Summer Camps 2018: The Arts

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Summer is the perfect time for kids to explore their creative sides! There is a plethora of art, singing, instrumental, cooking, pottery, sewing, dance, writing, and theater summer camps around. As with last week's post on SPORTS CAMPS, I once again turned to my friends and also the members of the Madison Area Parents Facebook page for their camp suggestions last year, and have now updated them for 2018.  I am also updating my posts on STEM/nature/animal camps, social studies and language camps, and special needs and preschool camps. And, again, if you have others you recommend, please put them in the comment section. Enjoy, and get creative! ART & CRAFT

  • Madison Summer Arts Program, Central Avenue School (Grades 1-3) and Madison Junior School (Grades 4-12), Madison Registration brochure will be online and sent home with Madison students in March. Four-week art classes take place in the morning between 9am-12:30pm. Grades 1-12 (see location above).

  • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St, Summit

http://www.artcenternj.org/studio-school/kids/kids-art-camps/

Weekly camps on various media and creative practices. 10am-3pm. Also offers Summer Saturday camps. Grades K-12.

  • Creative Hands Studio, 14 Kings Rd, Madison

http://www.creativehandsartstudio.com/summer.cfm

Weekly classes, usually 1.5 hours per day. Ages 3 1/2-teens.

  • The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown

https://www.peckschool.org/page/community/summer-program#

Check Web site for current camp offerings. In 2017, they offered American Girl Doll Club (crafts, games, cooking), Claymation & Animation, Digital painting, Fairytopia, Make your own Masterpiece, Monsters & Magical Creatures (2D illustration and 3D sculpting), Treetop Designs (design and build tabletop tree houses).

  • Ai (Artistic Impressions) Studios, 280 Boulevard, Mountain Lakes

artisticimpressionstudios.com

Day camp with various enrichment offerings in the arts (drawing, painting, fashion, graphic, writing) and sciences. Weekly camps from mid-June through the end of August.

COOKING

  • Healthy Italia, 55 Main St, Madison

https://healthy-italia.com/product-category/cooking-school-schedule1/summer-camp/

Kids learn to cook a starter, main dish, and dessert each day. Weekly 4-day classes for ages 5-10 (10am-12:30pm) and ages 11+ (2pm-4:30pm).

  • The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown

https://www.peckschool.org/page/community/summer-program#

Check Web site for this year's offerings. In 2017, they offered Cupcake Wars for grades 1-5.

DANCE

  • Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Rd, Madison

http://www.madisonareaymca.org/

One-week mini camps and clinics (2 hours per day). Celebrate Summer Fun Dance & Theater (ages 3-6). Ballet & Tap (ages 3-6). Hip Hop/Musical Theatre (ages 3-6). Fun Dance & Theatre (ages 3-6). Ballet/Tap (ages 3-6). Hip Hop/Breakdance (ages 7+). Tap/Jazz (ages 7+). Ballet (ages 7+). HipHop/Musical Theater (ages 7+). Lyrical Dance (ages 7+).

  • Studio Allegro, 300 Main St, Madison

https://www.studioallegro.net/programs

Summer intensive programs in July and August.

  • The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown

https://www.peckschool.org/page/community/summer-program#

Check Web site for this year's offerings. In 2017, they offered Making the Music Video and Shake it Up camps.

  • Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Ave, New Providence

http://www.elefantemusic.com

Dance Intensive Camp (Grades 2-12).

  • Spotlight Kids Company, Madison

http://www.spotlightkidscompany.com/

Various summer classes in tap, ballet, and other dance. Check back on Web site for details.

  • Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston

https://www.newarka.edu/page/summer/arts-workshops

Classes in modern dance, tap, and musical theater dance. Grades 7-12.

INSTRUMENTAL

  • Madison Summer Arts Program, Madison Junior School, 160 Main St, Madison

http://www.madisonpublicschools.org/Domain/1

Registration brochure will be online and sent home with Madison students in March. Four-week classes take place in the morning between 9am-12:30pm. Instrumental music lessons for all levels, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and guitar classes. Grades 4-12.

  • The Original Music School, 26 Morris St, Morristown, NJ

http://www.omscamp.com/

Write and produce songs and music videos (instrumental or singing).  Three camp options, 1, 3, or 6 weeks long. 10am-3pm. Grades 4-12.

  • Music Den, 1030 Rt. 10, Randolph

http://lessons.themusicden.com/content/summer-camp-0

Exact dates will be posted on Web site in March. Strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion instruction, with composition, music theory, and music history. Ages 7-14. 1 and 2 week camps. 10am-3pm.

  • School of Rock, 60 Main St, Chatham

https://chatham-sor.frontdeskhq.com/categories/15003

Various songwriting and performance camps for ages 3 1/2 through 18.

  • Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston

https://www.newarka.edu/page/summer/arts-workshops

JTole Jazz Academy (grades 7-12).

  • Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, 60 Locust Ave, Berkeley Heights

http://whartonarts.org/courses/summer-enrichment/

Check Web site for current offerings. In 2017, they offered Music Explorers (Grades Pre-K-2), NJ Youth Symphony Orchestral Camp (Grades 5-9). String Camp (Grades 3-8). NJ Youth Symphony Junior Winds Camp (Grades 4-7). Jam Band Camp (Grades 6-12). NJ Youth Symphony Flute Camp (Grades 8-12).

  • Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Ave, New Providence

http://www.elefantemusic.com

New Jersey Jazz Academy (Grades 7-12). Just Strings Camp (must have at least 2 years playing experience). Jump-Start Instrumental Camp (first year school instrument students).

POTTERY

  • Madison Mud, 6 Main St, Madison

http://www.madisonmud.com/art-camps/

Weekly themed handbuilding camps for ages 7 and up from 9am-12pm. Weekly pottery wheel camps for ages 12+ from 1pm-4pm. Two one-week Teen Sculpt from Life Workshops for ages 12+.

SEWING

  • Fashion First Workshops, Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave, Madison (also in Westfield and Netherwood Heights)

https://www.fashionfirstworkshops.com/summer-fashion-camps/

Check Web site in the spring for dates and times.

  • The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown

https://www.peckschool.org/page

Check Web site for current offerings. In 2017, offered Project Runway (creating wearable art). Grades 1-4.

  • The Handiwork Studio, various locations, including College of St. Elizabeth, Pingry School, and Kent Place School

http://www.thehandworkstudio.com/locations

Dates vary depending on location. One week camp, 9am-3pm. Handwork Day Camp (ages 5-12) includes hand sewing, embroidery, knitting, and felting. Fashion and Machine Sewing Camp (ages 9-14).

SINGING

  • The Original Music School, 26 Morris St, Morristown, NJ

http://www.omscamp.com/

Write and produce songs and music videos (instrumental or singing). Three camp options, 1, 3, or 6 weeks long. 10am-3pm. Grades 4-12.

  • School of Rock, 60 Main St, Chatham

https://chatham-sor.frontdeskhq.com/categories/15003

Various songwriting and performance camps for ages 3 1/2 through 18.

THEATER/MUSICAL THEATER

  • Step Right Up Studio, Madison

https://www.steprightupstudio.com/

Creative arts studio for special needs kids. Performing Arts camp weeks of July 16 and July 23. Creative Arts camp weeks of July 30 and August 6.

  • Mayo Performing Arts, 100 South St, Morristown

https://www.mayoarts.org/education/pas

Check Web site for current dates. Musical theater and acting camps for kids.

  • Elefante Musical Theater Camp, takes place at The Pingry School, 131 Martinsville Rd, Basking Ridge

http://www.elefantemusic.com

Three 2-week long sessions. 9am-3pm. Grades K-12.

  • Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Ave, New Providence

http://www.elefantemusic.com

Acting Onstage Camp (Grades 2-12). Acting for the Camera Camp (Grades 2-12). Broadway Beginners Camp (Ages 3-5).

  • Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Rd, Madison

http://www.madisonareaymca.org/

One-week mini camps and clinics. Check the Web site or at the YMCA for dates and times. In 2017, they offered Celebrate Summer Fun Dance & Theater (ages 3-6). Hip Hop/Musical Theatre (ages 3-6). Fun Dance & Theatre (ages 3-6). Acting for Film & Television (ages 7+). Triple Threat Performance Workshop (Ages 7+). Hip Hop/Musical Theatre (ages 7+).

  • South Street Dance Musical Theater Camp, 51 South St, Morristown

http://www.southstreetdance.com/summer-camp.html

Check Web site for updated information. Weekly camps with 2-week camp minimum. Can be in show if do 3 weeks or more. Half-day (9am-1pm) and full-day (9am-4pm) options. Ages 5+. Also summer conservatory for ages 11+.

  • Spotlight Kids Company, Madison

http://www.spotlightkidscompany.com/

Various classes in dance and musical theater. Also, summer production, which rehearses early June through early August. Check back on Web site for details.

  • Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave, Madison

http://www.shakespearenj.org/Education/JRSRlanding.html

Junior Shakespeare Corps, June 25-July 7, or July 16-28. 1pm-6pm. Ages 10-14.

Senior Shakespeare Corps, June 25-July 14. 1pm-6pm. Ages 14-18.

Young Shakespeareans, July 30-Aug 12. Ages 14-18.

Shakespeare Summer Sampler, July 23-27. 1pm-6pm. Grades 7+.

  • Broadway Boot Camp, Chatham

http://www.bwaybootcamp.com/

Required auditions held midMarch. June 25-July 14 for ages 10-15. Mini Camp runs June 25-29 for ages 7-9.

  • Writers Theatre of NJ,28 Walnut St, Madison

https://www.wtnj.org/wtnj-classes/

Check Web site for current offerings. One- and two-week Creative Academy Summer Camp sessions. 9:30am-12:30pm. Classes include performance, improvisation, playwriting, and musical performance. Grades K-12.

  • Paper Mill Players Camp, Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

http://www.papermill.org/education/summer-musical-theater-conservatory/theatre-camp.html

Details posted on Web site in early February. June 26-July 19. Four-week camp, Tues-Thurs. 9:30am-12:30pm for ages 8-10. 1:30-4:30 for ages 11-13.

  • Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston

https://www.newarka.edu/page/summer/arts-workshops

Improv workshop (grades 6-8). Shakespeare's Globe (grades 6-9).

  • Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, 60 Locust Ave, Berkeley Heights

http://whartonarts.org/courses/summer-enrichment/

Check Web site for updates camp offerings. In 2017, offered Theater Explorers (Grades 3-8). Audition Workshop (Grades 5-10). Curtain Call -- Drama only (Grades 3-6). triple Threat Musical Theater Intensive (Grades 2-5). Musical Theater Company (Grades 5-10).

  • PeachCraft Studios, 371 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ

http://peachcraft.net/summercamp18.shtml

Various dramatic arts and musical theater sessions. One- and two-week camps. Ages 8-18.

WRITING

  • Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston

https://www.newarka.edu/page/summer

Slam Poetry (see Arts). Grades 6-12. College Essays (see Specialized Workshops). (Grades 11-12)

  • Delbarton, 230 Mendham Road, Morristown

https://www.delbartonsummer.org/

Writing Workshop - Five one-week classes. Grades 3-12