Summer 2023

We are 60% full as of 1/28. Register soon!

• If you need more than one space, please call to ensure there are enough seats in the camp you want.

• Waiting lists work! Last year almost everyone on the wait lists got into a camp. To be placed on a waiting list, sign up for the camp you want – as normal. You won’t be charged, but once you check out, you’re put on the list.

 

MORNINGS

Art Camps
& Workshops

AFTERNOONS

Summer
Art Buffet

Summer Art Camps & Workshops

Morning classes for all ages - small class sizes

Each Camp or Workshop is 5 days, Mon-Fri.

Overview

Firstlight Summer Camps are so popular they’ve completely filled up by April or May every year.

We took the focus of a small art class and combined it with the fun of camp activities. It’s become a favorite in our community! These are small camp-like classes. With only 8 – 12 students in the room, you know everyone will be getting a ton of individual encouragement and instruction!

All of our week-long camps are 9:00 AM until Noon, M-F

Camp art activities are for three hours. At Noon, students must be picked up using our drive through line in the rear of the building (for safety).

To stay longer, you can add daily afternoon sessions – the Summer Art Buffet.

Students may choose to add the afternoon session too. They’ll need to bring a lunch, and then stay until 3:45 PM. Just sign up for the Summer Art Buffet for any day, or the whole week (register separately!). When you sign up for 5  or more days, you get an instant discount of $20. Sign up for the summer buffet for the same week as morning camp, or you can come any days you want in June and July.

Coming & Going: Morning drop off is not available before 8:45 am without special request & extra payment. Please CALL us.

Camps For All Ages

Here is a calendar graphic for the entire SUMMER with information for each type of camp below. Click the green SIGN UP button at the top of any page to see all the camps and register. Art Buffet is also available. Thank you!

Pricing is in each camp’s “Learn More” tab on the camp info “cards” below the schedule chart. Thank you.

Descriptions for all camps are below.

There is a student artwork slideshow at the bottom of the page too.

Art
Farm

Ages 4 & 5

Art Farm is our all new camp for our youngest artists. Every day they’ll harvest a new crop of art projects, based on farm animals and veggies.

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Plant the seeds for a big harvest of art in your kids with this all new FARM-themed art camp. Every morning, we’ll make fun farmstyle art projects. Students will create designs, paint animals and scenes, as well as discover fun ways to make new artwork in 2D and 3D.

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

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Undersea
Artists

Ages 9 – 12

Artists love creatures and colors, and our oceans are full of both. During this week of camp, students will choose and paint undersea-scapes, fish, mollusks, sharks, mythical monsters or even submersible machines they’ve invented. There is so much to choose from!

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Young artists will enjoy being extra creative, as they use all kinds of media to create underwater artwork. Acrylic paintings, oil pastels, and collage will be used – and also of course, watercolors. A 3D piece will be worked on throughout the week, that is sure to be be a treasure when brought home.

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 8 students
2 instructors

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Art Buffet not available for this age group.

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ArtoSaurs

Ages 6 – 8

New! Artists time-travel back to the Jurassic in our brand new dinosaur art camp! Colorful prehistoric creatures are painted and sculpted while students learn some dino-facts too.

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Your young artist will imagine living like a dinosaur, as well as create wonderful projects – like a 3D landscape for their own dino sculpture to be displayed in. A fossil specimen is also sculpted and painted to look like the real thing, and we have a time-traveling surprise on the last day!

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 10 students
2 instructors

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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Art
Jungle

Ages 6 – 8

Artists head deep into the jungle, discovering brilliant colors & animals. Every day artists work on exciting projects – like their paper mache animal masks and spiral bouncy snakes.

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Your child will enjoy using brilliant jungle colors to paint mysterious animals and amazing foliage. Animal masks, sculptures, paintings, and collages are made, and we turn the entire studio into a jungle on the last day!

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 10 students
2 instructors

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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Artchanted

Ages 9 – 12

New! Just like in Narnia, artists will be transported to a magical forest kingdom, filled with fantastic colorful creatures – to paint and sculpt. They’ll even create a wonderful miniature forest home using moss, wood, and stones!

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Your child will see their art dreams come true, as they use all kinds of media to create fantasy-style artwork with a forest theme. Acrylic paintings, oil pastels, and collage will be used to make scenes and characters they’ve invented themselves. Can you put butterfly wings on a bunny? Of course you can. The sky is the limit!

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 11 students

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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Galactic
artspedition

Ages 6 – 8

Artists blast off to the universe in our brand new Galactic Art camp! Stars, planets, and strange new art will be explored. Aliens may be encountered… and they’ll probably want their portraits painted.

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Your young artist will have an expansive experience, using brilliant colors to paint stars, nebulas and dazzling comets. An alien character is created out of clay, (A Claylien!) which they paint later in the week. They’ll design their very own 3D planet to take home along with a starship design and a space adventure comic. On the last day, there’s an out of this world surprise.

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 10 students

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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ComicBook
Camp

Ages 11 -14

Students have their own stories printed and published. They spend the week creating a 12-page comic book using professional tools and techniques.

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With a bound copy of their book to take home, comicbook camp helps students understand the power of publishing. Cartoonists start by creating characters, developing them, and then creating a story for their pages. Then each student creates a final version and ink it in. A color cover, artist bio, and a funny set of ads, completes the book.

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 12 students

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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Toons
Camp

Ages 9 -12

Young artists jump into the fun world of cartooning! Learn how to draw human and animal cartoon characters. Create your own one-page comicbook!

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Develop your own characters, give them expressions, and make them come to life. Create alien characters in air-dry clay, as well as on paper. The entire week of work, including a short comicbook, is bound in a take-home book.

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 10 students

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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Boardgame
Camp

Ages 11 -14

Board games are full of creativity, including making characters, background illustrations, world-building, strategies, and graphic design.

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In our all new Board Game Camp, students will design and create their own entire game from start to finish. Game pieces, cards, boards, and rules will all be brought to life as we work through each step of creation. This is a fantastic way to add to your portfolio and also have a great time while at it.

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 10 students

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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Character
Workshop

Teens

A big hit every year, students learn how to create 3-D cartoons based on human structure, and also develop a character in popular animation-type styles.

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This camp for teenagers is all about character development. While most of the work will be on paper, students will spend much of the week creating a 3-D sculpture model to take home. Emphasis is on learning basic anatomy and character development with a 3-Dimensional aspect.

Price: $295
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 8 students

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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ComicBook
Pro

Teens

High school version of our popular comic book camp. Students spend the week creating a 12-page comic book using professional tools and techniques.

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With a bound copy of their book to take home, comicbook camp helps students understand the power of publishing. Cartoonists start by creating characters, developing them, and then creating a story for their pages. Then each student creates a final version and ink it in. A color cover, artist bio, and a funny set of ads, completes the book.

Price: $245
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday (choose one week)

Maximum capacity: 8 students

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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Fine Art
Camp

Ages 11 – Teens

This camp is for everyone who loves making art, and wants to spend a dedicated week to serious creating and experimenting with personal instruction.

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Artists will discover new ways to use media as well as traditional techniques. Preparation and preservation methods are also learned as part of the whole artistic process. Projects include a still life on canvas, figure drawing (clothed model), Landscape, and abstract on panel. Acrylics, pastels, oil paints, watercolor, and ink are used, along with various drawing media.

If you have experience with art and media, and/or have been through our Foundations course, it will be helpful. This is not a beginner’s class.

Price: $295
Includes all supplies

9:00 AM to Noon – Monday through Friday

Maximum capacity: 10 students

NOTE: Camp ends at Noon. Campers may choose to stay longer, until 3:45 PM – by joining the afternoon Summer Art Buffet from 1:30 to 3:45 pm (as long as there are open spots left). Anyone staying the afternoon can bring a lunch and stay from noon until 1:30, where we have outdoor lunch and some fun activities and games. You can also combine the afternoon art buffet with your camp all week in a discounted package by choosing all 5 days.

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Add the afteroons!

Full Day Packages

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

Come for art from 9 am to 3:45 pm all week. Combine your morning CAMP with the afternoon Summer ART Buffet to have a full day of art all week long – with a discount! Price is $180 to add the Summer ART Buffet to your CAMP for all 5 days (savings of $20). Register early to ensure a spot.

Sign up for the same 5 days as your morning camp to make a full week that lasts from 9 am to 3:45 pm every weekday. Just bring your sack lunch every day.

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Our camps and buffet sessions fill up, so don’t wait. Click a button to head to our Customer Portal.

 

Instructions

The Summer Art Buffet is our only day-to-day class. You can select any number of days in any order to make a customized art class.

It is set up as one Camp that goes ALL SUMMER though. You can only change your days after initial sign up by contacting us (the software will not allow you to make your own changes), so select what you think will work best. If you need to change things later, you can text us at the number below.

If you sign up for more than one week of morning camps, try to sign up for all of the same afternoons that you want, at the same time. Thanks!

Any Art Buffet days can be modified up to 24 hours in advance. Please ask us to add or move days. Text 615-678-6745

You can also call on the morning you want to come, to see if new spots have opened up!

Summer Art Buffet

Personalized daily art class - every weekday June 6 to July 29

1:30 to 3:45 Monday through Friday

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We Made A New Kind Of Art Class!

The Art Buffet is our wonderful daily class, where every student gets to choose their own projects and is instructed individually. It’s like a private, personalized lesson, in a room with other students. The teacher visits each artist frequently, to help them understand every step and technique they need. It really is a bit like a restaurant. You can bring your friends and have a great time together. The goal is for every participant to learn, to enjoy creating, and to take home artwork you’ve created yourself.

From total beginners to advanced artists, anyone can express themselves with all the encouragement, guidance, and coaching they’ll get from one of our excellent teachers.

When you sign up, choose any days you like, in any order you want. When you arrive, you get to choose your own project from our menu (below). Supplies are included!

 

Every Weekday Afternoon 1:30-3:45
June 6 – July 29
SUPPLIES INCLUDED – or bring your own

TRAINING | DEMOS | INSTRUCTION SHEETS | INSIGHTS | TECHNIQUES

$40 per day / $20 off for first 5 days

($38 per day thereafter)

Three Kinds of Art Buffet:

Call if you need help.

KidsART
Buffet

Ages 6 – 8

The KidsART Buffet is more stuctured, and moves from one project and media to another every 20 – 30 minutes or so.

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Art
Buffet

Ages 9 to 19

The main room is a mix of artists. Students work on their own or in groups with their friends. It’s different every day!

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Cartoon
Buffet

Ages 9 to 19

Sign up for Art Buffet and do cartoon projects. We have a special room for students who want to focus on cartoon projects.

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Instructions

The Summer Art Buffet is a day-by-day class. You can select any number of days in any order.

It is set up as one Camp that goes ALL SUMMER though. You cannot sign up for it more than once, but you can add as many days as you like when you first sign up, or if you need to change things later, you can call or text us at the number below.

Please note – after your initial registration, you won’t be able to change or add new Art Buffet days yourself online.

We can do this for you though. Just text or call us! 615-678-6745

You can also call on the morning you want to come, to see if new spots have opened up!

MAIN ART BUFFET

PROJECT MENU

All basic supplies are included for one project per day in painting, printing, or sculpture, and unlimited drawing, cartoons, dry color, or ink.

Any projects that aren’t finished can be continued the next time you come.

One Per Day:

Painting

Acrylic or Watercolor

Still Life
Animals
Landscape
Portrait
Abstracts
Expressionism
Surrealism
Impressionism

OR

Printing

Designs
Realism

OR

Sculpture

Air-Dry Clay

Unlimited:

DRAWING

Pencil or charcoal

Realism
Sketching
Animals
Landscape
Portrait
Surrealism

Cartoons

Comic Book Page(s)
Character Design
Illustration

Unlimited:

DRY COLOR

Oil Pastels or Colored Pencil

Still Life
Flowers
Animals
Landscape
Copy An Old Master
Abstract

Ink

Still Life
Animals
Zentangle
Architecture
Imagination

Student work

 

Artwork Slideshow

Use the arrows on left and right to move from picture to picture.