The Quick Center, in conjunction with the Ink Well in Allegany, N.Y., held its first full-day summer art camp in August of 2012. Due to an overwhelming response, another weeklong camp was added to accommodate the enthusiastic, young artists.
The theme and purpose of the summer art camp was to showcase the area’s hidden treasures. The camp focused not only on the hidden treasures found within the Quick Center walls but also the University and town of Allegany. Each day, participants would discover hidden treasures at the university and community, then head over to the Ink Well to participate in many art-related activities.
The four-day summer art camp was open to participants 6 to 11 years old. Participants were dropped off at the Quick Center at 9 a.m. to examine artwork, go behind the scenes of the galleries, tour the rare book collection at the Friedsam Library, and experience the rich history of Allegany.
The participants then walked over to the Ink Well, stopping to have lunch on the way. The Ink Well delivered a variety of art activates including printmaking, experimenting with color theory and ice cubes, and building miniature houses. As a culminating project, each participant took home an altered book, which was packed full of their own artwork.