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The Center For The Arts Presents Summer 2022 Painting, Book Making, Watercolor & More!

July 25th-August 5th. 

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Visual Art Camps

Visual Art Camp – Paint Like The Masters , Altered Book Journals: Mixed Media & Collage, The Magic of Watercolor, Painting and Mixed Media Adventures. 

Denise Wey, Valerie Stuart, Kyra Kelley, Nancy Schaefer

Session 1: June 13-17 

Session 2: June 20-24

Session 4: July 25-29

Session 5: August 1-5

Monday – Friday
9:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
Age 8 to 14
Class Limit 10
Tuition: $200


 Scholarships are available. 

“Paint Like the Masters”  With Denise Wey

“Budding young artists paint in acrylics on canvas, recreating their own versions of the works of great masters such as Van Gogh, Monet & Picasso! Professional teaching-artist Denise Wey will provide the guided instruction.

“The Magic of Watercolor” With Kyra Kelley

A step-by-step class covering the basics of watercolor as well as additional, more advanced techniques. We will begin with studies of materials, color, washes, glazing, planning & drawing, brush techniques, masking fluid and composition. An explanation of the Principles and Elements of design will be covered – and included in our works of Art! Bring your imagination and 3 ideas or inspirational photos for 3 subjects! Let the Magic Begin!

“Altered Book Art Journals, Album Covers and Mixed Media Collage on Canvas” With Nancy Schaefer

Each week of this fun Collage Mixed Media camp will have entirely different projects, so students who wish to repeat are encouraged. Using Miss Nancy’s extensive collection of vintage magazines, picture books and unique ephemera from around the world, students will collage and paint to create repurposed book art journals, and explore blackout poetry as a means of self expression and healing. For the grand finale, depending on the week, students will design and create their own album cover art or personal mixed media collage on canvas! All skill levels are welcome.


“Painting and Mixed Media Adventures” With Valerie Stuart

Our young artists will create a number of artworks while experimenting with the use of mixed media which combines many materials such as paint, collage, charcoal, chalk pastel, printing, found objects etc. In addition, each child will create an altered book art journal, where they can explore and express themselves. This fun camp is open to all levels.





Denise Wey is a teaching-artist with 20 years experience, who resides at ASiF Studios where she is a painting and drawing instructor and works at Forest Charter School teaching art and is part of the Artists in the Schools (AIS) program for the county. She believes that all children are artists and that they are already in touch with their creative nature. “I set the stage; provide good materials, encouragement and keep the mood light & fun! With a little guidance, they do the rest!”


Nancy Schaefer

Nancy Schaefer provides our Family Fun Day crafts and is a regular summer camp art instructor here at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts. She holds a Bachelors in Art with concentrations in collage, painting, drawingprintmaking, ceramics and jewelry.  She has been teaching artist with the ambitious Artists in the Schools program since its inception in 2016, which brings art to hundreds of 1st-5th graders in Penn Valley and Grass Valley schools. Nancy brings her passion for teaching collage art to the impressive Middle School Elective program at Ready Springs Hilltop in Penn Valley. Her courses focus on the emotionally therapeutic benefits of collage art-making for 6th-8th graders. She is an enthusiastic art teacher who believes in giving young people a positive and nurturing place to learn, experiment and express their unique inner artist!


Kyra Kelley was born in Houston, TX and has lived in 8 states before returning to California. She was a Fine Arts Major at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Following college, Kyra began an apprenticeship in floristry. Five years later, she purchased Comal Flower Shop on the Plaza in New Braunfels, TX and a vintage 1927 building. Remodeling the building into luxury apartments and her florist, she owned it for 25 years. 





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