Garrison Art Center Summer Arts Programs Open for Registration

Summer Arts on the Hudson students at work 2011

Programs run in June and July 

Garrison Art Center has opened registration up for its Summer Arts on the Hudson program for 2012.  Due to many requests from parents, last year Summer Arts on the Hudson opened to students entering kindergarten in the fall who have previously attended a full day pre K program. Summer Arts runs daily for 3 weeks, June 25 through July 13, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This popular program is a unique opportunity for children to learn new skills and expand their worlds. While the focus is on art, the program is designed to serve all interests, with an emphasis on the creative potential that exists within all children.  Students will use a wide range of materials in traditional and experimental approaches through shared discovery and friendly fun.

In addition, Garrison Art Center offers the Summer Art Institute for high-school students entering grades 9–12, July 16 through August 3, from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  For this full day three-week arts immersion program the Art Center dedicates the entire facility to the 20 students accepted to the program.

Painting by Summer Art Institute student

This highly successful program offers young artists five professional studios in which to work and collaborate, enabling them to develop their creative abilities under the guidance of outstanding teaching artists who are masters in their fields and develop an outstanding portfolio for those who may want to continue their art study beyond high school.  Provocative discussions with faculty and guest artists and the strong encouragement of risk-taking in a congenial environment free students to explore their ideas.  Their earnest commitment is to be supportive, encouraging and open-minded, while also teaching a vital skill set.  The program culminates in an exhibition of student work in the Art Center galleries.

To find out more about each of these programs, including discounts for family members, siblings and early sign-up, contact Garrison Art Center Education Coordinator Barbara Smith Gioia at 845-424-3960 or [email protected].  Financial assistance for families in need is available through the Garrison Art Center Gillette Scholarship Fund.  Requests may be made to Executive Director Carinda Swann at [email protected].  The Summer Art Institute is made possible in part by the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.
Photos courtesy of Garrison Arts Center

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