Fine Arts Day Camp

Fine Arts Day Camp

Converse College Summer Camps

Celebrating the Arts for More Than 20 Years!

The Lawson Academy Fine Arts Day Camp features traditional games, food, and fun in an exciting, creative atmosphere. We provide all-day, well-supervised care in an artistic alternative to traditional daycare. Children attend daily classes in art, music, creative writing, dance, acting, and theatre skills. Lessons and activities in each session revolve around a theme, so campers who attend all sessions will experience something new each session, while those who attend only one session will still receive a rich experience that can stand alone. Each of our sessions culminates with a Family Day Program in which our students showcase what they have learned and prepared.

Read more about the camp in this feature article.

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COVID-19 Schedule Changes (Updated May 4, 2020)
Due to COVID-19 and recommended distancing measures, we have made changes to our published schedule for FADC 2020. However, we are still planning to hold camp this summer, while implementing new procedures to protect our campers’ health and safety. Please see the 2020 Sessions tab below for the updated camp dates and session schedule.

Session 1: “Decades on Broadway” — June 22-July 3, 2020
Session 2: “Brick by Brick” — July 6-17, 2020
Session 3: “We Could Be Heroes” — July 20-31, 2020
Session 4: “Let the Games Begin” — August 3-14, 2020

Application Deadlines

Registrations are welcome through the first day of each session; however, to ensure a quality experience for our campers, space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Daily Schedule

Classes will be held from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Extended stay is available from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm for $35 per session.

We strive to build on our campers’ budding creativity and to introduce them to new avenues of art. Our goal is to provide a personal atmosphere in which students can have fun and learn cooperatively.

We accept campers ages 4 through rising 6th grade. Three-year-olds may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Director for more information. Preschoolers must be able to enjoy a full day of activity without a rest period. Campers will be grouped according to school grade.

Music – Our campers will learn about the instruments, composers, and styles of music today and in years past, while maintaining interactivity with music games and activities. Each group will learn songs to perform on Family Day.

Acting – Campers practice staging, improvisation, expressing emotion, projecting voice, portraying characters, and more. Each group will prepare a skit to perform on Family Day.

Theatre Skills – Your child will experience puppetry, costume, and prop design, as well as learning about sound, lighting, and other technical theatre skills as they work behind the scenes to put on their Family Day production.

Visual Arts – Campers will participate in a variety of artistic media from around the world, including drawing, painting, sculpture, papier-mâché, and weaving, as well as learning a bit of art history along the way. Artwork will be displayed on Family Day.

Creative Writing – We make writing fun with activities that combine writing with the other arts. Campers will have the opportunity to write poetry, journals, comics, stories, songs and skits. Activities are carefully planned for younger children who are still learning to read and write. Projects will be displayed on Family Day.

Dance – Your child will learn many dance movements and styles including jazz, modern and ballet. Each group will learn a dance to perform on Family Day.

Small Group – Each age-grouped class will have a time set aside each day to build friendships and play together. This class is devoted to craft projects, games, and other fun activities.

Family Day – Family members of all campers are invited to enjoy a program at the end of each session in which our students showcase what they have learned and created.

2020 Two-Week Session fee – $385
2 Sessions – 10% off fees
3 Sessions – 15% off fees
4 Sessions – 20% off fees

Fees include a camp t-shirt, all supplies, daily snacks and a meal plan through Gee Dining Hall at Converse! Parents of campers with dietary restrictions may contact the Director to make alternate arrangements. A 5% discount will be available for all who register before May 15, 2020. Contact our office to inquire about sibling discounts and discounts for military families or Converse employees. Fees must be paid in full with registration. Fees are non-refundable except in cases of extreme illness or a move out of town.

Our teachers and counselors are fine arts and education majors from Converse who have been recommended by Converse faculty and who have passed background checks, to ensure your child’s safety. While these students have received training in their respective fields and are fully capable of producing quality lessons to enrich your child’s experience in the arts, this is also an excellent experience for further cultivating the teachers of tomorrow.

Janae O’Shields
Director of the Lawson Academy of the Arts
Office: 864.596.9607
Mobile: 864.313.2928

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