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Arts Clayton kicking off summer camp registrations

Kaleidoscope summer arts campers sing the “Oompa Loompa Song” in their singing class during last year’s Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp. Registration is underway for this year’s camp. (File Photo)

Kaleidoscope summer arts campers sing the “Oompa Loompa Song” in their singing class during last year’s Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp. Registration is underway for this year’s camp. (File Photo)

JONESBORO — Everything old is eventually new again, whether its an annual summer camp or a decade of wild fashions.

Both will be new again this summer when Arts Clayton holds its 21st annual Kaleidoscope Arts Camp and Ninth annual Young Teen Camp. The Young Teen Camp for rising seventh- through ninth-graders will go back to the days of bell bottoms and leisure suits with a 70’s fashion theme, said Camp Administrator Elizabeth Gower.

“The Young Teen Camp’s theme is ‘Disco Fever,’” said Gower. “Think ‘High School Musical’ meets ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ The 70’s are back in style right now with bell bottoms and dance music being popular with kids, so we decided to go with that theme for the camp.”

The camps will be held June 2-13 at James A. Jackson Elementary School in Jonesboro. There is room for 120 children in the Kaleidoscope Art Camp for elementary school children and 50 spaces in the Young Teen Camp.

Gower said parents who want to enroll their children in the camps should consider contacting Arts Clayton early next week to register because art classes at the camps will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. That’s because spring break is traditionally a time when camp registrations spike, she said.

“We just opened registration so there are a lot of spaces available right now, but I’m expecting a rush of parents wanting to sign up their kids next week,” Gower said. “It’s spring break, the kids are off from school and sitting at home so parents start thinking, ‘What am I going to do with my kids this summer.’ “

While teens will get to relive the era of ABBA and the Bee-Gees, the younger children will go old school as well. In keeping with the old is new again thread, the theme for the Kaleidoscope camp will be Disney’s “The Jungle Book,” said Gower.

“We thought it would be fun to introduce the kids to ‘The Jungle Book’ because it hasn’t been out in a while and this will be an opportunity to introduce it to this group of kids,” she said.

Kaleidoscope registration is $175 for children signed up before April 20 and $195 after that date. There is also a multiple sibling discount of $175 per child for families. Visual arts classes will be available for drawing, painting and 3-D and pottery and each camper will be required to participate in a performing arts class as well.

Young Teen Camp registration is $375 per child but there is a multiple sibling discount of $350 per sibling. Classes offered as part of the camp include musical theater, guitar, digital photography, cartooning, clay and 3-D art, set design, dance, graphic design, drawing and painting. There will also be a new slam writing class which mixes creative writing with slam poetry.

Arts Clayton traditionally tries to line up camp scholarships for children whose families cannot afford the registration costs so parents should ask Gower about that when registering for camp.

Registration forms can be found online at artsclayton.org and at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St. in Jonesboro. Gower said parents can call her at 770-473-5775 if they have camp-related questions.