Summer Camp for Young Picassos

The Art Center's summer programs for kids and teens go beyond arts & crafts fare to promote creativity and learning about art.

Although we’ve had a mild winter, it does not seem ludicrous to cast our thoughts to warmer weather. We at the Art Center have actually been thinking about summer since January in planning our popular summer programs for kids and teens.

We offer great opportunities for children to perfect their creative side when school finishes, including Kids’ Art Camp, Summer Saturday Art Camp, and Teen Art Camp.  For high school students hoping to apply to fine art colleges, we also offer Portfolio Development Intensive to help them prepare their entrance portfolios. I asked Vanessa Batista, our Studio School Manager, what makes our summer art programs special. 


“The Art Center’s summer camp began in 1995.  From 1995-2006 you could only sign up for one week since the projects were the same the entire summer. When I began running the camp in 2007, we changed the entire program. We created camp themes, took the themes out of the teen camp and allowed kids to register for multiple weeks since projects differ each week (even if the themes may sometimes be repeated during the summer.)  

Camp projects are not the run-of-the-mill activities done in school. Instead, we offer real fine art experiences, such as ceramics on the wheel and, for teens, Photoshop. One popular project was making a rainforest with trees made from plastic vines and animals and plants made from clay and painted bright colors.  It’s not arts and crafts. Instead, kids experiment with different media and learn about different art movements. We stress creativity.”


Sounds like fun. Are you sure adults can’t sign up?

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