Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp is designed for youth who enjoy activities in the visual arts.
We encourage children to explore the creative process through a variety of different art mediums.  There are many different themes to pick from!

Our popular Summer Art Camp offers youth an opportunity to explore, create, and exhibit. Four weeks of creativity, imagination and fun culminate with an exhibition in our gallery.   

SUMMER ART CAMP 2020

Due to COVID-19 social distancing and disinfecting guidelines, we have decided it would be safer to cancel the summer art camp.
We are looking forward to summer art camp 2021.
Check back in February 2021 for registration. 

Registration is now open!

You can CLICK HERE (or on any class title below) to begin registration for Summer Art Camp! 

If you are having trouble registering or would prefer to register over the phone, please call 864.633.5051

2020 Camp Dates:

Week 1: June 15 - 19
Week 2: June 22 - 26
Week 3: July 13 - 17
Week 4: July 20 - 24

One Day Youth Exhibition: Saturday, July 25 in the gallery at TAC

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Summer Art Camp has morning and afternoon classes, divided by grades. Please enroll your child based on the grade they are enrolled in during the 2019-2020 school year.  It is meant to be the grade they will have just finished by summer, not the grade they will be attending in the fall.  If you have any questions concerning what classes are appropriate for your child, please don't hesitate to call 864-633-5051.

  • The Preschool class is for any child that is currently potty-trained, and hasn't completed kindergarten yet.  Ages 3-5 year olds welcome.

  • Children can sign up for morning or afternoons (or both) for 1 or all 4 weeks of camp.

  • Morning camps are from 9am-12pm

  • Afternoon camps are from 1pm-4pm.

  • Full-day campers can bring a packed lunch, and stay from 9-4pm.  They will eat lunch in the garden with camp counselors.

  • Tuition is $125/class with a $25 non-refundable registration fee per child.

  • If you decide to add additional classes to your child's schedule after registering please call 864-633-5051 to add classes over the phone and avoid the $25 registration fee.

  • Scholarships are available for qualifying families. Please call or email the office to request an application form.

  • Members receive a 10% discount, make sure to log in before registering.

Donate to the Summer Art Camp Scholarship Fund. 

Through generous donations from individual and community supporters, The Arts Center has been able to offer scholarships to families in need in our community.
Please consider a donation to support these scholarships and help a neighboring child attend camp along with their peers!

Summer Art Camp Scholarships are Available. 

If you would like to send your child/children to Summer Art Camp, but it would be financially straining for your family, please consider applying for a scholarship.  We award full and partial scholarships to qualifying families.  All applications are confidential. Qualifications include low-income, trauma, and other extenuating circumstances.  Please email info@explorearts.org and request a scholarship form.  Qualifying applicants will be awarded scholarships on a first-come first-serve basis, so email now!

 

EMAIL: Info@explorearts.org and ask for the Scholarship Application.

 

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Registration is now open!

You can CLICK HERE (or on any class title below) to begin registration for Summer Art Camp! 

If you are having trouble registering or would prefer to register over the phone, please call 864.633.5051

SUMMER ART CAMP 2020

Week 1: June 15 - 19

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm

PRESCHOOL YOUNG ARTISTS
available
Preschool, and Pre-K (ages 3-5)

Little artists will spend the morning using color and creativity. This process oriented series lets the preschooler explore cutting, pasting, drawing and painting in a playful and expressive way. Each week will have a unique theme, and feature new projects for repeat campers!

MY SPIRIT ANIMAL with Norma
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

Who is your spirit animal? A wolf, cat, butterfly, or perhaps a deer? In certain cultures and spiritual traditions it is believed that people have a spirit animal that helps guide and protect them. We will take a quiz to find your spirit animal, and then create it! You will create your unique spirit animal using paper-mache, recycled materials, and paint. It will be a masterpiece to treasure.

ART OF LATIN AMERICA with Catherine
available
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

Creating art is an amazing way to learn about other cultures. This class will look at ancient art, folk art and fine art of an amazingly diverse and colorful region. We will explore textile designs, folk painting, mask making and much more.

CRAFTING, CARVING and DESIGNING DISHES clay classes with Lauren
available
Middle School - Grades 6-8th

This week we will be creating functional dishes on the potter's wheel. We will be more focused on the way we finish pots then the actual making of the pots! Lauren will demonstrate different carving techniques, followed by independent working time. You can expect 5-10 highly personalized dishes.

TRASH TO TREASURE with Krissi
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

Join us for a fun week as we explore all things reused and recycled. We’ll be thinking out of the box using recycled materials to create sculptures, paintings, weavings, and more. Bring your thinking caps and sense of adventure! It’s going to be a fun and creative week!

CREATURE CREATIONS clay class with Emily
FULL
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

This week in the clay room we will be inventing new species!  You will conceptualize a new creature and then bring them to life with clay.  You can expect to make one creature and all their accessories; habitat, food, toys, etc.  It is sure to be an imaginative class.

 

Afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm

MIXED MEDIA MADNESS with Penny
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

This week we will use pencils, paper, canvas, fabric, paint, buttons, and more! We will create beautiful and unique art out of a variety of materials. You can call them collages, mixed media paintings, relief sculptures....but it doesn't matter what they are called, only that they are fun to make and cool to look at.

CREEPY CRAWLIES with Jackie Roux
available
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

Worms, beetles, ants, butterflies...oh my! From ladybugs to scorpions, if it is a bug or insect or any type of creepy crawly then we will use it as inpsiration. We will paint, draw, sculpt and also build a bug out of paper-mache! Take home lots of cool bug themed art.

CLAY WITH CULTURE clay class with Lauren
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

This week we will be creating 3 projects based on 3 different cultures! We will learn a little about each culture and then begin making art. Expect to have 3 polished projects, including a totem and a coil vase.

CREATING IN CLAY clay class with Norma
available
High school - Grades 9-12th

Using hand-building on the table, you will have the freedom to make creations of your choosing. This is not about functional pottery, but rather clay as a medium for sculpture. Come get messy, creative, and make clay figures that can last a lifetime. This class will have a lot of freedom for self-expression.

LAYERED PAPER ART with Lindsey
available
Middle School  - Grades 6-8th

Like an illustrator brings words to life, you will tell a story using cut layered paper. Through your choice of color, shape, and creative layering you will tell a story with a paper relief sculpture. You will take home a shadowbox story all your own.

Week 2: June 22 - 26

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm

PRESCHOOL YOUNG ARTISTS
available
Preschool, and Pre-K (ages 3-5)

Little artists will spend the morning using color and creativity. This process oriented series lets the preschooler explore cutting, pasting, drawing and painting in a playful and expressive way. Each week will have a unique theme, and feature new projects for repeat campers!

MY OWN DISHES clay class with Emily
available
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

This week in the clay room we will be creating our own dishes with one of the oldest techniques around!  Coil building!  This is a great technique for beginners.  You can expect to create your very own plate, bowl and cup - food safe and perfect for everyday use at home!

UNDERWATER ADVENTURES with Krissi
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

Where’s the best place to spend a hot summer week? Under the sea, of course! Come dive into a week of underwater exploration as we learn about sea life and create art inspired by friendly fish-folk. We’ll be painting, sculpting, printmaking and much more!

LIVING LARGE clay class with Lauren
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

This week we will be creating a large bowl, or planter using both hand-building techniques and the wheel. Your bowl/planter will then be carved and decorated.

DRAWING WITH YOUR WILD SIDE with Catherine
available
High school - Grades 9-12th

This class will explore the vast possibilities of dry media (charcoal, graphic, pen and ink, pastel). We will combine basic drawing instruction with nontraditional methods. We will focus more on discovery and less on precision as we create still lives, abstractions, automatic drawings and compositions from our own imaginations.

Afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm

FIRST THINGS FIRST clay class with Lauren
available
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

Little hands love clay! This week we will be learning clay basics, and hand-building skills. We will focus on hand-building clay art/sculptures, but might dabble on the wheel. Expect to take home 2-4 personalized projects.

MORE PAINT PLEASE! with Jackie Roux
available
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

Roll up your sleeves, put on your smock and lets get painting! We will use watercolors and tempera/acrylic paint, and experiment with alternative tools (not just brushes!). There will be a lot of freedom of expression in this class, as young artists will be encouraged to experiment.

COLOR AND PATTERN with Penny
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

This week you will immerse yourself in color and pattern. We will explore color mixing, color theory, and the relationships between colors. You will make color wheels, mandalas, and zentangles!

SKETCHBOOK STORIES with Lindsey
available
Middle school - Grades 6-8th

We are all the author's of our own story, the hero of our own book, the narrator for the movie about our life...and artist's tell stories through pictures. You will work on telling your own personal stories through sketchbooks. Explore lines, shapes, pattern, color and mixed media.

Week 3: July 13 - 17

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm

PRESCHOOL YOUNG ARTISTS
available
Preschool, and Pre-K (ages 3-5)

Little artists will spend the morning using color and creativity. This process oriented series lets the preschooler explore cutting, pasting, drawing and painting in a playful and expressive way. Each week will have a unique theme, and feature new projects for repeat campers!

SCRIBBLE WORKSHOP with Tatjana
FULL
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

Students will work from life and their imagination to build a library of simple drawings in pencil and ink. Drawing from these sketches we will use watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics and other mixed media to create full scale works of art.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A 1,000 WORDS with Catherine
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

This week we will explore the wonderful world of narrative art through drawing, painting and mixed media. We will be inspired my myths and folktales, contemporary picture books and the stories in our own lives.

WHEEL THROWING: BOWLS clay class with Emily
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

This week in the clay room we will be honing our wheelthrowing skills!  This is a beginner class for learning everything about the potters wheel.  You will explore throwing, trimming, surface decoration, and glazing.  Although many forms will end up being explored, we are focusing on bowls this week!

1 WEEK TO MAKE A MOVIE with Jackie Jeffries
available
Middle School - Grades 6-8th

In this camp, you’ll get the chance to experiment in script writing, costuming, editing, and cinematography! If you have a creative and rambunctious mind, movie making will give you the opportunity to put your talents to use!

MAKE A MONSTER with Norma
available
Middle School - Grades 6-8th

This is your chance to bring to life the most weird and wonderful creature that you can think up in your mind! You will create your own imaginary animal/creature/monster, and build a 3D sculpture using paper-mache and paint!

Afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm

MY OWN STUFFIE with Jackie Roux
FULL
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

We will be creating large stuffed animals from start to finish. We will each design our own animal/creature, then make it come alive using batik painting techniques. You will stuff it, and sew it up yourself. Take home your very own large stuffie!

CREATING IN CLAY clay class with Norma
available
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

Little hands love the feel of clay. We will experiment and explore, and learn how to create clay art and sculptures with our hands. Expect to bring home 2-3 pieces. This is a hand-building class (no wheel throwing).

PAINT, PAINT, PAINT! with Penny
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

Everyone loves to paint! In this class we will dive deep into the world of acrylic paint, and make numerous canvas masterpieces. Come be inspired, get messy, and make vibrant acrylic paintings!

1 WEEK TO MAKE A MOVIE with Jackie Jeffries
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

In this camp, you’ll get the chance to experiment in script writing, costuming, editing, and cinematography! If you have a creative and rambunctious mind, movie making will give you the opportunity to put your talents to use!

CLAY POTS clay class with Matt Brophy
available
Middle school - Grades 6-8th

This week will focus on slip decoration on our very own wheelthrown pots. We will learn about the potters wheel and create 5-10 small pots. Then, we will learn about layering colored clay (or slip) and the different surface decorations that come with it!

STAINED GLASS with Vaunda
available
High school - Grades 9-12th

Learn the Art of Stained Glass Mosaics. Use pre-cut stained glass pieces to create an 8"x 10" glass mosaic. There will be 2 designs to choose from. Students will make a small (2"x3") mosaic first to prepare them for their larger project.

Week 4: July 20 - 24

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm

PRESCHOOL YOUNG ARTISTS
available
Preschool, and Pre-K (ages 3-5)

Little artists will spend the morning using color and creativity. This process oriented series lets the preschooler explore cutting, pasting, drawing and painting in a playful and expressive way. Each week will have a unique theme, and feature new projects for repeat campers!

ALL ABOUT FACES with Catherine
available
Middle school - Grades 6-8th

This week we will first look at the mechanics and structure of the human face, and then use or disregard this knowledge to create a wide range of portraits inspired by very different traditions.

1 WEEK TO MAKE A MOVIE with Jackie Jeffries
available
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

In this camp, you’ll get the chance to experiment in script writing, costuming, editing, and cinematography! If you have a creative and rambunctious mind, movie making will give you the opportunity to put your talents to use!

WHEEL THROWING: SURFACE DECORATION clay class with Emily
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

This week in the clay room we will be honing our wheel throwing skills!  This is a beginner class for learning everything about the potters wheel.  Students will explore slips, underglazes, marbling, and sgraffito.

BIG FEAST with Tatjana
available
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

This workshop puts art on your plate with a playful approach to still life and food in art. We will use our eyes and our imagination as we put a weeks worth of artistic exploration on the table with paint, markers,collage etc.

Afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm

MARVELOUSLY MESSY with Jackie Roux
FULL
Lower Elementary - Grades K-2nd

Do you like things that are big, messy, noisy and fun! This week will be jam packed with large-scale interactive art projects. We will do all the things you aren't allowed to do at home b/c it is TOO messy. Bubble painting, finger-painting, marble painting, and more. Bring your energy, creativity and old clothes, b/c we are going to have fun and get dirty!

WEAVING with Penny
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

By the end of this camp, you will be huge fans of weaving! Not only will you create some really neat projects, but weaving in itself is wonderfully fun and entertaining. Through weaving you will discover patterns and textures, while developing fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. And the pieces you create will be stunning.

1 WEEK TO MAKE A MOVIE with Jackie Jeffries
available
Upper Elementary - Grades 3-5th

In this camp, you’ll get the chance to experiment in script writing, costuming, editing, and cinematography! If you have a creative and rambunctious mind, movie making will give you the opportunity to put your talents to use!

STAINED GLASS with Vaunda
available
Middle school - Grades 6-8th

Learn the Art of Stained Glass Mosaics. Use pre-cut stained glass pieces to create an 8"x 10" glass mosaic. There will be 2 designs to choose from. Students will make a small (2"x3") mosaic first to prepare them for their bigger project.

CLAY POTS clay class with Matt Brophy
available
High school - Grades 9-12th

This week will focus on slip decoration on our very own wheelthrown pots. We will learn about the potters wheel and create 5-10 small pots. Then, we will learn about layering colored clay (or slip) and the different surface decorations that come with it!