Art camp deadline approaching

By: By Kristy D. Carter -

Like Picasso, the Sampson Arts Council believes that “every child is an artist.”

For the ninth year, the arts council will be hosting Summer Art Camp, which is two weekly camps for students grades 1-6, and three art workshops for students in grades 7-12. New this summer, a Junior Art Camp for ages 4 and 5. All art camps and workshops will be held at the Victor R. Small House in Clinton.

“At summer art camp, we remain committed to carefully selecting a custom-crafted summer arts program filled with stimulating and enriching art lessons focusing on exploring a wide variety of techniques and materials and taught by a caring, patient, seasoned staff of teachers and assistants who will help open minds and change lives,” Kara Donatelli, arts council director said.

Weekly camp dates for grades 1-6 are July 17-21 and July 24-28. Registration deadline is June 30. Junior Art Camp for ages 4 and 5 will be held June 26-29. Registration deadline is June 12. Art workshops for grades 7-12 will be held June 19 and 21, June 26-28 and July 10-13. Registration deadline is June 5. Space is limited in each camp or workshop, so early registration is encouraged.

The July 17-21 weekly art camp theme is “Animal Planet” and the July 24-28 theme is “Color Exploration.”

According to Donatelli, all funds raised through arts camp help support children’s art classes and quality arts programming for children in the community throughout the year. The funds raised through the Golf Fore the Arts Celebrity Golf Tournament, also allowed several art camp scholarships to be awarded to select students.

During a typical day at art camp, Donatelli said students enjoy three one-hour classes with three art teachers. Students are grouped by ages (grades 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6). Classes are limited to 12 students. Each week, Donatelli said, features a different theme that will focus on lessons in a variety of art mediums and techniques, as well as art history.

The sessions aren’t just for elementary students. Donatelli said there will be unique opportunities for middle and high school students, as well. Students in grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to take part in art workshops in drawing, clay and photography. These workshops are taught by local art teachers.

Sessions for middle and high school students will be June 19 and 21, featuring “Reverse Value Drawing” with Krystin McPhail; June 26-28, featuring “Camera-less Photography” with Mary Malpass; and July 21-23, featuring “Etched Clay” with Lesley Allen. Registration for all workshops is due by June 5.

“Over the years, the kids have been exposed to many interesting art lessons in painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printing, photography and much, much more,” Donatelli said. “Art history lessons have taught us about artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Mattisse and Monet, to name a few. We have also experienced art from cultures around the world, such as Australia, China, Mexico, Japan and Europe.”

New this summer, Donatelli said there will be a Junior Art Camp for ages 4 and 5, which will be held June 26-29, and the theme is “Carnival of the Animals”. In this four day music and art camp, students will learn about composers, musical concepts, and animals. They will create musical instruments and animal themed art projects as we explore Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.”

“We offer unique lesson plans, instruction from talented art teachers, small class sizes, and a diverse daily curriculum tailored to children’s inherent curiosity and sense of discovery,” Donatelli shared. “These characteristics are what sets the Sampson Arts Council’s Summer Art Camp apart from any other and why it continues to attract a large, loyal following of happy campers.”

For anyone interested in registering their child or who needs additional information, call the arts council at 910-596-2533. Information on all art camps and workshops can be found at or stop by the Victor R. Small House in Clinton for registration forms and art camp brochures.

Students enjoy the art sessions held during last year’s Summer Art Camp. enjoy the art sessions held during last year’s Summer Art Camp.

By Kristy D. Carter

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Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.