Budding young artists can explore their creativity this summer at the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) with a full lineup of day camps for students age 4  through 18. With small, focused classes led by the area’s leading children’s art instructors, students are guaranteed a summer of exciting artistic exploration and discovery.

CCAC’s most popular camp, ArtVenture, returns with three weeklong sessions for a variety of age groups. This camp is designed for students who are interested in exploring a variety of mediums and techniques. This summer’s ArtVenture projects will include self-portraits, tie-dye, stepping stones, pet (or animal) portraits and recyclable sculptures. Seats are still available for the July 7-11 session, open to our Young Artists, age 7-10. ArtVenture for New Artists, age 4-7, will take place July 21-25 and the Junior Artist session, geared toward the 10-14 age group, returns Aug. 4-8.

New artists with an interest in pottery are in for a treat during the ClayVenture camp on Aug. 11-15. Tailored to the 4-7 age group, students can roll up their sleeves and get dirty during this weeklong camp. New artists will learn all about clay while having fun making functional and sculptural work. The final day of class will be spent learning about ceramic glazes and other decorative techniques to complete their creations. Projects include a bird feeder, slab-rolled house, wind chimes and their very own dinner plate.

For students who want to concentrate on one particular art form, CCAC will offer a variety of specialized camps. For New Artists, age 4-7, the Basics of Drawing camp will help them build a solid artistic foundation the week of Aug. 25-29. This introductory class will focus on drawing with pencil, charcoal and ink, and students will leave with their own sketchbook to continue their creative journey. From Aug. 18-22, Young Artists in the 7-10 age group can enroll in CCAC’s first paper mache camp. Students will learn how to use a wide variety of readily available materials including newspaper, cardboard, paste, balloons, tissue paper and more to create decorative bowls and their very own large paper piñata.

CCAC is pleased to offer a selection of performing art camps in addition to the visual art sessions. Intro to Acting camps will help student builds skills that will assist them in the theater and acting fields, including relationship building, following directions and working together. Students will participate in improv games, skits and much more. Intro to Acting will be offered for Young Artists, age 7-10, during the week of July 14-18, and for our Teen Artists, age 14-18, from July 21-15.

All weeklong camps are offered for $65 per student, and classes are held at the arts council studio at 100 West Main St., Allegany, N.Y. For full class descriptions and schedules, or to register, please visit or contact Courtney Mealy at or (716) 372-7455.

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 16 years with quality arts programs and services. The organization boasts a strong mission dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation and appreciation of arts and culture in the region, while nurturing education and commerce in the arts. CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and by members and donors. For more information, see