Kids: Art Camps and Activities
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, 479-784- 2787, fsram.org
RAM Art Camp
Who: Ages 3-16
What: RAM’s Art Camp will give even the youngest of artists a chance to be creative with sessions on puppets, storytelling, paint, drawing and more! (See suggested ages for each session.) $10 per one-hour session. Sign up for one session each of the five days for just $45.
Where: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith 479-784-2787
When: Noon-5 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), June 20-24
Ages 3-6 Fun Puppets and Storytelling
Children will enjoy puppets and storytelling lead by educator Asgerdur Johannesdottir. In this class, children will explore the art of storytelling through puppetry and develop curiosity, confidence and creativity through interactive learning. Choose one of four sessions:
Session 1: Noon-1 p.m.
Session 2: 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Session 3: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Session 4: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Ages 5-12 You Can Paint!
Let your young artist’s creativity shine at this art class where children will learn about and gain experience in painting. Regional artist Lin Chen will lead this class in which kids will be encouraged to explore various artistic properties, such as color, form and a pattern through making and customizing their own exciting projects. $10 per day or $45 for the week. Recommended that students sign up for the entire week.
Ages 12-16 Narrative Drawing
Develop the ability to draw and invent your own characters or scenarios alongside published illustrator Eden Miller. Illustrating enhances observational drawing skills, enables youth to communicate quickly through pictures and improves writing and presentation skills. Most of all, attendees to this class will experience a sense of achievement and enjoyment. $10 per day or $45 for the week. Recommended that students sign up for the entire week.
Free! RAM Saturdays
Who: All Ages
What: Every Saturday will be a fun hands-on exploration of a new medium or type of art!. Participants will experiment with techniques and materials in the RAM studio and have the opportunity to make their own original works of art. Participants are encouraged to wear “art-making” clothes. The program is free and open to all ages. When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.
June 3: Scrapbooking
June 10: Paper Spinners
June 17: Scratch Paper Art
June 24: Hand Puppets
All Ages Drop-in and Draw
Who: Artists of all ages and skill levels
What: Drop by the museum for a chance to hone your skills. RAM provides a live model and studio space at no cost. Artists should bring their own materials. Easels are provided.
When: Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays.
Gilcrease on Wheels at RAM
Who: Fourth- & fifth-graders
What: Gilcrease on Wheels is a mobile museum experience that brings art and social studies to fourth- and fifth-grade students. Trained educators from the Gilcrease Museum offer two curriculum themes that coincide with each grade level: Native American culture for fourth grade; and U.S. history for fifth grade. Admission is free, but space is limited.
Four 90-minute sessions daily beginning at 11 a.m., 12:45, 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. July 27-28.
Center for Art and Education
104 North 13 th Street, 479-474- 7767, Van Buren art-ed.org
Who: Ages 6-14, unless otherwise noted
What: Weeklong camps will offer young artists the chance to combine creative themes with fun and challenging hands-on projects that change every week. Each project will focus on one of the main elements of art. Art-A- Rama will be a time of discovery, developing skills, and learning from a professional artist. Cost is $20 per session or $100 per week.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 10-14: Bookmaking and Illustration and Acting Out
July 17-21: The Art of Tinkering*
July 24-28: Art Immersion
*The Art of Tinkering Ages 8-14
Who: Ages 8-14 What: Tinkering is the whimsical art of taking things apart, exploring tools, designing, and using non-traditional art materials. This week campers will design, build, paint, and test their own model car with Mary Overton from West Fork. Campers must attend both the morning and afternoon sessions, so provide a sack lunch or pick your child up for lunch, but be back by 1 p.m. for the second half of the day. Space is limited to 15 campers. Cost is $100 for the week.
When: July 17-21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages 3-6 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 a.m.-noon June 12-16.
Wonderful World of Art
Who: Ages 6-14
What: “It’s a Zoo Out There – Animals of the World” will be the theme of these camps. Participants will be able to spend a week with artists who incorporate wildlife in their artwork and learn the importance of nature and art in everyday life. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held. Cost is $20 per one-week camp session.
June 5-9 Alma Library 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
June 12-16 Van Buren Library 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
June 19-23 Cedarville Library 9 a.m.-noon
July 10-14 ATU-Ozark Conference Center 9 a.m.-noon
July 17-21 Westwood Elementary, Greenwood 1-4 p.m.
July 24-28 First Methodist Church, Mulberry 9 a.m.-noon
July 24-28 Hackett School Cafeteria 9 a.m.-noon
Community School for the Arts “Funky Junk Art” Camp
Who: Artists grades 1-6
What: Participants will explore alternative materials and turn trash into treasures. There will be a wonderful exhibit of completed works of art at the end of the week. Cost is $175. All supplies are provided.
When: 9 a.m.-noon June 12-16
Where: Community School for the Arts, 2701 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith. 479-434-2020, csafortsmith.org