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Arts Clayton opens summer camp registration

Early sign-up deadline is April 20

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Young girls rehearse dance moves during last year’s Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Arts Camp. The local arts group began accepting applications for the 2012 camp this week.

File photo Young girls rehearse dance moves during last year’s Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Arts Camp. The local arts group began accepting applications for the 2012 camp this week.

Arts Clayton is less than a week into the registration period for its Kaleidoscope and Young Teen summer art camps, and the administrator for both camps said she is already being inundated with requests for applications.

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File photo Local children review drawing styles during last year’s Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Art Camp. The arts group has set April 20 as the early registration deadline for this year’s camp.

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File photo Participants in last year’s Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Art Camp work on creating images of the human eye in their painting class. Arts Clayton is now accepting applications for its 2012 summer camps.

With only 150 spaces available in the 19th Annual Kaleidoscope Art Camp, and 80 spots open for the Young Teen Art Camp, Camp Administrator Elizabeth Gower is urging people to take a “sooner, rather than later” attitude toward signing youngsters for the camps. The Kaleidoscope Art Camp is for elementary school-age children, and the Young Teen Art Camp is for middle school-age youngsters.

The camps are slated to be held June 4-15 at James A. Jackson Elementary School, in Jonesboro.

“We just opened registration on Saturday, and I’m already getting 100 calls a day from people who want to sign up their children,” Gower said. “I think it’s going to fill up fast, based on the response I’ve gotten so far.”

Another reason why people are being urged to act fast is that April 20 is the early registration deadline for the Kaleidoscope Art Camp. People who sign up their youths before that date will only have to pay $165 per child, according to Gower. She said the registration fee goes up to $180 per youngster after that date.

The cost to sign up for the Young Teen Art Camp is $225 per class, regardless of when a teenager signs. Teens can only be signed up for two classes.

The theme for this year’s Kaleidoscope Art Camp is the Broadway-style “School House Rock Live,” which is based on the songs from the 1970’s and 1980’s educational Saturday morning cartoons.

“The kids in the Kaleidoscope camp will take one performing arts class, and one visual arts class,” Gower said.

Kaleidoscope campers can choose from singing, dancing, acting or orchestra for their performing arts class, and from drawing, painting, 3-D sculpture, and pottery for their visual arts class. Young Teen campers can choose from drawing, guitar, digital photography, dance, fashion and fiber art, 3-D Sculpture, painting, vocal ceramics, drama and cartooning for their classes.

The younger children’s camp will culminate with a grand finale performance, that involves singing, dancing and acting on June 15, the camp administrator explained. She added the campers visual artwork, including paintings and sculptures, will be put on display in a gallery area at the grand finale performance.

“The Young Teen campers will get their own separate finale, at a time and place which cannot be disclosed at this time,” said Gower, as she pointed out how this year’s camps will be different from the past.

Gower said space is limited for each class, and they will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications for the camps can be picked up at the Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 South Main Street, in Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-5775 for more information about the camps.