Summer Kids Camps

2018 Summer Kids Camps

June 19 – August 24

Our Summer Kids Camps offer a fun and unique experience to kids ages 6-14. We have a wonderful array of camps available – everything from painting, sculpture, cultural arts, clay, sewing, and everything in between – with inspiring, experienced art instructors. Each Camp is four days, from Tuesday through Friday, with a different theme each week that is sure to stimulate the imagination.  Full-day and half-day options are available. Class sizes are limited to 15 students so get registered today! Please look through our Camp Catalog below for information on all of our amazing Summer Camps!  Due to camps filling up every year, when a camp has limited availability please call UVAA to confirm registration.  This will be noted along side the camp week with a note stating “limited availability please call.”

PLEASE NOTE: If your child is attending an ALL-Day session, please bring a bottle of water & sack lunch.

Registration opens April 1st!

It’s now easier than ever to get registered. Complete the online registration form, or just come by the Art Center and register in person.



$75 Members | $85 Non-members
for four full days (7 hours each)

$45 Members | $55 Non-members
for four full days (3 hours each)

If you have any questions, please contact our wonderful Arts In Education Director Renée Richardson at, or give us a call at 541-672-2532.


 WEEK 1:   JUNE 19 – 22 Artful Antics (Ages 6-14) – FULL –

A.M. FULL 9:00-12:00 It’s all about 3D…with a smile: Leap’n lizards, cork characters, crazy construction and more. Students will use clay, wood, wire, cardboard, etc. Imagination required! Instructed by Victoria Carnate

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

P.M. FULL  1:00-2:30          Let your imagination guide you in creating monsters of all shapes and sizes in this multimedia class. We will start by sketching monsters and strange creatures using colored pencils, pastels, and watercolors. We will then bring these creatures to life using air-dry clay, Sculpy, glitter, and paint! Instructed by Renee Couture

2:30-4:00     Together, we will create self-portraits inspired by the work of Frida Kahlo. We’ll study pop art and artist Roy Lichtenstein and create comic-like paintings. We will look at the work of Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollack and make abstract paintings. Finally, we will look at the sculpture of Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Mark Di Suvero to inform small sculptures. Instructed by Renee Couture

Week 2:  JULY 10 – 13 The Heart of Africa (Ages 6-14) – FULL


9:00-10:30        Our projects will  be inspired by the cultures of Africa, from kente cloth to djembe drums, while using a variety of materials.  Instructed by Patty Hendricks

10:30-12:00        Come explore Africa’s people, animals, cultures and people through a variety of unique projects that will include African Savannah habitat diorama, ancient Egyptian paintings, hieroglyphics and sand art.  Instructed by Darlene Alexander 

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

Call for Availability  1:00-2:30    Come have fun with batik, camouflage creatures, and masks while exploring pattern and designs from the art in Africa. Instructed by Epiffany Gombart

2:30-4:00    Help build an African village. Dancing and singing Zulu. Making rattles and African masks. Create exotic Tinga-Tinga art, long legged Africans strolling across tiles.  Instructed by Larry Stokes

WEEK 3:  JULY 17 – 20 Color Me Crazy – FULL


9:00-12:00    Suminagashi Marbled Paper starts the week. Then create faux stained glass using black glue, wet felted rocks, ice dyeing on fabric sewed into a pillow, stamping, and printmaking on styrofoam. Instructed by Cheryl Stokes

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

 P.M. FULL 1:00-2:30     Come with us on a color-crazed journey with artists such as Matisse, Pollock, Kandinsky, Mondrian and Chihuly. Students will experience working with a variety of media such as acrylic and watercolor paints, oil pastels, mixed meida, printmaking and collage.  Instructed by Darlene Alexander. 

 2:30-4:00     Art Circus time with hot air balloons, hand prints using the resist technique, hand prints and names, invisible ink, and much more. Instructed by Larry Stokes

Week 4:   July 24 – 27 Walk on the Wild Side (Ages 6-14) – FULL


9:00-12:00    Campers will learn advanced art techniques such as one-point perspective, and explore a variety of media including soft pastels and watercolor paint. Pond collages will be created out of Jackson Pollock action art, and Vincent Van Gogh inspired nightscapes will be drawn. Students will go home with a portfolio of art that includes birds, sea animals, and forests.  Instruction by Tara Bacon

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch


 1:00-2:30   Tunnel books, sock puppets, and flip books are just a few of the projects we will create to make stories about the wild side of things! Instruction by Epiffany Gombart



2:30-4:00   Get crazy with mud, wax-resistant watercolor and mixed media items to create projects taht will bring out the wild side of nature. Go on a nature hunt to collect items that will use these mediums to make a shadow box, a colorful mixed media collage, a painting in an Australian art style and more. Instruction by Darlene Alexander

Week 5:  JULY 31 – August 3 Rock Stars (Ages 6-14) – FULL


9:00-10:30  Explore the world of 3-D sculpture using found objects and much, much more. Instruction by Laura Hines

10:30-12:00  Explore the world of Picasso with collage, paint on canvas and cardboard sculptures. Instructed by Megan Dee


12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

 P.M. FULL 1:00 – 4:00 Walk on the Rocky side. Design rock art with paint, mosaic and glue. Instructed by Tedy Fromdahl

 Week 6:  AUGUST 14 – 17  Shark Tank (Ages 6-14) – FULL


9:00-10:30   The ocean will be the inspiration for our fun projects including 2 and 3-dimensional sea creatures, real and imaginary, in a variety of media.  Instructed by Patty Hendricks


10:30-12:00    Come for colorful, comic collages, dioramas and fish sticks for a creative week. Instructed by Benne Nichols


12:00 – 12:45 Lunch


1:00-4:00   The watery deep of the unknown! What adventures lurk in the art class that day? Fishy races across the room, seaweed stamping art, moving gears & what makes a submarine work? invisible ink, and the legendary shark – but what form will he take? Instructed by Larry Stokes


 Week 7:  AUGUST 21 – 24  Craft and Create (Ages 6-14) – FULL


9:00-12:00    Enjoy quilled mandalas, bookbinding, weaving within a tree branch, jointed Teddy Bears and a knitting loom project. Instructed by Cheryl Stokes

12:00 – 12:45  Lunch


1:00-4:00      Popsicle sticks boxes, nature inspired wall weaving, batik with blue glue and a plaster a paris paper weight.  These crafty things will keep the campers very busy.  Instructed by Tedy Fromdahl


Beginning Sewing – FULL

July 17-20   9:00-12:00    Age 9 and up.


Come join us for a fun time using a sewing machine and other sewing tools while learning to make some cute and fun simple projects.  Learn to sew straight lines and follow a pattern as you make such things as pillow cases, pot holders, and small bags.  If you have a machine at home we encourage you to bring it so you can learn on the machine you will be using later.

No previous sewing experience needed.

Class Fee: $40.00 member $45.00 nonmember            

Supply fee: $10:00

Intermediate Sewing – OPEN –

July 24-27  9:00-12:00    Age 9 and up. 

 In this session participants will make a quilt top.  This year we will make the pattern “Saratoga”.  Students will need to bring 8 fat quarters of coordinating dark fabric and 6 fat quarters of coordinating light fabric. This will make a 48 X 64 inch quilt top.  We will discuss different ways to finish a quilt.  If you have a machine at home we encourage you to bring it.

Class Fee: $40.00 member $45.00 nonmember

Supply fee: $10:00

Beginning Clay Creations – FULL –

July 10-13  and July 24-27 // 10:00 – 12:00 (Ages 10 – Up)

Beginning Clay- Ages 10 and Up This will be a two week clay class.

Class will be limited to 10 children.       Teacher: Epiffany Gombart

Clay Creations: Two weeks of creating functional pottery and sculptures! Learn to make pinch pots, create with coils, build with slabs, and more! Develop your 3d building, tactile, and fine motor skills!

Class Fee: $60.00 member  $65 nonmember

Supply fee:  $15.00 (clay and firing)

Beginning Jewelry Class – FULL –

July 24 – 27  10:00 – 12:00  Beginning Jewelry Class       Age 10 and up

Gerri Behan will guide you through designing and creating a necklace, bracelet or earrings from start to finish. You will learn to make simple but beautiful pieces of jewelry that you can wear with pride using crystals, wire and beads.

All supplies provided.

Class Fee $40.00 members  $45.00 nonmember


Standards of Conduct: Students, visitors and staff are expected to maintain a standard of behavior conductive to the community spirit of learning and working at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association (UVAA). Any violation, including physical confrontation, use of abusive language, destruction of property, or any behavior deemed by UVAA staff to be in violation of the standards of behavior may result in suspension or expulsion.  UVAA reserves the right to refuse enrollment as deemed appropriate by any staff member.  Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Students who do not comply will not be allowed to continue classes and any remaining tuition will be forfeited.

Special  Needs: If a student has a special need or requires accommodation, including, if applicable, any allergies or dietary restrictions, please notify the UVAA staff.

Safety / Behavior: UVAA will not assume responsibility for the student’s actions that are not related to teaching or learning art. If behavior is deemed inappropriate UVAA will initiate contact with the parents or guardians.  If the problem continues we may cancel the student’s enrollment from the art classes without refunds. For student safety, we ask that they remain in fenced area after classes to await pick-up, and ask that all students be picked up promptly after class. If pick-up will be later than 5 minutes, please contact the UVAA office. If students are consistently picked up late, a fee may be assessed to your bill.

Artwork: UVAA is not responsible for any artwork unclaimed for more than 30 days after final day of each camp session.   Students artwork (painting, watercolor & drawings etc.) may be dispose of if not claimed by the 30th day after discontinuance. UVAA will make every effort to contact via email/phone within the 30 day time frame.

Payment: Payment must be made in full at time of registration. No refunds will be made after the first day of camp – no exceptions. A $10 cancellation fee will be deducted from all refunds.


Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: 

Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.