A cool and creative way for kids to spend the summer

Do you have a miniature artist or performer in the family? If so, an art or drama themed summer camp can help them pursue their talents.

ARTworks in Beaufort will be offering a series of camps in June and July with a variety of different topics that are sure to appeal to pint size Picassos and aspiring actors and actresses.

Kids on stage at last year’s theater camp at ARTworks.
Kids on stage at last year’s theater camp at ARTworks.

“What is unique about the ARTworks summer camps,” says Managing Director Laura Maxey, “is that they are one week long camps that let kids and parents choose which topics they are interested in and can attend around their vacation schedules. Kids can enroll for the whole program, or just a few, since the activities are different every week.”

Starting off the series of camps will be Rob Lewis, an award-winning videographer and director of the nature series “Coastal Kingdom.” He will be teaching a Narrative Film Camp from June 9-13. The focus will be on telling a story or narrative through film, and students will learn about the entire process of filmmaking, from scriptwriting and storyboards, to shooting and editing video, while getting hands-on experience with production and editing equipment.

Sue Stanny, a veteran of many adult and children’s theatre productions in her former home state of Pennsylvania, as well as the founder of the Beaufort-based Palmetto Dancers dance team, will be teaching several different weeklong camps, focusing on various aspects of acting, dance, and musical theatre.

Local performer and spoken word artist LaShanta Smith will be teaching a two week Storytelling camp which will focus on both writing and performing the students’ own pieces.

Two local artists, CJ Simonds and Cindy Male, will each be teaching the art camps this summer. Both have created fun and educational topics for the camps, including: printmaking, wearable art, sequential (comic book and illustration) art, art using lettering and quotes, fantasy art, and more.

Well-known local artist Hank Herring will also serve as a guest artist and teacher for a one week mixed media camp that will have students creating amazing projects using collage and assemblage techniques. There will be both 2-D (collage) and 3-D (sculpture) projects.

For those interested in registering for the camps, there are two daily sessions. The morning sessions are suitable for 6 to 8 year olds. The afternoon sessions are generally designed for ages 9 to 12 year olds, with some topics suitable for teens as well. The fee is $110 per week and includes instruction, materials, and a small snack each day.

For more information or to register, contact ARTworks at 843-379-2787 or email officemgr@beaufortcountyarts.com.

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