There was a time when summer camp meant rustic dormitories out in the woods, sing-alongs around the camp fire, big chow halls and camp counselors herding kids from one activity to the next. Those camps still exist, but summer camps have evolved to focus on niches of interest for today’s youngsters. There are summer camps that focus on team sports, nature explorations, equestrian activities, aquatics and the arts. There are numerous summer camps scheduled in the Tampa Bay area for those children whose interests are geared more toward self-expression than exploring the natural world or improving sports-specific skills.
Practically Pikasso Kids Art camps – With locations in St. Petersburg and Safety Harbor, Practically Pikasso is offering weekly half-day and full-day camps for children ages 3 to 15 beginning June 9 through Aug. 8. Campers will get to work in a variety of mediums, including pottery painting, ceramics, mosaics, spin art, tie-dye, bubble painting, glass painting and more.
“We focus a lot on pottery. Childrem get to make clay pieces and learn the process from beginning to end, but they get to work in several other mediums as well,” says Paula Lemear, Practically Pikasso store manager. “The last four weeks of the camps are themed weeks, which is something new we are doing, and those camps will feature different activities than the regular camps.”
Themes for the last four camp weeks are Animal Planet, Art Around the World, Out of This World and Shark Week. Camps include an educational component as well as kid-friendly films during lunch breaks. Before and after care is available as well. For information, visit www.practicallypikasso.com, or call (727) 822-5204.
Morean Arts Center - The Morean Arts Center in downtown St. Petersburg is offering week-long camps for children in age groups 5 to 6, 7 to 10 and 11 to 15.
The Summer Art camp and Teen Art camp allow youngsters to explore a variety of processes and media used in the creation of visual art pieces. Children will learn the proper use of art tools and media through hands-on experiences that are appropriate for their age group. Weekly collaborative efforts by the ages seven to 10 campers will be displayed in the summer camp exhibition.
The Summer Clay camp guides children through the process of creating sculpture from clay. Younger children work on simpler table top projects, while teenagers will learn to master the technique of the clay wheel and forming pieces by hand.
The Summer Glass camp is open to those in the 13 to 16 age group and includes instruction on working in three different glass mediums. Children will use what they learn to create original works from glass.
“One of the unique things about our summer camps is the opportunity to work with glass,” says Jonathan Harrison, curator of education. “The facilities we have are top-notch, but our biggest strength is the quality of the instructors we hire for all our camps. They are all professional artists.”
For information, visit www.moreanartscenter.org, or call (727) 822-7872.
Tampa Museum Of Art – Young artists ages 6 to 14 can take advantage of the Tampa Museum of Art’s half-day or full-day, week-long summer camps. Children can choose from camps focusing on drawing and painting or mixed media and sculpture, or both.
Camps begin June 16 for children ages 6 to 8, July 7 for children ages 9 to 11 and July 21 for children ages 12 to 14. During the drawing and painting camps, children will focus on the principles of painting and drawing with charcoal, pencil and paint as well as experimenting with different processes. The camp will increase the youngsters’ understanding of color, composition and the proper use of different media.
In the mixed media and sculpture camps, children will experiment with volume, space, line and texture and how each relates to building and carving three-dimensional forms. Campers will work with wood, metal, found objects, papier mache, wire, wax and clay to create three-dimensional projects.
For information, visit www.tampamuseum.org, or call (813) 274-8130.
Dunedin Fine Art Center camp – Dunedin Fine Art Center is offering a series of five summer camps, including Mini-Masters (ages 4 ½ to 5), Sizzlin’ Summer Visual Art Camp (ages 6 to 10), Mural Madness (ages 8 to 12), the all new Arts In Motion (ages 8 to 12) and Art Squad (ages 11 to 14).
Each week-long camp features a different theme, such as Animal Planet, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Solar System Silliness. Camps are full-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mini-Masters offers both half-day and full-day sessions. Children will explore various media, including drawing, painting, 3D art, clay and photography.
The Arts in Motion camps focus on martial arts, contemporary dance and theater production.
Before and after care is available for an additional charge. The center is hosting a Summer Camp Open House on April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. so that parents and children can meet the instructors and get a better understanding of what the camps have to offer.
For information, visit www.dfac.org, or call (727) 298-3322.
Carrollwood Cultural Center camps – The Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa is offering week-long camps for children ages 4 to 5 and 6 to 12 from June 9 to Aug. 15.
The younger campers in the ages 4 to 5 group will use storytelling, games, music, singing, dancing and art projects to learn more about each week’s theme. Weekly themes include Animal Planet, Under the Big Top, Rainforest Adventure and Ocean Wonders.
Campers in the ages 6 to 12 group will engage in a wide variety of art projects that includes making a compressed air-powered rocket, making musical instruments, as well as creating tie-dyed T-shirts, string art, collages and art from recycled materials.
Before and after care is available. For more information, visit www.carrollwoodcenter.org/summer-camp, or call (813) 269-1310.