Summer of Arts! Art Talk Monday Edition

For twenty-five years, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) has been serving the region by providing arts opportunities in Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln and Union Parishes. One of our longest-running programs is Summer Arts Camps, known as Summer Arts Chautauqua when it began twenty years ago. Summer Arts Camps are interactive, multidisciplinary art adventures for students who have completed 1st through 6th grades. Campers explore visual art as well as drama, and are taught by artists from around the region. The camps are special community events, with space for classes donated by local groups to which we are extremely grateful. This year we are adding a twist to the program, by offering three five day camps, and three “Super Saturday” camps.

The five day camps this year will be from 9am-noon, Monday through Friday, with classes in 2D, such as drawing and painting; 3D, such as fiber and clay; and drama, such as movement, playwriting, and improv.                  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The five day camp schedule is as follows:

Ruston 1, June 3-7, First Baptist Church, 200 S. Trenton

Ruston 2, July 8-12, First Baptist Church, 200 S. Trenton

Jonesboro, July 15-19, United Methodist Church, 402 Fourth St.

The camps are loads of fun, and students come back year after year, often volunteering as teachers’ assistants when they’ve “aged out” as campers. Tuition for each five day camp is $60 if you register and pay by May 1. After this date registration is $65. Payment upon registration is necessary in order for us to adequately order supplies.

Now on to the Super Saturday camps! These one day art camps will be held from 9am-noon, and will have classes in visual art (experimenting with 2D and 3D forms) as well as drama. Tuition for these camps is $20 if you register and pay ten days before the camp; $25 registration after that date.

Super Saturday locations are as follows:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Farmerville, June 15, First Assembly of God, 900 S. Main

Arcadia, June 29, First United Methodist Church, 2122 Myrtle St.

Homer, July 27, Homer City Hall, 400 E. Main

For all of the camps, supplies and a snack are included with your student’s tuition, and each camp ends with a final performance and exhibition of work. Students always enjoy performing for their parents, and parents enjoy seeing what their children have been learning and creating.

Another special part of NCLAC’s Summer Arts Camps is our scholarship program, Pick Your Picasso. This effort raises tuition for 25 students in NCLAC’s five parish region. Supporters in our area make donations to cover the tuition of students who have talent and interest in the arts, but are unable to pay for camp. Conversations with school counselors help our office compile the list of Picasso students, and then when monies are received, the scholarship students are invited to attend to the camp in their parish for free.

If you are interested in registering for a camp, or in becoming a Pick Your Picasso donor, please visit our website at, or call our office at 255-1450. Summer is just around the corner! Camps fill up quickly, so take care of your registration today.


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