By Alicia Dziak

Summer vacation will soon be upon us, and with it comes the question of what to do to keep the kids busy! For many, camps are just the answer, and provide great opportunities for them to keep learning while school’s not in session. Creative types will love the selection of art, music and theater camps all across WNY.

Springville Youth Inc. and the Springville Center for the Arts offer children art programs for kids in grades K-12. For more info, call the SCA at 592-9038.

Buffalo’s Albright Knox offers art camps for all ages:

Adventures in Art (Ages 4–5), half-day workshops July 30–Aug. 2. Each day focuses on a different medium, such as ceramics, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Adventures in Art & Art Explorers, offer the following for kids ages 6–8: Art Explorers, July 9–13, 9 a.m.–noon;

Painting, July 23–27, 9 a.m.–noon; Ceramics: July 23–27, 1–4 p.m.

Art Discovery, for ages 9–11, includes the following: Drawing, July 9–13, 1–4 p.m.; Sculpture, July 17–20, 9 a.m.–noon; Comic Book Illustration, July 23–27, 1–4 p.m.;

Art Classes, for ages 12–14, include the following: Drawing, July 17–20, 1–4 p.m.; Ceramics, Aug. 6–10, 1–4 p.m.

Art Classes, for ages 15–17, include AK Teens Building a Portfolio, July 16–20, and July 23–27, 9 a.m.–noon.

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Head north to ArtPark in Lewiston for art camps, held July 9-13, 16-20 and 23-27.

Campers will explore their creative minds with artist led workshops including Drawing and Painting inspired by Takashi Murakami, Ceramics with Francesca D’Angelo, Pixel Art Sculpture, Assemblage, Textile and Glass.

Morning workshops include:

Ceramics: Discover various hand building techniques, such as coil and slab, using clay as a medium.  Campers will throw pottery on the wheel, build vessels, experience a kiln firing, and much more.  Each day will be an educational and fun way to create, build and get messy.

Drawing and Painting: Guided by artist Richard Tomasello, campers will explore traditional as well as experimental forms of mark making. Inspiration will be drawn from Takashi Murakami’s exhibition The Deep End of the Universe as young artists create their own individual artworks.  Free expression and creative process mark the imaginative experience in this morning workshop.

Afternoon workshops include:

Pixel Art Sculpture : Inspired by computers and gaming, young artists will make a pixel drawing and convert it into a sculpture that is 1 voxel wide with artist Brian Nacov.  The sculpture can be curved or glitched as they assemble it.

Fused Glass: Create one of a kind translucent artworks with Bruce Verbeck.  Learn the basics of cutting and assembling glass for a kiln process.

Assemblage: Campers will assemble sculptural works from mixed media inspired by DIY culture.

Textile:  Artists will have the opportunity to use fabric  and play to manufacture Dadaist artworks

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Aurora Sewing Center at 659 Main St. in East Aurora, offers camps for various ages and abilities and guide them to creating a variety of unique projects. Visit for info.

Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center, at 3602 Lakeshore Dr. East in Dunkirk, offers Theatre Camp July 1-7 for kids entering grades 3-10. Kids will spend the week crafting a production from the ground up. The week will feature designing and building sets, creative costuming, learning lines, and getting comfortable in front of an audience. In addition to traditional camp activities (camp fires, hiking, swimming, archery and more), the kids will have opportunities to play with stage makeup, painting, improvisation and many other “behind the scenes” adventures. Past camp performances have included kid-friendly adaptations of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and OLIVER TWIST, among others.

This year we will be performing, “It’s All Greek to Me! A Collection of Myths and Legends from Ancient Greece”

Your young thespian is sure to leave camp feeling inspired by the creative process while learning what it takes to put on a play. A performance will be held for the parents Saturday morning before the children leave camp.

Fine Arts Camp will be offered July 1-7 for kids entering grades 5-10, geared toward the aspiring movie maker, a budding photographer, or a painter/sketch artist. There will be daily centering time to get those creative juices flowing, beautiful sunsets to inspire, and 110 acres of nature surrounding campers. Campfires and singalongs will close the evenings, and the week will culminate with an art show where each camper can display his/her week’s work(s).

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