Denver Art Museum (credit: CBS)
This summer, fun art activities for children abound in the Denver and surrounding areas. There is something for every child to enjoy and encourage the artist within. Below are five of the top art spots, from visual to performance arts. Each class, camp and activity was selected because it unleashes the creative spirits in children with art and summer fun.
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
The Denver Art Museum is a rich resource for art throughout the year. It encourages children to become involved and interact with art through a plethora of opportunities. Choose from more than 18 summer individual art experiences from June through August. Create-n-Takes activities are available every week day during the summer. For a complete list of art options, visit the museum website.
Denver Children’s Museum
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
If your family wants to explore art for a day, Denver’s Children’s Museum might just have a program for you. Each day, the museum hosts a different class that addresses creative expression, tapping into many different learning styles of the very young. Find one that appeals to your youngsters.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Families that are looking for summer-long art camps, from June until mid-August, need look no further than Arvada Center Summer Arts Camps. Arvada Center Summer Arts Camps offer fun and creative experiences for kids ages five to 18 as well as the ArtStart camps for 18 month olds to four year olds. All sessions including theater, visual arts, dance, ceramics, music, creative writing, storytelling and photography and are taught by highly trained teachers. A unique opportunity for families at The Arvada Center is “Awesome Art Packs” which provides children with the opportunity to sample visual arts, drama, dance and music combinations over two- to three-week time periods.
The Wildlife Experience
10035 Peoria St.
Parker, CO 80134
The Colorado family looking for an art experience that is inspired from nature and wildlife should look to The Wildlife Experience. Colorado artistic campers will spend the summer, between June 10 and August 2, learning about various wildlife including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and arthropods through art. Children will learn and explore museums and galleries and will have daily wildlife adventures to express nature through sculpture, painting, journaling, photography, trash art and crafts. The Wildlife Experience also offers before-camp child care to help out working parents.
APEX Park and Recreation District
13150 W. 72nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80005
APEX offers a variety of art classes for any age. Each class explores a specific technique or medium where students create one or more projects depending on the length of class. Prices range from $17 to $60. APEX offers the Kids Art Camp which is a five-session camp for children ages six to 12. Campers get a chance to explore clay, drawing and painting. See the website for more specifics.
Rhonda Cratty has been a teacher, instructional coach and writer since 1983. Rhonda enjoys writing about ways parents can improve the quality of their children’s educational lives. She has been the National Parent & Education at Examiner.com since December 2008. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.