Summer Art Camps at the Holland Area Arts Council

Fine Arts Camps are available for all ages, grades 3 through 12, hosted by the Holland Area Arts Council. The classic 8th Street Fine Arts Camp for grades 3-6 will explore the artwork of Yayoi Kusama, the Polka Dot Queen, and draw inspiration from her vibrant colors, polka dots and infinity rooms. Another quilting camp for grades 5-8 will explore the quilts of modern master Nancy Crow, and each student will again bring home pieced and tied quilt!

The newest addition to the Fine Arts Camps this summer is The Joy of Painting, a teen workshop intensive that will give students grades 9-12 a taste of art school. They’ll learn how to prepare a canvas or board, plan a painting, learn new techniques, gain an understanding of brushes, tools and mediums and finish the week with a peer critiques and a mini exhibition of their work!

The Arts Council offers a Clay Camp every year, but they are excited to grow the program this summer with five camps, all new clay, colors and processes and an awesome new teacher. Grades 3-6 can join Mary Wolter, the Arts Council’s ceramics instructor, to make whistles, games, clay self-portraits, wind chimes and learn to use the wheel! The Arts Council is also offering a clay workshop for grades K-2 so the little ones get a chance to play in the mud.

Eat with Your Eyes Cooking Camps are back as well. This summer, grades 3-6 can choose between two culinary camps learning to cook a full day’s worth of food or exploring cuisine from Mexico, Italy and Asia. Kids learn to cook from scratch in these camps and leave with a folder of recipes and the skills to try them at home.

Students will meet at the Holland Area Arts Council each day at 150 East 8th Street in Downtown Holland. Call 616-396-3278 or go online to for more information and to register. Register early! Space is limited and camps fill up fast!