Monday, May 5, 2008

TWO Great Summer Art Camps for South Metro Kids!

Be creative with Summer Plans for your children! From June 9 through June 20, Arts Clayton presents two weeks of art packed fun at the 15th annual KALEIDOSCOPE Summer Art Camps and the Summer Art Camp for Young TEENS!

Through art related activities, instruction and special programs, elementary age children from all across the south metro area will enjoy hands-on instruction about art, photography, dance, drama, music and more. KALEIDOSCOPE Summer Art Camp is designed to be an overall Art Experience for children. EVERY child at EVERY experience level will participate in BOTH Visual and Performing Arts during their time at camp. It is Arts Clayton’s goal to encourage children to explore and develop an appreciation for ALL of the Arts and to learn that by working together THROUGH the arts, we bridge all gaps and come together as a community. At the conclusion of Art Camp an exciting Musical Performance AND a Gallery Style Art Exhibit will be presented by the campers for the enjoyment of family, friends, and community!

There will be special visits and exciting programs including a visit from renowned children’s literature illustrator Michael White; a theatrical performance of Tales from Near and Far by Offshoot Productions; the art of storytelling by KUUMBA Storytellers; and an amazing puppet and animation show by Al Waller and the Be A Know It All Varmints! The Clayton County Fire and Police Departments will pay a visit allowing campers an inside peek the extraordinary safety vehicles they drive and an opportunity to talk to real police and fire officers! Campers will also have an opportunity to participate in the Kaleidoscope Campers Talent Show!

The KALEIDOSCOPE Summer Arts Camp is designed for children entering first through sixth grades next fall, and will be held mornings 8:30 am to 12:15 pm at Lee Street Elementary located at 178 Lee Street in historic downtown Jonesboro ~ behind the Jonesboro Library. The all inclusive cost of the full two-week program is only $155. There are no additional registration or supply fees. Arts Clayton also provides mid-morning snacks for the children each day and a FREE T-shirt for campers.

AFTER CAMP art classes will also be available to registered KALEIDOSCOPE Campers. For an additional $95 (total for both weeks), kids enrolling in AFTER CAMP bring a bag lunch and remain each day until 2pm for additional art classes. Openings are VERY limited and available on a first come basis.

For Middle School students entering the 7th, 8th or 9th grades next fall, Arts Clayton offers the Summer Art Camp for Young TEENS. The program welcomes the return of the ever popular Cartooning and Animation classes and also offers instruction in Photography, Drawing, Painting, and Theatre Arts for the rising young stars!

The two-week Theatre Camp students will be exposed to elements of stage movement, acting, costuming, improvisation, and audition techniques. Actors will learn not only basic skills, but will tap into their own experiences and imagination to perform and communicate. The final production will receive a public performance!

Summer Art Camp for Young TEENS will be held at Lee Street Elementary located at 178 Lee Street in historic downtown Jonesboro ~ behind the Jonesboro Library, from June 9 through June 20. Class times, days and tuitions will vary based on each student’s selections.

More information and camp registration forms are available at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main Street in historic downtown Jonesboro, open Monday through Saturday from 9am until 5 pm. You may also visit our website at, email us at, or call 770-473-5775 or 5826 to request a registration form by mail. Class sizes are limited and registration is on a first come basis.

The Arts Clayton Summer Art Camps are a part of the Clayton County Commissioner’s “Safe Summer Initiative for Children”. Arts Clayton is also a Partner at Large in Education working with the Clayton County Public Schools to ensure the highest caliber of programs and activities are offered.

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