Summer Camps 2019: 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. I originally posted this camp list two years ago, and update it each year.  I am also updating my posts on STEM/nature/animal camps, social studies and language camps, special needs and preschool camps, and day 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, Madison Junior School, 160 Main Street, Madison

www.madisonpublicschools.org/Page/12385

June 24-July 19; 45-minute morning class (time depends on the age level). Grades 1-3 (Theme: All Things Summer!) and grades 4-12 (Theme: Ode to the Wolves)..

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

www.artcenternj.org/

Weekly camps on various media and creative practices, including printmaking, comic book l=illustration, ceramics, carving, jewelry design, weaving, and digital arts.. 10am-3pm. Grades K-12. Also offers Summer Saturday camps for ages 5-9.

  • 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

www.peckschool.org/page/2019-summer-program

Various art offerings, including digital painting, laser-cutting, fabric and fashion, and Claymation and animation.

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. Full and half-day options.

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 2-day sessions for ages 7-10 (10am-12:30pm) and ages 11-17 (2pm-4:30pm).

  • The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown

www.peckschool.org/page/2019-summer-program

One of the offerings is Look and Cook for grades 3-8.

  • The Kitchen @ Bed, Bath & Beyond, 180 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover

https://thekitchen.bedbathandbeyond.com/collections/kids-and-teens-summer-camps

Various themed week-long camps, including baking, cookies, cooking around the world, ABCs of cooking, principles of cooking, play with ingredients, and my travels through Italy. Classes broken up into ages 7-12 and Teens.

DANCE

  • Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Rd, Madison

www.madisonareaymca.org/ (Summer clinics start on page 44 of Spring/Summer Brochure.)

One-week mini clinics for ages 3-6. 10am-12pm. Celebrate Summer Fun Dance & Theater (3 hours); Ballet & Tap; Hip Hop/Musical Theatre; Fun Dance & Theatre. Similar weekly clinics for ages 4-6 include Show Production component, and are from 10am-2pm.

  • Studio Allegro, 300 Main St, Madison

https://www.studioallegro.net/programs

Summer dance, dance workshops, samplers, and intensive programs in July and August.

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

http://www.elefantemusic.com

Dance Intensive Camp & Acting (Grades 2-12). Time depends on age..

INSTRUMENTAL

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

www.madisonpublicschools.org/Page/12385

June 24-July 19; Grades 4-12.. 30-minute to one hour lessons a few times a week, plus group practice time in strings, percussion, brass, or guitar.

  • 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

Two-week summer camp for high school students. July 15-18, 22-25. Courses offered: Audio Engineering/Sound Recording, Composition/Song Writing, Jazz Improvisation, Keyboard Skills. 10am-1pm.

  • 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.

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

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

New Jersey Youth Symphony summer camps include orchestral camp (grades 5-10), symphony junior winds camp (grades 4-10), and jazz workshop (grades 7-12, or entering grade 6 with at least 1 year experience). .

  • 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); Jump Start Piano camp..

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.

SEWING

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

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

Ages 7-18. Weekly camps; students make a different garment each week.. Check Web site for dates and times.

  • The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown

https://www.peckschool.org/page/2019-summer-program

fabric & Fashion camp for grades 4-7.

  • 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. Fiber Arts Camp (ages 5-12) includes hand sewing, embroidery, knitting, and felting. Fashion and Machine Sewing Camp (ages 9-14). CIT Leadership Program for ages 14-16 also available.

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. Visit Web site for camp info.

  • Sellwood Studio, Madison

https://sellwoodstudio.com/

Mary Poppins Camp, August 5-9, 10am-3:30pm. Witches of Oz Camp, Aug 12-23, 10am-3:30pm. Singing, improvisation, games, dance, performance.

  • Mayo Performing Arts, 100 South St, Morristown

https://www.mayoarts.org/education/summer-camp

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

www.madisonareaymca.org/ (Summer clinics start on page 44 of Spring/Summer Brochure.)

One-week mini clinics for ages 3-6. 10am-12pm. Celebrate Summer Fun Dance & Theater (3 hours); Ballet & Tap; Hip Hop/Musical Theatre; Fun Dance & Theatre. Similar weekly clinics for ages 4-6 include Show Production component, and are from 10am-2pm.

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

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

Various musical theater, acting, and dancing camp options. Weekly camps with 2-week camp minimum. Can be in show if do 4 weeks or more. Half-day (9am-1pm) and full-day (9am-4pm) options. Ages 5+.

  • 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+.

  • PeachCraft Studios, 371 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ

http://www.peachcraft.net/summercamp19.shtml

One, two, or three weeks of intensive theatre training camp, with each week a different theme: Broadway Cabaret Performance, Audition Skills, Mean Girls, and Greatest Showman. June 24-July 12.; 9am-3:30pm. Ages 9-18. Also a separate two-week Les Miserables themed camp, July 15-26.

  • Broadway Boot Camp, Chatham

http://www.bwaybootcamp.com/

Required auditions held March 26. June 24-July 13 for ages 10-15. Mini Camp runs June 24-28 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. Also, Summer Youth Theatre productions (free to participate): ages 14-24 for the Senior Show; ages 8-13 for the Junior show.

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

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

Four-week camp, Tues-Thurs. 9:30am-12:30pm or 1:30-5:30 for ages 8-9. 1:30-4:30 for ages 10-12; 9:30-12:30 ages 13-15. Also August Intensive (ages 10-16) and Summer Conservatory (ages 10-18). (Auditions for these have passed, so mark your calendars for next year.)

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

https://whartonarts.org/pas/courses/

Performing arts school offers theater, musical theater, and drama camps.

WRITING

  • Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston

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

Writing clinics and literature workshops in the Academic Summer sessions.

  • Delbarton, 230 Mendham Road, Morristown

https://www.delbartonsummer.com/

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