A selection of 25 interesting and varied arts and crafts courses, combined with a staff of highly qualified and creative instructors,  join  to make an outstanding experience for area students this summer. 

The Arts and Crafts Department  of the 2011 Westfield Summer Workshop will offer popular courses in A Doll’s World, Accessorize It, Air Brush, Art Sampler, Cartoon Country, Cartooning, Carving, Circus Fun, Exploring Sculpture, Graphic Design, It’s Sew Easy, Mythical Characters, Origami, Pottery, Puppetry Playhouse, Sculpture, Tie Dye/Batik, Wild Kingdom and Wood Crafts.  New to the department this year are Mask Making, Scrap/Stamp/Celebrate, Weaving and a series of new, highly advanced courses for artists in grades 7 and 8.  These include Advanced Tie Dye/Batik, Creative Concepts and Process & Portfolio.

Students in this program are taught  by a staff of highly qualified art educators, many of whom possess advanced degrees in their field of expertise, have had their work displayed in area art exhibits, have been recognized at prestigious juried art shows and have been  honored with various art education awards.

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In addition to the Arts and Crafts Department, the WSW also offers classes in communications, dance, movement,  drama, music, musical theater and  special interests for students to grade 8, with separate classes for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and the popular first grade Little Artists program.

The WSW will also give actors in grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to  fill the stage with the captivating sounds of the early rock ‘n’ roll era when they become cast members of the Summer Stage Theater production of  Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical. This exciting show contains some of the most memorable songs from the early days of rock ‘n’ roll such as “Be My Baby,” “Chapel of Love,” and the title song “Leader of the Pack.”  There is no audition needed to become part of the cast.

The  2011  WSW, open to residents of all communities,  will be held at Edison Intermediate School, 800 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm, from June 29 until July 29.  It includes an optional 7:30 am  drop-off and a full day of programming in conjunction with the Westfield YMCA.  A registered nurse is on staff during the regular workshop hours. 

For more information about the Westfield Summer Workshop, please call 908-518-1551 or visit the NJWA studios at 150-152 East Broad Street, Westfield.  Additional information and the entire 16 page comprehensive brochure and application form  can be found on the web at  www.njworkshopforthearts.com.