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Art Center of the Bluegrass announces more than two dozen summer programs for children

The Art Center of the Bluegrass has announced its summer programming lineup for children, unveiling more than two dozen camps, classes, and activities. Parents can choose online or in-person art opportunities for children ages three to 8th grade.

New this summer is a weekly preschool art class for children ages three to six. Class meets for one hour each week – four weeks in June, five weeks in July. Parents can choose Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday classes. Executive Director Niki Kinkade says that young children were a key demographic in the Art Center’s summer plans.

“We have always heard from parents that there are limited opportunities for preschoolers in the summer,” Knkade said. “And this year, with many of those kids having missed out on a year of formal preschool due to the pandemic, we wanted to give families a lot of options.”

The preschool art class will combine art and play, with an emphasis on creative exploration. Students will explore a range of art materials and techniques designed to stimulate creativity and enhance fine motor skills for kindergarten readiness.

For older children (ages five to eighth grade), the Art Center has scheduled a variety of art camps that meet several times in a single week. Each camp has a theme – such as puppies, pet rocks, or intergalactic adventure – with projects designed to support the theme. Camps are divided by age, with “mini camps” for five to seven-year-olds, themed camps for 2nd grade to 6th graders, and skills-based camps for 4th to 8th graders.

In addition to the in-person camps and classes, the Art Center is also offering several online programs and take-home art kits. Kinkade said that families from Lexington, Berea, and even South Carolina have participated in virtual programming this year.

“We recognize that some families may not be ready to return to in-person programming this summer,” she said. “And we also wanted to continue connecting with families from outside of Boyle County.”

The Art Center will offer two online drawing classes this summer as well as a “Creative Kitchen” class modeled after the popular Netflix show “Nailed It.” Families will receive weekly creative cooking prompts – and a few supplies to get started – then join a group Zoom to show off their creations. Art kits are also available for families looking to “unplug” this summer.

The Art Center will be following CDC guidelines for mask-wearing and social distancing for all in-person classes – keeping an eye on how those guidelines are evolving. Kinkade says that the enrollment caps for summer programs are lower this year than in the past and that some of the camps are shorter

“We know that families are eager for in-person programming, so we were determined to find a way to do that safely,” Kinkade said.

Families can browse the summer programming lineup and register their children online at www.artcenterky.org.

From Art Center of the Bluegrass

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