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Arts Clayton offers summer arts camps

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

There's still time for area children to enroll in two summer arts camps offered by Arts Clayton.

The non-profit organization will host the 16th Annual Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp and the Young Teen Camp, June 8-19, at E. J. Swint Elementary School, located at 500 Highway 138, Jonesboro.

The camps are not restricted to children from Clayton County, according to Sara Cookson, program event coordinator for Arts Clayton.

"All kids are welcome. As long as we have room, we'll try to get them in," said Cookson.

The Kaleidoscope camp is open to children ages 6-11, who are entering first through sixth grades next fall. Classes include art, dance, drama, music, and photography. The cost for the two-week camp is $170 per child.

"At the end of our two weeks, on the final Friday night, we have a musical program that every child participates in," said Cookson. "And we have an art exhibit where every child has a piece of art in the exhibit. Their art is judged and ribbons are awarded," she said.

For middle school students entering seventh, eighth, and ninth grades next fall, the Young Teen Camp offers classes on subjects including digital photography, sculpture, theater, cartooning, and animation.

"By the time they get to that age, you don't want to structure too much for them. You want them to pick and choose," said Cookson. "It's very cafeteria-style."

The cost varies from $55 for one class, to $265 for a bundle of classes that span the whole two weeks, according to Cookson.

She said there is no specific deadline to register. "We leave the enrollment open until [it's] full. We generally do end up with a waiting list," she said.

For enrollment forms or more information, visit www.artsclayton.org, or call (770) 473-5775.