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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Summer Art camps: Queens Museum and CMA

"Snowy day" by Marcus Esposito, age 7

While there is still snow on the ground and the temperatures are just as low it's hard to believe that summer camp plans must be set in place.  Registrations and  tuition payments are being made this month.  Hurry because best camps fill up fast.  I wanted to suggest two camps that are worth the effort and the money.
 The Children's Museum of the Arts New York,  Summer Art Colony Day Camp on Governors Island, is on the top of my list for several reasons.  The staff are professional teaching artists and with offerings like Claymation to Architecture, Bookmaking and creating a movie the day is packed with possibilities.  You can register anyone aged 6-15 and there is a Teens program that looks pretty cool. The ferry ride to the camp adds to the allure and once the novelty wears away (if at all)  the trip is a very short ride. The program lasts July 15th- August 28.  There is also a summer program at their Manhattan location on 103 Charlton Street, for those not interested in the ferry ride.  Contact  Valerie at vkharchenko@cmany.org for all the programs.

by Aaron Groome Hoey age 6
The Queens Museum offers four different programs as part of its  BIG TIME SUMMER ART THING FOR KIDS  summer camp.   The tuition is really really reasonable and I love the fact that you can ( if you're savvy) enjoy Flushing Meadow Park after you pick the kids.  The camp is managed by teaching artists and the sessions are in two week groupings.  The sessions sound amazing...
Imaginary Cities  ( the famously iconic Panorama of the City of New York is the focus)
The Sketch Book Project... because every artist needs one
Through the lens ... let's get Digital
Project Architecture II  Recycling the Future.. build the future on a budget
The day is from 9-4 with an extra hour for a little more change.  The age range is 7-11
Registration starts March 15, so go on their site and get your choices made pronto.  This camp will fill up quickly it's that affordable, and that great.
On that note  The Queens Museum is now accepting applications for it's Queens Teens year long art program.  They meet on Saturdays and a world of art happens.  It is an amazing program.  We may move to Queens.