Fond as I once was of stringing macaroni necklaces at the kitchen table with my three young children, there were times I longed to actually serve food on the darn thing.
My children are grown now, but for those of you who still find the surfaces of your home layered in crayons, origami paper, beads and sculpting clay, I offer a sampling of art camps in the Valley and beyond.
The “Art For Fun! Studio and Gallery” in Phoenix offers drawing, painting, mosaic, ceramics, mono-printing and collage classes for grades 1-12.
“Art Intersection” in Gilbert offers crafts, photography, silk-screening and more for ages 6-11.
“The Art Institute of Phoenix” in offers a variety of visual arts workshops, plus career exploration, for grades 10-12.
“As You Wish Pottery” in Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe offers pottery painting classes for ages 5 & up.
“Carrie Curran Art Studio” in Scottsdale offers painting, drawing, design and other options in a studio atmosphere for ages 6-12 — plus teen drawing and painting workshops.
“City of Glendale Public Art Program” offers screen printing, print making, art around the world and more for ages 6-13.
“Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Taliesin West” in Scottsdale offers architecture, design, stained glass, ceramics, sculpture and more for grades 2-12.
“Mesa Arts Center” offers a variety of thematic classes in art for grades 1-12.
“Phoenix Center for the Arts” offers a visual arts program with end-of-session gallery exhibitions for ages 6-14.
“Scottsdale Artist’s School” offers classes in a variety of media using professional art equipment and lighting for ages 6-18.
“Shemer Art Center and Museum” in Phoenix offers a variety of visual arts sessions for ages 7-12.
“Summer Art Academy” in Gilbert offers drawing, painting, cartooning, clay, scupture and jewelry for grades 1-9.
“Tucson Museum of Art” offers cartoon art, origami, print making, mask making, painting, book making, drawing, photography and more for ages 5-12.
“Vision Gallery” in Chandler offers painting, ceramics, art history and more for ages 8-14.
Looking for more art classes for children or teens? Check with your local art galleries, art schools, public libraries, schools and museums for ideas — plus local art venues and city park/recreation or public art departments.
For a comprehensive list of summer camps in the Valley, click here.
Note: Museum meets mall as “Splendid” opens next month at Scottsdale Fashion Square — and celebrates with a June 25 crafting event for kids and parents, plus a three-day exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Coming up: Combat meets canvas