WATCHUNG, NJ - Places are still available in the Children’s Art Camp, now in its 23rd year at the Watchung Arts Center. The three-week program, for ages 6-12, begins on July 6 and runs until July 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The program, under the direction and instruction of Monica Otero, focuses on creativity, imagination and ingenuity, offering children a unique opportunity to acquire or improve artistic skills, learn new techniques, explore different media and get inspired by famous artists, in an atmosphere of fun. Surrounded by the beauty of the Watchung Mountains, students appreciate both art and nature as they draw and paint outdoor scenes and have picnic lunches at Best Lake.

The central theme for 2015 is “Colors of the World.” Students will explore different art forms from various continents including Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Japanese prints, dream catchers, pottery, Chinese lanterns, ceremonial masks, totem poles, pieces inspired by master artists or ancient civilizations are just some of the projects in this exciting multicultural experience. Themed creations will vary each day as participants learn about the peoples and their languages as well as regional landscapes, landmarks, flora and fauna.

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Workshops in different disciplines are scheduled throughout the week. Students draw using wet and dry media; sculpt with air-dry clay; paint; build structures using recycled material; and create prints, collages and much more!

Art Camp culminates with a student show in the lower gallery, featuring works from all three cycles. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the opening reception.

For a complete experience, it is recommended that campers attend all three one-week cycles, but registrations are also accepted for a single cycle or two cycles. The schedule is as follows:

Cycle I: July 6 – July 10
Cycle II: July 13 – July 17
Cycle III: July 20 – July 24

The cost for a single cycle is $299, but discounted rates are available for multi-cycle registrations.

For additional information call 908-753-0190 or visit www.watchungarts.org/Classes.htm where you can also download the registration form.

The Watchung Arts Center, located at 18 Stirling Road in Watchung on the Watchung Circle, is a multi-disciplinary arts facility serving Watchung, the surrounding communities and the Tri-State Area.