Summer Camps

WCA Summer Camps

2024

An incredible summer camp program is coming up this year!!!

Marilee’z Kidzz on Stage camps, including a Beginner Drama Camp and our Musical Theater Camp will certainly be a success in 2024 as it has been in past years. This summer Dr. John Price will oversee our new Teen’s Theater Camp, directing our high school students to a great performance.

Our four Grahame Hopkins Art Camps will begin the second week of June with our Crafty Creators Kids programs. Nature in the Arts, The Art of Recycling, World Art Traveling and Modern Art are some of our featured topics this year; getting our kids and teens in touch with a wide collection of mediums and techniques that will highly expose their creativity.

Also, this year our camps will include an academic twist, introducing the children to basic Art Knowledge as a complement to making this summer a complete learning experience!

Our Children’s Music Camp will allow our kids to bring out their rhythm with sticks and melodicas to create a little children’s band. They will learn about melody, harmony, pitch, rhythm, and much more. Everyone who attends will never get “Do, Re, Mi” out of their head.

Campers ages: 1st Grade to 12th Grade 

 

GRAHAME HOPKINS ART CAMPS

TRACE OF SUMMER - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Ages: 6 – 9, June 10th – June 14th 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50.00

COLOR YOUR WORLD - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Ages: 6 – 9, June 17th – June 21st this CAMP IS FULL 

LISTEN TO YOUR ART

Ages: 10 – 12, June 24th – June 28th 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50.00

OUTSIDE THE LINES

 Ages: 13 and up, July 15th – July 19th 9:00 am to 1:30 PM

Cost: $50.00

CHILDREN'S MUSIC CAMP

MELODICA SUMMER MUSIC

INSTRUCTOR: Aaron Zook

Ages: 9 -12, July 8th – July 12th 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50.00

For children, the melodica has become the instrument of initiation with music, in addition to being easy to transport and light to take to their music lessons, it provides conceptualization and the first musical steps.

Aaron will be teaching this summer camp using the Daren Banarse Method, an effective way to learn music the fun way, while laying the groundwork for playing other keyboard instruments – piano, organ, and synthesizer. He will cover the names of the notes, note durations, music notation, sharps and flats, key signatures, reggae, waltzes, reading music, and much more.

Give your child the chance to fall in love with music!

MARILEE'Z KIDZZ ON STAGE CAMPS

BEGINNERS DRAMA - REGISTRATION CLOSED

"CAMP BRAVO"

INSTRUCTOR: Sheila Brown

Ages: 6 -8, July 8th – July 12th 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50.00

The campers will be introduced to the stage world!  Will learn to memorize lines, prepare props and costumes, make arts and crafts, and learn about teamwork while having tons of fun!

Directed by Sheila Brown and her assistants Jill Bradley and Kim Price the campers will have a small performance for family and friends to show their histrionic talents!

Max capacity: 10 campers

MUSICAL THEATER

INSTRUCTOR: Gale Gilbert

Ages: 9 -12, July 15th – July 26th 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $100.00

The campers will experience every part of the musical theater process – auditioning, music, choreography, acting, costumes, backdrop, props, and more. 

Directed by Gale Gilbert and her assistant Shelley Aubrey the campers will have two performances open to the general public!!!

Max capacity: 15 campers

HIGH SCHOOL THEATER

TEENS THEATER

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. John Price

High School Students 

Weeks of June 17th – 21st &  June 24th – 28th

From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $100.00

For the curious or experienced, come learn how to take the craft of acting to the next level!

This acting workshop will cover basic and advanced script analysis and character development. When an actor knows WHY their character is speaking and what they WANT with their words, they have the tools to create a more believable character.

Monologues, scene study, or a short one-act play are all options, depending on class size and the needs of the class, for the June 28th showcase.

Dr. John A. Price has 40 years of experience as an acting coach, director, and theatre professor. A professional actor in Dallas for many years, he holds an MFA in Actor Training and Directing from Boston University and a PhD in Dramatic Theory and Performance from The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

John is delighted to direct the first high school theater summer workshop for WCA and we know it will be a total success. Don’t miss out!   Max capacity: 15 students.

*Class times can be adjusted to student needs

CERAMICS / POTTERY

CERAMIC AND POTTERY SUMMER WORKSHOPS

INSTRUCTOR: Branda Roberts

 

Weeks of June 24th – 28th &  July 22th – 26th

From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Please go to our VISUAL ARTS page to REGISTER under SUMMER CLASSES

Registration

2023 Summer Camps

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

2022 Summer Camps

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.