Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp is designed for children 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!

 Summer Art Camp 2019

Our popular Summer Art Camp offers youth an opportunity to explore, create, and exhibit at The Arts Center. Four weeks of creativity and imagination culminate with an exhibition in our gallery on Saturday, July 20th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to attend the exhibition! 

Summer Art Camp has morning and afternoon classes, divided by age groups, during 4 weeks of summer. Children can sign up for morning or afternoons (or both) for 1 or all 4 weeks of camp.  Full day campers can bring a packed lunch, and stay from 9-4pm.

*Children must have completed a year of kindergarten to attend camp for ages 6-9.

Week One: June 17 -21
Week Two: June 24 - 28
Week Three: July 8 - 12
Week Four: July 15 - July 19

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

*Scholarships are available for qualifying families. Please call The Arts Center Office for more information.

Members receive a 10% discount.

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*Member discount applicable on memberships expiring after July 31, 2019.

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

If you are having trouble registering, and would like assistance over the phone, please call 864.633.5051

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 low-income families.
The children who receive these scholarships, and all the children who attend, love our art camp experience.  Please consider a donation to support these scholarships and help a child explore their artistic abilities, learn a new skill and make new friends.

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Summer Art Camp 2019

Week 1: June 17-21

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm

PRESCHOOL YOUNG ARTISTS with Kerrigan
available
Ages 3-5

Little artist will spend the morning in a colorful, creative way; this process oriented series lets the preschooler explore cutting, pasting, drawing and painting in a playful and expressive way.

ONE WEEK TO MAKE A MOVIE with Kat
FULL
Ages 6-9

Choose one theme as a class on the first day and run with it! We will work together to create characters from our imagination, costumes of cloth and cardboard, write a story, build sets using found locations and items, and then act it all out and even create special effects! Add your own jokes on the spot during filming and spend time in the editing room, where we all get to have a say in the cutting, music, and sounds of the final edit! Camera provided at ARTS center.

MAJESTIC LANDSCAPES 3D with Norma
available
Ages 6-9

Have you ever gone hiking, walking or exploring and noticed all the majestic beauty that surrounds us in our own backyards?  Like many famous artists, we will look to the nature of our everyday lives for inspiration!  Using a variety of material, you will create a 3D presentation of the landscape where you live, or your favorite place to visit.

ALIEN LIFE 3D with Tatjana
available
Ages 6-9

Who lives on your planet? What does it look like? We will use drawing, collage, assemblage, wire, paper and paint to create an imaginary alien universe and the plants and creatures that live there.

CLAY POTS  clay class
FULL
Ages 10-12

This week will be focusing 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!

AROUND THE WORLD IN 5 DAYS  with Lindsey
available
Ages 10-12

Come and join our adventure as we visit a new country everyday. Let’s make a fan from China, dance our way to Spain with moracas, weave a small tapestry inspired by the beautiful country Ghana, colorful nesting dolls from Russia, and an exotic tile piece inspired by the Aztec’s in Mexico. This will be a week to remember so don’t forget your passport!

Afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm

USEABLE ART with Jackie
available
Ages 10-12

Calling all DIYers....let's make crafts that are art, and art that is useable! We will be hands on all week, making art that is functionable. You will create your own paper mache bowls, duct tape wallets and mosaic frames.

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT with Kerrigan
available
Ages 6-9

If your child loves food and recreating art, this is the class for them! In this class we will be exploring how to draw 2D images and turning them into 3D sculpture so realistic you will want to take a bite out of them! Our subject matter will be everything delicious!

PUT SOME SPRINKLES ON IT clay class
available
Ages 6-9

This week we will be creating dysfunctional forms on the potters wheel! This liberating process will demonstrate how to take something useless and turn it into art! We will come together with all our ‘useless’ pots to create a giant collaborative sculpture! This will be a great week for repeaters, since they will not be taking anything home. Parents and friends can admire our collaborative sculpture during our art show!

MY SPIRIT ANIMAL 3D with Norma
available
Ages 10-12

Who is your spirit animal?  A wolf, cat, butterfly, or perhaps a deer?   In certain cultures and spiritual traditions its 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 them.  You will make your own personal spirit animal using paper mache, recycled materials, and paint.

COME PAINT WITH ME with Lindsey
available
Ages 10-12

Learn the exciting world of watercolors and paint different images every day. You will paint landscapes, self-portraits, still life and much more while learning the basics of design.

 

MIXED MEDIA MISCHIEF with Penny 
available
Ages 13+

Using paint, paper and fabric we will create one of a kind works of art that will beg you to step in and take a closer look at the details.  This is a chance to create some unique artistic mischief, without getting lost in the big picture.

Week 2: June 24-28

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm

PRESCHOOL YOUNG ARTISTS with Kerrigan
FULL
Ages 3-5

Little artist will spend the morning in a colorful, creative way; this process oriented series lets the preschooler explore cutting, pasting, drawing and painting in a playful and expressive way.

SWIRLY TWIRLY POTTERY clay class
FULL
Ages 6-9

This week we will focus on a colorful decorating technique using the potters wheel. We will create vessels and dishes on the table, then bring them to the wheel to decorate! Using multiple colored paints, we will create hypnotic swirl designs in our dishes!

DEEP SEA DIVING 3D  with Norma
available
Ages 6-9

Come scuba dive under the sea and explore all the colors, shapes and textures of our underwater friends! You will create your own real or mythological sea critters, living and playing in a colorful, creative 3D seascape using a variety of mixed media.

MOVIE CHALLENGE with Kat
FULL
Ages 10-12

Got great ideas but no budget? No problem! Create a frame story or incorporate flashbacks and use 2d stop motion to fill in the fantastical elements of your stories and cut scenes! Learn tips and tricks for creative costuming and set design and how everyday recyclables and art supplies can take your project over the moon or to the sun! (actual trips to the sun not recommended.) Use your own or one of the ARTS Center Cameras.

RAINBOW PAINT LABS with Tatjana 
available
Ages 10-12

This class will immerse itself in color. We will explore color mixing, color theory, relationships between colors and the difference between hue, tint, shades and tone. We will make friends with all kinds of art materials from markers to liquid watercolors. Come build the rainbow!

Afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm

MONSTER MUSCLES with Norma
available
Ages 10-12

Flex your monster muscles...this is your chance to bring to life the most weird and wonderful creatures that you can think up in your mind! You will create your own monster, and bring them to life using a variety of fun materials!

HYPNOTIC DISHES clay class
available
Ages 10-12

This week we will be hypnotizing ourselves on the potters wheel! Not really, but we will be making lots of spinning creations. Using the wheel as our main tool, we will make swirly prints, circular pots, and decorate them with hypnotic swirls. This will be a fun week that results in psychedelic handmade pots.

I MADE IT! with Jackie 
available
Ages 6-9

This week will use our hands and creativity to create sculptures and 3D pieces of art that you can take home, and proudly say, "I made it!"  No experience necessary, just a desire try new things. We will be using textiles, dye, and plaster to make some fabulous creations including a stuffed animal pillow and plaster balloon sculptures. Bring your creativity and leave a sculptor!

TRICK YOUR BRAIN WITH ART with Lindsey
available
Ages 6-9

This class will explore the drawing activity called Optical Art (Op Art for short). Op Art is making images into optical illusions. You will create several books, each one opening in its unique way. Amaze your friends and family with your books that are combined with your awesome knowledge of Op Art drawing.

Week 3: July 8-12

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm

PRESCHOOL YOUNG ARTISTS with Kerrigan
FULL
Ages 3-5

Little artist will spend the morning in a colorful, creative way; this process oriented series lets the preschooler explore cutting, pasting, drawing and painting in a playful and expressive way.

STAMP, PRINT, PATTERN with Tatjana
FULL
Ages 6-9

We will make our own stamps and print with a variety of natural and recycled materials. Students will make beautiful and interesting designs while learning about symmetry and how to create a repeat pattern.

OUTSIDE THE BOX with Catherine
FULL
Ages 6-9

Are you an out of the box thinker? Creative? Imaginative? Then this class is for you. Let’s take inspiration from famous contemporary artists (and our own imaginations) and create abstract masterpieces! We will learn about the different artistic elements such as line, color and media and utilize them making compelling non-representational drawings/paintings.

CRAFTING, CARVING AND DESIGNING DISHES! clay class
FULL
Ages 10-12

This week we will be making functional dishes on the potters wheel. We will be more focused on the way we trim and carve the pots then the actual making of the pots! I will be demonstrating different carving techniques, followed by independent working time! You can expect 5-10 highly personalized dishes.

BATIK WEEK! with Lindsey
available
Ages 10-12

Let’s make a gorgeous work of art on fabric on using a safe dye-resist method called Batik! We will make a vibrant textile image that will be ready to display your amazing talent.

Afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH clay with Emily
FULL
Ages 6-9

This will be one of our most meditative weeks in the clay room! We will spend time learning different carving techniques. We will reference Michelangelo as we carve a sculpture out of a solid block of clay! This week will result in one larger piece and a couple smaller carved dishes.

GRAB YOUR PASSPORT with Kerrigan
available
Ages 6-9

Grab your passport, we will be sailing across and stopping in Japan, Africa, India, Mexico and come back to America to the Native American culture. Each day will be a new culture to learn about and a new medium. Bon Voyage!

WE BUILT THIS CITY with Lindsey 
available
Ages 10-12

Buildings, mountains, and spaceships, oh my! If you could design your own city, what would it look like?  Learn how to draw architecture with perspective and shape while putting your city “on the map”. Make your city a reality!

ZENTANGLES with Penny 
available
Ages 10-18

Zentangles are an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Then we will use use those patterns to create unique art by adding form and color. This class is great for beginners and more experienced drawers. Inside of each of us in an artist, and zentagles are a great way to unleash the artist inside of you!

Week 4: July 15-19

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm

PRESCHOOL YOUNG ARTISTS with Kerrigan
FULL
Ages 3-5

Little artist will spend the morning in a colorful, creative way; this process oriented series lets the preschooler explore cutting, pasting, drawing and painting in a playful and expressive way.

COLLABORATION STATION clay class
FULL
Ages 6-9

This will be a great week for those who are focused on the experience rather than the final product! This week is about experimentation and collaborative sculpture. We will build a mixed media sculpture together, resulting in one massive sculpture for our art show! This class is perfect for repeat campers, as they will not taking home anything!

CREATE YOUR OWN ZINE! with Lindsey
available
Ages 10-12

Have you always wanted to express your ideas and creative self through your own zine? Well if so this is the class for you! A zine is a self-made magazine that is about anything and everything you would like to say. Photos, collages, and using photocopiers help put your ideas on paper. We make that into a book or zine and it is ready to distribute to everyone. Let’s make these, share them, and express yourself!

CELEBRATE THE AVANT GARDE with Catherine
FULL
Ages 10-12

The dawn of the previous century saw the western art world veer into completely new directions. In this class we will look at the Impressionists, Fauvists, Dadaists and Cubists that dared to be different, and create works of our own in similar styles.

DRAWING! with Tatjana
FULL
Ages 10-12

Do you like to draw? Ready to take your drawings to the next level? Come sharpen your pencils and your skills in this class dedicated to the aspiring artist. This monochromatic class will study line, tone, texture, pattern and value. We will work in pencil, ink, chalk and paper to play with light and shadows, silhouettes and contrast.

Afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm

THE ORIGAMI WAY with Lindsey
FULL
Ages 6-9

Origami is the ancient Japanese art form of folding paper. We will be creating foxes, birds, fish, dogs, and other awesome creatures to hang them from a mobile that we will make, creating your very own art installation you can hang anywhere!

SWEET TREATS with Jackie
FULL
Ages 6-9

Nothing is better during a hot summer day, then to cool off with a cold sweet treat!  Let's examine the beautiful and sweet paintings of Wayne Thiebaud and become inspired to bring our own favorite desserts to life.  You will draw colorful cakes, build paper mache ice cream sculptures and make larger than life donut collages!

THROW AND AFTER clay class
FULL
Ages 10-12

This week we will be creating dysfunctional forms on the potters wheel! This liberating process will demonstrate how to take something useless and turn it into art! We will come together with all our ‘useless’ pots to create a giant collaborative sculpture! This will be a great week for repeaters, since they will not be taking anything home. Parents and friends can admire our collaborative sculpture during our art show!

ABSTRACT USING MIXED MEDIA with Kerrigan
available
Ages 10-12

Artist's aren't limited to copying what they see with their eyes...but can create from the images that exist in their minds. Let's learn about abstraction, representation and non-objective art, and then look inside our minds to create our own unique abstract work! We will use layers, colors, lines and shapes and a variety of mixed media. Get ready for a fun and creative week!

PAINT LIKE THE MASTERS with Penny
available
Ages 13+

Van Gogh painted a the starry night that he viewed from his window, Monet the waterlilies that grew in his own backyard, and Klimt forever captured a couples sweet embrace. We will study these masters, and learn about the painting techniques they used. You will recreate your interpretation of their greatest paintings - and paint like the masters!