Summertime 2017


We have 3 awesome Summer art programs


M O R N I N G S – 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 groups 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.

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The Summer ART Buffet 2017

A F T E R N O O N S – Here’s a custom-made personalized summer program just for you. Drop in and choose a project – any weekday – all summer! Our popular daily art classes are every weekday afternoon from 1 – 3:30 pm, all through June and July. Ages 6 and up.

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W E E K E N D S – Our specialized in-depth workshops for teens and adults are great for delving deeper into specific subjects such as figure & anatomy, artist’s perspective, color theory, and painting trees. Workshops are 10 hours each. 4 – 6:30 pm Thursday and Friday, and 12:00 noon to 5 on Saturday.

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In-depth Information

Summer CAMPclasses at Firstlight

MORNINGS: Each CAMPClass is 9:00 AM to Noon Monday through Friday. See below for all the scheduled weeks. Please call or text for availability if it is mid-May or later. Prices are below in the descriptions, and include all supplies!

Schedule of camps is below.


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.

Art Garden • age 4&5

  • July 17 – 21

$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&7

3 weeks to choose from:

  • June 5 – 9
  • June 12 – 16
  • July 17 – 21

$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

  • June 5 – 9

$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

2 weeks to choose from:

  • June 12 – 16
  • July 10 – 14

$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.

OPTION: Add the afternoon Art Buffet to your morning CAMPclass 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.

Stay until 5:30 with after care – available if arranged at least 24 hours ahead of time so we can schedule it.

Add after care:

  •  After care can be added – 3:30 – 5:30 pm – – $34/week or $8/day. Call or text to set up!
  • Basic supplies are available.
  • Add $5/session for access to full set of acrylic paints.
  • cash or card at drop off/pickup

The Summer Art Buffet ages 6 and up 1:00 – 3:30 pm, weekdays $30/day. Add to any CAMPclass for only $135/week and stay over lunch for free (bring a sack lunch).

Register & pay for CAMPclasses

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

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.

The Summer ART Buffet at Firstlight

Pricing: $30/session + supply fee if needed • Six-day pass for $165 (save $15) • $8 to stay and work to 5:30 pm

Our popular daily art classes begin on Tuesday, May 30. This is a customized drop-in art class. Not only do you get to choose your own project, but you also make your own schedule, coming on whatever days you choose. 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 for an additional $8)

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


Summer ART Buffet MENU - tap to view projects!

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 (use the registration button below), 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.

Register for Art BUFFET class(es)

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

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!

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.

Figure Drawing – JUNE 15, 16, & 17

  • Most of our time will be spent working on sketches and drawings from live models (wearing leotards) as well as drawing demonstrations and anatomy insights by the instructor. Various techniques are used such as contour line and shading to create realistic and expressive figurative work. Ink, charcoal, pencil and watercolor is used.
  • $296

Easy Artists Perspective – JUNE 29, 30, & JULY 1

  • 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 and ink.
  • $275

Painting Trees – JULY 13, 14, & 15 

  • Understanding how to make trees look like… well, trees, isn’t easy. There are several insights about trees that allow artists to structure them in a realistic way – think vegetative anatomy. Then there will be several techniques shown and practiced in watercolor and acrylics that help artists create the airy and textural wonder of trees in their landscape paintings. Color and shading is also covered.
  • $275

Color Workshop in acrylics – JULY 20, 21, & 22

  • 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 information from our advanced Expressions curriculum).
  • $275

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.)