Explore the exciting possibilities this summer break with Summer Camp at the Westport Arts Center! Get creative, innovative, and have fun through the arts by choosing from a catalog of unique and contemporary weeklong workshops.
With everything from mixed media open studios to themed courses delving into graffiti, design, and technology, each workshop will include hands-on projects and some will even include a visit from a professional visiting artist.
With options for the traditional art enthusiast and the current pre-teen, this year’s summer line-up is sure to offer something for everyone!
Classes will stimulate your child’s problem solving skills and invigorate their imagination through diverse materials. Your child will practice thinking creatively and critically! All workshops are BRAND NEW and offer something for everyone ages 4-12.
Morning camps run from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and include a snack; Afternoon camps run from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. In instances where morning and afternoon classes feature the same theme, activities and direction will be designed to be age-appropriate.
Registration fees vary based on materials costs.
Registration Opens: February 6, 2017
AM: 9:30 – 12:30
*Morning classes run 3 hours and include a 45-minute break with WAC provided snack.
PM: 1:30 – 3:30
Themes, Dates and Descriptions
Fine Arts Camps AM & PM
The Week of June 26 – June 30
The world is full of amazing cultures, each with their own unique forms of art and traditions. Let your student travel the world during this weeklong workshop, facilitated by the arts! Each day will introduce them to an exciting new place and offer them the opportunity to learn while creating works of art inspired by the culture. From Japanese silk painting, to Native American dream catchers, students will be exposed to an array of materials and medias!
Does your student love action and illustration? Do they sketch and doodle during their free time? Creative imaginations are full of stories waiting to be told! This course will guide them as they design their own characters and illustrate their own stories on professional-standard comic strip storyboards and book covers. From sketch to a polished product complete with gouache color, students will walk away bringing their imagination to life.
(4:00 – 5:00)
This high-quality arts program is designed for students of differing and special needs who might need additional attention in the classroom. This course offers insight into artistic processes and techniques while promoting self-awareness and self-esteem through projects, fostering critical thinking and creative innovation through adaptive methods. *When registering, please be sure to include a description of your child’s specific needs and any learning or behavioral techniques that work best for them. We can accommodate a limited number of parent-provided 1-on-1 aides for students who require one.
The Week of July 3 – July 7 (Short Week)
Whether your student has a green thumb or is addicted to Instagram or Pinterest (or both!), terrariums are trending! Let your students build their own terrarium from pot to plant, designing every element along the way. Beginning with the creation of a unique vessel out of clay, to the careful painting and adornment of the pot, creating decorative elements and accessories like small animals and characters, all the way to garden design and selecting your favorite succulents, you student will walk away with their own magical mini-gardens.
The Week of July 10 – July 14
Let your student spend a week exploring the world of printmaking, as they construct beautiful works of art through relief printing, stamping, and monotype. Students will get a feel for the traditional, and then experiment with images and shapes created by using non-traditional materials for stamping such as leaves, flowers, and other unexpected items. Students will combine fine-line and texture, layering colors to reveal unique series of prints.
July 10 – July 14
Everyone loves to get pampered! Let your student come to WAC and spend a week crafting everything they need to experience their own fun spa day at home! Mixing aromas and colors, students will play with non-traditional and non-toxic materials to make bath bombs for the perfect bubble bath, soap, lip balm, accessories and more! No two projects will be the same, allowing students to customize their product with their favorite scents, colors, glitter, and unique packaging.
The Week of July 17 – July 21
Does your student dream about transforming into different characters? Do they love reading books, taking on a new character, or even making up anew one? Let your student bring them to life during this week of eclectic mask making. Students will bring 3 different characters to life as they create 3 completely unique masks following different techniques. From clay to Paper Mache, we will ad horns and feathers, scales and colors…
The Week of July 24 – July 28
Why work in 2D, when you can work in 3D and literally create art that JUMPS off the paper? If your student is ready to move beyond traditional drawing and painting, allow them to spend a week creating 3D masterpieces in this non-conventional sculpture class. Students will sculpt with wire, yarn, cardboard, and more!
The Week of July 31 – August 4
All the great masters, both traditional and contemporary, have an influence in this fun weeklong art camp! Each day will focus on a different artist and introduce them to a handful of fun and unique facts while allowing them to complete an art project unique to the style of the artist being studied that day. Each class will introduce different materials and culminate in a collection of completed works reflecting the colorful history of the art world. From Picasso to Frida Kahlo, and perhaps even some Van Gogh, students will learn the names and styles while having fun doing it!
Our worlds are inundated with technology, and we love to share our lives with others through this technology- specifically through the art of image. Our phones are our own personal sidekicks that let us take immediate, hi-resolution images to post to Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. People are Insta-famous! Let you child learn creativity and artistry through the use of their iPhone! Participate in this highly interactive class and learn all the magic tricks and skills of phone photography. We will explore everything from selfies to food photography, curating your photo album. Learn how to adjust for light and composition, and edit on the phone, while gaining valuable knowledge from visiting artists.
The Week of August 7 – August 11
Let this summer be all about fun and exploration! Summer Studio is the Westport Arts Center’s response to that independent young artist who wants choice and freedom. Each day of the weeklong workshop will allow students to choose from two different art projects, so that they can follow whatever their passion is that day. Students will get the opportunity to explore a vast array of materials and mediums, and get their hands dirty! From clay to paint, and everything in between, Summer Studio is the perfect camp session for the young artist who just wants to try it all!
The Week of August 14 – August 18
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Students will use found and recycled objects to create 2D and 3D art in this innovative class which will exercise problem-solving skills, and flex the imagination.
The week-long workshop will begin by letting student treasure hunt through WAC’s special collection of eclectic materials, and then will expand to ask them to bring personal mementos for home to allow them to create a highly customized and autobiographical pieces of work.
Each class will offer a new “building” material, asking students to use their problem solving skills to determine the best way to assemble their upcycled art using only the material of the day.
Students can make a new piece each class, or combine their classes to continuously work on one large piece.
Begin this week-long session by receiving your own hardcover, 150 page, blank sketchbook to customize and make your own. All great creatives have their special sketchbook, and get a jump-start on making your own! Be visited by artists and designers who will share their knowledge and techniques with you as you build your graffiti skills, learn different writing styles and drawing styles, and play with design. We know you have great ideas, so lets get them on paper using paint markers, permanent markers, colored pencils, and collage, this book will have it all.
The Week of August 21 – August 25
During this weeklong workshop, students will explore 5 different methods of tie dying, combining math, pattern, and color theory to create amazing works of wearable, usable, art!
Students will create a collection of t-shirts, pillowcases, and socks, experimenting with different methods of tie-dye. Students will explore pattern and a bit of science as they progress from simple dying techniques to more advanced methods
Policies and Procedures
Individual Day Signup Policy: Individual day sign ups are based on availability and students must be registered 3 days prior to the desired camp date. Those who signup for individual days know that they may have some incomplete projects that would have been completed over multiple days. All individual day sign ups must be made by phone, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration fees for individual days cannot be refunded.
Minimum Enrollment Requirements: All camps are subject to a minimum enrollment of 3 campers to run. Camps that do not meet the enrollment may be canceled 3 days prior to the beginning date of the course.
Pricing Policy: Fees for the camp include materials that are specific to the weekly theme and may vary week to week.
Please contact Director of Education, Lillie Fortino, with any inquiries.