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Art activities, camps and classes


Art activities, camps and classes
Artists of all ages will be inspired this summer with the variety of camps and workshops available throughout the region.

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, 479-784-2782

RAM Saturdays
Who: All ages
What: RAM Saturdays allow artists of all ages to create different art projects during interactive, drop-in sessions. Participants are then encouraged to visit the galleries. Attendees are encouraged to wear “art-making” clothing for this free program.
When: 1-4 p.m. Saturdays
June 4 – Birdhouses
June 11 – Fuse beads
June 18 – Tie-dye
June 25 – Masks
July 2 – Pinwheels
July 9 – Dream Catchers
July 16 – Kites
July 23 – Puppets
July 30 – Sun catchers 

Gilcrease on Wheels
Who: Recommended for ages 8-14
What: This innovative, traveling program showcases works from the famous Gilcrease Museum. Students will learn about the history of Spiro Mounds and how to make connections between cultural objects and their lives today. Each session is limited to 25 participants; call to register. Free.
When: Hourlong sessions begin at noon, 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. June 21 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 22.
Where: Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Avenue, 479-784-2782

RAM Summer Art Camps
Who: All ages
What: Fun-filled week of animal-themed art projects, storytelling, dancing and more. Participants must pre-register and be pre-paid before the start of camp. Sign up for individual sessions or for the whole day. Space is limited; call 479-784-2787 or email casey@fsram.org
When: 1-5 p.m. Aug. 2-6

RAM Art pARTy – Amazing Animals
Who: Ages 5-7
What: Celebrate all things animals! There will be four sessions per day. Sign up for individual sessions ($10) or the whole day ($35).

Sculpture Camp
Who: Ages 8-11
What: Participants will learn about the different types of sculpture and create their own artworks that will be displayed at the end of the week at the summer art camp exhibition. Fee is $45 for the week or $10 per day.

Pottery Camp
Who: Ages 12 & up
What: Work with an artist represented in RAM’s permanent collection. Rod Hannaman, a local potter, will be using his experience as a potter to teach participants about using clay and making artworks. The students will get to show off their works in a summer camp exhibition at the end of the week. Fee is $45 for the week or $10 per day.


Center for Art & Education ART-A-RAMA
Who: Ages 6-14, unless otherwise noted
What: Presented in conjunction with BrickCity Emporium, this fun-filled camp focuses on a different art element each week. Two sessions are offered. The morning session will take place at CAE, with the afternoon class at BrickCity Emporium. Sessions are $20, unless otherwise noted. Participants should take “dirty duds” for completing projects.
When: 10 a.m.-noon at CAE and 1-3 p.m. at BrickCity Emporium
July 5-8 – Cartooning, Learn How to Draw
July 11-15 – Paint Party
July 18-22 – Mixed Media (afternoon only)
July 25-29 3 Dimensional Art
Where: Center for Art & Education, 104 North 13th, Van Buren, and Brick City Emporium, 3215 South 74th Street, Fort Smith.

The Art of Tinkering
Who: Ages 10-14
What: Campers will explore art through science and technology using hands-on experience with soft circuits. The session will be led by artist Mary Overton of West Fork. Participants must attend both the morning and afternoon session so provide a sack lunch or pick your child up for lunch, but be back by 1 p.m. for the second half of this exciting day camp. Space is limited to 15 campers and the cost is $200 for the week.
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 18-22
Where: Center For Art & Education, 104 North 13th Street, Van Buren

Wee-Draw
Who: Ages 3-6
What: Preschoolers will learn the different elements of art and experience creating their own pieces using a wide-range of mediums. The cost is $15 per child per session or $75 for the week. Parents are required to stay with children during the sessions.
When: 10:30-11:30 June 6-10 at CAE and 10:30-11:30 June 13-17 at BrickCity Emporium
Where: Center for Art & Education, 104 North 13th, Van Buren, and Brick City Emporium, 3215 South 74th Street, Fort Smith.

Wonderful World of Art (5-day camps)
Who: Ages 6-14
What: Enjoy a week learning about the science of kinetic energy and how harnessing natural elements such as motion, air and light can create wonderful art. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held. $20 per one-week camp session. When/Where:
June 6-10 – 9 a.m.-noon at Mulberry First Methodist Church
June 13-17 – 9 a.m.-noon at Alma Library
June 20-24 – 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. at Van Buren Library
June 27-July 1 – 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. at Cedarville Library
July 11-15 – 9 a.m.-noon at ATU Ozark-Conference Center
July 18-22 – 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. at East Pointe Elementary, Greenwood
July 25-29 – 9 a.m.-noon at Hackett High School



Cre8tive Arts Network

at Chaffee Crossing Historic District Camp Canvas
Who: All ages
What: Kids and parents will create in a unique working artist’s consortium. Participants will kick off the summer learning about Van Gogh and painting Starry Night.  Camp is free, but space is limited. Call 479-312-7111 to secure a spot.
When: 11 a.m.-noon June 1

Little Arty and Little Crafty
Who: Ages 8 and older
What: Students will draw, make pottery and create jewelry during courses throughout the summer. $10 class fee. Space is limited. Please call 479-357-9079 to reserve a spot.
When: 1-2 p.m. ages 8-11 and 4-5 p.m. ages 12 and up beginning June 8.
Where: Creative Arts Network at Chaffee Crossing Historic District, 7408 Terry Street, Fort Smith.





UA-Fort Smith Academy of the Arts Art Camp
Who: Artists grades 1-9
What: The UAFS Academy of the Arts will offer students the chance to experiment with sculpture, painting and drawing and other mediums. Tuition is $175 and includes T-shirt, materials and snacks.
When: 9 a.m.-noon
Grades 1-5 – June 6-10
Grades 6-9 – June 13-17
Where: UAFS, 51st Street Annex Building, 425 North 51st Street, Fort Smith



She Believed She Could Sew She Did

2016 Sewing Camp
Who: Girls ages 10-17
What: Young ladies will learn sewing, embroidery and quilting along with business skills. Lunch will be served. Cost is $30 with scholarships available. Email joanna.brewer@ymail.com or call for more information or to register.
Monday – Say hello to the machine
Tuesday – Knowing the sewing dictionary
Wednesday – It’s time to SEW
Thursday – Complete Tote Bag Project
Friday – You Rock Girl Party & Graduation
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 25-29
Where: Ramsey Junior High School, 3201 Jenny Lind, Fort Smith, 479-739-0021



Camp Invention
Who: Student in grades 1-6
What: Young innovators will spend their days brainstorming, exploring, constructing, and discovering at this innovative, creative, problem-solving teamwork “science” camp, led by experienced local educators. Students should take a lunch and snacks. Fee is $220.
When: 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 27-July 1
Where: Christ the King Catholic School Parish Center, 1918 South Greenwood Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-782-0614 campinvention.org


ScratchJr Code-to-Learn Camp - Conway, Ark. 
Who: Ages 5-8
What: AETN sponsors this PBS Kids camp that will use collaborative, digital and physical activities to teach children about computer coding. The PBS KIDS ScratchJr Code-­to-­Learn Camp is designed as a sequence of activities to introduce children to creative coding by giving them the opportunity to create their own stories, games and collages with the PBS KIDS ScratchJr tablet app. By snapping together colorful programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. As young children engage in creative coding with the PBS ScratchJr app, they learn how to create and express themselves with technology, as opposed to passively consuming it. In the process, they are empowered to solve problems, design projects, demonstrate knowledge and develop computational thinking skills that are foundational for later academic success. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, children don't just learn to code, they code to learn.
When: 9 a.m.-noon June 21-24
Where: AETN headquarters, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway, Ark. Registration is required at aetn.org/kids





This article appears in the June 2016 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine.


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