3SummerCampThe Westport Arts Center is excited to announce its 2016 Summer Camp lineup. Registration for Westport Arts Center members begins February 1 and non-members can register beginning February 8, 2016.   Become a member any time to quality for early registration and camp savings.

The Westport Arts Center will offer ten, one-week sessions of fine arts camps for ages 5 -12.  All camps feature brand new, mixed-media art projects that invite creativity and experimentation while building technical skill.

New camp themes, including a nature-focused Sticks & Stones camp and a graphic- and merchandise-design focused Dynamic Designers camp, have been added to the schedule.  Previous camp favorites, including LEGO® Design, are back by popular demand and will feature all new projects.

To provide greater options, the Arts Center has also added the following benefits to Summer Camp 2016:

  • Extended Ages: Mini-camps are available during our summer kick-off week for Pre-K students while children ages 5+ can participate in subsequent fine arts camps.
  • More Flexibility: Need just a day of camp, a day off from the sun, or want to try out a certain theme? Families can now register for a partial week, or even a single day (space permitting, beginning 72 hours before a given camp).
  • Expanded Experience: For families looking for a longer afternoon arts experience, camp can be extended by one hour to 5 p.m.  Extended day sign-up is available for the full week or individual days.

“Summer camp is such an exciting time for us. At the Westport Arts Center, your child will be treated to camps that offer a little bit of everything. We offer opportunities to work with a wide range of materials and techniques,” stated Lindsay Heffernan, the Director of Education at the Westport Arts Center.  

This year’s Summer Camp will be taught by Stephanie Lush-Mastriano, who brings extensive arts and design teaching experience to the Arts Center.

“Our camps get rave reviews because of the quality and expertise of our teaching staff and for our focus on technique and experimentation within the artistic process, rather than just the final product,” Heffernan added.

Each week of Westport Arts Center camp is $310 for non-members/$295 for members for morning sessions (ages 5 – 8) and $210 for non-members/$195 for members for afternoon sessions (ages 8 – 12).  A short week is available the week of July 4th. Mini-camps and pre-K camp fees are $160 for non-members/ $140 for members.

To sign up for Summer Camp, please visit www.westportartscenter.org or call 203/222-7070 beginning February 1.  Campers who refer a friend will receive a 10% discount on a future camp or class; more details are available on the Westport Arts Center website.  Gift certificates for individual weeks of camp are also available. 

Westport Arts Center Summer Camp 2016 Schedule:

Kick Off Week:  June 20 – June 24, $160 for non-members/$140 for members

Pre-K Camp: Jump stART (Ages 3 – 5, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.): Students will learn the basics of form and shape while getting used to a classroom and group activities – great preparation for pre-school and kindergarten.

Mini Camp: Petite Picassos (Ages 4 – 6, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.): Your young artist will meet Old and Modern Masters in this walk through history.  Paint, sculpt and design while learning about famous artists.


Special Arts (Age 7+, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.): A mixed-media camp designed for children who may need extra attention in the classroom, including those with special needs.

Fine Arts Camps: One week sessions, $310 for non-members/$295 for members for week.


  • Morning session: Ages 5 – 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon session: Ages 8 – 12, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

June 27 – July 1

Illustration Creation: Campers will focus on different drawing techniques and styles inspired by well-known illustrators, and will build landscapes and models that capture their stories.


July 5 – July 8

Dynamic Designers: Introduce your budding designer to the fundamentals of graphic and merchandise design with innovative approaches to screen printing, logo design, product development and more.


July 11 – July 15

Amazing Acrylics: Build your camper’s understanding of painting and color theory as they learn bush control, color mixing and application techniques for acrylic paint.


July 18 – July 22

Building Up: Challenge your young engineer with a focus on transforming two-dimensional artwork to three dimensions, including work with clay, plaster and paint.


July 25 – July 29

Sticks and Stones: Perfect for a nature lover, this camp will focus on creating painted stones, multi-layered terrariums, and twig sculptures, with a focus on upcycling.


August 1 – August 5

LEGO® Design: Back by popular demand, this camp will focus on the design of futuristic cities and towers and the creation of cars and other vehicles using LEGO® bricks.


August 8 – August 12

Fantasy & Fun: From heroes to princesses to myths and legends, this camp focus on mixed-media projects that combine the real world with the fantastic.


August 15 – August 19

Abstract Attack: Campers will learn about abstraction working in two- and three-dimensions, including clay, paint on canvas and other unusual materials.


August 22 – 26

Funky FUNdamentals: This camp explores traditional art media in untraditional ways, introducing campers to a number of art techniques using charcoal, oil pastels, paint and more.

Registration for our Fall Course Catalog is ongoing. Check out the classes for babies, kids, teens and adults.