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The yellow-brick road to candy land

Arts Clayton offering Willy Wonka, Oz-themed summer camps

Children practice dance moves with their instructor during last year's Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp. Registration has opened for this year's camp, which will feature a Willy wonka theme.

Children practice dance moves with their instructor during last year's Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp. Registration has opened for this year's camp, which will feature a Willy wonka theme.

— Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-doo, Arts Clayton offers youth camps for you — and your “little dog” too.

The arts group is registering children and teenagers for its Willy Wonka-themed Kaleidoscope Summer Art Camp and its Wizard of Oz-themed Young Teen Camp. The camps, which primarily draw children from Clayton and Henry counties, will be held June 3-14 at James A. Jackson Elementary School in Jonesboro.

Camp administrator Elizabeth Gower said the camps have different themes for the first time this year so all of the participants have a chance to shine a little bit more. Both camps end with public performances.

“I want to make sure the little guys have a chance to shine on their own because the young teens are so talented and they can overshadow the little guys,” Gower said. “This way, they each have their own performance and they’re not competing for the spotlight.”

This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Kaleidoscope camp, which is open to children entering the first- through sixth-grades in the fall. Gower said the camp will include new features, such as theme days for every day of the camp, to celebrate the anniversary.

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Curt Yeomans

Art instructor Mariah Buchanan helps Jonesboro youth Ricky Davis with an abstract painting during last year's Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp. Registration has opened for this year's camp.

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Curt Yeomans

Jonesboro youth Paul Ross (left) rehearses a song during last year's Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp. Registration is under way for this summer's art camps.

“We’re trying to go a little bigger this year and have all of our little Oompa Loompas running around for Willy Wonka, and we’re going to make the camp a little more campy this year,” she said.

The maximum enrollment for each two-week camp is 120 kids, and the registration fee is $195 to cover camp T-shirts and art supplies. There is a $20 discount if children and teens are enrolled by April 20, however, and the fee will be set at $175 for siblings participating in camp.

Registration for camp classes are on a first come, first served basis so parents are encouraged to sign their children up early to ensure they get their first choice of art classes.

“Once it’s full, it’s full and I can’t take anyone else,” Gower said.

Kaleidoscope will include singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting and 3-D art/sculpture classes. The teen camp — which is open to teens entering the seventh through ninth-grades next fall — will offer musical theater, digital photography, cartooning, animation, set design, slam poetry, guitar, 3-D art/sculpture, graphic design and drawing and painting classes.

Registration forms are available at www.artsclayton.org, or at the Arts Clayton Gallery at 136 South Main St. in Jonesboro. Parents can also call Gower at 770-473-5826 to set up payment options.