VM Picks: Summer Camps 2017, a Q&A with Arts Umbrella
Looking for a creative or active summer camp? One that keeps the kids brains or bodies engaged? Well our VM Picks: Top Vancouver Summer Camps list features some of our favourite camps for kids. We connected with Arts Umbrella, about their summer arts camps for kids.
Give us a brief description of your camp.
Arts Umbrella is where creativity spends its vacations. Join us for half- and full-day Summer Camps perfect for young artists ages 3-19. Enjoy our hands-on theatre, music, dance, and visual art classes. Find your spot with Acting for the Camera; bring your drawings to life with Classical Animation; experiment with shape and format in Mixed Media & Painting. In our studios, kids and teens delve into the fun and freedom of self-expression, while challenging their curiosity and exploring artistic boundaries.
What makes your summer camp unique?
At Arts Umbrella, we believe that every child should have access to the arts, regardless of economic standing. Our bursary fund is available for full or partial subsidy on enrollment fees. For youth looking for a challenge this summer, our Summer Intensives in dance, theatre, and visual arts give students an expansive look at what it takes to be a full-time artist, developing their skills and dedication.
What are 2 highlights of your camp, something the kids will talk about after camp is over.
Arts Umbrella is all about building community. When kids attend our Summer Camps, they’ll leave not only with new or refined skills, but knowing a new community of peers who see the world through an artistic lens. Our instructors know how to keep camp fun. While classes are structured and project-based, kids will leave with ideas bouncing around their heads that are ready to escape into the wilds of the world.
What will kids learn at your camp?
Depending on the Summer Camp kids choose to attend, they’ll learn about fine art, Claymation, improv, percussion, photography, and more! Beyond their artistic endeavors, kids will also learn self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-motivation, as well as how to treat their instructors and peers with respect.
Give us one or two quick tip(s) on how to prepare kids for camp?
Days at Arts Umbrella are filled with painting, drawing, dancing, acting, and lots of laughing. Younger artists might prefer to start with a half day. Chat with us about your child’s comfort level before registering for full-day classes. Children aged 3 to 4 must have experience being in a classroom setting without a parent or guardian present prior to enrolment in Arts Umbrella Summer Camps.
Art can change the lives of children in incredible ways, which is why Arts Umbrella helps young artists cultivate creativity and grow self-confidence through Theatre,Visual Arts, and Dance programs. Since 1979, the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 19 to find and explore their artistic voices. More than 21,500 children discover the magic each year – with two-thirds participating at little to no cost to their families. www.artsumbrella.com
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).