As the doors of the 2011 Westfield Summer Workshop open for the fortieth time, the  youngest campers, who are in the beginning  stages of developing their relationship with the arts, will have the exceptional opportunity to experience this in the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade classes.

In their journey to discover the joy of the arts, these children will be guided by a group of highly  qualified instructors.  According to Raymond Bevere, WSW Summer Director, “We have a very experienced staff of degreed and certified teachers, who are conscientious and extremely dedicated.  They display a great deal of flexibility in meeting the needs of each student.” 

These grade levels  have a “homeroom teacher” and  specialty teachers who enhance  their knowledge as they explore arts, crafts, drama, music, movement, language and much more.

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In the Little Artists Workshop, designed specifically for those entering first grade, students move together as a group to experience various creative classes on a rotating basis. They will also participate in a mini-musical  theater production for the evening of the Arts Festival.

This year’s WSW program will be held at Edison Intermediate School in Westfield, from June 29 until July 29, from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm.  Early morning drop-off is available and a full day of programming can be arranged with the Westfield YMCA. A registered nurse is on duty during the regular Workshop hours. 

The Westfield Summer Workshop includes  classes in arts, crafts, communications, dance, drama, music and special interests for students to grade  8.  The Summer Stage Theater will present the jukebox musical Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Story, for aspiring actors in grades 6 to 12.  No audition is necessary  to become part of the cast.

For more information on the WSW, please call  908-518-1551, or visit the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts at 150-152 East Broad Street, Westfield.  The 16 page comprehensive WSW brochure is also available at www.njworkshopforthearts.com.