Westport Arts Center (WAC) announced that registration for its Summer Camp programs will begin Wednesday, February 1 for WAC members and Wednesday, February 8 for non-WAC members. Programs will be available for children, from toddlers through middle school age, mornings and afternoons from June through August. Ranging from drawing, painting and sculpting, to building, silk-screening, LEGOs and more, the programs are hands-on, educational arts experiences taught by professional teaching artists. Classes will be at the Westport Arts Center Gallery, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport.
Last year’s Summer Camp at Westport Arts Center. Photo by Isabelle Spada, a senior at Staples High School and intern at Westport Arts Center
"All of our classes are designed to foster experimentation with a variety of materials,” said Danielle Ogden, Westport Arts Center’s director of education. “We consulted with some of our year-round art students to suggest the coolest, cutting-edge, and exciting art projects for this summer. Activities will include graffiti art, tie-dye, and printmaking, just to name a few. This summer promises to be memorable for all kids that venture through the doors of the Arts Center.”
WAC will offer 14 Summer Camp programs, each running one week, available during mornings or afternoons.
“WACky Art for Tiny Tots” – Toddlers can gain confidence in self-expression and artistic exploration in this messy, fun, and mixed-media art experience. Through painting, sculpture, drawing, and collage, they will engage with a range of art materials to strengthen fine motor skills, nurture the imagination, and support artistic potential. Classes are Mon – Fri, June 11 – 14, 9:30 -10:45am.
“WAC Gone Wild” - Kids can go wild about art with drawing, painting, and printmaking methods designed for experimentation and exploration. Paper maché, oil pastels, watercolor, tempera paints, and recycled materials will be used to create a wide array of exciting projects inspired by animals, hybrid creatures, and more. Mon - Fri, July 9 - July 13, 9:30am - 12:30pm, ages 6-10; 2:00-4:00, ages 8-12. Instructor: Erika Rohde
“Art from Around the World” - Campers will create artwork inspired by exciting cultures and traditions from around the world. Projects will include Mexican clay sculptures, Balinese masks, and the Indonesian batik technique using wax and dyes on fabric. Mon - Fri, July 16 - July 20, 9:30am - 12:30pm, ages 6-11; 2:00-4:00, ages 8-12. Instructor: Erika Rohde
“Painting, Mixed Media, and Collage” - Kids will explore traditional and experimental techniques and take part in a range of projects, including hand-made paper, image transfer, monotype collage prints, and encaustic painting. Mon - Fri, July 23 - July 27, 9:30am - 12:30pm, ages 7-12; 2:00pm - 4:00pm, ages 8-12. Instructor: Erika Rohde
“Build it!” - Imaginative creations, from futuristic buildings to dream machines and life-size robots, will be built in 3D, using exciting media including re-purposed materials, old toys, wood, cardboard, paint, and wire to assemble everyday objects into works of art. Mon - Fri, July 30 - August 3, 9:30am - 12:30pm, ages 8-12; 2:00pm – 4:00pm, ages 6-10. Instructor: Erika Rohde
“WACky Art” - This fun, think-outside-the box camp aligns with the Arts Center’s motto, “Make it WACky!” Campers will engage their sense of humor and imagination to drip, splatter, stomp, smear, stamp, and experiment with bold colors, exaggerated proportions, and dynamic design, using a wild array of materials to create the WACkiest works of art. Mon - Fri, August 6 - August 10, 9:30am - 12:30pm, ages 7-11. Instructor: Erika Rohde
“LEGO Art” – Campers will take an interactive look into the world of LEGOs as art. While exploring a wide range of artist and architects, they will work independently and in groups on projects from building pirate ships to futuristic metropolises. Mon - Fri, August 6 - August 10, Mon - Fri, August 13-17, Mon - Fri, August 20- August 24, 2:00-4:00, ages 6-10.
“Experimental Materials from Graffiti to Tie-Dye” - This class will focus on contemporary techniques, including Graffiti Art, silk-screening, and tie-dye. Kids will create groovy and unique works of art and learn exciting artistic processes, while trying out fun art forms. Mon - Fri, August 13 - August 17, 9:30am - 12:30pm, ages 9-13. Instructor: Jessica Lynch
“Foundations of Drawing and Painting” – Campers will enhance their artistic skills drawing from life and their imagination, using a variety of media including acrylic paint, pastels and watercolor. Mon - Fri, August 20 - August 24, 9:30am - 12:30pm, ages 8-12
WAC Director of Education, Danielle Ogden, received her M.A. in Art History from Boston University and an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. She has taught at the British National Trust at Tytesfield, the Newport Restoration Foundation, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard. In addition to WAC’s youth education programs, Ms. Ogden offers interactive talks and behind the scenes art tours for adults.
The Westport Arts Center is a visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community. The Westport Arts Center is supported with funds from the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bernstein Global Wealth Management, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, 4th Row Films, Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Gault, Inc., GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, Andrew J. & Christine C. Hall Foundation, Melissa & Doug, Moffly Media, New Alliance Bank, Newman’s Own Foundation, Pepperidge Farm, Inc., U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Resources, Westport Sunrise Rotary, Young Voices Program, Xerox Foundation, and WSHU Public Radio Group.
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