Art Center Announces 2011 Youth Summer Programs

SUMMIT — The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has announced its 2011 summer camp and programs for kids and teens. Registration can be completed online at or in person.

This year the Kids Art Camp is now open to children ages 5-12. Children develop an appreciation of the visual arts through a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. One of four themes will be investigated during each of the eight summer camp sessions:


Imagination Exploration—new for 2011—encourages kids to bring creative thoughts to life; Mini-Masters asks students to develop art projects based upon styles of well-known artists; Art & Nature—also new for 2011—explores the natural world through eco-friendly projects; and Art Around the Globe takes students on a journey to understand how different countries celebrate and create art.

Teen Art Camp is for ages 13-15 and is led by instructors experienced working with young people. An appealing array of creative projects, including landscape painting, portraiture, wheel thrown pottery, digital imaging using Photoshop, and mixed media collages are geared toward enhancing the skills of the maturing artist.

Both Kids and Teen Art Camps run in 1-week sessions from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for 8 weeks, beginning July 5 and ending Aug. 26. Friday exhibitions of the campers’ artwork will be displayed throughout the Art Center’s first and second-floor strolling galleries for family viewing. Since a different program is offered each week, parents may register their children for as many weeks as they wish.

For children unable to attend the weekday camp, a Summer Saturday Art Camp for ages 6-9 will be offered July 9-Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. During the eight sessions, campers will create two projects per day based on projects completed during the previous week of Kids’ Art Camp.

Teens may also participate in Portfolio Development Intensive, a four-week program for students ages 16-18 who wish to develop their entrance portfolios for submission to fine arts colleges. Beginning July 11 and ending Aug. 5, this program is based on the curriculums and portfolio requirements of the leading fine arts schools.

Each session runs Monday-Friday from 12-4 p.m. and covers a specific topic: perspective and spatial illusion; still life; figure studies and life drawing; and modern painting techniques. Demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and art history lessons complement studio instruction. Each session concludes with a class critique to which parents/guardians are invited. Attendance at all four sessions is not required.

Andrea Gianchiglia leads a landscape painting session during the Art Center’s 2010 summer art camp. (Photo courtesy of The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey)

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