Good news and bad news, folks! Good news: School is just about out! No more packing lunches and waking up sluggish, miserable kids for school, no more waiting at the bus stop or driving the kids to school (which, might I add, is significantly more confusing than the drop off scene in Mr. Mom). Sunny days of summer are right around the corner! Ice cream trucks and pool days.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts is again offering summer camp programs at Beaver Station! Beginning June 5 through August 11, every week is a new adventure as campers explore various themes and art forms. Weekly themes include Paint Like Picasso, Teen Painting, Summer Art Adventure, and Wizard Camp! Teaching artist Lena Lengyel will introduce children to a variety of painting media, colors, textures and projects through the course of each themed week.

Summer Camp at Beaver Station Cultural & Event Center

The newly restored Beaver Station Cultural & Event Center has partnered with out friends at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts to offer several camp options for all of the kiddos in your life!

Ranging in age from 4-14, you are sure to find something to keep your kids from fighting with each other and complaining about how bored they are! The camps are all five days long and are offered twice: once in June and then again in July.

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For the Young Ones

First up, for the youngest of the kids, the 4-6 year olds, there are three different camps. Summer Art Adventure is on the calendar first. According to the course description:

“Bring your sense of summer adventure for a week of exploring art of all kinds. Campers will explore line, pattern, color and texture through creative play and fun projects. This is an art sampler course to expose students to wide range of media including drawing, collage, drawing, painting and printmaking.”

Next up, A Week at the Beach! This is going to teach the kids all about the beach and sea life! Things like sea horses and sharks, which, in my experience, I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t think sharks are cool! They will be drawing and creating in this camp as well.

Finally, Paint Like Picasso. Who doesn’t want to paint like Picasso? And Van Gogh? And da Vinci?! 

“This colorful camp will introduce children to a variety of painting media including watercolor, acrylic, tempera, and more! We will learn basics of color theory, color mixing, and learn about famous painters such as Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, and Vincent Van Gogh.”

Paint Like Picasso Adult Child Class Winter 2017

For the Older Kids

Second, for the elementary aged kids, the 7-10 year olds, there are two camps!

Summer Art Adventure sounds like a totally immersive experience. Bring your sense of summer adventure for a week of exploring art of all kinds. Campers will explore line, pattern, color and texture through creative play and fun projects. This is an art sampler course to expose students to wide range of media including drawing, collage, drawing, painting and printmaking.

The other camp, Wizard Camp, will allow your kids to get their Harry Potter on. This promises to be one of the coolest experiences of the summer!

“Don’t miss the train to the wonderful world of Wizarding School! In this camp, students will create magical projects and potions and learn about magical creatures.”

For the Tweeners

Finally, for the tweens. The most susceptible to this summer time boredom phenomena. The 11-14 year olds. There are two options for this age group.

The first is on Teen Painting. Pretty self-explanatory, right? What better way to expose your child to the arts than this class. Come paint outdoors and find inspiration in the beautiful natural landscape and historic architecture in Beaver. Campers will Learn all about color, light and composition. Campers will learn to master acrylic paint, watercolor, and pastels.

The next is Drawing Inspirations. Will they be drawing a portrait of Ana Beaverhausen?! 

“Everyone has a drawer in them. Campers will explore a variety of mediums and surfaces with conventional and unconventional approaches to drawing, both in the studio and outside. Both observational study drawing and drawings from the imagination will be practiced.”

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More Information

To view our full class schedule, please visit www.SweetwaterArtCenter.org or call 412-741-4405.

Sweetwater also offers full and partial need-based scholarships to any student in need! Visit www.sweetwaterartcenter.org/scholarships/ to download a scholarship application.

Beaver Station is located at 250 East End Ave, Beaver, PA 15009

COUPON: Register for Summer 2017 classes through May 31, 2017 and receive 10% off the tuition with coupon code summer17early10 when registering online. 

Beaver Station’s partnership with Sweetwater Center for the Arts is to not only offer summer camps, but it is the only Beaver County satellite location for their classes all year.

The membership has so many amazing perks, outside of just reduced class fees. They offer facility rentals and so much more. You can contact them at 412-741-4405, or check out their website at www.sweetwaterartcenter.org.

If I can save you from hearing how booored your kids are just once, I feel like my work is done here! Good luck, fellow parents. We will make it through!

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Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!