Don’t Miss Out On Summer Arts For Kids

The Arts Center’s youth art classes don’t end with close of the school year, in fact, they increase. The summer 2014 offerings are many and available to a broader age group than arts after school.

As I look at the schedule I’m wishing I was a kid–there so many fun classes planned. Master ceramicist Memo Guardia returns to teach the first June session called Clay Figurines. If you remember his exhibit you know how talented he is in creating sculpted clay figures and in this class he’s sharing his expertise. He returns in July to “get magical” with students to create staffs and wands.

“Printing a fish” during the Days of Culture in 2011. This activity called Gyotaku was a highlight of the festival.
Koinobori or fish kites

Arts After School instructor and Artist-in-Residence Anna Jacobson will be teaching Plein Air Painting and a Fish Art Camp. One week kids will learn to “paint like the masters” out-of-doors and the next week they’ll travel to Japan to explore the traditional arts of Koinobori and Gyotaku.

For the Drama, Music and Dance kids there will is a Musical Theatre Dance Camp, Junk Yard Band, So You Think You Can Dance, and Spanish Dance Fiesta. We finish the summer with a Missoula Children’s Theatre and the production of the Pied Piper.

With the exception of Missoula Children’s Theatre, each camp has 2 sessions–morning 10am-noon or afternoon 1-3pm depending on age. Registration and prepayment for camps is mandatory and early signup is strongly encouraged as these classes are very popular. Call 251-2496 to register.

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