The Jacoby Arts Center in Alton is offering weeklong art camps for children ages 6-12 starting June 15.
“You bring the kids. We’ll bring the fun (and the learning)!”
That’s how Jacoby Arts Center leaders describe the center’s new summer art initiative. With many of the visual arts programs cut back or eliminated in schools in the Riverbend, Jacoby hopes to help fill the gap with a new program of weeklong art camps for children ages 6-12. Camp sessions will meet 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Monday through Friday.
“We are hoping that our art camp program will make parents in the area more aware of the unique enrichment opportunities that Jacoby has to offer children,” said Dee Kilgo, JAC board member and retired assistant dean of fine arts at Illinois State University.
Jacoby will offer four consecutive weeklong camp sessions, each organized on a different theme. The first session, Animal Planet Adventures, begins June 15. In each session, campers will explore a variety of art techniques and topics, including painting, ceramics, sculpture, collage, drawing and famous art and artists.
“Younger children especially can benefit enormously from activities of this kind,” Kilgo said. “Many parents think of art classes for kids more as a kind of entertainment than as a valuable learning experience. In recent years, studies have shown that hands-on art activities develop problem-solving and creative thinking skills that can significantly improve a child’s performance in other academic areas.”
Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before and after-care may be available depending on demand. Sessions will be limited to 25 campers, divided into two age groups. Teams of four teachers will direct each session. Tuition for a one-week session is $195 for Jacoby Arts Center members (family membership) and $215 for non-members. A $10 discount will apply for families having more than one child enrolled in the same session.
Campers will provide their own sack lunch and beverages. A registration fee of $50 is required to reserve a place in a selected session ($25 of the registration fee is refundable if cancellation occurs before June 1).
To register or for information, visit www.jacobyartscenter.org or call JAC at (618) 462-5222 between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Jacoby Arts Center is located at 627 E. Broadway in Alton.