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VAE arts camps start soon

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Vermont Arts Exchange opens its art studios to campers this summer for 23 exciting, themed, week-long camps for preschoolers through high schoolers -- exploring ceramics, studio fun, the water arts, fashion, film, animation and more.

Pre-School Camp

Kick off the summer by exploring the theme of camping. Led by early education instructor Daydrielane Osorio, preschoolers create camp-related art projects such as campfires, binoculars and leaf art. Pre-School Camp is for ages 3-5 (out of diapers), June 17 through 21 and June 24 through 28, 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuition: $160 each week.

Upcycled art camp

Join VAE for a week of upcycled art. Young artists create unique works while discovering new ways to repurpose a variety of everyday items. With artist-instructor Kristen Blaker, students explore 2-D and 3-D making functional and decorative artwork, including T-shirts, jewelry, upcycled furniture, sculpture techniques and much more. Upcycled Art Camp is July 8 through 12, 10 4 p.m., for ages 5 to 7; July 15 through 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 8-11. Tuition: $185 each week.

Open Studio/Clay Combo Camp

In VAE’s downstairs Clay Studio, campers work with clay to make functional and sculptural ceramic projects using both the potter’s wheel and hand building techniques, led by ceramicist-instructor Arline Mayer. In the upstairs Big Studio, campers and artist-instructor Ann Webster-Lang explore 2-D and 3-D mediums and techniques.

Campers will also use VAE nature trails and outdoor studios. Open Studio/Clay Combo Camp is for ages 6-12, July 8 through 12 and July 22 through 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition: $185 each week.

Half-Day Clay Camp

Budding potters learn a variety of skills and techniques for hand building to make functional and sculptural ceramic projects. With longtime VAE ceramicist-instructor Arline Mayer. Half-Day Clay Camp is July 8 through 12, 1 to 3 p.m., for ages 9 and older; July 22 through 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., for ages 6 to 8. Tuition: $120 each week.

Full-Day Clay Camp

With longtime VAE ceramicist-instructor Arline Mayer, campers learn to make pinch pots and coil pots, and use the slab roller to create bowls, mugs, plates, crazy sculptures and much more. Full-Day Clay Camp is for ages 6 to 12, July 15 through 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition: $200.

Theatre Camp

Join instructors Faith Griffiths and Benjamin Ferguson for VAE’s week-long theater camps! We start by making our own characters and exploring them through acting. We’ll then write original plays featuring our characters, build and paint our own sets and props, design our costumes and plan our performance. Each week ends with an extraordinary showing of our plays for campers, friends, and families. Theatre Camp is July 15 through 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 7 to 9; July 22 through 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 10-15. Tuition: $200 each week.

Fashion Week Camp

Enter the world of fashion, from earliest stages of drawing your ideas and to the creation of accessories and clothing.

Guided by artist-instructors Arline Mayer and Ann Webster-Lang, students design their own outfits, using materials that range from silk and velvet to duct tape. Fashion Week Camp is for ages 9 and older, July 29 through Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition: $200.

3-D Art Camp

Enter the world of three-dimensional art in this week-long summer camp. Use found materials and paper mache, cardboard, duct tape, wire, plaster strips and clay to create sculptures. With instructor Kristen Blaker, campers explore functional and decorative art through projects such as 3-D paintings, wire sculptures, mask making, plaster casting, totem poles and even edible sculptures.

3-D Art Camp is July 29 through Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 5 to 7; Aug. 12 through 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 8-11. Tuition: $185 each week.

Beginning Animation Camp

This class explores the magic of stop-motion animation using a variety of materials. With artist-instructors Jay and Michelle Cavallero, students watch short animations, learn a variety of animation techniques and storyboard ideas, create art for their films and learn to operate the cameras. Beginning Animation Camp is for ages 8 to 12, July 29 through Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition: $210.

Wheel Throwing Camp

Campers delve into the technical aspects of throwing a bowl, turning a plate and spinning a cup from clay, guided by VAE ceramicist-instructor Arline Mayer. Wheel Throwing Camp is for ages 8 to teen, Aug. 5 through 9, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuition: $120.

Intermediate Animation Camp

Guided by artist-instructors Jay and Michelle Cavallero, students with some animation experience build on their skills, with an emphasis on storytelling and intermediate animation techniques. Through their own individual animations or work as part of a group, students develop more complex stop-motion animations with the use of art material, lighting, computers and professional cameras.

Intermediate Animation Camp is for ages 10 to 16, Aug. 5 through 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition: $210. Note: Intermediate Animation Camp is for students who’ve either taken VAE’s Beginning Animation Camp or have previous experience with stop-motion animation.

Fort Camp

With instructors Lindsey Anderson and Benjamin Ferguson, campers begin the fort-making process by considering the many elements of design, planning through discussion, drawing, model making and incorporating traditional techniques that focus on the use of natural materials. Construction is a collaborative effort, as campers share responsibilities and duties in the realization of our vision! Fort Camp is for ages 9 to teen, Aug. 5 through 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition: $200.

Water Arts Camp

Explore Paran Creek and create sculptures and other works of art with its currents, pools and rocks. Using the natural outdoor studio, campers create art along the VAE Art Trails that wind north up alongside the creek -- building shelters and sculptures in the trees and rocks. Led by artist-instructors Arline Mayer and Ann Webster-Lang, campers learn about environmental artists like Andy Goldsworthy and take trips to the local Sculpture Park. Water Arts Camp is for ages 8 to teen, Aug. 12 through 16 and Aug. 19 through 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition: $185 each week.

Bookmaking Camp

Led by artist-instructor Lindsay Anderson, we use techniques such as folding, sewing and binding -- working from scratch to create something personally valuable, and to repurpose existing books to craft something that merges old and new. Bookmaking Camp is for ages 9 to teen, Aug. 12 through 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition: $185.

Pre-School Camp

Guided by artist-instructor Kristen Blaker, they may explore the garden table where they can dig in the dirt, sit in a quiet area and look at nature related children’s books, or create at an art table with collage, drawing, stamping, or paint.

Pre-School Camp is for ages 3 to 5 (out of diapers), Aug. 19 through 23 and Aug. 26 through 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuition: $160 each week.

Tuition discounts are available when registering for multiple camps or with additional family members. Early drop-offs and daily drop-ins are available by arrangement. All campers should dress in summer play clothing and bring a bag lunch and snack; towel, swimsuit and water shoes; and bug repellent and sunscreen.

To register -- or for more information about Vermont Arts Exchange’s summer art camps, classes and workshops, studio memberships and exhibits -- contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit

Teen Mural Workshop: Paint It BIG! Paint it PUBLIC!

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will hold a week-long teen mural workshop in July. "Paint It BIG! Paint It PUBLIC!" will be held daily Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is open to children ages 12 to 16. Tuition is $250 ($225 members) including all materials. Space is limited; registration is required. To register, visit or call 413-458-0524. Putney School announces Adult Studio Arts & Writing Week

PUTNEY -- The Putney School announces its third year of Adult Studio Arts & Writing Week, Aug. 4 through 10. Join us for a one week arts intensive program for adults of all ages and skill levels. We invite you to create and collaborate through workshops and studio time with our accomplished faculty, in one of our many well-equipped arts studios.

Each participant selects one studio workshop for six hours of daily of instruction, as well as evening opportunities for independent studio work. With each workshop limited to six to eight participants we achieve our goal of offering individual attention to each participant.

This year we are offering five workshops: blacksmithing, creative writing, fiber arts, metalwork & jewelry, and painting.

Both boarding and day options are available. Certificate of Completion is available for continuing education and professional development hours. For more information visit: or call Tom Howe: 802-387-6234.

Host an artist for Plein-Air Vermont

Plein-Air Vermont, the outdoor artist event that graces The Shires of Vermont in early Sept., is looking for host homes for participating professional artists who come here from all over the eastern half of the U.S. These artists will arrive on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and they will paint outdoors, exhibit and sell their framed work through Sunday, Sept. 8. Yes, that’s five nights! The good news is that they are delightful and very appreciative individuals who only require a bed, a washcloth and towel. No meals -- not even breakfast. They leave the house at the crack of dawn and paint all day long and often into the evening. Then they sleep. If you would consider hosting an artist or would like more information, contact Jeanne Conner at or 802-447-3810.

Green Mountain Youth Orchestra accepting applications

BENNINGTON -- The Green Mountain Youth Orchestra is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 season. The orchestra, under the direction of Ellen Sager, offers orchestra opportunities for the string, woodwind, brass and percussion player.

The orchestra meets weekly at the Mount Anthony Union High School band room.

The orchestra offers 3 ensembles: Repertory String Ensemble, for the young developing string player; Senior String Ensemble, for string players of intermediate to advanced level; and Symphonic Orchestra for Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion players.

The orchestra performs 2 to 4 times a year with a gala performance this season with the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra.

For information call 802-442-6229 or visit

Bennington Arts Guild seeks members

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Arts Guild (BAG), a cooperative organization of professional artists from Bennington and the surrounding areas, is actively seeking new members. Juried professional artist members run the gallery two-to-three shifts each month, work on a committee, and attend four mandatory meetings each year.

The BAG Gallery at 103 South St. For more information visit or call 802-447-2553.


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