Camp Beast Registration!
Art Beast camps are designed for children 4 to 7 years old. We create a space that honors children by offering activities and environments suited to their age range. No trying to keep up with the 10 year olds at this camp!
Each session fills at 16 children and is led by two teachers, promising a group that can grow close. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.
Our camps are about exploring art and self expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, we promise a range of arts integration with movement, song, story, and art. After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like.
And, as always, when you choose Art Beast, your money supports Tubman House, a community for young, homeless parents and their children. A portion of your camp fee is tax deductible.
Session Times: 9 am to 2 pm
Please Bring: Lunch, snack, and a bottle of water
Pricing: $175 a week includes all supplies unless otherwise noted. Additional siblings enrolled the same week receive a 15% discount. $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space.
Every camp is taught by Art Beast teachers. All are committed artists and experienced teachers. We have been lucky to have many of our favorite teachers from last Summer’s camps agree to return for new sessions of fun, creation, and friend making!
To Register: Call the studio anytime to register over the phone at 916-441-1233 or online by following this link:
Camp Bang - June 18th- June 22nd
A camp that promises arts integration, as campers drum, dance, tell stories, sing, create rattles and drums, and explore the world of percussion. Each day children will build a community of rhythm in drum circles, clap and stomp lines, and voices raised. Art, stories, poems, movement, and song will be woven into the beats so children fully experience the power of creation.
Teacher Bio: Deborah Cardoza has been a percussionist ever since she played the pots, pans and wooden spoons in her parents' kitchen as a child! She studied Percussion Performance under Dr. Daniel Kennedy at Sacramento State where she earned her B.A. in Child Development and has been a member of the Sacramento State Symphonic Orchestra, the Sacramento State Percussion Ensemble and the Bay Area Women's Percussion Troupe. She currently performs with Gamelan Dharma Santi and enjoys teaching percussion to a wide variety of community members including high school students, developmentally-delayed adults and Art Beasties!
Arg! A Camp for Beginning Pirates - June 25th - June 29th
Join our pirate camp and enjoy living like a pirate for a week! Our pirate children will learn about pirate folklore and seafaring life as they will make ships, play games, create pirate hats and spyglasses, sing pirate shanties and learn a jig. They will create maps and hunt treasure to bring home at journey’s end.
Teacher Bio: Jessica spent most of her time competing in, and training for, dance competitions. She began teaching in high school and has gone on to teach everything from ballet to gymnastics to drama. Jessica studied Musical Theater at California State University, Sacramento where she appeared in numerous productions. She was the 2005 CSUS recipient of the Drama Award for her performance in Godspell , and is a Jeffrey Award recipient. She was nominated for an Elly award in 2010 for her work in children's theater. Jessica was fortunate enough to bring theater and dance to the children of Tortola, BVI. She performed in HONK! - the first musical ever performed on the island, and helped build a theater for the local community. Before moving to Olympia, Jessica served as Assistant Director at ArtBEAST Children's Studio. For the last 2 years she has been a dance instructor at Studio West Dance Academy in Olympia.
Song and Dance Camp - July 2nd -July 6th
Make every day a musical! Children will create sets, sing at the top their lungs, tap, shimmy and glide across the floor! Children will explore song and dance through daily themes and skits. They will have an opportunity to create costumes, perform within the group, learn good old fashioned songs and help create scenes for their improvisational performances. Combining performance, dance, skits, and song, this camp is sure to be a show stopper!
Teacher Bio see above: Jessica
Yoga and Art Explosion - July 9th -July 13th
Children will move, contort, and stretch their creativity and their bodies! Each day will include yoga poses, circle time, storytelling, art and team building games. Children will tap into self expression as they move and create art in new mediums. This camp provides tools that will benefit for a lifetime: respect of differences, collaborative ways of creating art, and honoring one’s self and one’s body. Yoga for children welcomes giggles, silly ideas, playfulness, and spirit.
Teachers: Erin Tinney and Elana.
Teacher Bio: Erin Tinney is the Assistant Director of ArtBeast as well as an artist and calligrapher. She is currently completing her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training. She earned her BFA in Fine Arts and enjoys all mediums of creative expression! Erin's experience with children includes serving as a full time nanny for many years, leading children's programming at a non-profit tutoring and community center, substitute teaching and leading children's classes with a mobile museum program. Erin is thrilled to share the gentle rhythm of yoga with campers and looks forward to integrating yoga, music, art and peaceful play into a harmonious week of camp.
Goop and Gizmos: A Science Camp for Mini-Makers - July 23-July 27th
Campers will explore a new science-based theme each day through movement, art, science experiments and one-of-a-kind creations. Each day, campers will use the scientific method as they ask questions, hypothesize, experiment, observe, and calculate to learn more about everyday physics and chemistry. Themes will include: Space, Dinosaurs, Motion, and Light and Shadows. This camp will be full of stories, song, and cooperative games as we honor the wonder and magic of the world. There will be a $15 supply fee for this camp.
Teacher Bio: Bridget Alexander is one of the founders of ArtBeast as well as a credentialed teacher and a mother of 3. She has taught children from ages 2 to 20 over the last 17 years. She has a passion for process based learning where children and their teacher collaborate to create a learning environment that explores questions from every angle. A big fan of the Waldorf and Reggio approaches to education, Bridget believes that art, story, handwork, song, natural objects, and lessons that are gentle and magical are central to educating young children. Bridget is thrilled to be taking a break from her work as Executive Director of Waking the Village to spend 5 days exploring the mysteries and the magic of this world with a circle of children.
Urban Camp-Out on Imagination Peak - July 30th– August 3rd
Children will imagine their way through a week in wild as they develop their scout skills and pitch tents at Art Beast. Campers will make treasure boxes, camp flags, and a leaf and animal track journal. They will create dream catchers and stick vases, paint rock creatures, sing songs around pretend campfires, make homemade trail mix, and catch faux fire flies in a jar. There will be a cozy book nook where children can retreat to enjoy nature and animal books.
Teacher Bio: Whether she is leading a group of children in a parade around the block or dancing and acting out stories, Melinda Quick believes dancing, singing and creating should be a part of every child’s and every adult’s daily life. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary/early childhood education, and she has spent her life finding ways to include music and art in all learning. Melinda believes that stimulating learning and creativity in children is her calling in life.
Art Monsters - August 6th - August 10th
Each day campers will explore a different art medium, investigating each with a series of experiences and creations. Children will experiment with paint, clay, dough, fabric, and reclaimed materials learning new ways of using specific materials and expressing themselves. As a community of artists develops, daily circles of song, movement, drum, and storytelling will keep the giggles coming and imaginations keen.
Teacher Bio: See Deborah
Fantasy and Fable Camp - August 13th – August 17th
Children will slip into the world of dancers, unicorns, knights and fairies as they bring fairy tales to life in this magical camp. Children will be the heroes and heroines of their own tales as they use art and movement to bring a fantasy world to life. Campers will make masks, capes and crowns, create dances, listen to fairy tales, sculpt, paint and sing. As with all ArtBeast classes, teachers will offer stories and activities that promote gender equity and cultural diversity, retaining the magic of old tales while ensuring they reflect the culture and power of all girls and boys.
Teacher Bio: Winter has a variety of dance and music experience. She began playing the violin at
age seven and since has learned to play other instruments. Winter began dancing at age five and has been trained in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, and other genres of dance. Winter is a former Waldorf student who now attends the University of Redlands where she continues to play and create music, as well as dance in her spare time. Winter strives to share her passion for dance and music with others and introduce them to a beautiful world of song and movement.