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Summer art camps at Confederation Centre get Glee-ful

May 2, 2011

Fire up your child's imagination while letting them get their hands just a little dirty at the visual art camps at the Confederation Centre of the Arts this summer. Or let them explore the world of drama, music and dance in the performing arts camps. The Centre is offering 14 different camps between July 4 and August 26, including a Glee-themed performing arts camp and a ‘mash up' that combines the visual and performing arts in an exciting puppetry camp.

The art camps offer a fun-filled week of art exploration and creation with activities in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and animation. These camps include gallery visits, outdoor drawing sessions and a weekly show of student work.

Camps are five days long, Monday to Friday, for ages 7 to 12 with a half day camp in August for ages 4 to 6. The art day camps offer an early bird discount for registering by May 9.

"The camps take place in a professional studio setting with qualified, creative and enthusiastic educators," says Peggy Reddin, director of arts education at the Centre. "The young people in the performing arts camps get a chance to work with a very talented core of teachers and members of The Charlottetown Festival company."

The performing arts summer camps include junior camps for ages 7 to 9 and intermediate camps for ages 10 to 14. There are also intensive camps in dance and musical theatre, for ages 10 and up, and one called Let's Get "Glee"-ful! with a focus on pop music and choreography.

The new puppetry camp will explore puppet creation and manipulation, movement and scriptwriting with workshops by award-winning puppeteer Jamie Shannon, creator of Nanalan. It combines visual art, theatre and movement and culminates in a public performance.

Reddin says the camps typically see about 250 participants each summer and encourages people to sign up early to avoid missing out on the most popular camps.

The Confederation Centre of the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of the Michael S. Schurman Family Foundation Fund for arts education programming. BMO Financial Group is a supporter of the performing arts summer camps.

Image: Mask making in the Schurman Family Studio.

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Media contact: Dan Wall, publicist, Confederation Centre of the Arts, phone (902) 628-6135
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