Register now for summer art classes, ARTY camp

Camper Eve MacDonald prepares a gourd for painting during Arty Camp last year. CNY Arts Center is gearing up for a full summer of art classes for children of all ages. For class and camp information and registration, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Camper Eve MacDonald prepares a gourd for painting during Arty Camp last year. CNY Arts Center is gearing up for a full summer of art classes for children of all ages. For class and camp information and registration, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Time to get imaginations fired up for a summer of art fun at CNY Arts Center located in the Methodist Church at 357 State St.

Registrations are now open for camp and all summer classes.

Kicking off the summer will be a week of dance classes with Jennica Vehrs for ages 5-15, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 7-11.

“Dance, Dance!” will provide students an experience in lyrical/contemporary and jazz dancing. Throughout the week, students will learn 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. 

ARTY Day Camp launches July 14 – 18th for its third summer of art fun for kids ages 5 to 15, and again Aug. 11-15.  Children will choose from art, writing,  dance and theater classes for a week of learning and hands-on projects.

“ARTY Camp is such a great experience and we look forward to children enjoying art projects, dance, theatre and writing fun,” said Alice Lamb, camp director. 

“Art classes allow children to explore techniques and find new ways to express their creativity. Our dance class focuses on specific dance styles and our theatre and writing classes will take children to another form of artistic expression while having a lot of fun,” she said.

Summer fun for kids continues with individual art topics. Each third Saturday of the month, June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16, Kendra Matott offers Story Time Art for ages 2 to 7 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Children will hear a story read and create fun art projects will be done to illustrate the story. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Exploring Photography runs from 9 a.m. to noon July 28 through Aug. 1 with separate sessions from ages 6 to 10 and ages 11 to 18. 

Students should register for all five days of the photography classes. 

Opposite those classes Bonnie McClellan will offer paper quilling for ages 11-18 and 6 to 10 Monday through Wednesday of that week. This ancient art produces unique decorative pieces from thin strips of paper.  

Yarn Painting, unique art from everyday scraps of yarn, for ages 11-18 and 6-10 will fill in Thursday and Friday to finish out the week. These classes can be taken individually.

The fun continues Aug. 25-29 with Fantasy Art for ages 6 to 10 and 11 to 18. Each class taught by Kendra Matott will cover a different topic such as How to Draw a Dragon, Create a Fantastical Beast, Dream Landscapes, Fantasy Fashions & Armor and Painting Faeries and Mermaids. 

Opposite those classes McClellan will offer Drawing and Painting for ages 11 to 18 and 6 to 10 with a variety of techniques and projects.

Sewing Projects is being offered from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays under the direction of Virginia Lockhart. Call her at 402-7513 for registration.

Fees apply for all classes but scholarships for Arty Day Camp are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the state  Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature and administered by CNY Arts, Inc.  No child will be turned away as along as funds are available.

All classes require pre-registration available online at CNYArtsCenter.com. Or call 592-3373 for more information. 

All classes are held at CNY Arts Center located at 357 State St. in the Methodist Church through the Park Street entrance.

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