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Holland Area Arts Council Announces Dynamic New Series of Summer Camps for All Ages

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Holland Area Arts Council Announces Dynamic New Series of Summer Camps for All Ages


The Holland Area Arts Council is excited to offer a new series of camps for youth ages 0 - 18 this summer, beginning in June and concluding in August. Camps offered are World Travel-Inspired Jewelry, Classic Cartoons, Ceramics Hand-building I, Explore the Pour - Acrylic Pour Painting, The Art of Henna, Music Makers, Music in Me, Michigan Embroidery, Comic Book Creation, and Ceramics Hand-building II . Registration is currently open and prices range from $120 - $150 per camp with scholarships available.


There is something for all ages in our June camps! Students can travel the world via jewelry in our World Travel-Inspired Jewelry Class, take a cartoon crash course in our Cartoon Boot Camp, or try their hand at ceramics in the Hand-building Ceramics Camp.




Classic Cartoons Camp

Instructor: Wade Gugino

For ages 6-16

This is the most comprehensive crash course in cartooning you’ll ever find! Come for four days and we’ll teach you how to create characters and character sets, how to add expression, how to draw convincing poses and action, how to create appropriate backgrounds, and then wind all that up into a multiple frame comic or a single frame panel. Cartoons make people laugh, impress your friends and teachers, and give you real creative satisfaction. And you’ll get your cartoon printed in a class treasury! Can’t wait to see you in class!

4 days • Monday- Thursday • June 14-17 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $120 for members $145 non-members •


World Travel-Inspired Jewelry

Instructor: Robin Canfield

For ages 7-18

Do you like traveling? Come learn about different cultures and their jewelry, then learn how to make your own! African, Central American, and Native American cultures will be explored. Students can expect to make multiple pieces. Hosted by Ramble Design. www.ramblingaround.com

4 days • Monday- Thursday • June 14-17 • 10:00 am -12:00 pm • $120 for members $150 non-members 


Hand-building Summer Camp I

Instructor: Sarah Irvin

For ages 7-11

Join us in learning basic ceramics hand-building techniques as we make sculptural and functional pinch-pots, coil-built pots, and slab-constructed pieces. Students will work on 5 different creations, all to be collected two weeks after the class is finished. All materials included.

4 days • Monday- Thursday • June 21-24 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $135 for members $150 non-members 


Experience unique mediums in our July camps featuring acrylic pour, henna, embroidery, and music!


Explore the Pour - Acrylic Pour Painting

Instructor: Barbara Carlson

For ages 12-17

Using acrylic paint and a few additives, we will explore the popular process of pour painting. Each day we'll try new pour techniques using unexpected household items. The results of pour painting are stunning, colorful, abstract pieces worthy of hanging on any wall. This camp is hands-on and messy; you'll want to send your child in "paint clothes" each day.

4 days • Monday- Thursday • July 12-15 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $120 for members $145 non-members • Please call (616) 396-3278 to register




Music Makers

Instructor: Rebecca Wierks

For ages 6-10 

School-age students will make homemade instruments, play real instruments, sing, dance, compose music, and continue note reading and basic music theory in this developmentally appropriate and playful music class. Materials will not be shared during class and social distancing will be practiced.

4 days • Monday- Thursday • July 19-22 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $120 for members $145 non-members • 


Music in Me

Instructor: Rebecca Wierks

For ages 0-4

Explore the universal language of music in classes designed for children ages 0-4 years. Enhance cognitive, social, and emotional development while learning basic music concepts and laying the groundwork for future music study in these fun and engaging classes! Each additional sibling is $20.

4 days • Monday- Thursday • July 19-22 • 4:15-5:00 pm • $55 for members $65 non-members


The Art of Henna

Instructor: Rachel Hurd

For ages 9 & up

Henna is a dye prepared from the plant Lawsonia inermis, also known as the henna tree. Learn the history of henna artistry and how to create your own designs. These plant-based temporary tattoos are a fun, safe way to develop self-expression. Each student will get a take-home kit at the end of the week to continue the fun at home!

4 days • Monday- Thursday • July 19-22 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $120 for members $145 non-members • Please call (616) 396-3278 to register


Michigan Embroidery 

Instructor: Rachel Hurd

For ages 10 & up

No experience required to learn this fun needlecraft. Each participant will create an embroidered Michigan plant, a native Michigan animal, and an endangered or extinct Michigan animal. Instructor Rachel will provide students with books of plants and wildlife for inspiration.

4 days • Monday- Thursday • July 26-29 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $120 for members $145 non-members • Please call (616) 396-3278 to register


Finish out the summer with thrilling comic book and ceramics camps

Comic Book Creation Camp

Instructor: Wade Gugino

For ages 6-16

Over four days we’ll unravel comic art: we’ll learn how to draw it from the skeleton up with attention on anatomy, how to add the right light and dark to create mood, add action, create page layouts that move the reader through the story, and have fun accessorizing our characters (What would Weasel-Girl wear? What would The Mighty Maggot drive?). Slick or humorous, your characters will come to life in this class, culminating in a full page layout of your master creation.

4 days • Tuesday- Friday • August 2-5 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $120 for members $145 non-members • Please call (616) 396-3278 to register


Hand-building Summer Camp II

Instructor: Sarah Irvin

For ages 7-11

Join us in learning basic ceramics hand-building techniques as we make sculptural and functional pinch-pots, coil-built pots, and slab-constructed pieces. Students will work on 5 different creations, all to be collected two weeks after the class is finished. All materials included.

4 days • Monday- Thursday • August 9-12 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $135 for members $150 non-members • Please call (616) 396-3278 to register


For more information regarding the above courses, or to view a complete listing of the Arts Council’s offerings, please visit hollandarts.org or call (616) 396-3278. Please call (616) 396-3278 to register for your preferred class.


The Arts Council is sponsored in part by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The National Endowment for The Arts. Support is largely provided by private donations, local underwriters, art sales, and educational outreach programming.


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