summer art camp

Arts Camps

Dutchess and Ulster Art Camps offer a variety of programs that allow children ages 5-10 to imagine, discover, create, and have fun each summer. Young artists explore fine art, digital media art, and performing arts while strengthening their self-confidence, creative thinking, and art making techniques both individually and in a collaborative setting.
Professional teaching artists work with campers in small groups, using the visual, media, and performing arts to foster self-expression and creativity. Young artists are immersed in colors, lines, shapes, textures, fabrics, clay, video, and sound.

Dutchess Arts Camp – Poughkeepsie
Poughkeepsie Day School, 260 Boardman Rd.
9am-4pm | Choose one or more week sessions below
July 4 – July 8
July 11 – July 15
July 18 – July 22
July 25 – July 29

Dutchess Arts Camp – Red Hook
Parish Hall, Red Hook
9am-4pm | Choose one or more week sessions below
July 18 – July 22
July 25 – July 29

Ulster Arts Camp
SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz
9am-4pm | Choose one or more week sessions below
August 1 – August 5
August 8 – August 12

Weekly themes

Camp sessions are bursting with creative activities for young artists to explore. Campers experience a full day of art and activities including 2-D and 3-D sculptures, animation, photography, performance design, puppetry, free art making, and more.

Daily schedules include opening and closing circle, structured art instruction,  open studio time, snack, lunch, and outside play.  Accomplishments are celebrated at the Final Showcase, where each child’s family and friends are invited to see the performances, videos, and an art gallery of work that the children created that week.

Guest artists and partners

  • Paper Heart Puppets
  • ZOI Productions
  • Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz
video arts camps

Virtual Arts Camp Packages

In addition to in-person arts camps, The Art Effect’s Arts Camp Video Packages include ten video lessons designed specifically by experienced teaching artists for each age group. Videos include drawing & painting, mixed media collage, and puppetry, with special lessons on how to make your own clay and papier-mache! Click here for more information.

Become a member of The Art Effect to receive member pricing on camps and year-round arts courses. As a member, you will also receive invitations to exciting events like our annual gala – Art After Dark – and the Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photo Festival. More importantly, your membership helps us build a bright, creative future for youth in the Hudson Valley. Call 845.471.7477 or go online, here to join today!