Summer 2018 Art Programs

Firstlight Has Three Awesome Programs Every Summer
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Weekday Mornings

We mashed together two great ideas. We took the typical week-long Summer Camp idea, and combined it with a fantastic art class. We have small class sizes (12 students for art camps, and 14 for toons) with 2 instructors in the younger classes. The fun is like a camp, yet the instruction is very personalized! Our CAMP-classes teach kids real art concepts while they’re having a blast.

Weekday Afternoons

Weekdays all Summer. This is an afternoon drop-in class, just choose a project & get personalized instruction. Our popular daily art classes are every weekday afternoon from 1 – 3:30 pm, from end of May to the first Friday in August. Ages 6 & 7, ages 8 & up. Teens & Adults. It’s a custom-made summer art program just for you.


Our specialized in-depth workshops for teens and adults are great for delving deeper into specific subjects such as

Easy Artist’s Perspective
Adobe digital programs
Advanced acrylic Color,

Workshops are 10 hours each. 4 – 6:30 pm Thursday and Friday, and 12:00 noon to 5 on Saturday.

Full Program Descriptions


All the info on our small-group Summer Camps
Register for a Camp
All Camps begin at 9 AM and go a full 3 hours to 12 noon. Drop off is not available before 8:45 am without special request/payment. Use the discount code: BIRD to get 10% off at checkout, if you register for a camp or workshop on or before April 10.

Art Garden

Age 4 – 5

1 week offered

  • June 18 – 22

$165 – Price includes supplies 9:00 am – noon, M-F Plant the seeds for a big harvest of art in your kids. Each day during camp, we make art projects that grow from the heart and bloom with color.

Students will create designs, paint flowers and bugs, as well as discover fun ways to make new artwork. All supplies included.


Art Bugs

Age 6 – 8

3 weeks to choose from

  • June 4 – 8
  • June 18 – 22
  • July 16 – 20

$165 – Price includes supplies 9:00 am – noon, M-F Explore the world of art in paint and paper, and draw from a bug’s perspective. We begin the week creating lots of pictures and painting different colors. Each day, we add a section to our giant butterfly poster, and on the last day, there’s a really “big” surprise. All supplies included.

Color Camp

Age 8 – 12

1 week offered

  • July 9 – 13

$189 – Price includes supplies 9:00 am – noon, M-F Color your world! Learn what makes colors look great by mixing paints each day to make a bunch of beautiful color swatches. You’ll use these in creating a large poster mosaic of a colorful animal. At the end of the week you’ll make an original painted t-shirt with your own design. All supplies, including artist’s acrylic paint, tools and t-shirt are included.

Toon Camp

Age 9 – 14

3 weeks to choose from

  • June 4 – 8
  • June 25 – 29
  • July 16 – 20

$189 – Price includes supplies 9:00 am – noon, M-F Jump into the world of cartooning. Learn how to develop characters, give them expression, and make them come to life. You’ll create characters in air-dry clay to take home, as well as on paper. Finish the week creating your own comic book with a color cover! The week of work is collected and bound in a take-home book.

Add-On Options

Add the afternoon Art Buffet and even AfterCare to your CAMP for all Day Art Fun!

Come for art from 9 am to 3:30 pm all week. Combine your morning CAMP-Class with the afternoon Summer ART Buffet to have a full day of art all week long – with a discount! Bring a sack lunch and watch animation shorts or play games for the break from 12-1. Price is $135 to add the Summer ART Buffet to your CAMPClass for all 5 days (savings of $15). Reservations are encouraged to ensure a spot.

After care – can be provided if set up 48 hours in advance.

  •  After care can be added – 3:30 – 5:30 pm – – $25/day for the first student per family. $10 for second. $2 for third.
  • 5 days or more gets a discount
  • Basic supplies and guidance are provided.

The Summer Art Buffet ages 6 and up 1:00 – 3:30 pm, weekdays $30/day. Add to any CAMP for only $135/week, saving $15, and stay over for our games & cartoon lunch for free (bring a sack lunch). (Sack-lunch hour is only available for CAMP attendees.)


Camps range from $165 to $189. See each camp for details.

Register & pay for CAMPclasses

You’ll can make your camp payment with a credit or debit card on our Parent Portal. (Please continue with payment checkout after entering payment method until you see a confirmation page. Look for a confirmation email as well.)

Note: policies and session times are subject to change but it’s not likely. Any changes will be posted here and/or sent out in emails to registrants. Register early! We fill tend to fill to capacity.

Student Work:

Summer art buffet

All the info on our daily drop-in afternoon classes
May 29 through August 1, 2018
Register for the Art Buffet

Pricing: $30/session + supply fee if needed • Six-day pass for $165 (save $15) • stay and work to 5:30 pm by signing up for our AfterCare “camp” when you register ($25/day first family enrollment, $10 second, $2 third)

Our popular daily art classes begin on Tuesday, May 29. This is a customized drop-in art class with personalized instruction for your own project. Not only do you get to choose your own project, but you also make your own schedule, coming on whatever days you choose. If you begin one day, and come back 3 weeks later, you can pick up right where you left off. The Summer ART Buffet is great for both kids and adults. We have it every weekday afternoon from 1 – 3:30 pm. (after-care is available with reservation: stay until 5:30 and continue working on your own if you sign up separately).

Ages 6-9 A structured lesson for ages 6-9 – includes supplies

Ages 8-12 Individual projects for ages 8-12 – includes basic supplies

Ages 13 & up Individual projects for teens through adults – includes basic supplies

Buffet Supplies: All of the supplies you need are included! You can add extras: there are shelves of our PAINTABLES, available for $1 or $2, and t-shirts for $10. One basic sheet of canvas is included, but you can purchase stretched canvas in a variety of sizes and depths if you like – at 20% off MSRP.

Reservations are encouraged, and can be made online by purchasing and registering ahead of time, or you can text us at six one five, 202- 6426, the morning of the day you’d like to attend and let us know you’re coming, to be on the roster if there is room.

After care – can be provided if set up 48 hours in advance.

  •  After care can be added – 3:30 – 5:30 pm – – $25/day for the first student per family. $10 for second. $2 for third.
  • 5 days or more gets a discount
  • Basic supplies and guidance are provided.

Register for Art BUFFET class(es)

You’ll can make your camp payment with a credit or debit card on our Parent Portal. (Please continue with payment checkout after entering payment method until you see a confirmation page. Look for a confirmation email as well.)

Please note that the first 20-30 minutes will be used for free art time, orientation, and lesson planning for each student. Please be patient while the teacher works to get everyone started. Thanks!

Student Work:



All Basic Materials Are Included:

Brushes, smocks, pencils, paints*, paper, canvas page*, pastels, charcoal, ink, etc.

(*Limit one medium-sized painting per session)



Figurines • Frames • Toys • Wood Projects • T-Shirts • Stretched Canvas • Air Dry Clay • Carving Printblocks

Extra items are priced as marked from $1 – $5, and $10 for a t-shirt. Canvases range from very small to very large.


Still Life





1-Page Comic Book
Character Design
Movie Poster


Color Pencils
Oil Pastels


Air Dry Clay
Mixed Media


Foam Etching
Block Carving

3-Day Workshops

All the info on our Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10-hour Workshops
Register for Workshops

Easy Artists Perspective

June 28, 29, and 30

Understanding how to make structures appear to have an accurate illusion of depth can be very frustrating. Typical classes are too complex to be practical and are designed for architects. We will demystify and explain all this left-brained stuff in a way that can be used by the right-brained artist! We’ll create drawings in pencil, charcoal, pastels, and ink.

$275 supplies included.

Advanced Acrylic Color

July  12, 13, and 14

Expand your knowledge of color. Most of what we learn in standard art classes is far to simplified. This leads to frustration when artists do what they’ve been told should work… but it doesn’t. While complex, the world of color and pigments is fully understandable. Dennas explains how light from various directions is colored, and how to mix vibrant shadows like the impressionists. (Color workshop contains some information from our advanced Expressions curriculum).

$275 + $25 for supplies if you don’t have your own.

Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator 

July 26, 27, and 28

This is a fantastic course for anyone who wants to know how to work with these two fundamental desktop/laptop programs by Adobe. Firstlight founder, Dennas Davis, teaches this workshop. He was on the Adobe Beta team for several years in its early developmental stages, and has taught Illustrator internationally. The workshop is approached from a beginner’s perspective, but even if you’ve learned a little bit already, you’ll walk away with a much greater understanding about how to use these powerful programs alone or in tandem, for photo manipulation, effects, artwork, and creating graphics for print and web applications.

$345 requires your own laptop computer (3 years old or less) and installed up-to-date software.

Workshops at Firstlight

Our specialized in-depth workshops for teens and adults are great for delving deeper into difficult subjects. Workshops are 10 hours each on weekends: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

4 – 6:30 PM Thursday and Friday, & 12:00 NOON to 5 PM on Saturday.

All workshops are taught by our founder, Dennas Davis.

Covering specialized subjects, our workshops go further in-depth for these areas of interest than we are able to in our regular classes. The students who have attended have raved about how much they’ve enjoyed themselves and how much they’ve learned! If you have an interest in taking your work to the next level, then a workshop is for you.

Register for Workshops

You’ll can make your Workshop payment with a credit or debit card on our new Parent Portal by iClassPro. (Please continue with payment checkout after entering payment method.)