Summer Art Camps


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DAC offers year-round education programs in the visual and performing arts – featuring classes, family art camps, Saturday workshops and open studios for teens, adults and children as young as two years of age. Whether engaging with professional artists in the DAC Education Studio or reaching out to local schools to strengthen arts in the classroom, DAC aspires to cultivate creativity in learners of all ages and abilities.

NEW & Ongoing Opportunities

DAC announces a new Summer Family Activity Guide to bring your family together, learn about ART and experience DAC exhibits interactively. Art Parties For Kids & Adults: Play musical painting, ring around the potter’s wheel or bake and decorate a mud pie. Whatever your interest, painting, ceramics, printmaking, or sculpture, we have an art party for you! The DAC Docents Program is an all-volunteer committee that offers two programs: tours of gallery exhibits for adults and children and the Art in the School program for elementary school children and other organizations. DAC’s Barbara Conrad Gallery is now available for Wedding Receptions and Party Rentals.


Summer 2013 ART CAMPS


Young Adult Beginning Bookbinding

Ages 12-18
March 4-April 1
4-5 p.m.
Includes materialsProject based learning, where students will come to understand bookbinding through the use of alternative and recycled materials, chosen to accentuate the style and/or idea of each project. Each student will determine their own project through brainstorming, and individual teacher guidance.
Saturday Family Art  
March 9
Cost is $25 for 2 family members
Kites Kites Kites
1-3 p.m.
Construct a flying machine just in time for the windy season. 
Beginning Drawing taught by Peter Campbell
March 13–April 17
6–8 p.m.
Includes materialsLearn how to draw realistically using charcoal and newsprint. Small class size offers an opportunity for one on one instruction from Pete Campbell. 
Saturday Family Art          
Magic Mosaics
April 20
1-3 p.m.
Cost is $25 for 2 family members
Create a mosaic stepping stone with concrete, glass, and ceramic tiles.
Creativity Festivity  / Masks Making
March 27–April 30
An exhibition displaying traditional cultural masks from all over the globe, integrated the last two weeks of the exhibit, with masks created by regional school children for Creativity Festivity.


GOAL: (Girls’ Opportunities through Arts and Leadership)

For 5th-8th grade girls / $400
June 3-13 | Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

This dynamic program uses the visual arts as a framework to address skills in relationships, personal identity, goal setting, problem solving and independent thinking. Applications are by nomination from an art teacher or other adult. Scholarships are available thanks to Durango Friends of the Arts and the George W. Hopper Foundation.

Art Camp – Arting Around
Children ages 6-10 / $180 per session

  • Session 1: June 24–27
  • Session 2: July 29–August 1

Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Here’s an opportunity to explore several diverse art mediums including papermaking, plaster casting, tile mosaics, and painting with acrylics.

Art Camp: Fantastic Fantasy
Children ages 7-11 / $225
July 8–12
Monday-Friday , 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

This camp is for fostering and expanding our rich imaginations. We will discover the magic of surrealism, dreams, and fantasies through sculpture, collage, and drawing investigations. Students will also participate in painting stage props for the theater camps’ production of James and the Giant Peach.

Around the World in Five Days
Children ages 5-7 / $125 per session

  • Session 1: July 15-19
  • Session 2: August 5–9

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–Noon

Travel through the world of art in five hands-on days of discovery. Learn about totem poles from the Pacific Northwest, Australian bark painting, Chinese printmaking, mosaics from the Middle East, and the rich art of Africa in this fun worldly camp.

Learn to Draw Realistically
Children ages 10-14 / $90 per session

  • Session 1: July 15-19
  • Session 2: August 5–9

Monday-Friday, 1–3 p.m.

Study the techniques used by professional artists to draw.

Teen Artistic Retreat
Children ages 12-17 / $125
Children ages 12-17 / $225

August 12–16 | Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

This summer’s teen retreat will focus on refining our realistic drawing skills and the three-dimensional world of ceramics. Using “real world” observation of the rich architecture of Durango students will draw and work on shading and perspective techniques.


Families Together: An Intergenerational Theater Camp

At Fort Lewis College
Children ages 8-13 / $450
June 3–June 13 | Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This camp is designed to promote intergenerational storytelling by bringing grandparents and grandchildren together to share life-stories. Parents are eligible to participate.

Imagination Station

Children ages 5-7 / $125

  • Session 1: June 10–14
  • Session 2: June 17–21
  • Session 3: June 24-28
  • Session 4: August 12-16

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – noon

These camps will foster the imagination with structured acting, movement, and improvisation games. The children will play at creating characters using fun props, costumes, and face painting! Class will culminate in a small performance piece.

The Writer’s Room: Playwriting

Ages 16 and up / $180
Instructor: Danny Mitarotondo
June 17–21 | Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.

This intensive one-week workshop will immerse the dramatic writer in a hands-on process of generating new material for the stage, culminating in the public reading of one new play by each writer on the final day.

Let’s Put on a Play Today: James and the Giant Peach

Children ages 8-11 / $500
June 24–July 19 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects— a ladybug, a grasshopper, and a glowworm, among others. Come join us as we bring these colorful characters to life and the stage.

Filmmakers Wanted: The Making of a Short Film

Children ages 12-18 / $975
July 22–August 16 | Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Come to this camp and actually make a movie with a professional! This will NOT culminate in something like a YouTube video, but will be an authentic, dramatic, professional short film that will be shown at

DAC the last day of camp.