regeneration.http://artradarjournal.com/2010/01/21/what-is-street-art-vandalism-graffiti-or-public-art-part-i/ Discussion based around concepts pertaining to art from a graffiti sub text to better understand key differences in and debunk myths surrounding the street art culture. Demonstration and participation in acts such as stenciling, wheat pasting, stickers and stamping, and spray paint will culminate in a group designed and executed work of art. This camp does not condone vandalism.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Stained Glass Intensive

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 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 during this week long camp, including stained glass design and construction, glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering, and cleaning. The beginner will learn the basics, while the experienced student will have the time and attention to hone their skills. Each student will create their own unique stained glass panel, as well as other smaller pieces to take home. Our studio is lead free.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

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Metalworking and Jewelry Intensive

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Teens will focus on traditional metalworking skills as well as experience the newest ways of working with metal in this camp. Students will learn to cut, pierce, form, file, join, and finish metals on their way to finishing several projects, including jewelry in various metals. Creativity will be encouraged as students develop their own designs while working safely. The instructor will guide individual students’ creative efforts in addition to class demonstrations. There will be a show at the end of the week where you’ll display your finished pieces for family and friends. Fine motor skills are required for this camp. Teens 13 and up welcome.

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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SOLD OUT! Digital Photography Intensive

August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Erika Nusser

Focusing on photography concepts and techniques, students will learn the arts and science of digital photography, exploring the camera and how it works, lighting and studio techniques, digital image processing, and printing. Students will take several walking trips in Downtown Troy for inspiration. These trips will help with framing, lighting, and composition. Students will also learn to discuss, critique, and curate images. Students may bring their own camera, or use the DLSR cameras from our Digital Arts Studio. Students will develop the skills necessary to develop their vision into a tangible product, and leave with great work for their portfolio!

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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Micrographia Intensive

August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

The master of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of plants and anatomy haunt our imaginations to this day. Do you want to learn to draw in a detailed and incredible way? This camp will explore drawing techniques like stippling and crosshatching that were used to render a variety of subjects. We will utilize magnifying glasses to better understand and view complex natural structures. We will build skills in drawing from life including proportional measurement. By using ink and pencil to build detailed patterns and textures found in nature, you will learn skill sets that can be applied to many other artistic disciplines. Come take an artistic journey that will leave you with a new way of looking at this complex and beautiful world we live in. We will focus on creating three drawings during the week: one botanical (plant), one fauna (an animal or bird), and one geological (from the earth; fossil or mineral) specimen. *Students are encouraged to bring objects that they may have in their own collections that they are interested in drawing.

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

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Ceramics Studio Intensive (2 Weeks)

August 11, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

Explore the exciting possibilities of ceramic art, including throwing on the wheel and hand building. You’ll work with potters Ariana Kolins and John Visser who will lead you on a creative journey in clay. Newcomers will have time to focus in and explore the craft, while experienced students will be pushed to develop their skills. You’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. Students will leave camp with many finished projects of their own design.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

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Metalworking and Jewelry Intensive

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Teens will focus on traditional metal working skills as well as experience the newest ways of working with metal in this camp. Students will learn to cut, pierce, form, file, join, and finish metals on their way to finishing several projects, including jewelry, in various metals. Creativity will be encouraged as students develop their own designs while working safely. The instructor will guide individual students’ creative efforts in addition to class demonstrations. There will be a show at the end of the camp where you’ll display your finished pieces for family and friends! Fine motor skills are required for this course. Teens 13 and up welcome.

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

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Drawing Intensive

August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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 of still life and models using graphite and charcoal. Learn methods for simplifying what you see, create proper proportions, and build volume with light and shadow. You’ll be amazed at how much you can improve in one week!