TAHOE, Calif. — Finding the right camp for children to complement other activities is often a top priority. North Tahoe Arts (NTA) in Tahoe City offers a hands-on art experience for elementary to middle school age youth and is taught by accomplished local artists and instructors who are passionate about the importance of art in a child’s development.
The National Art Education Association posts numerous research articles on the importance of arts in our children’s all around development and specifically in academic success. A 2011 study, “Reinvesting in Arts Education,” found integrating arts with other subjects helps to raise achievement levels. The study continues by noting arts education may not just help raise test scores, but also the learning process itself, and skills learned in the visual arts could help improve reading.
And, art is fun! And, often times, it is messy, which children love. NTA can make creative messiness and much more happen at Kids Art Camp.
Below is a list of summer camps offered by North Tahoe Arts, a nonprofit organization that has been promoting and supporting the arts in the Truckee-Tahoe communities for 25 years. Please sign up early, as space is limited. To sign up and for additional information about NTA and Kids Art Camp, programs, 2012 ARTour (in July), artists, gallery opens, the Artisan Shop and more visit www.northtahoearts.com or call 530-581-2787, or just stop by NTA located in Tahoe City at 380 North Lake Blvd.
Camps will be held outdoors at the Rideout Community Center located at 740 Timberland Lane on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Children must be 5-years-old to participate. Cost for non-NTA-members is $160 per child, per session, plus a $10 materials fee; a snack is included. NTA members cost is $140 per child, per session, plus a $10 materials fee; snack is included.
Session 1: July 16 – 20; 9 a.m.-noon; ages 5-12
Session 2: July 23 – 27; 9 a.m.-noon; ages 5-12
Session 3: July 30 – Aug. 3; 9 a.m.-noon; ages 5-12
Session 4: July 23 -27; 1-4 p.m.; ages 12 and up.
“Kids Art Camp is a signature program at North Tahoe Arts going into its seventh year. This NTA tradition is a great non-sports camp option that has been popular due to the talented instructors’ true passion to explore the wonderful world of art with young children. As we see continuous cut-backs in our public school programs, we’re working diligently at NTA to keep art programs alive and affordable for everyone,” says Kellie Cutler, executive director, North Tahoe Arts. “We hope to see your children at camp, and maybe even joining their parents for ARTour this July.”