Summer Arts for Kids

Registration for the 2020 camp is now open! 

We believe that the arts are an essential part of a full and satisfying life. Exposure to the arts sharpens the skills of observation and opens young minds to infinite possibilities. This camp is designed to engage students intellectually, physically, and emotionally. We look forward to greeting new campers and familiar faces again this summer!

Each year the professional staff designs and implements engaging and age-appropriate activities around one theme. This year’s theme is “When I Grow Up!” Join as we try new ways of working, reminiscing about years past, and creating new memories of summer art camp fun!

Each day begins with all campers joining together for Circle Time to discuss the day and upcoming events. Campers are grouped by age and follow a rotating schedule of activities where they participate in projects and activities in each subject based on the week’s theme. At the end of each day, groups gather to share their experiences and creations and to play outside games.

Campers should dress for an active day in comfortable clothing and apply sunscreen before coming to Arts Camp. Please bring a morning snack, a water bottle, and a bag lunch.

We will celebrate the week on Friday at 2PM with an art display in the Atrium and performances in the Garland Auditorium.

Dates: June 22-26, 2020

Times: 9am - 3pm Please drop off your child between 8:45-9:00am each day

Location: Thornton Academy atrium for drop off

Registration Fee: $200 or $180 before March 1

Ages: 7-12

What to bring: Campers should dress for an active day in comfortable clothing and apply sunscreen before coming to Arts Camp. Please bring a morning snack, a water bottle, and a bag lunch.

Summer Arts for Kids Staff

Emma Campbell dancing in the studio
emma campbell, camp director

Day Job: Director of Dance Program at Thornton Academy

Degrees / Credentials: BA in Dance and Anthropology from Bates College, MA in Arts Administration from SCAD

What do you love about Arts Camp? I love that Arts Camp supports and nourishes the children in our community! 

Why are the arts important to you? All arts disciplines teach the 21st century skills needed by kids to grow into successful adults! 

Lauren Sonneborn in front of the students
lauren sonneborn, creative writing instructor

Day Job: English Teacher at Thornton Academy

Degrees / Credentials: BA in English Literature from Wheaton College, MA in Secondary English Education from SUNY - Albany

What do you love about Arts Camp? I love the crazy kids, their crazy ideas and watching the magic of creativity overpower their desire to conform. Arts camp gives voice to their creative inner workings and advances their skills from the inside out.

Why are the arts important to you? Writing reminds the campers to use words carefully and intentionally so they can cultivate a more captive and understanding audience.

Justine Frappier teaching art
Justine frappier, 2d art instructor

Day Job: Art Teacher at Dayton Consolidated School, Young School, and Saco Pre-K program

Degrees / Credentials: BA in Art Education from USM

What do you love about Arts Camp? The fun and freedom you have with kids that love art and want to be there! there are so many different personalities and interests that get to be enhanced because of all the different courses we offer.

Why are the arts important to you? I believe it's important for kids to take my class because it helps them slow down, examine, think, plan and communicate through art.

Josh Dracup teaching art
josh dracup, 3d art instructor

Day Job: Visual Art Teacher at Thornton Academy and TAMS

Degrees / Credentials: BA in Studio Art from Allegheny College, MA in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University

What do you love about Arts Camp? Art Camp allows students the opportunity to express themselves in a fun and same environment! They can explore their interests and develop skills they didn’t know they had!

Why are the arts important to you? The arts give us a way to see the world in a new way! Kids need the arts to understand, enhance, and explore their worlds.

Alivia Cram in a theater rehearsal
alivia cram, theater instructor

Day Job: Dance and English Teacher at Thornton Academy

Degrees / Credentials: BA in Dance from Dean College

What do you love about Arts Camp? I love seeing familiar faces grow from year to year, the excitement Arts Camp for Kids brings to campus, and playing outside in nice weather! 

Why are the arts important to you? Performing asks us to take a chance on ourselves-- the reward is multifaceted. Confidence is built, new friendships are formed, and the exciting energy is felt by both performers and audience members!

Nolan Eisenhaur dancing
nolan eisenhaur, dance instructor

Day Job: Student at George Mason University

Degrees / Credentials: BFA in Dance from George Mason University

What do you love about Arts Camp? I love creating a happy space where kids can make art. 

Why are the arts important to you? Dance gives kids an avenue to collaborate and explore space!

Jenna Guiggey teaches music to kids
jenna guiggey, music instructor

Day Job: Vocal teacher and musician

Degrees / Credentials: BM in Music Education from USM, MM in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from USM

What do you love about Arts Camp? I love meeting new people and seeing friendships being formed!

Why are the arts important to you? Music helps us learn about different cultures and therefore better understand people who are different from us! It also helps build confidence and self esteem.

head shot of Jordan Stebbins
jordan stebbins, Physical education instructor

Day Job: Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Degrees / Credentials: BS in Exercise Science from UNE

What do you love about Arts Camp? I really like seeing the kids enjoy physical activity in the wonderful Maine summer weather!

Why are the arts important to you? Physical activity should be a part of everyone's day and it can be fun, playful, and explorative for all ages!

Fun at summer arts camp!