The Art League of Ocean City has a full calendar of fun and educational opportunities for kids to explore their artistic side while vacationing this summer in Ocean City. With something on tap weekly, the Arts Center offers plenty to keep kids engaged and happy when they are not playing on the beach or in the water!
A highlight of the summer and the longest running program is the Kids Art Adventure Camps, a weekly, 4-day camp for kids ages 6 – 14, running Mondays through Thursdays, with either a morning 9 a.m. – noon or afternoon 1 – 4 p.m. session available July 14 – August 7. Sessions can also be combined for a full day of fun and campers will be assigned to appropriate age groups 6-8 years, 9-11 years and 12-14 yeas.
Art Adventure Camp will offer a daily variety of art activities including drawing, painting, pottery, sculpting, jewelry making, mixed media and more. Led by experienced art teachers and professional artists, your child will have fun while building artistic skills! This program is a partnership between the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department and includes a T-shirt, camp photo, giveaways, and a week-ending reception and show for parents. Cost: $126 for Ocean City residents, $146 for non-residents. For more information and to register contact Rec and Parks at: www.ocsportscamps.com
Does your child think spatially and like to build dimensionally? He or she might really engage with the “Kids Create: Brush and Build” class where age 7-13 year-olds make a 2-D drawing or painting, then take it to the third dimension and create a 3-D piece of art. Each class will feature a fun and different project. All materials are included and the cost is $25 for Art League members, $30 for non-members per class. These 2-hour classes run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 30, July 1, July 2, July 18, July 25, August 11, 12, and 13.
Like to play in the mud? Then, the Kids Afternoon Pottery classes are just the thing. With lots of dates to choose from, whether a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. throughout July and August, parents can be assured their age 7-year-olds to teens will keep busy in those pre-dinner “What’s there to do, Mom?” hours! Kids will experiment with clay and express themselves with a variety of projects while building hand-eye coordination and having a great time. Tuesdays July 15, 22, 29, August 5; Thursdays July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, and 28. All materials, clay, glazing and firing are included in the cost: $20 for Art League members, $25 for non-members per session. Sign up for a 4-session pass for $72/members, $90/non-members. (4-session pass not available online.)
Only have time for one art session this summer? Want to engage the whole family in a fun arts project as a memento of your beach time? Register for Clay Day: Clay Tiles, Clay as Canvas and come play with clay on July 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For those who have never worked with clay but love to paint, you will be able to complete a beautiful clay tile that you can display in your home. For those who want to take it to the next level: carve, stamp, and paint your tiles to make your own “clay canvas.” All ages are welcome to participate, however children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $25 for Art League members, $30 for non-members. All clay, materials, glazing and firing included in the cost. Please allow at least two weeks for glazing and firing before your piece will be ready to take home.
Also ongoing private and semi-private lessons in a variety of media are available! Please call for more information: 410-524-9433 or visit the web at www.artleagueofoceancity.org .
Located at 94th Street, bayside, the Ocean City Center for the Arts, home of the Art League of Ocean City, is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the galleries are open 11 to 4. For a full schedule and more information on all classes offered for all age groups, and other special events and receptions, visit the Art League of Ocean City’s website at www.artleagueofoceancity.org or call 410-524-9433.
Financial support for all programs offered by the Art League comes primarily through membership dues from individuals and corporate sponsors. Funding is also provided, in part, by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.