Summer Art Camp and Programs

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Join us for a summer filled with fun and creativity!

This year we’re offering a variety of kits and camps that provide campers and parents with a virtual, worry-free option to stay at home and explore their creativity, all while learning from our experienced Art Educators. Our programs will explore a wide variety of media and techniques, from painting and drawing, to sculpture and animation, and everything in between.

How to register: There are two easy options for registering your child for an AGP Virtual Summer Art Camp!

  1. Click the “Register Now” button at the top of this page, or click on the links provided in the descriptions.
  2. Call us at 705 743 9179 to register your child over the phone. AGP Staff will be available to assist you from Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to know more about our Summer programming, please contact:

Andrew Ihamaki
Education Programming Coordinator
Art Gallery of Peterborough
aihamaki@peterborough.ca
705 743 9179 ext. 2025

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Summer Adventure Kits

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Ages 5-13

Cost: $25 per kit
APG members get a 10% discount

Pre-payment is required.

How to get your AGP Summer Adventure kit:

  • Call the gallery at 705 743 9179 between the hours of 10am and 4pm (Monday – Saturday) to pre-purchase your kit, OR pick one up in the shop on your next visit to the gallery
  • Payments can be made with credit card over the phone.
  • If purchasing over the phone, curbside pickup can be arranged at the time of purchase.

Choose from the following themes:

Each kit brings you a new set of art adventures brought to you by the AGP Education team! Kits are themed and include access to online instructional videos, printed lesson plans and instructions, and the materials* needed to explore your child’s creativity through a collection of engaging and fun activities.

*Parents/guardians will need to supply basic household materials such as scissors, tape, stapler, rulers, etc. as required.

Outdoor Art Adventure Kit
Take your art adventure outdoors with fun, exciting (and maybe a little messy!) activities and games that you can do in your own backyard. Create your own 3D animals, decorate your own windsock made from recycled materials, then experiment with different watercolour painting techniques and learn the art of paper marbling!

steAm Adventure Kit
With an emphasis on ART, this kit explores the scientific side of art making. Learn about how artists use science in their art making practice and follow along with an exciting experiment at home. Learn origami techniques, how to make your own paper and 3D anaglyph drawings, and create one-of-a-kind “negative” drawings using the power of light-refraction!

Mystery Art Adventure Kit
This kit is full of fun and mysterious activities and games to explore your child’s creative side! Create your own puzzles and scavenger hunts, learn how to create one-of-a-kind artworks inspired by pop-art screen-printing techniques, explore clay sculpting techniques to make your own wild and zany characters, and have fun with textiles to create your own customizable self-portraits.

General Information for our Art Adventure Kits:

  • Some assistance may be required for children aged 5-7 years old.
  • Basic instructions for each activity will be included in the kits. Children will need access to a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or computer with a reliable internet connection to watch online instructional videos.
  • Children will need a dedicated space to make their art, as some activities may be messy!

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Virtual Summer Art Camps

The AGP is excited to welcome you to our virtual camp adventures! These virtual camps provide campers and parents with a virtual, worry-free option to stay at home and explore their creativity, all while learning from our experienced Art Educators.

Parents will be sent an email prior to the start of camp with information on how to access our online education portals, how to join our online classroom, and how to schedule curbside pickups for the material kits.

General Information for our Virtual Camps:

  • Virtual camps are led by experienced art educators, with the assistance of our Young Canada Works Education Assistant.
  • Registration for our virtual camps is capped at 15 students per class (10 for teen class).
  • Pre-payment and advance registration are required for camps. Upon payment receipt, you will receive an email with more details and can schedule a curb-side pickup following registration.
  • Camps will take place virtually over Zoom, through a combination of online classes, presentations and/or pre-recorded videos.
  • To take part in our virtual camps, campers will need access to a laptop, tablet, smartphone, and/or computer with a reliable internet connection.
  • Material kits contain the essential materials needed for each project.
  • Campers will need a dedicated space to make their art.
  • Parents/guardians will need to supply basic household materials, such as scissors, tape, rulers, etc. as required.
Art Through the Ages – Friday Afternoons (August 6, 13, 20, 27)
5 columns with a different image in each, from left to right: Egyptian hieroglyphs, white marble bust, van Gogh's "Starry Night", paint splatter, bright neon coloured image of a dog wearing sunglasses

Ages 8 to 13
Friday Afternoons – 1:00pm to 3:30pm

$30 per session (includes materials)
AGP Members get a 10% discount

Each week offers a new virtual experience, as campers explore art through the ages as they learn different art and crafting techniques from stone-age to modern times. Campers will learn a variety of techniques and explore the history of art making. Campers will be guided by our instructors through each technique and then get a chance to put those new skills into practice as they create their own unique portfolio of artwork!

Week 1: August 6 – Soap Carving Click here to register for Week 1 – Soap Carving
Learn about the history and significance of stone carving, then learn how to make your own by practicing your skills using various carving tools and soap.

Week 2: August 13 – Clay Pots & Tablets Click here to register for Week 2 – Clay Pots & Tablets
Learn about traditional clay sculpting techniques and Egyptian hieroglyphics, then create your own clay pot and a unique clay relief tablet with your name in Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Week 3: August 20 – Portraiture Click here to register for Week 3 – Portraiture
Learn about the history of portraiture and how different styles influenced and changed the way we appreciate and make them. Campers will learn about basic portraiture techniques and then pit their skills to practice by creating their very own portrait paintings.

Week 4: August 27 – Printmaking Click here to register for Week 4 – Printmaking
Learn about how printmaking has influenced artists throughout the last century and experiment with different printmaking techniques and concepts to create a portfolio of printed works.

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Expressive Colours, with Casandra Lee –August 9 to 13

Colourful splash of paint over a rainbow cloud of dust

Ages 8 to 13
Mornings – 9:30am to 12:00pm

$165 – 5-day virtual program (includes materials kit)
AGP Members get a 10% discount

In this week-long virtual program, campers will delve into all things colour!

Guided by artist and instructor, Casandra Lee, campers will learn how to conceptualize moods and emotions through colour. Campers will explore the use of colour by experimenting with a variety of techniques, materials, and media. They will also learn how to use colour to shape the emotional landscapes of their artwork, just as Casandra does in her work as an illustrator of children’s books.

Click here to register for Expressive Colours, with Casandra Lee

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Characters and Claymations, with Casandra Lee –August 16 to 20

Five colourful claymation figures

Ages 8 to 13
Mornings 9:30am to 12:00pm

$165 – 5-day virtual program (includes materials kit)
AGP Members get a 10% discount

Since 2015, the AGP has been excited to offer animation programming to our campers. In this virtual camp, campers will explore the art of storytelling, character development and stop-motion Claymation in this fun and exciting camp, guided by artist and instructor, Casandra Lee!

Campers will look at examples of popular animated characters and learn about different animation styles and a variety of drawing and sculpting techniques. Campers will create their own characters, build a story around them, and learn the art of stop-motion animation to create their own short film.

Click here to register for Characters and Claymations, with Casandra Lee

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Online Registration Tips:

Here are some helpful tips when using the City of Peterborough’s online Registration system:

  • For the best registration experience, please use Chrome or Firefox. Using other browsers may produce unexpected results.
  • When registering for more than one program, you will have an opportunity to add other items to your cart on the Review step of registration. Click on the “Book another event” link to go back to our course listings and register for other programs prior to Checkout.

City of Peterborough families can apply for a fee subsidy for AGP children’s programs. For more information about the subsidy program please click here.

Refund Policy for Summer Camps:

Refund requests are accepted prior to camp start dates and are charged an administration levy of 10% of program fee or $5 minimum. Refunds are not provided once the program starts unless accompanied by a medical note approved by the program supervisor or Manager designate. Front line teams will refer the request to the program supervisor for approval and will take no action within the event roster or client account.

In the event of insufficient registrations or emergencies, the AGP may have to cancel or substitute programs. A full refund or credit will be available.

Transfers:

Pending availability, transfer requests made prior to August 1, 2021, will be accepted and approved at no charge. After August 1, requests are subject to a 10% administrative fee.

City of Peterborough Release, Waiver and Indemnity:

The Participant (or parent or guardian if Participant is under the age of 18) voluntarily assumes any risk of injury or damage in connection with the use of services and facilities, and releases, discharges, and agrees to indemnify and save harmless the City of Peterborough and its employees, agents, and volunteers from any liability, claim, demand, or cost whatsoever incurred arising out of the participation of the Participant in the Program at the facility.

Special Needs Campers and Behaviour Expectations at Camp:

If your child requires assistance with participation (behavioural, cognitive, physical, etc.) an adult shall be provided by the family to support your child’s experience at camp. Contact the program supervisor to discuss your child’s needs. We encourage positive and cooperative play, ensuring all campers have a rewarding camp experience. Bullying is not tolerated, and campers are encouraged to behave appropriately while in the care of the program.

Photography Policy:

In the course of all program activities, we may take photos and audio and/or visual recordings. We reserve the right to use all photographs and videos of our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.

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