Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County, PA

Beat the “Dog Days of Summer” with an Art Camp for Kids

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Karen Hendricks
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“The Dog Days of Summer”—approximately July 3 through August 11—is known as the hottest, most uncomfortable period of summer. This sultry, humid time period is named for the movement of Sirius, the dog star, as it aligns with the sun in the summer night sky.

Parents usually know when the Dog Days of Summer hit too… it’s the same time period when the phrase “I’m bored” starts to strike their households. But thankfully the ACAC has a full lineup of summer boredom-busting arts camps to help families survive the Dog Days of Summer—and beyond!

Here are a few highlights:

Ballerinas & Bears Returns, (ages 3-5), July 7-11, 9:00-11:00 am    

If you’re a beginner ballerina or dancer, this fun-filled class is for you and if you’re returning for a second time, new music and moves provided!  You’ll learn the elements of ballet and creative movement, wear your favorite costumes, and we’ll have a dancing teddy bear party and performance at the end of the week.  Elizabeth Spicer $90 (member $83) Ballerina& Bears Returns Registration

Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar, (ages 6-8), July 7-11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Love the colorful collages Eric Carle uses to illustrate his picture books?  Learn to paint, cut, & assemble paper to make stunning collages of your own!  Then you’ll illustrate your own book.  Create something new every day and assemble your book at the end of the week to share at our Arty Party! Dawn Magee $155 (member $145) Hungry, Hungry Registration

Eric Carle

Project Runway:  Time Travel Fashion, (ages 10-14), July 7-11, 1:00-4:00 pm 

Explore the fascinating evolution of women’s fashion.  Each day you’ll create a fun fashion object from a different period in history using fabric, found objects, embellishments – and your imagination!  Our journey through fashion will begin with the Victorian Era and travel to the present day.  You’ll create a decorative fan, a flapper’s headband, a wrap, and together the group will design a piece inspired by a famous woman!  End the week with a fashion show featuring your own handmade creations!  Debbie Westmoreland $155 (member $145) Project Runway Registration

Fun with Weaving, (ages 9-11) – July 14-18, 9:00-12:00 noon    (max. 10 students)

Weaving is really fun and easy to do!  Begin your weaving experiences by using simple, inexpensive looms and materials.  Learn basic weaving techniques, designs and patterning with a variety of colored and textured yarns to create your own unique woven treasures.  Joh Ricci  $155 (member $145) Fun with Weaving Registration

Building 3D (ages 11-14), July 14-18, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

What’s 3D?  3D is art that’s not flat.  If you love working with your hands, here’s your opportunity to be a sculptor!  Construct a 3D sculpture using clay that’s carved and ready to hang on a wall.  Make a clay box, a wire sculpture influenced by a Calder mobile or a sculpture of your choosing exploring various media.  The materials are yours to shape.   Sally Becker $155 (members $145) Building 3D Registration

Sweet Treat Baking & Edible Art, (ages 9-14), July 14-18, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Max of 10 students)

Experience just how creative baking and decorating desserts can be!  You’ll learn a variety of tricks for expressing your creativity in the kitchen – like drawing chocolate flowers when decorating a cake, making and decorating small fondant cakes, building a planter out of an ice cream cone – even making sculptures with chocolate and candy clay.  Yummy fun!   Lori Nelson  $155 (member $145) Sweet Treat Registration

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Super Heroes Comic Book Camp!  (ages 8-11) July 21-25, 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Create your own unique characters as you develop your own super heroes!  Learn how to develop the dynamics of the face, the art of exaggeration and body construction.  Create your own costume designs as well as simple perspectives to create a cityscape.  This camp is great for artists who’d like to develop their drawing skills while using their imagination. Stanley Gilmore  $155 (members $150) Super Heros Registration

Express Yourself Through Impressionist Art! (ages 8-11) July 21-25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Learn about famous Impressionist artists and this fascinating art movement.  Practice pointillism like Seurat.  Experiment with pastels like Degas.  Create fun Matisse-inspired collages using mixed media.  Paint like artists Monet and Cezanne.  Gather a deeper understanding of this magical Paris-based art movement while uncovering your own artistic talents. Melissa Jackson  $155 (member $145) Impressionist Registration

Cooking Extravaganza! (ages 10-14) July 21-25, 9:00-12:00 noon

Do you love food?  Spend a week with us crafting delectable recipes that are tasty, nutritious and fun to make! You’ll make banana berry smoothies, fresh salsa, tostadas and pitas with the fixings, tuna mac and cheese, and lasagna roll-ups for yourself, friends, and family!  Get cooking tips from an experienced instructor while learning all about the equipment, utensils and   kitchen safety! Linda Fauth  $158 (members $148) Cooking Extravaganza Registration

Fun Behind the Lens! (ages 11 & Up), July 28-August 1 , 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

Do you love to look at life through a camera lens?  This camp is for you!  You’ll learn everything you need to know to take great photos, experiment with composition and expand the boundaries of your camera by using still subjects and class members as models.  Create and print your favorite shots from the week as well as an 11” by 14” collage of favorite images taken by the class.  Remember to bring your camera to class! Bert Danielson  $150 (members $140) Fun Behind the Lens!  Registration