Lighthouse ArtCenter Summer Campers Begin Art-History Voyage

Sarah Traylor holds a mummy sarcophagus, and brothers Jonah (left) and Noah Kalter show off their drawing and weavings from ArtCamp at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.

School’s out, and Lighthouse ArtCenter summer campers are learning that art throughout the ages is a blast.

Lighthouse ArtCenter kicked off its popular 10-week ArtCamp, for children ages 4 to 12, and the reviews are raving. One parents picking up a child was guided through a make-believe cave as the excited camper exclaimed, “I painted this cave scene!”

At ArtCamp, children pretend to be famous artists in history, creating drawings, ceramics, paintings and mixed-media projects that range from pop art to Baroque to cartooning. Campers discover the subjects and styles of various time periods, as well as techniques.

“The kids have fun exploring art movements and artists and create their own Art Palette Passport,” said Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter’s executive director. “Unfortunately, in the schools, many art programs have been discontinued, and children don’t have a sense of art history. Our ArtCamp fills that gap and is fun and memorable, as the children learn about famous artists and movements.”

Each week of ArtCamp is inspired by a different theme.

“The weeks are a positive learning experience, giving each child an awareness to create a unique personal prize creation to take home,” ArtCamp instructor Evelyne Bates said. “Children return again and again saying, ‘I love ArtCamp!’ ”

Projects range from prehistoric caveman paintings to Renaissance supermen to wild Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. “This camp has the perfect art-center topic. Kids soon realize that they can have a blast learning about different art movements, and take home some great art to show off to friends and family!” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Education Coordinator Robyn Roberts.

ArtCamp is available for children ages 4 to 12, and runs five days a week throughout June, July and mid-August. ArtCamp hours are from 9 a.m. to noon for campers ages 4 to 5, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for campers ages 6 to 12. The weekly fee for campers ages 4 to 5 is $110 for Lighthouse ArtCenter members and $135 for nonmembers, and for campers ages 6 to 12, $185 for Lighthouse ArtCenter members and $210 for nonmembers. Aftercare is also available for an additional fee from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information about ArtCamp, call the School of Art at (561) 748-8737, or visit the Lighthouse ArtCenter online at

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum and School of Art is a nonprofit organization that provided art exhibitions, instruction, education and outreach. For information, call (561) 746-3101.