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Summer Art Camps for Teens

February 11th, 2014

NIUArtJunior and senior high school students are invited to participate in six-day camps in dance, visual arts, theatre and instrumental jazz this summer at Northern Illinois University.

Campers work with faculty, alumni and students and gain a greater appreciation for the life of an artist.

Camps scheduled for July 12-18

Dance Camp Serious dancers hone existing talents and gain new skills in the creative world of dance. Campers enjoy daily classes in classical ballet and modern dance. Other classes are jazz, contemporary, Pilates, yoga, repertoire, composition and improvisation. Campers dance an average of seven hours each day in this intensive and rewarding program. Judy Chitwood, director of the dance program for the School of Theatre and Dance, is camp director.

Theatre Arts Camp Senior – an intensive program for those who have completed grades 9-12. Spend the week in rehearsals, classes, individual coaching sessions and theatre games. Campers have many workshop choices, including auditioning, acting, musical theatre, stage combat, makeup, and lighting and set design. The camp director is Nathan Wyman, long-time assistant camp director and theatre faculty member of Judson College in Kansas City.

Camps are scheduled for July 20-25 

Theatre Arts Camp Junior is for theatre buffs who have completed grades 6-8. Campers enjoy daily rehearsals, classes, individual coaching sessions and theatre games. Campers have many workshop choices, including auditioning, acting, musical theatre, stage combat, makeup, and lighting and set design. The camp director is Nathan Wyman.

NIU Jazz Camp is for instrumentalists in grades 8-12 who want to take their jazz playing to the next level. Campers rehearse and perform in a big band, combo or Latin jazz combo. Master classes, concerts, jazz theory, improvisation, jam sessions, sectionals and optional private lessons are part of the daily curriculum. The camp is under the direction of Geof Bradfield, a saxophonist and member of the jazz studies faculty at NIU.

Visual Arts Camp, for artists in grades 8-12, is an exciting and diverse creative art experience. Campers enjoy two daily in-depth studio sessions with a choice of two-dimensional and three-dimensional classes.The day also includes talks by professional artists and open studio time. This camp is directed by Lynn Stockton, NIU alumna and award-winning art teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford.

Campers sleep and eat in Gilbert Hall, a residence hall close to the Music and Art buildings. Campers enjoy a variety of evening recreational activities, which include bowling, basketball, movies and talent shows.

NIU camp scholarships are available; applications are due by May 1. An early bird discount is available until June 2.

These popular camps fill quickly, so early registration is advised. More information about the camps, scholarships and forms are available at www.artscamps.niu.edu or call 815-753-1450.