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Looking ahead to summer

Hamilton, Ohio – With the school year winding down, children’s dreams begin turning to summer.

The Fitton Center stands ready to turn those dreams into reality, offering two dozen different summer art camps for Little Artists (ages 5 to 9), Youth (ages 7 to 12) and Teen (ages 12 to 16) over the course of six weeks in June and July.

“Our camps offer parents a safe, engaging and affordable place to bring their kids for at least a week in the summer,” said Kate Rowekamp, director of education and outreach. “They know their children are in good hands here with our staff of experienced, professional arts educators. Their kids won’t be bored. “Our camps offer the kids a lot of fun. We give them a tremendous amount of freedom to super-charge their imaginations and hands-on opportunities to expand their skills. Our campers learn and refine techniques in a wide range of media and discover new ways to look at – and positively respond to - the world around them.”

Camps range from Little Artists Adventures in Art Camp (June 12-16) to Teen Graphic Novel Camp (July 24-28). A new offering - Digital Art Camp – pairs technology and creativity. Old favorites like printmaking, creative writing and mosaics return with new twists.

Most camps run one week, Monday through Friday. However, several – including Enchanted Art Camp, Youth Musical Theater, Youth Comedy and Teen Jewelry Making – feature a two-week run.

Check the full list of camp offerings right here.

The Fitton Center offers early bird saving of $5 off per camp for anyone who registers for the first three weeks of camps by June 5 - or by July 3 for the second three weeks – as well as a scholarship program to financially assist those who might otherwise not be able to attend.

“We are active in arts education all year, but summer is especially fun at the Fitton Center,” said Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director. “There is nothing quite like the energy level in our building when we have three or four camps running in a single day.

“Having so many kids engaged in concentrated acts of creativity gives them a chance to really dive into what they’re doing. It’s fun for them – and for us – to see how their work improves and changes from the beginning of the camp to the end.”

In fact, building a body of work over the course of the week is one of the unique features of Fitton Center summer camps.

“Campers get to see their work displayed in actual gallery spaces,” Rowekamp said. “We invite parents and families in on the last day of camp and have a party, just like we do for any of the professional exhibitions we host during the year. It’s exciting for kids to see their work treated with the same respect as people who make art for a living.”

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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