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. 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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The Potters Studio for Teens

May 10, 2014 to June 21, 2014 — 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM Instructor: Katherine Tholl

If you think the Potter’s Studio is the place for you, don’t miss this chance to work with a professional potter on the potter’s wheel, sculpting and hand-forming. Young Adult students – from beginner to experienced – will be able to develop at their own pace with personalized instruction and guidance, allowing them to develop their skills and find their individual style. You will work with food safe clay and glazes to create beautiful pieces of work and you will be encouraged to experiment with everything you do. Our studio is lead free.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014
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Drawing and Painting Portraits Intensive

June 30, 2014 to July 3, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

This camp will focus on the process of drawing accurate portraits. Working from live models as well as photo reference materials, teens will learn about the head and facial structural proportions that we share, as well as pinpointing that which makes us unique. Students will learn proper facial feature placement through measuring techniques to create a likeness of the model. No class 7/4.

Monday, Jul 7, 2014

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Figure Drawing Intensive

July 7, 2014 to July 11, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

If you are a serious student of art, this intensive will allow you to focus on an important facet of an artist’s education; drawing the human figure. Through direct observation of a model, you’ll learn methods for simplifying what you see, creating proper proportions and building volume with light and shadow. You’ll be amazed at how much you can improve in one week! Life drawings make an impressive addition to a college entrance art portfolio. Please note: Students will be drawing from a professional live model, both nude and partially draped. We recommend this intensive for more serious art students, over the age of 14. All students must have parent or guardian sign a release form.

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

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Photo Journalism Intensive

July 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Patrick Dodson

Do you love photography? In this intensive week designed for students that have an interest in photography and telling stories, students will work together as a group using photojournalism to put together a social documentary book. Local photojournalist Patrick Dodson will lead students through every step of the process, including developing a specific idea, planning shoots, laying out pages, and proofing the final product. You may bring your own camera, but DSLR cameras and instruction will also be provided. Students should have basic knowledge of digital cameras and computers. Two copies of the class book, printed locally by Troy Book Makers, will be provided to each student to be added to their professional or personal portfolios.

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

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Ceramics Studio Intensive (2 Weeks)

July 14, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Explore the exciting possibilities of ceramic art, including throwing on the wheel and hand building. You’ll work with potters Ariana Kollins 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, Jul 14, 2014

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Site-Specific Theatre Intensive (Two Weeks)

July 14, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Leigh Strimbeck

How does the space of a place influence the performance? In what way can the layers of history in a building infuse its way into a story? This is what site-specific theatre is all about, and what better place to create it than in historical downtown Troy, NY! In two weeks you’ll be researching, creating, rehearsing and performing an original piece of theatre at a chosen Troy site. You’ll then perform the piece for a live audience during the July Troy Night Out. Led by Leigh Strimbeck, Artist in Residence at Russell Sage College, and playwright and Director of Education at The Arts Center, Sunny da Silva, with help from Theatre Artist Emily West. Students interested in any facet of theatrical writing, design or performance are encouraged to take part. This is a one of a kind experience you shouldn’t miss!

Monday, Jul 21, 2014

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Once You Pop The Fun Don’t Stop: Pop-Up Gallery Intensive

July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Joseph Mastroianni

What is a pop-up gallery you may ask? A pop-up gallery is a DIY form of exhibiting artwork to the public. Utilizing a found space within a community setting pop up galleries function as a one day event for artists alike to showcase their artwork. In this intensive you will learn the basic fundamentals of creating a collaborative exhibit with your peers that showcases your artwork, writings, and creativity. You will learn the importance of brainstorming ideas, writing exhibition descriptions, and how to properly hang an art show in a fun interesting manner. This is your opportunity to share your art with friends, family, and peers within the community! Upon completion students will have learned the necessary tools to create their own Pop-Up Gallery and will exhibit their Pop-Up Art Show for one night at the July Troy Night Out. Don’t miss this unique experience!

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Portfolio Development Intensive

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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 the student’s current artistic interests and demonstrate drawing skills and awareness of formal visual values. Students will explore a variety of tools, media and approaches draw and paint from direct observation, using still life, models, and landscape as our subject matter, as is typically preferred by most art colleges. Students will begin to develop their own artist practice, discovering interests in new methods and gaining new skills in drawing and image making. This camp will strongly benefit high school students interested in pursuing a college degree in art or design.

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Stained Glass Jewelry Intensive

July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

Bring two fabulous art forms together to make pendants, earrings and more in this week long intensive. Beginners will learn introductory stained glass and metalsmithing techniques, and experienced students will expand their horizons in these mediums. You will leave with beautiful jewelry, and some new skills!

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. Thru discussion and demonstration students will engage with and create street art. What is Street Art? Consider the following definition:

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 course 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 Intensive, including stained glass design and construction, glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering and cleaning. The beginner will learn the basic, 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 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 11, 2014

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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 cameras in the 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 that detailed and incredible way? This class will explore drawing techniques like stippling and crosshatching that were used 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 3 drawings during the week: one botanical (plant), one of fauna (some kind of animal or bird) and one of a 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 Kollins 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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Mosaic Installation Intensive

August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Tamara DeMartino

Join us for this chance to create a permanent Art installation, and to learn the ancient art of Mosaics. You’ll be working with Mosaic Artist, Tamara DeMartino, to design and construct and install a permanent mosaic to be placed on the back exterior wall of The Arts Center. You’ll use the history of Troy, NY to create a statement about all that is unique in the city, from past to present. You’ll leave a glorious piece of art which will last for years to come. What a great experience to add to your portfolio.

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!