ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, in conjunction with The Ink Well in Allegany, is offering a four-day summer art camp for children ages 6 to 11.
The camp, Hidden Treasures, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6 through 9. Mornings will be spent in and around the Quick Center on campus, with afternoon activities taking place at the Ink Well.
Children will walk from campus to the Ink Well each day, stopping on the Allegheny River Valley Trail along the way to enjoy their own bagged lunch. On Thursday, the camp’s last day, they will be treated to a pizza party.
Students will explore the hidden wonders of art each morning and create their own marvels at The Ink Well in the afternoon.
“Art is everywhere, and each day, students will reveal these hidden wonders, finding treasures in daily adventures on the university campus, surrounding areas, on nature walks, and on our daily picnics,” said Evelyn Sabina, curator of education at The Quick Center. “We’ll help them develop an appreciation and understanding of the world through art education.”
Students will discover places normally unseen and learn more about the rich heritage of the Southern Tier, said Sabina. They will travel a secret stairway to discover a collection of rare and ancient books, learn about the unique architecture in Allegany and on St. Bonaventure’s campus, meet local artists, reveal the secret messages hidden in special artworks, and go behind the scenes at the Quick Center art galleries.
Their afternoon art projects will include printmaking, impressionist sponge painting and foam board architecture. In addition, all students will leave the camp with a specially created book of their own design. Ink Well owner Melissa Meyers said the only thing children need to bring with them is “their imaginations.”
Students should come prepared for activities outside and dress for each day’s weather forecast. While they will not be taken outdoors in a thunderstorm, they may venture out in a light rain or in cool weather, said Sabina.
Parents will drop off their children at The Quick Center in the morning and pick them up at The Ink Well in the afternoon. If weather conditions make a walk ill-advised, campers will remain at The Quick Center throughout the day.
The cost for the Hidden Treasures summer camp is $119. Scholarships are available for qualifying residents.
To register or for more information about the camp, visit The Ink Well at 51 E. Main St., Allegany, or call the shop at 373-0326.
About the University: Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them.