5-24-13-Image---CCAC-Summer-Art-Camp---Heather-Putney-with-studentAllegany, NY — The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is pleased to announce new summer art camps for youth ages 4–18. These classes are designed to foster creativity and artistic self-expression through fun and engaging sessions.

With targeted age ranges and small group sizes, individualized attention is ensured in a safe and creative environment. Supplies are included in the new, affordable price of $65 per week of classes.

Executive Director Anne Conroy-Baiter commented, “CCAC truly believes in making art accessible to all children. Our new pricing structure allows more children to take classes, which serves the mission of the arts council and our vision of improving quality of life across the region.”

CCAC’s summer camps will allow students to explore drawing, printmaking, papermaking, theater, poetry, art history, ceramic wheel throwing and more. Classes are $65 for five days of camp, with the exception of the Wheel Throwing Camp (July 8 -12) and Like a Master art history camp (Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24) that are each $85.

Programs and Grants Manager Courtney Blackmon commented, “CCAC and our instructors have designed each class for the specific age groups, and we look forward to having children in our studio experiencing the arts in a fun and educational setting.”

Classes start the week of July 8 and continue all summer with 9 week-long summer camps for all ages and interests.

Arts education has shown to “strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success. It also develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting — skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.” — Americans for the Arts, 2002

Parents with siblings close in age are encouraged to contact CCAC for exceptions to the age guidelines. Students in grades 9-12 are also eligible for the adult series of classes.

All classes are held at CCAC’s studio at 100 West Main St., Allegany. For full descriptions of each class, age ranges, and to register, please visit www.myartscouncil.net or call Courtney Blackmon at (716) 372-7455.