CNY Arts Center’s second annual Arty Day Camp will run July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23 at the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton.
The camp will offer students a choice of art, writing, dance and theatre classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Art classes with Kendra Matott and Ken Blount will deliver unusual art lessons. Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator has a love of magic and fantasy and creates a variety of classes and workshops, including storytime art to different ways to draw, including drawing with your feet.
Blount has pioneered a textured, collage art technique which he will share with art students during the week.
Students will disassemble objects before turning them into unique pieces of art.
His work is on exhibit along with Kendra’s at CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.
Writing classes boast the talents of a professional writer leading students to explore writing concepts and nurture the love of writing.
Mary Slimmer, retired from the Oswego City School District after 25 years, has written many eclectic articles for newspapers and recently completed her first novel for young adults.
This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.
“The characters in the book are fictional,” said Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.”
She has also been recently published in a book of poetry.
Dance classes with Jennica Vehrs will provide students with the opportunity to experience lyrical/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 recently completed her master’s in literacy from SUNY Oswego where she also holds a bachelor’s degree in childhood education.
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 Adam Schmidtmann, who recently portrayed the role of Fred in CNY Arts Center’s production of “Helen Keller.”
Schmidtmann began working with CNY Arts Center as stage manager for “Yes, Virginia, The Musical” and was co-director of Kids Onstage production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
He will be co-teaching Kids Onstage again this fall.
Students will receive morning instructions with these professionals followed by lunch, which is provided, then group activities.
Fees apply for instruction in art, writing, dance and theater and scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.
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.
Those seeking more information may visit the web site or call the center at 592-3373.