THE REGIONAL

YMCA OF WESTERN CT

ESCAPE to the Arts Summer Programs

ESCAPE to the Arts Summer Programs

The YMCA’s ESCAPE to the Arts Summer Program enables children to explore creativity, learn artistic technique, discover the value of teamwork, and build self-esteem. We provide a fun summer learning experience through the arts with variety of weeklong programs.

Half day or full day options are available for campers in Art Explorers and Art Specialists. Campers who choose the full day option will take a YMCA van from ESCAPE to Camp Greenknoll in Brookfield.

ESCAPE to the Arts Summer Contact:

Bill McNamara
Youth & Teen Director
203.794.1413
wmcnamara@regionalymca.org

Half Day: Camper’s choosing the half-day option will take part in the activities at ESCAPE until 11:30am.

Full Day: Camper’s choosing the full day option will take part in the activities at ESCAPE until 11:30am. Then they will take the YMCA van from ESCAPE to Camp Greenknoll in Brookfield to eat lunch, swim and enjoy outdoor activities. Parents must pick up their child from Camp Greenknoll. Limited spaces available. Additional paperwork is required.

For campers ages 4 to 7 we offer an exploration option. Children will explore different themes each week, creating works in a variety of media (clay, drawing, painting, paper).

The Art Explorers themes for the 2020 summer camp season:

  • 6/29 Bugs & Butterflies - Insects and their environments
  • 7/6 Acting: Under the Sea - Creating props & costumes for an "Underwater" performance
  • 7/13 Famous Artists - Various famous artists and their different techniques
  • 7/20 Dr. Seuss - Stories and arts & crafts from the world of Dr. Seuss!
  • 7/27 At the Zoo - All kinds of animals and their environments
  • 8/3 Artful Antics - Anything Goes!
  • 8/10 Fairfies, Fantasy & Fun - Space, science fiction and imaginary characters
  • 8/17 Around the World - Art techniques from different countries

Projects incorporate educational enrichment with the arts. Families are invited to a mini art show at 11:15am each Friday. Course content is subject to instructor availability.

For campers ages 8 to 12 we offer a specialty option. Children will explore different themes each week, creating works in a variety of media (clay, drawing, painting, paper).

The Art Specialists themes for the 2020 camp season:

  • 6/29 Photography / Paper Crafts
  • 7/6 Photography / Painting
  • 7/13 Puppetry: The Puppet Show / Cartooning
  • 7/20 Puppetry: Illuminated Puppets / Cartooning
  • 7/27 Drawing / Mosaics 
  • 8/3 Pottery / Acting: Hooray for Hollywood
  • 8/10 Pottery / Painting
  • 8/17 Pottery / Printmaking

Each week children will focus on a specialty area in the arts to enhance or learn a new skill. Families are invited to a mini art show at 11:15am each Friday. Course content is subject to instructor availability.

Art Specialists Activities:

Photography – Learn the ins and outs of both film & digital photography. Focus on composition, lighting & contrast, color, subject placement techniques, & portraits, shooting sports or landscapes.

Paper Crafts – Create beautiful art by mixing various methods to manipulate paper such as quilling, origami, papier maché, paper cutting, and card making.

Painting – Students learn color theory, color mixing, basic drawing & painting techniques with oil pastels, watercolor & acrylics as well as developing ways to critique their own work. Art history is incorporated.

Puppetry

The Puppet Show - Learn all about all of the elements that go into creating a puppet show, from the puppets, set, scenery, and script. Students will learn to build a simple mechanism and then construct a foam puppet around the device they create. Then we will choose a story to turn into a show. Using a tiered cardboard stage we will construct the set, puppets, and using a script, create our small show that students may perform at the end of the week.

Illuminated Puppets - Learn about different kind of foam puppets and how to build them, but we will also learn about how to sew with conductive thread, and how to make electrical circuits in our puppets that make things light up. We will also learn about fluorescence and how we can make silicone skins on our creations that glow in ultraviolet light.

Cartooning Develop your own characters or draw known ones. Learn how to draw different facial features, expressions, body poses & movements, as well as coloring, inking, story boarding & more.

Mosaics - Explore the art of mosaics & create unique projects using supplies like tile, ceramics, glass & pottery. Learn to cut materials safely and accurately, gluing and grouting.

Drawing - Learn fundamental drawing techniques such as perspective, cross hatching, shading and pointillism with a variety of mediums such as graphite, charcoal, markers, pen and ink.

Acting –An acting, theater workshop for young stars to introduce you to the world of acting. You'll play some theater games, work on and develop characters, make props and work on a mini production as a finale. Maybe even a song or two to go along with your show. A fun, creative way to explore acting.

Pottery – Create one of kind pieces of art that are both beautiful & functional. Learn the wheel and hand building techniques such as coiling, slabs & pinch pots. Create bowls, vases, dishes & all pieces are then fired & glazed.

Print Making - Learn the basics of producing multiple pieces of art using various printing methods such as relief printing, monoprinting, collagraphy & linocut.

 

The weekly fees for camp are as follows

Half Day:

$150/week ages 4-12 ONLY
9am - 11:30am at ESCAPE

Full Day:

$285/week ages 5-12 ONLY
9am - 11:30am at ESCAPE / 12pm - 4pm at Camp Greenknoll

Greenknoll Post Camp Care:

NO ADDITIONAL FEE
4pm - 6:00pm

For your convenience the YMCA accepts Master Cards, Discover, Amex, Visa, and debit cards

ESCAPE to the Arts Summer Contact:

Bill McNamara
Youth & Teen Director
203.794.1413
wmcnamara@regionalymca.org