Community Arts Center of Cambria County

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will offer art camps throughout August for preschool, elementary and middle-school students and teenagers.

With plenty of summer camp offerings at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, school-aged children will be busy exploring their artistic sides.

CAMPCreate will offer programs for preschool, elementary and middle-school students and teenagers.

Camps begin June 24 and will continue for eight weeks.

During each week of camp, a special project will be worked on, and it will culminate with an exhibition.

Angela R. Godin, executive director of the arts center, said summer camp is going to be stronger and better than ever, with an updated format and new themes.

“The budding young artists of our community will experience the very best in educational art programming,” she said. “We hope that one of these exceptional campers will become the next artist to change the world.”

Godin said participants are able to experience multiple mediums.

“They are able to learn and discover their own creativity and what they enjoy,” she said. “This year, it’s an entire week from morning to late afternoon of all encompassing art. It can be a morning or all day.”

Jennifer Fultz, the arts center’s educational coordinator, said when selecting the camps, she looked at topics that children might not experience in school.

“We wanted something new and completely different this year,” she said. “This year, we’re going to spend as much time as we can outside learning art, and they also can be a lot messier than you can be inside.”

Camps begin with a School’s Out Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday for children ages 5 to 12, featuring games, creating art and lunch. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. 

Preschool camps will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and include:

• Summer Fun! from June 24-27 with games, art and story time, focusing on the color wheel.

• Red, White & Blue Days on July 1 and 2 will have participants creating Fourth of July art.

• Nature Art from July 8-11 will have children spending time in the tent, finding sticks to paint and creating nature-based art. 

• Farmers & Animals from July 15-18 will have youngsters creating a farm scene.

• Under the Sea from July 22-25 will focus on making beach-themed art.

• Crazy Art from July 29-Aug. 1 will focus on learning about art and science.

• Gnomes & Fairies from Aug. 5-8 will have children learning about opposites while creating art and playing games.

• Neon Bright! from Aug. 12-15 will feature a new medium each day that incorporates vibrant neon colors.

Cost for each week is $50 for members and $65 for nonmembers.

Camps for children ages 5 to 12 will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for full day and include:

• Launch Into Summer! from June 24-27 will focus on launching paint balloons, rolling through paint and sculpting with feet.

• Patriotic America on July 1 and 2 focuses on art and games outside that celebrate our nation’s independence.

• Nature Camp with “Maxwell the Raindrop” and local author Joe Moore from July 8-11. Participants will meet at Stackhouse Park for four days of nature-based art that will be made with bark, branches, leaves, stones and flowers.

• Log Art Theatre Academy from July 15-19 will take place at Westmont Hilltop Elementary School, and children will rehearse on stage to present “Annie Jr.” A performance will be held at 6 p.m. July 19.

• Farm Boot Camp at Faranda’s Farm from July 15-18 will be held at the farm, and children will feed animals, plant seeds and grow food.

• Shark Week Luau Camp from July 22-25 is a nod to Discovery channel’s “Shark Week,” and it explores oceans, islands, sharks, mermaids and waves.

• Bollywood Camp from July 22-25 will explore Bollywood dancing that takes its influences from Bhangra, Indian classical and modern hip-hop. A performance will be held at 7:45 p.m. July 25.

• Camp STEM from July 29-Aug. 1 will help children learn about the science involved in art and the art found in engineering, science, math and technology.

• Frogs & Fairytales from Aug. 5-8 will focus on the world of fantasy, and participants will create everyday items from nature.

• Camp Neon Glow from Aug. 12-15 will feature glow-in-the-dark art, games science experiments.

Cost for each camp varies.

Teen camps include:

• Intro to Stained Glass from 1 to 5 p.m. June 18 will have participants scoring and cutting glass, foiling and soldering and patina and finishing a geometric design.

• Scratchboard Art from noon to 3 p.m. June 28 and 29 will feature the black-and-white medium and skills in drawing, perspective and shading will be enhanced.

• Stop Motion Animation Camp from 1 to 3 p.m. July 8-11 will have participants exploring the process behind the movies and the stop motion animation process.

• Hand Building Clay Camp from 1 to 3 p.m. July 8-12 will explore the sculptural potential of clay.

• Cellphone Photography from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 15-18 will provide instruction on the rules of composition when taking photos.

• Collage Painting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 5-8 will have participants creating a large piece of artwork using magazine images.

Cost for each camp varies.

Camps will conclude with the So Long Summer Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 for children ages 5 to 12 and it will feature games, outdoor art and summer foods. Projects from the camps will be on display. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Full and partial scholarships are available.

To register or for a full description of camps and costs, call 814-255-6515 or visit

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.