The CNY Arts Center, which recently opened a new facility in State Street Methodist Church in Fulton, is offering a week long Arty Day Camp July 16-20. Children will choose from art, writing, dance, and theater classes for a week of learning and hands-on projects.
Morning classes will be followed by lunch and an afternoon of fun art projects for all ages.
Art students will have the opportunity to work with two instructors as classes and the morning schedule are divided by ages 7-12 and 13-18.
Marissa Hill, a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma in Studio Art and SUNY Oswego, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s of fine art in studio art – illustration has studied printmaking, illustration, book arts, sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography.
She will guide students to make their own sketchbook to start and follow through the week with plant drawings, sculpting garbage monsters, painting skies, and printmaking: monsters in nature.
Bonnie McClellan will alternate with Hill to teach color theory through the work of Paul Klee, abstracts, and watercolor paint on book pages.
She will also teach students to paint without brushes, learn ink drawings and sketches, drawing beyond the stick figure, and painting with acrylics on wood.
McClellan recently rediscovered a passion for art and has honed her skills with oil and watercolor among other mediums.
“Sizzling summer sensations Writing Classes” will also boast the talents of two writers to lead students to explore writing concepts such as capturing ideas on paper and then developing written pieces with strong characters, rich details, and strong leads and endings; as well as nurturing the love of writing.
The class’s hard work will result in a finished piece of writing to keep and share with others. Instructor Jim Farfaglia, Writing Program coordinator for CNY Arts Center, is the author of “Country Boy,” a collection of poems chronicling his childhood. His poems appear weekly in The Valley News.
Karen Burke, assisting in the writing classes, is a local writer and teacher.
Dance classes are available with Jennica Vehrs, who will provide students with the opportunity to experience lyrical and contemporary and jazz dancing. Throughout the course of the week, students will learn and participate in stretches to improve flexibility, across-the-floor exercises to improve technique, and both a lyrical/contemporary routine, as well as a jazz routine, to implement the components of these dance styles.
Vehrs is a graduate of SUNY Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in childhood education. She is pursuing a master’s in literacy and a substitute teacher for the Fulton and Hannibal Central School Districts.
Drama, improv, theatre games and props will be the order of the day for students interested in theater classes.
Students will be led through exercises to expand awareness of the physical environment, learn the who, what, where and why of acting, polish stage presence and discover the tools to create believable characters.
Classes will be taught by Nancy Fox, president of CNY Arts Center, who brings 30 years experience in professional and community theater as director, stage manager, writer, designer, teacher, student, and briefly as an actor.
Students can register for half day or full day programs. Fees apply for half-day morning instruction in art, writing, dance and theater.
Registration is available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.
CNY Arts Center is also designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of Arty Day Camp. Children who attend the lunch will be included in afternoon art projects at no charge. Children in the afternoon program should also pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.