Another week of Arty fun is waiting for children at the second session of CNY Arts Center’s Arty Day Camp. Set August 19-23 at the Center, 357 State St., Fulton, the camp will offer students a choice of art, writing, dance and theatre classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The first week of ARTY Camp in July was a great success and we’re looking forward to more children enjoying art projects, dance, theatre and writing fun,” said Alice Lamb, camp director. “Art classes allow children to explore techniques and find new ways to express their creativity. Our dance class focuses on specific dance styles and our theatre and writing classes will take children to another form of artistic expression while having a lot of fun.”
Drama, improv, theatre games and props will be the order of the day for students interested in theater classes.
Students will be led through exercises to expand awareness of the physical environment, learn the “who, what, where and why” of acting, polish stage presence and discover the tools to create believable characters.
Classes will be taught by Adam Schmidtmann, who recently portrayed the role of Fred in CNY Arts Center’s production of Helen Keller.
Adam, began working with CNY Arts Center as stage manager for Yes, Virginia, The Musical and was co-director of Kids Onstage production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Adam will be co-teaching Kids Onstage again this fall.
Writing Class boasts the talents of a professional writer leading students to explore writing concepts and nurture the love of writing.
Mary Slimmer, retired from the Oswego City School District after 25 years, has written many eclectic articles for newspapers and recently completed her first novel for young adults.
This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.
“The characters in the book are fictional,” said Slimmer. “But, they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.”
She has also been recently published in a book of poetry.
Art classes with Kendra Matott and Ken Blount will continue to deliver unusual art lessons.
Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator, has a love of magic and fantasy and creates a variety of classes and workshops for all ages at the Center from Storytime Art to Different Ways to draw, including drawing with your feet. Her love of whimsical art promises unique and non-traditional projects for Arty Camp students.
Blount has pioneered a textured, collage art technique which he will share with art students during the week. Students will disassemble objects before turning them into unique pieces of art. Blount’s work is on exhibit along with Matott’s at CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART gallery at 47 S. First St. in Fulton.
Popular dance classes with Jennica Vehrs provide students the opportunity to experience lyrical/ contemporary and jazz dancing. Throughout the course of the week, students will learn and participate in stretches to improve flexibility, across-the-floor exercises to improve technique, and both a lyrical/contemporary routine, as well as a jazz routine, to implement the components of these dance styles.
Jennica recently completed her master’s in literacy from SUNY Oswego where she also holds a bachelor’s degree in childhood education.
Students will receive morning instructions with these professionals followed by lunch, which is provided, then group activities.
“We’ve also added a cupcake and cookie decorating class for art students,” Lamb said. “Children decorate unique realistic looking desserts under the guide of Diane Sokolowski, owner of Treat Me Sweets, which are then served at parents’ presentation on the final day of camp. It is a very popular activity for the children.”
Fees apply for instruction in Art, Writing, Dance and Theater but scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. Registration is available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com. No child will be turned away as along as funds are available.
CNY Arts Center is also designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of ARTY Day Camp.
Children who attend the lunch will be included in afternoon art projects at no charge.
Children in the afternoon program should also pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com
For more information, visit the web site or call the Center at 592-3373.