New for 2019-2020:
About Art Camps
Our Camps provide a great service to our community in several ways. First of all, many working families rely on our camps during the summer months, over the Athens City Schools Spring Break, and on Snow Days for enrichment programming and childcare. When the need for childcare arises, they trust us to provide a safe and structured environment for their children to learn and play. Our camps also allow children to experience art in a very unique way. Utilizing local artists as teachers, our camps are designed to teach children not only about art and art making but about multiple academics subjects including math, science, history, literature, and more.Summer Art Camp began in 1996 and was started by Jennifer Tvorik (now Jennifer L’Heureux, owner of the Nelsonville Emporium) who was the education director at the time. In the early years, the camp was only three weeks in the summer. As the years passed, the amount of programming increased in response to demand from the community. Summer Art Camp now features eight weeks of programming for elementary children, and one week of teen camp. Snow Camp runs when the Athens City Schools are closed due to inclement weather. It is a very valuable service to working families who on these unexpected snow days find themselves in need of a childcare alternative.
But, What is Art Camp?
Art Camps at the Dairy Barn are simply a jewel of Athens. We offer eight weeks of Summer Art Camp, one week of Spring Camp and Snow Camp as needed throw the winter months. The programming provides a flexible range of opportunities to families in Athens and the surrounding area. Art Camp is a valuable service to working families who may desire an alternative to traditional day care facilities. Art Camp is comparably priced to day care and is structured more like school. Our Summer Art Campers can attend just mornings, just afternoons, or both and each week, there is a theme in the morning and a different theme in the afternoon for a total of 16 themes each summer. There is something for everyone and we are able to attract a wide range of children with different interests. The camp is for children in first grade through 6th grade and many children in Athens simply grow up coming to the Barn. Each summer, the camp serves over 150 children. The teachers are local artists, art teachers and teachers. They work very hard to make the camp interesting and exciting, build life long memories for the kids, and improve student creative skills while honing their own.
Fostering Creativity & A Love of Learning
Campers are exposed to a whole world of art, art history, art appreciation, and art making. It is a part of the mission of Art Camp to not only open the door for children to do art making, but also to open the door to an appreciation of the arts in general. Within each theme, campers learn a multitude of academic disciplines in a STEAM approach to learning. Campers learn about science, history, world culture, literature, and much more. Art Camp is child centered and focuses on instilling a love of learning for learning’s sake.
Campers learn to work together to make their camp what they want it to be. Older campers show younger campers the ropes and help create a community of respect among themselves as well as with teachers and other adults. Campers learn to take leadership roles. They become ambassadors of the arts, of the Dairy Barn, and of the Athens community. Campers are proud of their accomplishments at camp. Because campers come from different schools, they can meet new children and break down social barriers or labels they experience during the year. Art Campers build deep connections with one another and create friendships that endure for years.
Teachers go above and beyond every year to create incredible experiences for campers. Over the years, Camp has seen many a Wizard’s Laboratory, special guest lectures with exotic snakes and alpaca wool, and more. Parents of campers know that their children are receiving a wonderful experience from dedicated local artists and teachers, and the teachers always keep in mind each week that they are forging life long memories for the children and nothing is done without planning, care and dedication on the part of all involved.
Summer Art Camp:
Summer Art Camp began in 1996 as a small three week long summer kids program. As the years passed, the amount of programming increased in response to demand from the community. Summer Art Camp now features eight full weeks of programming for elementary school children going into first grade through going into 7th. Each week is divided into an AM session and PM each with their own themes. Themes range from focusing on world cultures to wizards and everywhere in between! Campers learn a variety of art making techniques and mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramics, paper-making, mask-making, fabric dyeing, beading, design and much more! There have always been diverse components of integrated disciplines throughout the theme weeks. The programming is designed to include other academic subjects such as art history, art appreciation, multi-cultural art, the sciences, literature and language as well as foster and encourage healthy habits with regular body movement oriented classes.
In fulfilling the mission of our programming we have designed a summer art camp to provide children an opportunity to learn the arts in a SAFE and FUN environment as the two primary goals. We do this by educating the whole child through nurturing and encouragement of meaningful inquiry while blending academics, arts, and good old fashion play! We also seek to build children’s critical thinking and leadership skills through creating a well structured environment with an emphasis on being respectful to our space and to one another. The kids at Summer Art Camp become their own community and make memories and friendships that will last them their life times!
Teen camp started in 2010 as an additional way to serve the youth of Athens. Each summer, we take a week to focus on our teens. Teen camp is for students in 8th-12th grade and runs one week in the summer. Students who come to teen camp are exceptionally driven in the arts. Only two teachers work with very small groups of students through the week and guide students through making truly intensive projects from complex ceramic pieces, to advanced painting, high crafts and more! Teen camp is a very special week because students are asked to be on a maturity level above and beyond their age, and they always rise to the occasion.