Summer art camp

Join us for an incredible summer as we

welcome students back for full-day art camps!

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In partnership with Arts in Education of the Gorge and Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA), this summer The Dalles Art Center (TDAC) will be providing art camps for youth in grades 2nd-5th. We hope to engage and empower them through the arts so they may explore their natural creative gifts, learn new techniques, build confidence, and of course, have fun!

All supplies are provided and scholarships are available to support maximum engagement!

Please bring your own snacks and lunch.

Safety and Precautions
Physical distancing will be implemented and State guidelines will be enforced. We are limiting our class size to 12 students. This ensures both the health of our participants and also a chance for our instructors to really engage with each student. Kids will be kept six feet apart each participant will have a private container for their materials. We have coordinated a space at The Dalles Civic Auditorium to hold our classes ensuring a lot of room to accommodate our safety measures. If youth or family are showing any signs of illness we will ask them to stay home. We will take the temperature of participants at the beginning of class and encourage masks.

Day Camps Dates & Times

Monday-Friday

9 am – 4:30 pm

The Dalles Civic Auditorium | The Dalles

Monday-Friday

9 am – 3 pm

Columbia Center for the Arts | Hood River

Registration Costs

$300 | Each Camp/Week

Partial and Full Scholarships Available

If one of our camps is full, make sure to check availability at CCA.

When you register for a camp, please fill out and send us a registration form as well so we make sure we have all pertinent information.

If you have any questions or are interested in a scholarship, please contact Amy Gray, the Program Coordinator at amy.gray@hoodriver.k12.or.us

TDAC is collaborating with the Columbia Center for the Arts and Arts in Education of the Gorge to offer these camps. Visit CCA's site to register there.

July 12th -16th | Rhythm & Blues, Drums & Paintings

9 am - 4:30 pm

The Dalles Civic Auditorium

9 am - 3 pm

Columbia Center for the Arts

For Grades:

2nd to 5th

Join artists Molly Holmlund and Tim Snyder for a week of drumming, drawing, watercolor, and music. In this five-day camp, learners will draw and experiment with watercolor exploring color through rhythms to make for a fun and lively experience. Students will use drumsticks, bucket drums, pencils, watercolor, and other multimedia. An introduction to visual thinking strategies helps campers respond to artworks by professional artists and encourages imagination and sense of wonder. This creative art-lovers camp will bring learners home ready to dance into dreamland.

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Molly Holmlund

is an artist living in White Salmon, Washington. With nature as her muse, she collaborates with and incorporates natural materials every chance she gets, from making ink from plants and minerals she forages to simply observing the natural world. Molly enjoys sharing this love of nature and art as a way for kids to describe and learn about the world around them, and as a way to creatively problem-solve through art. Molly has done several murals around the Gorge, involving kids and community members if the project allows. Her natural ink paintings can be seen at the following venues. The Remains Gallery (Hood River), Arrowleaf Workshop (White Salmon), Tokki Art Supply (Hood River), etsy@ForagedInk, and ForagedInk.art

Tim Snyder

is a local musician and founder of Underground Music in Hood River Oregon. His teaching artist experience has placed him in every school in The Gorge and regionally around the state. Kids love learning to drum from Tim because his inner child is fully intact!

July 19th -23rd | Stitch & measure, trash to treasure

9 am - 4:30 pm

The Dalles Civic Auditorium

9 am - 3 pm

Columbia Center for the Arts

For Grades:

2nd to 5th

Join mixed-media artist and educator Jess Graff for a five-day art camp of creativity and connection. Participants will create objects out of recycled objects, learn sewing skills, use hand tools and explore materials such as fabric, plastic, cardboards, metal, fibers, and other reusable items; all with ample help from adults. Participants will play and experiment with dozens of new materials to build their own wearable treasures, as well as collaborate to create a group artwork for the art center. With plenty of math and science for good measure, this camp will bring out the inner fashion designer, builder, and artist.

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Jess Graff

is a mixed-media artist and educator who has participated in numerous gallery shows and residency programs at schools, art centers, and museums across the country. She is passionate about creating equitable shared spaces and artworks that invite people of all ages and backgrounds to collaborate and communicate together. As an artist with both Western European and Middle Eastern heritage, Jess draws inspiration for her artwork from her personal history, the natural world, and from moments of shared creative exploration with the families she teaches.

July 26th-30th | Builders & buckets

9 am - 4:30 pm

The Dalles Civic Auditorium

9 am - 3 pm

Columbia Center for the Arts

For Grades:

2nd to 5th

Join artists Rod Stuart, Peggy Wooten, and Tim Snyder for a week of woodworking, mosaic tiling, tesselation making, bucket drumming, and all-around fun! Campers will build wooden creatures to tile and paint, learn about mosaics, and the art of tiling. Make music and design their instrument. This camp will set kids up to be great helpers with your next remodel!

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Rod Stuart

Making things provides Rod with a way to impact people both through teaching and by being a creative person. He has lived and worked in five countries in the past 20 years and taught in K-12 international schools.

Tim Snyder

is a local musician and founder of Underground Music in Hood River Oregon. His teaching artist experience has placed him in every school in The Gorge and regionally around the state. Kids love learning to drum from Tim because his inner child is fully intact!

Peggy Wooten

is a local mosaic artist having studied in Ravenna, Italy. She has brought her art to the Columbia Gorge, teaching in schools and the Columbia Art Gallery. Her mission is to introduce mosaic art to as many young artists as possible, so their creativity can blossom.

August 2nd-6th | Fabulous Fiber arts

9 am - 4:30 pm

The Dalles Civic Auditorium

9 am - 3 pm

Columbia Center for the Arts

For Grades:

2nd to 5th

Join artists Stephanie Delgado, Erin Erickson, and Amy Gray for a week of multi-media and design projects. In this five-day camp, learners will stitch, knit, sew, dye and design using fibers, thread, yarn, and a plethora of fabrics. We'll augment and embroider on photographs, use embroidery hoops, child-safe needles, classroom looms, and more. For kids that are interested in fashion, design, and handicrafts this camp will be a fantastic introduction to new tools and techniques.

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Erin Erickson

Owner of Blowfish Design, Erin is a textile artist and fashion designer. In a past life she was a skateboarding punk rocker in Los Angeles but this time around she calls White Salmon home. She loves to garden, play in the river, be with her incredible large circle of amazing friends and family.

Stephanie Delgado

is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a resident of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. She has a passion for artistic creation and a true fascination with the natural world. As a little girl she enjoyed anything that she could make herself, curiously beginning to forge her path as an artist. Her interests expand into multiple mediums wherein she explores the world through color, shape, texture, movement, stillness and beauty. Her work is a celebration of nature, she marvels at creation. She loves any opportunity to learn and teach and delights in connecting with community.

Amy Gray

has a background in Museum Education and loves to introduce kids to Visual Thinking using works of art in galleries and art around the community, setting up space for dialogue, and letting the ideas flow collectively. She is amazed at the ideas kids come up with and will help kids bring their “wonderings” about professional art-making to life in their own artwork.

August 9th-13th | wild things, come & play!

9 am - 4:30 pm

The Dalles Civic Auditorium

9 am - 3 pm

Columbia Center for the Arts

For Grades:

2nd to 5th

Join Deb Currier and friends for a week of theatre games and creative activities designed to spark imagination, teach fun acting/character techniques, and ultimately create our very own drama showcase! Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s classic, Where the Wild Things Are, we’ll explore acting, designing, dramatic writing, and performing while we bring our own Wild Thing characters to life!

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Dr. Deb greer currier

is the Theatre Education and Outreach Director and a professor at Western Washington University. Deb has 25 years of experience designing and delivering youth theatre camps, and is thrilled to be joining the CCA and TDAC this summer to PLAY!