Camppedia was founded by parents for parents, and one thing we have heard over and over again while talking to other parents was that they want to know more about the camps they are sending their kids to, and there isn’t a third-party rating system for camps. We took this request to heart and decided to interview representatives from as many camps as possible in the Houston area to learn more about the camps and start developing a rating system that parents could rely on.
Our goal with these interviews is to showcase the transformation of kids going through a camp’s program, as well as provide parents with extra information that isn’t always available on the camp’s website.
Students learn a variety of art techniques and develop new skills through hands-on learning experiences in an intimate, small-group setting at Sunset Heights Art Studio’s summer classes. The classes each run as five-day summer camp sessions, and topics vary each week and according to students’ age groups. During these sessions, students meet daily for two and a half hours and participate in a mix of indoor and outdoor activities.
Children from 6 to 8 years of age may choose from camps that explore nature, portraits, bugs and creepy crawlies, and art through literature. Activities for this age level include things such as exploring famous landscapes, sketching in an outdoor garden, molding animals out of clay, making collages, and exploring shapes and patterns.
Camps for children from 9 to 13 years of age feature drawing, using mixed media, color expression through painting, and elements of design. Activities for this age level include wet and dry drawing techniques, making handmade paper, learning color psychology in painting, and exploring the underlying structure of objects to use them in their artwork.
The structured curriculum focuses on building vocabulary, developing an art skill-set, and learning to appreciate drawing and painting. As students have fun creating art, they learn observational skills, critical thinking, and creative expression, and they improve their confidence in their abilities as they become more comfortable with painting and drawing. By the end of the camp, each student leaves with two or three pieces of finished art.
The art instructor and owner of the studio is an experienced, practicing artist and has taught students, from elementary to college, for 30 years, so you can be confident that your children are learning from a professional who is experienced in working with children and teens.
In addition to these weekday camps for children, the studio offers Saturday classes for teens and adults.
Unique things about Sunset Heights Art Studio camps include:
- The camps are run by a highly skilled professional who is a practicing artist and educator with 30 years of experience who has had her work displayed in various galleries. She currently teaches at an Episcopal high school in the area, and she started these camps during the summer to encourage students who love art and want to be creators.
- The 1:10 teacher-student ratio means that students learn in an intimate environment, which provides them with the attention and individualized instruction they need to develop their skills.
- Students with disabilities or conditions, such as ADD, ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities are welcomed at these camps.
- Students learn to tap into their creative genius as they develop their skills in a fun and structured learning environment.
- At the end of the week, students participate in a fun paint-throwing activity. They throw paint onto a large canvas, and each student gets to take a piece of the finished product home with them.
Check out Sunset Heights Art Studio for more information.