6-28-13 Wheel Throwing ImageALLEGANY — A fun-filled summer of exciting arts programming will start on July 8 when the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) launches a series of art camps for youth age 4-14. With targeted age ranges and small group sizes, these camps will foster creativity and artistic self-expression, and children are ensured individualized attention in a safe and creative environment.

For the first time ever, CCAC is presenting a Wheel Throwing pottery class for kids ages 10-14. Instructor and accomplished artist Anne Mormile will lead students on proper use of the pottery wheels and the process of creating a wheel thrown piece during the five-day camp. Children will gain a new skill that will give them confidence and build strength and hand-eye coordination. Class size is very limited for individualized attention and availability of pottery wheels. This class runs daily from 9-11:30 a.m., July 8–12. All supplies are included in the $85 tuition.

Starting the same week from 2:30-4 p.m., instructor Elaine Snyder will introduce kids ages 10-14 to her series, Poetry and Art. Using visual arts as well as poetry as a method for expression and creativity, participants will have the opportunity to share their work with family and friends at a poetry reading on the evening of July 12. This is a great class for anyone interested in creative writing and poetry and an opportunity to share it with the community. This class is $65 and includes all supplies.

Additional weeklong camps, including Theater and Acting, Handmade Paper and Journals, and more, will be offered throughout the summer for children ages 4-7, ages 7-10, ages 10-14, and teen artists. Students in grades 9-12 are also eligible for adult classes.

Full class descriptions are available at www.myartscouncil.net. All classes are held at CCAC’s studio at 100 West Main St. in Allegany. To register for classes please, call Courtney at (716) 372-7455 or visit www.myartscouncil.net.

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) that has been improving quality of life in the Cattaraugus County region for over 15 years with quality arts programs and services. CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and by members and business sponsors.