Fine Art Camps: Theater, Art, & Music

Summer is a great time to encourage kids to explore their creative side with art, drama, and music!

Fine Art Camps: Theater, Art, and Music

Featured Camps: Swope Summer Art Studio

 

“Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.” – Al Hirshfeld

Single-week AM & PM sessions are $70 for museum members and $90 for non-members.

Classes occur Monday through Friday with two-hour sessions offered in both the morning and afternoon. Registration is now open!

Visit the Swope Summer Art Studio website to find scholarship forms and register for classes. You can also follow the Swope Art Museum Facebook Page for information concerning the Summer Art Studio and other museum activities and events.

Swope Art Studios for Ages 4-7.

  • CRAY-CRAY FOR CLAY! June 10 – 14. 9 am – 11 am. Students who are wanting to learn more about clay and making sculptures will love this class! Students will use a variety of clay-based materials such as Sculpey clay, Polymer modeling clay and self-hardening air-dry clay. In this class, they will make clay animals, a self-portrait relief, and clay food. (ages 4 – 7)
  • ART APPRENTICE- PAINT, DRAW, AND SCULPT! June 10 – 14. 12 pm – 2 pm. This class is a wonderful opportunity for young children who are interested in learning more about art. Young students will learn about the various materials and mediums in used in creating art. Students will dabble in self-hardening clay creating one of a kind sculptures. They will create a self-portrait collage, paint with watercolors, and color with colored pencils. (ages 4 – 7)
  • MONSTER MADNESS. June 24 – 28. 9 am – 11 am. Don’t let your little monsters miss out on this fun, mad class. Students will imagine and then create their own monsters from their own 2-D drawing, using texture, color, and line. They will then make a 3-D sculpture from clay, bringing over the same qualities, their monster personifies, to life. Students will also come up with a collage, where the monster resides in its own habitat. (ages 4 – 7).
  • PASSPORT TO ART. July 15 – 19. 9 am – 11 am. Students will learn about several different countries and the cultures that follow each one. Students will be involved in making a large diverse collage mural that several SAS students will be a part of. Students will create artwork with several different mediums including clay, acrylic paint and watercolors. (ages 4 – 7)

Swope Art Studios for Ages 8 and up.

  • PLUSHIES! June 10 – 14. 9 am – 11 am. In this class, students will learn how to create their own unique soft sculpture!  Students will learn to design, construct, and sew a plush from scratch. They will make small and large plushies using a variety of materials. By the end of this class, the student will have their own adorable and individual plush toy, designed and sewn by the student! They will leave this class with knowledge of useful and simple hand stitching techniques. (ages 8 and up)
  • DISCOVER VINYL TOY DESIGN. June 10 – 14. 12 pm – 2 pm. Designer toys have been described as one of the few truly original worldwide art movements of the last two decades. Initially created by street artists and designers using soft vinyl, the designer toy movement now encompasses a wide variety of artists, styles, and materials, and has spread worldwide. In this class, students will create their own designer toy from clay using their own individual designs. The student will learn techniques in clay, color theory, manufacturing, and the basics of toy design. (ages 8 and up)
  • WEAVING A WEB OF COLOR: YARN, PAINTING, AND COLLAGE! June 17 – 21. 12 pm – 2 pm. In this class, we will learn several weaving techniques and use a variety of materials. Weaving fun will start with radial weaving, like the spider’s weave! We will create a shaped loom out of cardboard and we will use tissue paper collage to add color and texture. We will create another project by combining paint and weaving. We will end the week with twig string weaving using natural materials. (ages 8 and up)
  • IT’S A STRING THING! June 24 – 28. 9 am – 11 am. In this class students will use string, thread, and fabric to craft many fun projects! Students will create using hand-sewing, embroidery, string art, and other new techniques. Some of the projects include a custom plushie, coffee cozy, and a magnetic locker pocket. (ages 8 and up)
  • MOSAIC MANIA. June 24 – 28. 12 pm – 2 pm. Students will learn about reliefs and mosaics in this fun and creative class. Students will learn about the history of mosaics and the materials used to create a radial, symmetrical or asymmetrical design. (ages 8 and up)
  • EXPERI-PRINTS! July 8 – 12. 9 am – 11 am. Students will learn a variety of printmaking techniques, including, but not limited to string and rubber band relief, mono prints, found object printing, stamp wheels, and screen printing. These techniques will be combined to encourage experimentation to create images. (ages 8 and up)
  • ALL CLAY, EVERY DAY! July 8 – 12. 9 am – 11 am. This class is dedicated entirely to clay! Students will practice several hand building techniques using a faux ceramic air-dry clay. This class will allow students to make a different sculpture each day. All projects are finished with acrylic paint and a durable sealant. Some of these exciting projects include rolled slab animal portraits, a fish mobile, a fish bowl dish, and a hanging pot. Students will need a box to carry projects home from class. Students are encouraged to wear old clothing or an apron. (ages 8 and up)
  • WONDERFUL WEARABLES. July 8 – 12. 12 pm – 2 pm. Are you an artist who loves showing off your creations? In this class, each project is completely wearable and completely fun! Try your hand at a batik scarf, paper bead jewelry, sharpie “painted” hat, and more! (ages 8 and up)
  • FANTASTIC FOOD ART. July 15 – 19. 12 pm – 2 pm. This class will teach students about the advertising business and tricks of the trade for commercials. Students will create their own food/item and a brand that they want to sell and advertise. Once they have designed their product, they will create a drawing, painting, and 3-D sculpture, as well as, a brand and advertisement for it. Students must think of the gender, age, and culture they are wanting their product to be sold to and make that work to their advantage. (ages 8 and up)

Swope Art Studios for Ages 10 and Up. 

  • ANIME CHARACTER CREATOR. June 17 – 21. 12 pm – 2 pm. Learn the basics of drawing Anime and develop your own character. Students will work with a variety of drawing materials. This class will also include a live action figure drawing and fabric rendering.
  • WATERCOLOR WOW! June 24 – 28. 12 pm – 2 pm. Watercolor painting is such a fun and versatile medium! In this intermediate level class, students will explore many fresh and engaging techniques. Some of the projects include a 3-D tunnel book, painted paper weaving, and an “exploding” book. Students will also have designated time each class to explore and experiment with their paints to create their own mini-series of watercolor paintings.
  • DROP EVERYTHING AND DRAW! July 15 – 19. 12 pm – 2 pm. This is an intermediate level drawing class for any young artist looking to improve their sketching abilities. In this course students will practice drawing in a variety of styles using various types of media. Students will perform a diverse selection of exercises ranging from fun and informal to intricate and polished.

Swope Art Studios for Ages 12 and Up. 

  • DIY SCREEN PRINTING AND STENCILS. July 8 – 12. 12 pm – 2 pm. Students will learn about the principles of printing and how to easily print at home. Basic fundamental design will be discussed in relation to the screen printing and stenciling processes. Using those techniques, students will design and print their own t-shirts and tote bags, as well as multiple prints on paper. (ages 12 and up)
  • WHAT’S KNOT TO LOVE? (MACRAME FUN). July 15 – 19. 9 am – 11 am. Learn all the designs you can do using just 2 basic knots. The square knot and the double half hitch. We will be making bracelets, key chains, and necklaces. (ages 12 and up)

Swope Art Studios for High School. 

  • ANIME CHARACTER CREATOR. June 17 – 21. 12 pm – 2 pm. Learn the basics of drawing Anime and develop your own character. Students will work with a variety of drawing materials. This class will also include a live action figure drawing and fabric rendering. (ages 10 and up)
    WATERCOLOR WOW!. June 24 – 28. 12 pm – 2 pm. Watercolor painting is such a fun and versatile medium! In this intermediate level class, students will explore many fresh and engaging techniques. Some of the projects include a 3-D tunnel book, painted paper weaving, and an “exploding” book. Students will also have designated time each class to explore and experiment with their paints to create their own mini-series of watercolor paintings. (ages 10 and up)
  • DIY SCREEN PRINTING AND STENCILS. July 8 – 12. 12 pm – 2 pm. Students will learn about the principles of printing and how to easily print at home. Basic fundamental design will be discussed in relation to the screen printing and stenciling processes. Using those techniques, students will design and print their own t-shirts and tote bags, as well as multiple prints on paper. (ages 12 and up)
  • WHAT’S KNOT TO LOVE? (MACRAME FUN). July 15 – 19. 9 am – 11 am. Learn all the designs you can do using just 2 basic knots. The square knot and the double half hitch. We will be making bracelets, key chains, and necklaces. (ages 12 and up)
  • DROP EVERYTHING AND DRAW! July 15 – 19. 12 pm – 2 pm. This is an intermediate level drawing class for any young artist looking to improve their sketching abilities. In this course students will practice drawing in a variety of styles using various types of media. Students will perform a diverse selection of exercises ranging from fun and informal to intricate and polished. (ages 10 and up)

VISUAL EXPLORATIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. June 17 – 21. 9 am – 11 am. This course will offer various media experiences. Students will have an opportunity to explore and experiment with visual experiences using paint, yarn, papier-mâché, air dry clay, and paper. Parent or guardian is welcome to attend classes with student. (ages 5 – 18)

Featured Camps: Community School of the Arts

Community School of the Arts camps are fun, week-long immersions into a various theme which will include art, music, theater, swimming and more! Most camps are full-day so that students can enjoy different activities throughout the day and from week to week. All materials are provided unless otherwise specified. You can register campers for one week or all eight! Designed for beginning to intermediate levels, students need no prior experience. Classes, lunch and breaks are fully supervised by CSA instructors and staff. Instructors are ISU faculty, ISU graduate arts students and ISU undergraduate arts education majors. All fitness sessions are taught or supervised by instructors and lifeguards, and are designed for children at all fitness levels.

Campers can swim, explore the gardens and greenhouse, put on a show, learn to dance, make fresh salsa, play piano and instruments, create comic books, and/or stay overnight on campus for residential Rock Camp.

  • Art Sampler 1: Discover Your Talents! June 3-7. 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Ages: 5-15. Children will explore and engage in a wide variety of dramatically different activities in art, music, dance and theater! Are you funny? Dramatic? A great singer or dancer? Or even good at impressions? This week we discover how to strut your stuff and have a great audition in our theater class. Our music class is great for kids who love music and want to learn some of the basics of a variety of instruments.  We will have a day specifically dedicated to focus individually on guitar, piano, percussion, and songwriting.  
  • Art Sampler 2: Nature Unleashed. June 10-14.8:00 am-5:00 pm. Ages: 5-15. Children will explore and engage in a wide variety of dramatically different activities in art, music, and theater! In this week’s creative and innovative art segment, we will be taking every day ordinary items found in nature and turning them into extraordinary pieces of art. Take a walk on the wild side when we learn to be lions, tigers, bears and all things non human in our theater class. We will learn how body language, voices and maybe even some dramatic costumes and makeup can transform us into something wild.  We will also explore the gardens and greenhouse on campus, where we will learn how to make fresh salsa!
  • Color Me Crazy! June 10-14.9:00 am-12:00 pm. Ages: 7-15. Explore the vibrant world of art in this vivacious half day art series that will color your mind and take art to the next level!
  • Art Sampler 3: Around the World in 80 Days. June 17-21. 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Ages: 5-15. Children will explore and engage in a wide variety of dramatically different activities in art, music, dance and theater as we travel around the world in 80 days!
  • Art Sampler 4: Earth, Wind and Fire. June 24-28. 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Ages: 5-15. Children will explore and engage in a wide variety of dramatically different activities in art, music, dance and theater! In our dance class, we will be using song and dance to portray these three elements. The class will learn a dance that showcases the Earth, wind and fire in forms of dance.  At the end of the week we will perform this song/dance for the parents! In theater this week, we will learn how mother nature can be a character in a story. We will also explore the gardens and greenhouse on campus. This week we’ll learn how to make fresh, homemade pizza!
  • Music Makers. June 24-28.9:00 am-12:00 pm. Ages: 7-15. Music Makers is camp that is designed for kids who are interested in experiencing a variety of musical instruments. A few of the instruments included in the week are piano, bucket drumming, songwriting, guitar and a few surprises. 
  • Stage Craft (This is 2-week camp). July 1-3 (No camps on July 4th and 5th!) and July 8-12. 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Ages: 6-15. This week we get to see what it takes to put together a show! Students will learn about acting and how build their environments, too!  An age appropriate play, written by ISU theater alumni, Tommy Jammerson, will enable students to thrive on a college stage, learning aspects of theater including directing and acting. Students will spend part of the afternoon designing and building props, creating an environment specific to the play. Students will spend the rest of the afternoon participating in specialized exercises that teach them how to project their voices, develop a character, and most importantly, to acquire the confidence to act on a stage in front of an audience. The class will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  Wear comfortable, old clothes. Things may get messy during the construction of props! Final Performance will be held on Friday, July 12 at 4:30pm, in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts Building.
  • Comic Creator. July 8-12.9:00 am-12:00 pm. Ages: 6-12. Have you ever dreamed of creating your own superhero comic book? In this class, you will learn what it takes to create a comics story from start to finish. There will even be time to create our very own superhero logo and theme song!
  • Rock Camp! (Residential Camp). July 13-20.8:00 am- 9:00 pm. Ages: 13-18 Rock Camp! provides a fun and educational opportunity for high-school students at any experience level to benefit from music education. Music education leads to the development of creative and critical problem-solving skills, higher self-esteem and pride in accomplishment. Students learn different aspects of music including performance, music business and music history, providing them with the understanding that music can be a viable career choice. Rock Camp!, an intense eight-day, seven-night residency program, runs Saturday, July 7 – Saturday, July 14. Students choose to play one of five traditional rock instruments: guitar, drums, bass, keyboards or voice. ISU music faculty and professional musicians lead the program, with ISU music students assisting. Students must have completed grade 8 to be able to reside on-campus. Grade 7 students, entering grade 8, may register as commuters.Beginning, intermediate and advanced music level students welcome. Other instruments than those listed above are welcome, however, private lessons are only offered to students studying guitar, drums, bass, keyboards or voice. 

Full payment must be made prior to the start of camps. Please contact the Community School of the Arts office for any questions 812-237-2528.

Click here for more details or to register for ISU Community School of the Arts!

KinderMusik Classes at KinderCenter in Terre Haute, IN

KinderCenter Presents Kindermusik Summer Classes

Ms. Rhonda has finalized her final schedule of Kindermusik summer classes for ages 0-7!

KinderCenter has summer classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and world adventurers ages 5-7.

Preschool families will definitely want to check out the PlayShops! 

PlayShops are fun, educational drop-in sessions that include songs, movement activities, a story and crafts all centered on a theme. Each PlayShop is unique since each PlayShop has a different theme.

 

Additional Fine Art Camps and Summer Classes:

Preschool and Elementary Clay Classes for kids with Deming Park Pottery.

  • June 1. Preschool 9:30- 10:15 /Elementary 10:30- 12:30 Make a clay flip flop with your own foot.
  • June 19. Preschool Ceramics 10:00- 10:45 Fish Plate.
  • June 24, 25, 26 9:00- 11:00 Clay Camp “Light the Way” Come make a lantern, Lighted sphere, and bowl on the wheel. This camp is for grades K-5. $50 for all three days.
  • July 6. Preschool 9:30-10:15/ Elementary 10:30-12:30 Make your own creation.
  • August 3. Preschool 9:30-10:15/ Elementary 10:30-12:30 Clay Pencil Holder

Summer Class Options from Charm School including Dollhouse Workshop 5 day camp for kids.

Summer Paint Camps by Robyn Michelle for ages 4 and up.

Summer Theatre Camps from River City Players at Community Theatre of Terre Haute. Three camp opportunities for ages 7-9, 9-12, and teenagers. All camps culminate in a showcase performance. Registration deadline is June 1.

Art and craft classes at Joann Fabrics. Learn to sew a pin cushion, hooded blanket, and more!

Fine Art Summer Camps in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

 

We’re constantly adding new information to our guides. The following opportunities are on our radar, and we’ll update this page when we have more information!

  • Terre Haute Guitar Club
  • Art Smart Program at 14th and Chestnut Center
  • Summer Art Camp at Strive 365

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As always, typos happen and event details change. Please confirm with original sources before solidifying your summer plans. Haute Happenings can’t be held responsible for printed errors or program changes, but we will celebrate with you if our info helped your family to have an awesome summer! 

Want more? Visit our 2019 Wabash Valley Summer Camp Guide homepage for a full list of categories and camp/class options!

 

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