2024 PERFORMING ARTS AND VISUAL ARTS SUMMER CAMPS


Wilson Arts is excited to offer a variety of amazing summer camps. Whether it's a love for drawing, sculpting, fashion, on the stage, or behind the stage - there's a little something for everyone!

Visual arts camps will be held at the Wilson Arts Center at 204 Nash Street S.
Performing arts camps will be held in the Edna Boykin Cultural Center at 108 Nash Street NE.

Each camp is designed to be both educational AND fun, with an emphasis on exploring new skills and techniques and flexing your child’s CREATIVE muscles!  We are committed to providing a safe, clean learning environment, and our experienced educators will make sure that FUN is at the heart of everything.

Member discounts are based on current 2024 fund drive contributions. To receive discount benefits, become a member today and the discounted rate will apply! Call Wilson Arts at (252) 291-4329 or visit www.wilsonarts.com/membership/ to sign up today.

For those Visual Arts Camp attendees who are attending both a morning and afternoon session, we are offering a childcare option between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. for the convenience of parents who may not have time to pick up their child in between. The cost is $25 per child for the full week. PLEASE NOTE: LUNCH IS NOT INCLUDED.  You will still need to provide your child with a lunch and a drink - only childcare is provided. For full day Performing Arts Camp attendees, meals are not provided for participants, so please send them to camp with appropriate snacks and/or lunches, including drinks. Please try to avoid nut products. All ticket sales are final. Refunds are only given in the event that the organizer cancels the event.

VISUAL ARTS SUMMER CAMPS AT THE WILSON ARTS CENTER

All Visual Arts camps are $90 per week per camper (or $80 for current 2024 Wilson Arts members) plus sales tax.

JULY 8-12

COMIC ART #2 with Brandon Sanders
Time
: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Ages: 5-18
Maximum: 12

CAMP REGISTRATION IS FULL.
To be put on the waitlist, please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@wilsonarts.com.

Comic art is back!!  Instructor and professional comic artist Brandon Sanders will guide students in the art of creating comics by exploring the fundamentals of imagining and drawing characters and developing a story line, with the goal of creating their very own comic book! This camp is also being offered the week of June 17.

MY ARTISTIC SELF #2 with Tiara Taylor
Time
:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages: 5-18
Maximum: 12 Students

CAMP REGISTRATION IS FULL.
To be put on the waitlist, please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@wilsonarts.com.

In this creative journey led by Wilson Arts staff member and educator Tiara Taylor, our campers will find their own artistic voice by investigating different creative mediums each day – everything from origami and collage to painting and jewelry making!  This would be a perfect camp for those who may be new to exploring the creative process – there’s a little bit of everything to try! This camp will also be offered the week of June 24.

OUTSIDE THE LINES with Maddie Murphy
Time
:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 8-12
Maximum: 12 students

Already know the basics & want to take your work to the next level? This is the camp for you! Artist Maddie Murphy will help strengthen your skills in drawing from still life, try your hand at mark making & let loose with gestural drawing.


 

JULY 15-19

FUNKY FLOUR POWER-LEVEL UP! #2 with Nicole Thomas
Time
:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages: 8-18
Maximum: 10 Students

How sweet it is…Nicole is back and offering the next level in baking and decorating! Campers will learn more advanced decorating techniques, dive into creating cake pops and try their hand at other new baking treats! This camp is for kids who already know the basics and want to learn more challenging baking techniques! This camp is also being offered the week of June 17.

WILD THINGS: MIXED MEDIA MANIA with April Garrett
Time:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages: 5-12
Maximum: 12 students

CAMP REGISTRATION IS FULL.
To be put on the waitlist, please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@wilsonarts.com.

Campers will explore a variety of mediums including paper, paint, and collage to create their mixed-media masterpieces!  This camp is perfect for both new and experienced young artists who want to stretch their imaginations while trying their hand at various forms of artistic styles.

PLAY. PAINT. PARTY #3 with Luanda Wiggins
Time
:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 5-13
Maximum: 12 Students

Do you have a creative kid who loves to paint, draw, and have a blast experimenting with art techniques? Instructor and artist Luanda Wiggins teaches the fundamentals of art while encouraging each child’s creativity. Campers will be introduced to some of the master’s to expose them to different styles, and then will create their OWN masterpieces to take home! This class is also being offered the weeks of June 10 and June 17.

CHEER FOR ART with Mya Taylor
Time:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 5-10
Maximum: 12 students

Ready? Ok!! This camp is for kids looking to get their cheer on! Instructor Mya Taylor, assisted by Tiara Taylor, will lead campers through basic steps of cheerleading, create spirit inspired artwork using a variety of mediums, and bust a move with afternoon dance parties! This camp is for beginners and great for kids that like to create while being active!


 

JULY 22-26

FUNKY FLOUR POWER #3 BEGINNING BAKING with Nicole Thomas
Time
:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages: 5-12
Maximum: 10 Students

CAMP REGISTRATION IS FULL.
To be put on the waitlist, please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@wilsonarts.com.

Calling all budding food artists!  Back again this year is one of our most popular camps ever – Flour Power! Campers will learn basic baking techniques and explore different decorating applications with instruction from local cookie artist extraordinaire, Nicole Thomas of Cole Cole’s Cupcakes & Confections. (PLEASE NOTE: This camp is for beginners.) This camp will also be offered the week of June 10 and June 24.

UNEARTHING JUNK JOURNALING: MIXED MEDIA BOOKMAKING #2 with Renee J. Moore
Time
:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages: 8-18
Maximum: 10 Students

Hello nature lovers! Here is the camp for you! Artist & nature lover Renee J. Moore will guide campers with an earth friendly approach to exploring mixed media through bookmaking. They will learn to the art of repurposing everyday items, make beads from repurposed paper, and discover printmaking using natural materials and found objects! This camp will also be offered the week of June 24.

PAINTING & BEYOND with Heather Stapp
Time
:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 10-14
Maximum: 10 Students

In this camp, kids will try their hand at a variety of projects including basic crochet, creating fashionable bracelets & other artful accessories. They will explore painting on different objects including, picture frames, rock painting & creating their own one-of-a-kind fashion items!

IMAGINE IT. SCULPT IT. #2 with Ash Hayford
Time:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 8-18
Maximum: 10 Students

Artist & arts educator Liz Denton will take kids on a 3-D creative journey through different types of materials used in sculpture creation, including air clay, papier-mâché, and forming recycled materials into works of imaginative art.  If you can imagine it, you can build it! Campers will have their works on display on the last day for parents & families to enjoy!

EXPLORING ABSTRACT ART with Frank Johnson III
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 8-18
Maximum: 12 Students

Campers will explore the world of abstract through "Intuitive Art”. They will be introduced to the elements of design then jump in to building their own compositions through hands-on techniques. This will be an exploration of mixed media where there is no “right” or “wrong” way…it’s all part of the process!


 

PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CAMPS AT THE EDNA BOYKIN CULTURAL CENTER

All Performing Arts camps are $140 for the week ($125 for 2024 Wilson Arts members) plus sales tax. There is a maximum of 30 students per Performing Arts camp.

JULY 22-26

DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 5-15

CAMP REGISTRATION IS FULL.
To be put on the waitlist, please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@wilsonarts.com.

Camp Performance: Friday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Show Tickets: $5 per person (plus tax). Available for purchase in July.

Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within.

The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for your young performers!

 

JULY 29 - AUGUST 2

DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 12-18

CAMP REGISTRATION IS FULL.
To be put on the waitlist, please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@wilsonarts.com.

Camp Performance: Friday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Show Tickets: $5 per person (plus tax). Available for purchase in July.

Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on our stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR.  Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

 


 

IMPORTANT CAMP INFORMATION

For your convenience, forms may be submitted on-line with your secure payment through Paypal (no account required) by clicking the link provided.  PLEASE NOTE:  Member discounts are available for those who have contributed to Wilson Arts during calendar year 2024.  Please be sure that you have contributed during this calendar year before selecting the member discount price.

Eligibility: Children are only eligible to register for a camp if they fall within the appropriate age range for that specific camp.

Registration:  You must complete the Registration and Health/Permission forms and submit them with payment in order for your child to be registered – we cannot “hold” spots without payment.

Payment:  Camp fees are listed for each camp. Full payment is due at the time of registration. No refunds will be given for participant cancellations once your child is registered. We are accepting registrations up to 10 days prior to the camp’s start.

Cancellations:  Wilson Arts reserves the right to cancel camps due to low enrollment. Campers will be notified by the Tuesday preceding the camp’s start on Monday if the camp will be canceled.  A full refund (or credit toward a different camp) will be issued only if summer camps are canceled by Wilson Arts.

Scholarships:  Scholarships are available based on financial need. You may apply online at https://www.cognitoforms.com/WilsonArts/WilsonArtsScholarshipApplication, use the link below to download a copy, or you may pick up a form at the Wilson Arts Center. Forms may be downloaded from the link below, or you may pick them up at Wilson Arts. Please submit scholarship applications at least two weeks prior to the start of the camp.

Wilson Arts Scholarship Application

Arrivals and Departures:  All campers are to check in at either the new Wilson Arts Center (for Visual Arts camps) or the Edna Boykin Cultural Center (for Performing Arts camps) no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of camp. Morning camps begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and afternoon camps begin at 1:00 p.m., and you must accompany your child into the building and sign them in. Please call Wilson Arts if your child will be late or not attending a day of camp. When dropping off and picking up your child, you will be required to sign him/her out. Only persons authorized on the Permission Form will be allowed to pick up your child. If you are more than 30 minutes late picking up your camper, a $10.00 fee will be assessed.

Snacks & Lunches: Please remember to send snacks and lunch along with drinks for those attending full day performing arts camps. If your child is participating in all day visual arts camps, ask about our Lunch Bunch option if you need lunchtime child care.

YOUTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Wilson Arts is looking for a few talented, enthusiastic and dedicated youth Camp Counselors ages 16-18 to help make our summer camp 2024 season AMAZING!  Participants will receive an official letter documenting hours and service for school or civic organizations that require volunteer hours.  Volunteers MUST be willing and able to attend the entire camp session you've signed up for, and engage with both the instructor(s) and the campers to enhance the educational experience AND the fun! Please use the buttons below to submit interest in being a summer camp volunteer.