Summer Camps

WCA Children's Summer Camps

2022 Summer Camps

All Camps Are Now Full

Thank you so much for your support this year!

The 2022 summer camp season has been very successful as children enjoyed both musical theater and art camps. This year we had five art camps for various ages, a beginning drama camp, a musical theater camp, and two ceramics classes. We would like to thank all of the sponsors, instructors, volunteers, staff, and families who continue to make camps available for children interested in attending. A special thank you to Marilee and Bill Russell, Winnsboro Community Foundation (Grahame Hopkins Fund), First National Bank, Becky Pickett, and Sherry Dugan for their sponsorship of these camps. The arts are so important for developing young minds and we are so happy to create wonderful summer memories for children and teens! 

Marilee’Z KidZZ on Stage: Children’s Theater Camps

Beginner Drama Camp Ages 6 – 8: June 6 – 10
The campers learned their lines, prepared props and costumes, made arts and crafts, and learned about the importance of community spaces like parks and gardens with Stacey Finley, the director of Winnsboro Parks and Recreation. The little actors performed a play based on the children’s book, City Green. A special thank you to director Chris Foster and her volunteer, Gail Peterson.

Musical Theater Camp Ages 9 – 12: June 13 – 24
The campers learned about every part of the musical theater process – auditioning, music, choreography, acting, costumes, backdrop, props, and more. The campers performed Bremen Town Jam! for friends, family, and the community June 24 and 25. The performances were free and open to the public. A huge thank you to directors Gale Gilbert and Matthew Mahaffey, our sponsors Marilee and Bill Russell, our campers and their families, and all who came to the performances to support them! 

Grahame Hopkins Art Camps

In each art camp, campers do a variety of projects in different mediums including painting, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, fiber arts, and more. Each camp also includes two yoga storytime sessions that spark creativity and imagination! At the end of the week, friends and family are welcome to an art show so that campers can show what they made that week in camp. Each art camp is 9 am – 1:30 pm at the Winnsboro Depot. Art camps are not possible without the help of our many guest instructors, volunteers, and sponsors!

Art Adventurers (Ages 10 – 12): June 6 – 10
Crafty Creators (Ages 6 – 7): June 13 – 17
Canvas Kids (Ages 6 – 7): June 20 – 24
Master Makers (Ages 13+): June 27 – July 1
Active Artists (Ages 8 – 9): July 18 – 22

Children’s Intensive Ceramics Classes

New this year are two children’s ceramics classes for ages 9 – 12. Students learn a variety of techniques including pinch, coil, and slab building. Each class will also include a follow-up day for glazing. Classes are 10 am – 12 pm at 212 Market St. 

Ceramics Class 1: June 20 – 24
Ceramics Class 2: July 18 – 22

2021 Summer Camps

 

WCA had some busy summer campers in 2021 hard at work learning about a variety of art forms! We kicked off the summer with a two-week theater improv camp where campers practiced valuable skills in communication, creativity, and expression. Along with the theater improv camp we also had two separate art camps for ages six to nine and then an art camp for ages 10 to 12 and an art camp for ages 13 and older. Popular classes at the art camps were fiber arts, ceramics, painting, and yoga! Take a look at the pictures below to see all the fun we had!

The summer ended with the ever-popular musical theater camp, directed by Gale Gilbert who will be assisted by Shelley Aubrey and Matthew Mahaffey. Marilee’Z KidZZ on Stage performed “Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf.” 

Camps would not be possible without our sponsors, instructors, volunteers, WCA staff, and families. Thank you so much! We are especially grateful to these sponsors:

Marilee and Bill Russell
Winnsboro Community Foundation/Grahame Hopkins Art Fund
First National Bank
Sherry Dugan
Preston Morton
Becky Pickett
Karla Chapman Stevens

2020 Camps

Musical Theater Camp

June 15 - July 24, 2020

Ages 10 - 17

Marilee’Z KidZZ are on for the summer! Because of the pandemic, last year’s camp had options for both virtual and socially-distanced small groups. Campers learned about all aspects of musical theatre while working together to write a script and a collection of songs. Instead of a stage production, the group worked with a videographer to record a video which could be shared with family and friends. Tuition was $150 for the six weeks, and scholarships were available.

This camp was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

2019 Camps

Art Camp

The art camp, for ages 6 to 10, enjoyed working with various instructors as they explored different media in the visual arts, including sculpture, fired clay, painting color theory/color wheel and mosaics.

Finished Mosaic Art
Campers Learn Mosaics
Georgia Moore Art Instructor
Handmade Instruments
Kaeza Fearn
Kaeza and Matt Mahaffey (camp assistant) with campers

Music Camp

Kaeza Fearn instructed campers with a week-long total immersion program into a wide range of fun and creative musical activities including singing, percussion games, making your own instruments and even learning how to play the melodica. The camp featured some special musical guests and the children shared their own talent in a musical sampler at the end of the week.

Maryann Miller Beginning Drama Camp

This one-week drama camp for young children prepared them for a performance at the end of the week.  The focus was on being kind to the animals and the environment.  They made the props, costumes and learned the basics of acting and learning their lines.

Campers Hear a Story
Campers on Stage
Camper Singing
Campers and Instructors
Campers Writing the Script with Michael Moore - Director and Laura Lundgren Smith
George Gagliardi - Music Director

Musical Theatre Camp "Marilee'Z KidZZ on Stage"

This special camp structure allowed kids to write an original script and songs which they performed on stage for family and friends.  George Gagliardi participates each year with original music.  New in 2019 was the addition of Michael Moore as Artistic Director.