Summer programs keep kids busy getting creative

Chilliwack has many great options to choose from at two local artistic centres, the Cultural Centre and the Art Room.

Parents know the real challenge of vacation every summer is keeping those kids entertained.

Luckily Chilliwack has many great options to choose from at two local artistic centres, the Cultural Centre and the Art Room.

Kids can spend their free time using imagination and creativity at Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s Summer Art Camps.

Ranging from music and arts and crafts projects to stage acting and digital photography, The Centre’s Summer Art Camps are the perfect place to let the kids explore their creativity.

Best of all, the new flexible scheduling makes it easier than ever. Register for a class and the kids will participate in that activity at that scheduled time from Monday to Friday. Students can take one, two, or more classes each day, and with a weekly rotation of available classes.

Acting out:

Start the summer with a taste of the performing arts; from stage acting to show tunes! Theatre is a chance to create, inspire, and discover what it means to walk in someone else’s shoes. Build confidence, creativity, and teamwork skills – not to mention have a whole lot of fun!

Magic Mud and Yay for Clay:

Get ready to get messy – and make some really cool stuff. The pottery classes are the perfect place to explore an exciting skill, get a taste of the arts, and get those hands good and dirty all at the same time! With classes that will take students from the very basics of pottery through to more advanced techniques, kids of all ages are able to spend the summer discovering what clay can do – and what you can do with clay!

Get Musical:

Pick up an instrument and warm up those vocal chords; it’s time for a musical summer! Imagine yourself around a roaring campfire in Campfire Songs & Games for all the fun of camping (with none of the mosquitoes!) or learn how to strum along with Ukulele Campfire Songs. For more advanced techniques in creating your own music, we have Beginner Guitar Intensive for ages 11-14, and plenty of chances for younger students to get their first taste of making music in The Cup Game and a whole array of classes that get kids singing along to their favourite Disney, Summer time, and Camping songs!

Get crafty, get creative:

Jump into a variety of arts and crafts – from under the sea-themed adventures, to creating masks or using items found in nature to create artwork. Creature Crafts will be bringing their critters to life, while in Minion Crafts everybody’s favourite yellow henchmen will take on a whole new world! Minecraft Adventures gives kids the chance to transform the popular computer game, or kids can try weaving, crafting flowers out of paper, or designing their own comic book!

Photos and Film:

Students can even get creative in the world of digital photography and film! Get a sneak peek behind the scenes and insight into how your favourite movies are made with Film Production, and learn the basics of being a director, camera operator, and screenwriter all in one.

Magic, Circus, and more:

If you ever dreamed about running away and joining the escapades of the circus, then you won’t have to go far this summer – from juggling to performance magic and hula hoop acrobatics, The Centre has a vibrant medley of extravagant and exciting classes for you!

Check chilliwackculturalcentre.com or pick up a brochure for class schedules and details. To register 604-392-SHOW(7469).

Get ready for summer 2015 also coming to you from the Art Room on Vedder Road run by the Chilliwack Community Arts Council/

Three talented and creative instructors are set to lead some fun-filled art programs over July and August.

Hailey Shand is the Program Facilitator who is currently studying Food, Nutrition and Health at University of British Columbia. Hailey has crafted a fun and educational line-up for the Crafty Chefs and Kids Cooking Club programs.

Lexa Villette, the Program Assistant, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at Simon Fraser University with a goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. Lexa’s experience in craft clubs and as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters translates into endless fun and inspirational environment for kids.

Sydney Hague, the Program Counsellor, is an energetic high-school student eager to learn from her crew members, and has experience working with young children. Sydney’s enthusiasm for art and working with kids is a perfect fit for the Crayon Crew program for ages 3-6.

Here are their upcoming programs:

Crayon Crew (Ages 3 – 6): Fun and creatively themed arts and crafts classes, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 – 11a.m.

Kreative Kids (Ages 7 – 12): Challenging and fun arts and crafts projects, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

Crafty Chefs (Ages 3 – 6): Workshops for kids who love to be in the kitchen

Wednesdays, 9 – 11a.m.

Kids Cooking Club (Ages 7 – 12): Kitchen safety, measurements, recipes and more, Wednesdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

Due to overwhelming positive response, Friday programs have been added:

Imagination Station (Ages 3 – 6): Entertaining craft, stories and sensory play activities, Fridays, 9 – 11 a.m.

Artful Antics (Ages 7 – 12): Discovering the FUN-damentals of art from drawing, painting & collaging, Fridays, 1 – 3 p.m.

Adult and teen classes include: Pixel Art with instructor Steph Brubaker, Urban Art Style with local artist Pat Gerlach, Collaging Wildlife with artist Darlene Kee, Clean Towels and Protected Skin and Hands & Dishes with instructor Jenn Dickie, Graphic Tees with artist Chelsea Lewicki, Get Saucy with Mike, three-series workshops with Red Seal Chef Mike Slanzi, Canning Tomatoes with instructor Doreen Van Stolk, The Art of Book Folding with Steph Brubaker, Corks & Canvas with a local artist and Advanced Cold Process Soap Making: Swirling with Color with instructor Patti Lawn.

Classes run throughout the summer, beginning in July. Pre-registration is required as space is limited for each class. Interested in being an arts council member? It means 10% off classes and more! For more go to chilliwackartscouncil.com, call 604-769-ARTS (2787), or stop by the office: The Art Room at #20 – 5725 Vedder Rd.

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