Parents send your elementary-aged kids on a “ClayVenture” over the February Winter Break! Ardyth Van Scoy, Education Coordinator at the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC), has developed several clay projects for each of the annual Winter Break Kids Art Camps being held Monday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 24. Sign-up today by telephone at (716) 372-7455 or online at The week-long camp is $65 per child, and includes all project supplies. The classes are held at the CCAC studio, 100 West Main Street, Allegany, New York. Kids will have fun exploring their creativity and learning new skills in small groups with individualized attention.

New artists (ages 4-7 years) can join ClayVenture Monday through Friday from 9-10 a.m. Designed for budding artists, this week kids will get creative and even a little messy with clay. They will spend the first three days creating a garden bell, a decorative bird bath complete with little bird, and a set of garden buddies. The final days will be spent giving their creations a touch of color with glazing. All projects will be available for pick up two weeks after the class concludes.

The second daily ClayVenture class, starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m., is for young artists ages 7-11. Designed for these older artists, this week of classes will give the kids a little more history and theory mixed in with engaging projects. Kids will focus on three different hand building methods to create wind chimes, a bird feeder, and a hanging planter. Each student will then give their creations life with colorful glazes. All projects will be available for pick up two weeks after the class concludes.

Art Camp classes will be taught by Ardyth VanScoy, a Fine Arts graduate of St. Bonaventure. Ms. Van Scoy is also active in local theater groups both onstage as a performer and off stage creating scenery and costumes.