Highly qualified instructors who are both artists and professional educators will provide a nurturing environment that will encourage each student to give form to their unique ideas. A presentation at the BAC will take place the last day of each camp. All camps are held 9:30am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday.
Click here to download the 2016 Young People’s Camp Application
Thanks to a generous grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, we are able to offer the reduced registration fee for Hilltown full-time residents.
Exploring Nature and Me
Ages 5-8 (students must have completed kindergarten)
July 18th-July 22nd and August 8th-August 12th
Becket Federated Church, Community Room
First day, students will meet their teacher at the Becket Arts Center.
Students will play and observe natural forms and create their own two- dimensional and three-dimensional images in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage. Students will look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy, Georgia O’Keeffe as well as art from other artists and cultures that deal with the natural world.
Mary Beth Eldridge, Art teacher/artist with 38 years’ experience teaching art in public schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts in grades K-12. She has taught children at the Becket Arts Center for two summers. Received MASSACHUSETTS Art Educators Association Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award in 2015.
PLAYING WITH THE IMAGINATION
August 8-August 12th
Becket Arts Center
Students will discover ideas as they work from observation, memory and imagination, and reflect on their images, the work of their peers and on reproductions of artwork by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Paul Klee, Magritte and others. A variety of media such as paint, crayons, charcoal, markers, collage, oil pastels, wire and found materials will be available for experimentation.
Joan L. Davidson, Award winning Art Educator for over 35 years K-College and exhibiting artist. Past President of the Becket Arts Center and Young People’s Program Director
WALKING WITH PUPPETS
July 18-July 22nd
Becket Arts Center
Find your story in the Becket woods and along the Wild & Scenic Westfield river. Then return to the Art Center to make a rod, shadow or hand puppet and a setting to tell the tale.
Meredyth Babcock, Artistic Director of Marmalade Productions, a puppeteer, writer, performer and educator. She works for the Wild & Scenic Westfield River committee as their volunteer coordinator, expanding the community knowledge of their watershed and helping them celebrate, protect and enhance it.
THEATER & VIDEO PROJECT
Site: Becket Arts Center and August 4th Community Television Studio of the Berkshires www.ctsbtv.org
Becket Arts Center & CTSB Studio
August 1st Parents must bring student(s) to the CTSB Studio and pick them up:
40 Limestone Road, Lee, MA
Visit The CTSB Studio to experience in front of as well as behind the camera work. During the week students will write/devise/film public Service Announcements on issues important to them and/or short dramatic scenes.
Optional: Students are encouraged to bring their smart phones, iPads, any electronic equipment they can write on or video with. Debra Walsh, Actor, Artist/Instructor, MA in Socio-Drama.
August 22nd-August 25th
Becket Arts Center
A four day camp, that includes different arts workshops each day.
Aug.22 • Musical Explorations
Recycled Instruments, songwriting and more. Make and explore various rhythm instruments, listen to music, write songs, draw pictures to go with the song and perform in this fun and informative class. Robin O’Herin is a Berkshires-based, Delta blues and gospel musician.
Aug. 23 & 24 • Paint Draw Explore!!!
Using a variety of painting and drawing materials we will expand the imagination. and explore how to make an image lively, personal, engaging and exciting. Abby DuBow is an avid printmaker and mixed media artist.
Aug.25 • Step In: The Rhythm & Roots of Tap Dancing
Learn some of the basic steps, sounds and rhythms of the American original art form of Tap Dance. Trace the global roots of the dance and find the places in the world that influenced it and how. Tap shoes will be provided and you can bring your own. Stefanie Weber, an action-based dancer, performer, and movement educator.