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BIG ARTS offers art-filled summer camp for kids and teens

By Staff | Apr 26, 2017

During BIG ARTS’ summer camp, students have the opportunity to display what they’ve created for the week each Friday. PHOTO PROVIDED

As season is winding down, summer is coming into full-swing. Beginning June 5, BIG ARTS will offer its annual summer camp for elementary, middle and high school students.

BIG ARTS Summer Camp Director Erin Peter said that first through fifth graders will be completely immersed in visual and performing arts.

“We offer a really well-rounded visual and performing arts program to the kids, Peter said. Throughout the week, they take classes in music and theater and put on a performance every Friday of what they learned in those classes. They also take a couple visual art classes and all the work they do in those classes is on display Friday afternoon. They really get the whole art experience.”

All students will take a music class every day, a theater class and two visual art classes.

Summer camp for first through fifth graders begins June 5 and wraps up on July 28. Sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. and final pickup is at 3 p.m. The cost is $175 per week, walk-ups are welcome.

The dates and themes are as follows:

– Week one: June 5-9 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

– Week two June 12-16 Life’s a Circus at Camp

– Week three June 19-23 Under the Sea

– Week four June 26-3- Where the Wild Things Are

– Week five July 3-7 (No camp July 4) Red, White, Blue and YOU

– Week six July 10-14 I’ve Got a Golden Ticket

– Week seven July 17-21 When You Wish Upon a Star

– Week eight July 24-28 Say Yes to the Mess

The apprentice program which is offered to middle and high school students and includes advanced art classes plus the chance to earn community service hours. The summer camp runs from June 5 through July 28. The camp begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m., walk-ups are welcome. The cost is $100 per week. Programs include a human trafficking awareness workshop, an animation class, film class and dance class. More classes will be announced soon.

“They’ll do the classes for two hours a day, sometimes it’ll lead to a presentation on Friday. The other half of the day, they’ll volunteer with the younger kids and they’ll earn community service hours,” Peter said.

Peter, who has been BIG ARTS’ summer camp director for the last three years, said what she enjoys most is seeing the children pursue their passions.

“There’s not a lot of places where kids can get fully immersed in the arts, so seeing them come in and knowing that’s what they’re here for and being enthusiastic about it is really special to me,” Peter said.

For more information on the summer camp or to sign up go to bigarts.org/education/summer-arts-camp or call (239) 395-0900.