Summer Spree Visual Arts Camp 2017 (ages 4-11)


Bridge to SUMMER for Pre-K  Children Ages 3 to 5 

9am to 12pm, $140M/$155NM for each week

with Emily MacDonald and Patti Kelly

June 5 to 8 / June 12 to 15 / June 19 to 22

Bridge to SUMMER for Older Children  Ages 6 to 11

9am to 3pm, $350M/$365NM  

with David Woods and Gail Herring

June 19 to 23



               Ages 4-11 | Full & Half Day camp

Summer Spree at the Community Arts Center is the perfect place for kids to have fun, be creative, and work alongside experienced teaching artists.  Summer Spree has been around for a long time— more than 30 years—so we know what kids, parents and teens want in a summer program.  Our classes are designed to bring out the best in everyone.  This year, campers will explore the theme Metamorphosis – delving deep into the magical transformations occurring in nature and the built environment. Young artists will find artistic inspiration by exploring many facets of the ever-changing world around them and have the opportunity to interpret those changes in a myriad of creative ways.  Campers will draw natural objects on the grounds of the CAC, sculpt their own mystical creatures, build in the garden together and experience an array of other creative mediums. They’ll also enjoy outdoor yard games that combine art and physical education and allow them to connect with their friends during each session.

In addition to the regularly scheduled morning activities, each of our five sessions features special extras for all campers. Each session, different visitors are eager to inspire young artists. These projects provide special opportunities to work alongside professional working artists and master gardeners on projects designed especially for Summer Spree!

concentrationMETAMORPHOSIS  June 26 through August 18

Magic Mornings ~9:00AM 12:00PM Monday – Friday  (ages 4-11)  Afternoon Adventures ~ 1:00PM – 4:00PM Monday – Friday (ages 4-11)

Session 1: June 26 to 30  Magic Morning $175M/$190NM Artist and CAC Summer Fellow, Jessica Eldredge, will take campers on a magical exploration into the process of paper dyeing and transforming paper into a rainbow of colors. We will use our paper palettes to make all sorts of collages including a collaborative composition exploring patterns we discover in the world around us.-  Afternoon Adventures $175M/$190NM

Session 2: July 3 to 7 (off the 4thMagic Mornings $140M/$155NM What crawls, swims, runs, flies and climbs? A fantastic creature! Campers will explore the expansive world of real and imaginary animals and creatures with artist, Josh Irvan. We will then sculpt and build from a variety of materials, including chicken wire, plaster and found objects, to create our own mixed-up fantastic creatures. – Afternoon Adventures $140M/$155NM

Session 3 (two weeks): July 10 to 21 Magic Mornings $310M/$325NM Campers will have fun working with papermaker and Summer Fellow, Carol Gannon, transforming raw materials into finished sheets of paper. Together we will create a Quilt of Inclusions by embedding found objects and other materials between formed sheets of paper and linking them together to form a large collaborative quilt.- Afternoon Adventures $310M/$325NM

Session 4 (two weeks): July 24 to August 4 Magic Mornings $310M/$325NM Bob Deane and Drew Arata will engage campers and take them on a wild adventure creating a ceramic egg garden deep in the woods of the Arts Center. Campers will delve deep into their imaginations to create their own dazzling ceramic creatures to take home or leave inside their egg, which will be become an interactive installation on the grounds of the CAC.- Afternoon Adventures $310M/$325NM

Session 5: August 7 to 11 Magic Morning $175M/$190NM Master Horticulturalist, Przemek Walczak, from Chanticleer Garden will return to Summer Spree to engage campers in a week of creative, outdoor fun. With Przemek’s guidance, kids will have the opportunity to design and plant an enchanted garden oasis filled with wild flowers and lush ferns. This will surely become a favorite spot for everyone who visits the Arts Center! –  Afternoon Adventures $175M/$190NM

Session 6: August 14 to 18 Magic Morning $175M/$190NM This year we will continue working with our favorite mosaic artist, David Woods, who has created many mosaic masterpieces on the grounds of the Arts Center. David will assist campers with creating mystifying mosaic works of art utilizing repurposed tiles and recycled found objects. We will work on a collaborative installation, as well as individual projects to take home. –  Afternoon Adventures $175M/$190NM

Afternoon Adventures Activities 

Summer Spree fun continues in the afternoons with lots of action that will get your creativity flowing. Each day will be filled with a combination of outdoor games and/or hula hooping, dancing, movement, music making, LEGO building, storytelling and making art!

Ceramics with David Woods and Emily MacDonald Get more time with clay in the afternoons to experiment with different techniques of hand building. We will work with slabs, coils, textures and much more to create anything and everything you can imagine!

Songwriting and Storytelling with Pauline Houston McCall Join us for fun and whimsical storytelling, story making and fabulous tall tales.
Let’s weave magic together as we drum a rhythm story or dance a tale as long as a warm summer day.  Summer Spree would not be without the funtabulous music and songwriting class circled by beats and fun rhythms!

LEGO Building with Justin Benn Each week we will get a chance to build with Community Arts Center’s awesome LEGO collection!  We will work on individual or group projects and play, build and construct unique structures, vehicles and monsters to add to your imaginary world.

Yard Games, Hula Hooping and other Movement! We like to rev things up a bit in the afternoons, so we’ll play outdoor games, practice our hooping skills and explore other energetic activities in the big yard that combine art with physical education.




If your child is enrolled in either the MAGIC MORNINGS or AFTERNOON ADVENTURES and you would like your child to eat lunch at Summer Spree, let us know when you register. Lunch is a supervised hour from 12 noon to 1:00. Children bring their own bagged lunch and a beverage. This is a fun opportunity to eat and relax with friends. Children registered for both the morning and afternoon programs do not have to pay extra for lunch. There are no daily drop-ins for lunch. All children must be registered for the entire session.

SESSIONS 1, 5 & 6 – member $30/non member $35  SESSION 2 (4 DAYS) – member $25/non members $30  SESSIONS 3 & 4 – member $60/non member $65

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 BRIDGE to FALL for Children Ages 6 to 11

 Rock n’ Roll Camp for Children Ages 9 to 12  Rock Garden Music Group with Peter Delaplane

August 21 to 25


You will enjoy reduced tuition if you become a member of the Community Arts Center. Members receive reduced class tuition throughout the year, and a discount card for several area businesses.

Junior Membership: $30 (per child)   Household Membership: $75

We offer a 10% sibling discount for additional children from the same family who will be registered in the same session.