RUSKIN – The Firehouse Cultural Center’s annual summer arts camps start Monday. Each camp is a week in duration, will feature a different type of art and take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.
Art camps for kids ages 8 to 10
♦ Week 1: July 7-11 – Playmakers! Kids can hit the stage as they discover acting and are introduced to performance skills. They’ll have fun working and performing with others as they rehearse, create their own costumes and props for a show, and perform for family and friends.
♦ Week 2: July 14-18 – Clay-works! Participantscan have loads of fun as they discover the world of clay and explore a variety of ways to work in clay to create clay sculpture and functional pieces.
♦ Week 3: July 28 to Aug. 1 – Curtain Up, Applause! Youngsters can sparkle like a star as they’re introduced to acting and musical theater through theater games, improvisation, costume play and storytelling. They’ll get to sharpen their acting and vocal skills to prepare for their “stage debuts.”
♦ Week 4: Aug. 4-8 – Invent It! Make It Move!
Kids will design and make their own fun creation, make it move and do things like robots. It’s a week of imagining, exploring and discovering a whole range of projects.
Art studios for kids ages 11 to 14
♦ Week 1: July 7-11 – Playmakers Studio
Participants can express themselves as they explore a range of acting and performance techniques from improvisation to Broadway theater. They will develop stage presence and self-confidence preparing to perform for family and friends.
♦ Week 2: July 14-18 – Clay, Cast and Mosaic Studio
Kids can use their 3-D imaginations as they hand-build clay sculptures and design and create mosaic tiles and reliefs. Includes casting and molding in plaster and other materials.
♦ Week 3: July 28 to Aug. 1 – Musical Theater Studio
Kids get to showcase their star qualities as they’re introduced to musical theater and classical musicals. Performance skills, vocal training and techniques will be emphasized so they can develop their talent for scenes and songs while preparing to perform as part of an ensemble.
♦ Week 4: Aug. 4-8 – Robotic & Digital Studio
Participants will work in a small team using Lego Mindstorms to create and program a robot, learn simple digital programming to command tasks and learn basic electronics techniques for making their own projects.
Reserve a spot for your children now. The cost is $140 for nonmembers and $125 for members. Save on enrollments of two or more weeks.
Meals and transportation will not be provided. Early drop-off and aftercare are available for an additional fee.
The Firehouse Cultural Center is at 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. For reservations or additional information, call (813) 645-7651 or visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.