Summer Camps!
Ceramics | Metals | Dance | Sewing | Painting | Drawing | Music | Theater | & More (Grades K+)

River Tree Arts Camps offer students of all ages and levels of experience a wide range of workshops taught by teaching artists. Our Camps and Workshops are structured to provide the community with a variety of options to accommodate busy summer schedules. Camps include painting, sewing, drawing, dance, ukulele, photography, metalsmithing, collaborative projects and more. All camps are age specific.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CAMPS.
CAMPS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS IN ORDER TO RUN.
ALL CAMPS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION DUE TO LOW NUMBERS, SO DO NOT DELAY IN REGISTERING!

July 8-10 (Mon | Tues | Wed)

Dance Camp

July 8-10: Monday – Wed 9am – 11am
Ages 4-6
Instructor: Dolly Nguyen
This camp includes arts and crafts, games and dancing! Each day, we will learn a different style of dance and have lots of fun! Please make sure to pack a snack and a water bottle for your dancer.
Fee: $70 (members $60)
** REGISTER HERE**

July 8-12 (Monday – Friday)

Ukulele Rock Band

July 8-12: Monday through Friday, 9am – 12pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Laurel Jordan
Have you always wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Now’s your chance! You will learn beginning chords and strum patterns on the ukulele while singing fun rock, pop, and kids’ songs! We will also come up with a band name, a band T-shirt design, and write an original song on the ukulele! This class is for students who have no ukulele experience and for students who already know a few easy chords. There will be a final performance for friends and family on Friday. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

Intro to Song Writing

July 8-12: Monday through Friday, 1-4pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Laurel Jordan
Do you like to write your own songs? Or have you always wanted to but don’t know where to start? Either way, this is the class for you! In this fun class, we will learn the basics of songwriting and students will have a chance to write and record an original song. There will be a final performance for friends and family on Friday. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP: Ukulele Rock Band  Intro to Song Writing **REGISTER HERE**

 

July 8 (Monday)

Sewing: Beach Bags

July 8: Monday, 9am – 1pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Serina Ruggeri
Join us for this one-day sewing camp to create a new bag to contain all your special things. A unique way to personalize one of your favorite items! No experience needed. Fee: $50 (members $45)
** REGISTER HERE  **

Art of the Tangle: Mandalas, Zentangles & Doodles Oh My!

July 8: Monday, 1pm – 4pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Piper Castles
Mandalas and zentangles are a fun way to create beautiful artworks by drawing structured patterns. Learn how to create these doodles with structure using markers and watercolor paints. We will explore patterns from nature and create our own while learning the basics of creating a tangle. This is an easy to learn, relaxing art form that all ages will enjoy. Fee: $42 (members $35)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP:  Sewing  + Art of the Tangle **REGISTER HERE**

July 9-11 (Tues | Wed | Thurs)

Painting Palette

July 9-11: Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 12pm
Grades 1 – 5
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
Love to paint? This class is designed for students who love to paint everything from animals, to portraits to landscapes. All mediums will be introduced and include watercolors and acrylics. Students will leave with a number of masterpieces that can be added to their art collection. Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE **

Mural Mania

July 9-11: Tuesday – Thursday, 1pm – 4pm
Grades 1 – 5
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
As a group, we will come up with our own concept through discussion and sketches, and bring it to life as a large-scale mural! Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP: Painting Palette  Mural Mania **REGISTER HERE**

July 15-17 (Mon | Tues | Wed)

Dance Camp

July 15-17: Monday – Wed, 10am – 12pm
Ages 6-8
Instructor: Dolly Nguyen
In this camp we’ll explore different styles of dance each day! We’ll have a different themed class every day that includes arts, crafts, games and lots of fun! Themes will be announced 1 week prior to the camp. Please make sure to pack a snack and water.
Fee: $70 (members $60)
** REGISTER HERE**

 

July 15-19 (Monday – Friday)

Mad Science Camp: Reactions in Action Camp

July 15-19: Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm
Ages 6-12
Led by the Mad Science Team
Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a Junior Chemist! Try your hands as a real Mad Scientist in this whirlwind camp packed solid with cool reactions. Explore bubbling potions, slimy polymers, color changing liquids, dry ice bubbles, and solids that disappear in an instant! Start out the week learning about laboratory equipment at your personal lab tech bench… Fee: $275
** REGISTER HERE**

World of Wonder: Theatrical Arts Program

July 15-19: Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm
Ages 4-7
Instructor: Barbara Fraser
World of Wonder theater program returns another year. Join us for a fun-filled week acting our favorite stories from different cultures across the earth; combining world drums, flutes, xylophones, with group and 3-D art projects, and different styles of dance/movement (such as yoga and African).  Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE**

Making Music

July 15-19: Monday – Friday, 1pm – 4pm
Ages 4-7
Instructor: Brigid Rankowski
Learn to make different instruments with household items and find your rhythm in this fun class. Children will express themselves with movement and music to get their summer energy out!
Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE**

FULL DAY CAMP: World of Wonder  Making Music **REGISTER HERE**

 

July 16-18 (Tues | Wed | Thurs)

Metalsmithing

July 16-18: Tues-Thurs, 9am-12pm
Grades 4+
Instructor: Alice Carroll
Work with metalsmithing tools to form, shape & create your own designs. Hammering and soldering will be the main focus of camp. Each student will learn techniques to make their very own sculptures, pendants, bracelets, rings, pendants and more. Boys and girls are encouraged to enroll in this camp. $90 (members $80) + $15 materials fee
** REGISTER HERE**

July 22 (Monday)

Sewing: Summer Dress/Summer Shorts

July 22: Monday, 9am – 1pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Serina Ruggeri
Join us for this one-day sewing camp to create a summer dress or summer shorts! No experience needed. Fee: $50 (members $45)
** REGISTER HERE  **

Play with Paint

July 22: Monday, 1pm – 4pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Piper Castles
Have you ever painted with shaving cream, glue or bubbles?  Now is your chance to try. Creating abstract art can be so much fun.  Play with color while marbleizing with shaving cream, creating a mural with bubbles and make a sun catcher with glue. We will create a group mural as well as individual works. (Please wear clothes that would look good with paint on them.) Fee: $42 (members $35)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP:  Sewing  + Play with Paint **REGISTER HERE**

July 22-24 (Mon | Tues | Wed)

Dance Camp

July 22-24: Monday – Wed, 10am – 12pm
Ages 8-11
Instructor: Dolly Nguyen
In this camp we’ll explore different styles of dance each day! We’ll have a different themed class every day that includes arts, crafts, games and lots of fun! Themes will be announced 1 week prior to the camp. Please make sure to pack a snack and water.
Fee: $70 (members $60)
** REGISTER HERE**

July 23-25 (Tues | Wed | Thurs)

Creative Collage Camp

July 23-25: Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 12pm
Grades 1 – 5
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
Students will rip, cut, glue and layer their way through the exciting world of collage. A mixed media camp to teach students that you can make art with anything! Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE **

Dream Art

July 23-25: Tuesday – Thursday, 1pm – 4pm
Grades 1 – 5
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
In this class, we will learn about and do projects based on an art style called surrealism. Surrealism is an art style takes its inspiration from dreams and creativity. What spectacular ideas are hiding in your imagination? We will find out by playing drawing games to get our creativity flowing. Then we will use these ideas as inspiration for finished paintings. Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP: Creative Collage  + Dream Art **REGISTER HERE**

Clay Camp (2 weeks)

July 23 – July 25 (Tues/Wed/Thurs)
July 30 – Aug 1 (Tues/Wed/Thurs)
6pm – 8pm
Grades entering 2-5
Instructor: Brendan Roddy
Get your hands into clay, get a bit dirty, and make some great artwork!  This camp will use mostly handbuilding methods to create original work in this two week course. We will make decorative art pieces like sculptures, tiles, and creatures, as well as pottery you can eat and drink food from. If possible, we will also experience throwing on the pottery wheel. The first week will focus on making work in clay and the second week will focus on glazing and other ways to finish clay work. Fee: $170 (members $155)  includes $20 materials fee  *** Fee covers both weeks ***
** REGISTER HERE **

 

July 27 (Saturday)

Seascape Painting

July 27: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Ages 8-12
Instructor: Meredith Radford
This workshop will explore color theory through acrylic painting. We will apply value and depth in our seascapes through a variety of techniques. Our unique palettes will be inspired by the sea. Fee: $45 (members $38)
** REGISTER HERE  **

 

July 29 – August 2 (Monday – Friday)

Mad Science Camp: Brixology and Engineering Camp

July 29 – Aug 2: Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm
Ages 6-12
Led by the Mad Science Team
Get ready for the Bridges, Bricks, Blast-Off Brigade! Campers step into the shoes of engineers in this Mad Science FUN’gineered camp full of rockets, wacky machines, flying devices, roller coasters, and BRICKS! We have merged 2 days of our BRIXOLOGY program with 3 days of our “Adventures in Engineering” Camp to inspire our next generation of engineers in mechanical, structural, aerospace, and nautical engineering. For two days, children are challenged to use LEGO® bricks to assemble a space station and a mechanized drawing machine. They will also use their creativity to solve real-world design challenges like building a sailboat slalom and off-world habitat. Fee: $275
** REGISTER HERE**

Funny Fairy Tales

July 29 –  Aug 2: Monday through Friday, 9am – 12pm
Grades entering K+
Instructor: Laurel Jordan
What if Cinderella didn’t actually want to go to the ball? Did Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming actually live happily ever after? We will act out hilarious retellings of classic fairytales in this fun class! There will be a final performance for friends and family on Friday. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

Fairy Tale Sing-a-Long

July 29 – Aug 2: Monday through Friday, 1-4pm
Grades entering K+
Instructor: Laurel Jordan
Do you love to sing?  Then this is the class for you!  In this class, we will sing a fun collection of songs from some of your favorite fairytales including songs from Frozen, Tangled, the Little Mermaid, Moana, and more!  There will be a final performance for friends and family on Friday. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP: Funny Fairy Tales  Fairy Tale Sing-a-Long **REGISTER HERE**

 

August 5 (Monday)

T-Shirt Upcycle Class

August 5: Monday, 9am – 3pm
Grades entering 3+
Instructor: Brigid Rankopwski
Turn that old shirt into something new and fun! From a flag or blanket, to a purse or a skirt, make something fun from your old shirts. No experience needed. Fee: $75 (members $65)
** REGISTER HERE **

August 5 – 7 (Mon | Tues | Wed)

Dance Camp

August 5 – 7: Monday – Wed, 9am – 11am
Ages 4-6
Instructor: Dolly Nguyen
This camp includes arts and crafts, games and dancing! Each day, we will learn a different style of dance and have lots of fun! Please make sure to pack a snack and a water bottle for your dancer.
Fee: $70 (members $60)
** REGISTER HERE**

 

August 5 – 9 (Monday – Friday)

Singing with Shakespeare

August 5 – 9: Monday through Friday, 9am – 12pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Laurel Jordan
Shakespeare may seem out-of-date and kind of confusing but not in this summer camp!   In this camp, we will perform a modern, musical, retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set at Verona High School where the characters…sing pop songs?!  Students taking this class should also take the class “Sing Like Swift” since we will be learning songs and choreography for the final production. There will be a final performance for friends and family on Friday. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

Sing Like Swift

August 5 – 9: Monday through Friday, 1pm – 4pm
Grades entering 1+
Instructor: Laurel Jordan
Do you love to sing?  Do you love to dance? Then this is the class for you!  In this class, we will learn some vocal technique and fun choreography while singing songs by one of your favorite pop artists – Taylor Swift!  Students taking this class will be in the ensemble of the pop musical “Verona High,” a fun, modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, as part of the class “Singing with Shakespeare.”  Students who would like a speaking role or solo in the musical should also take the class “Singing with Shakespeare” class in the morning. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP: Singing with Shakespeare  Sing Like Swift **REGISTER HERE**

 

August 6 – 8 (Tues | Wed | Thurs)

Metalsmithing

August 6 – 8: Tues-Thurs, 9am-12pm
Grades 4+
Instructor: Alice Carroll
Work with metalsmithing tools to form, shape & create your own designs. Hammering and soldering will be the main focus of camp. Each student will learn techniques to make their very own sculptures, pendants, bracelets, rings, pendants and more. Boys and girls are encouraged to enroll in this camp. $90 (members $80) + $15 materials fee
** REGISTER HERE**

Stop Motion Animation

August 6 – 8: Tues-Thurs, 9am-12pm
Grades 4+
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
Stop motion is the animation technique used for movies like Wallace and Gromit and the original Rudolph. We will learn about and experiment with this magical medium to bring our ideas to life. Using cut paper, clay, and craft items, we will make a few short films as a class. Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE**

Outdoor Drawing & Painting

August 6 – 8: Tues-Thurs, 1pm – 4pm
Grades 4+
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
Otherwise known as “Plein Air”, outdoor painting and drawing will let your child explore the history of 20th century art while exploring the world around them. We will learn about modern art by drawing and painting the great outdoors in a variety of styles. Children will walk to various local spots in downtown kennebunkport for inspiration. Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE**

 

FULL DAY CAMP: Metalsmithing  Outdoor Drawing & Painting **REGISTER HERE**

FULL DAY CAMP: Stop Motion Animation  Outdoor Drawing & Painting **REGISTER HERE**

 

August 12 (Monday)

Sewing: Creative Sewing

August 12: Monday, 9am – 1pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Serina Ruggeri
Join us for this one day camp and come prepared to create something fun just for you. No experience needed. 8 student maximum. * Students should pack a snack & drink. Fee: $50 (members $45)
** REGISTER HERE **

3D Drawing: Make Your Drawings Pop!

August 12: Monday, 1pm – 4pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Piper Castles
Take your drawings from flat to 3-D! Give your drawings the illusion of depth and space by learning the 6 secrets artists know to create fantastic life like drawings. We will explore one point perspective, shading, shadows and more. Take your drawing to the next level with 3-D drawing. * Students should pack a snack & drink. Fee: $42 (members $35)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP:  Sewing  3D Drawing **REGISTER HERE**

 

August 12 – 14 (Mon | Tues | Wed)

Dance Camp

August 12 – 14: Monday – Wed, 10am – 12pm
Ages 10+
Instructor: Dolly Nguyen
Campers will have the opportunity to explore different styles of dance and will also be able to create their own choreography. Please make sure to pack a snack and water bottle.  Themes will be announced 1 week prior to the camp. Fee: $70 (members $60)
** REGISTER HERE**

August 13 – 15 (Tues | Wed | Thurs)

Imagination Creations: Masks & Puppets

August 13 – 15: Tues – Thurs, 9am – 12pm
Grades K+
Instructor: Abbeth Russel
Create fantastic characters and bring them to life through masks and finger puppets. These performance objects will help you to become comfortable in front of an audience. Through imaginative play, improvisation, and creativity, we will build a performance around the objects you have created and the skills you have learned. Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE**

Create Your Own World

August 13 – 15: Tues – Thurs, 1pm – 4pm
Grades K+
Instructor: Abbeth Russel
Using art supplies and recycled materials, each student will make their own character and build a home for them.  As a class, we will then work together to create our own unique world by combining and exploring our characters and their homes.  Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE**

FULL DAY CAMP:  Imagination Creations  Create Your Own World **REGISTER HERE**

 

August 17 (Saturday)

Oceanic Printmaking

August 17: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Ages 5-9
Instructor: Meredith Radford
Join us for a printmaking workshop that explores a variety of printing techniques such as Gelli plate, collograph, and relief printing. We will draw inspiration from all of elements the ocean has to offer: sea creatures, underwater plant life and beautiful patterns. Fee: $45 (members $38)
** REGISTER HERE  **

 

August 19 – 21 (Mon | Tues | Wed)

Dance Camp

August 19 – 21: Monday – Wed, 10am – 12pm
Ages 7 – 10
Instructor: Dolly Nguyen
In this camp we’ll explore different styles of dance each day! We’ll have a different themed class every day that includes arts, crafts, games and lots of fun! Themes will be announced 1 week prior to the camp. Please make sure to pack a snack and water. Fee: $70 (members $60)
** REGISTER HERE**

August 19 – 23 (Monday – Friday)

World of Wonder: The Meeting of the Mighty

August 19 – 23: Monday through Friday, 9am – 12pm
Ags 8 -12
Instructor: Barbara Fraser
This is a new, creative theatre program that will be improvisational and all about ensemble building. We welcome all levels of experience. On the first day, each participant brings costume and props related to their favorite mythological god. We will form an ensemble as we write our own play that will include everyone’s god character. Opportunities for musicians, dancers, and artists. Performing our work in progress will be an option at the end of the week on Friday at 12 PM. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

Lights, Camera, Action!

August 19 – 23: Monday through Friday, 1pm – 4pm
Ags 8 -12
Instructor: Brigid Rankowski
Make your own movie, film it, and edit it in this week-long camp! You can become the director or star of your own film. Children will have fun learning the creative process of filmmaking and seeing their imaginations come to life. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP: World of Wonder + Lights, Camera, Action **REGISTER HERE**

 

August 20 – 22 (Tues | Wed | Thurs)

Drawing Club

August 20 – 22: Tues – Thurs, 9am – 12pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Abbeth Russel
In this class, we will experiment with many fun drawing games and exercises to spark your creativity.  Scribble drawing, sketching, character drawing, still life and more!  You will use what you learn from these activities to create your own collection of work. Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE **

Story Book Journey

August 20 – 22: Tues – Thurs, 1pm – 4pm
Grades entering 2+
Instructor: Abbeth Russel
Write and illustrate your storybook from scratch! Students will journey from raw ideas, sketches, and first drafts to finished stories and full color drawings. We will gather inspiration by studying the works of Marice Sendak, JK Rowling, Dr. Seuss and many more favorites. This class will build skills in writing, drawing, design, process, and problem solving. Fee: $90 (members $80)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP: Drawing Club + Story Book Journey **REGISTER HERE**

 

August 26 – 30 (Monday – Friday)

Best of Broadway

August 26 – 30: Monday through Friday, 9am – 12pm
Grades entering K+
Instructor: Laurel Jordan
Do you love to sing?  Do you love to dance? In this class, we will sing and perform some of the best songs from Broadway musicals while learning basic vocal technique and simple choreography. There will be a final performance for friends and family on Friday. Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

Summer Painting

August 26 – 30: Monday through Friday, 1pm – 4pm
Grades entering K+
Instructor: Piper Castles
Learn the basic techniques of painting with acrylics and apply them to complete finished paintings. Explore color mixing while painting flowers. Learn to underpaint and glaze by painting a beach. Create texture while painting ice cream.  Students will create mini painting to master new techniques, then create larger paintings with their new skills. Please wear clothes that would look good with paint on them.
Fee: $150 (members $135)
** REGISTER HERE **

FULL DAY CAMP: Best of Broadway + Summer Painting **REGISTER HERE**

 

 

Please be advised:

  • There are absolutely no early drop-off, or late pick-up options available during our summer programs. RTA’s doors will open for camps, promptly at 9am and no earlier.
  • Students enrolled in full-day camps should pack a snack, drink and lunch.
  • Don’t dress in your best attire for art camps ; art can get messy.
  • Please arrive wearing sun cream and bring a hat; small breaks or lunch may be spent outside at the playground located across the parking lot (under adult supervision).
  • All students need to complete the consent form and return it to RTA by the first day of camp.
  • If there are any allergies or serious medical conditions that RTA needs to be aware of, kindly notify us as soon as possible so that we can make necessary arrangements.