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Youth Summer Art Classes

The Thousand Islands Arts Center ~ Home of the Handweaving Museum has announced its modified summer youth programming schedule.  As the North Country Region enters Phase Four on Friday, June 26, the Arts Center is excited that its children’s camps will be allowed to run, albeit with a few changes. 

The Youth Summer Art Camps will begin the week of July 6 – 10 and run all summer for youth ages 5 – 10.  Camps are 9am – noon, Monday – Friday. Popular local art teacher Nicky Badour will teach four of the art camps and technology and engineering teacher Lindsey Kregel will teach all about inventions the week of August 24 – 28. This summer’s camps offer nature walks, constructing sculptures, dabbling in all sorts of crafts and artistic disciplines, learning about our favorite famous artists, and inventing! 

 It’s Clay-Time will also be offered every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from July 6 through August 27, from 1:30 – 3pm.  Each class will have a different project and be easy to accomplish in one session using self-hardening clay. Kids take home their project each day with instructions on painting at home when clay is fully dry. Appropriate for ages 5 – 10. 

 We also have a Fiber Fun for Kids class on July 30 from 10am – noon where students will work with wool to create mini bowls, learn Japanese braiding, and printing on fabric.  

 Registration is required for all camps and classes.  Camps are now open for registration.  Camps had previously been scheduled to take place at Christ Episcopal Church, but will now take place mostly outdoors at TIAC with social distancing, masks, and other COVID-19 protocols in place.   

Leslie Rowland, the Arts Center’s executive director, said: “We are pleased that Governor Cuomo is allowing children’s day camps to open.  While they may look a little different than in past years, we know kids – and their parents! – are eager for activates outside of the home where most kids have been since mid-march when schools closed down due to the virus.”  

Funding for TIAC’s Youth Programming is generously provide by the Leonard C. & Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation, the RBC Foundation, and from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council."