Summer Arts Studio

Summer Arts Studio


This exciting program is carefully designed with promising young artists ages 5-13.  Students attend classes for three hours each day with a break for refreshments (provided by River Oaks). Summer Art Studio is held in the Studio Annex Building of River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Each camp session incorporates projects using a variety of media. There will be ceramic projects, painting projects, acting, etc. During Sessions 2-4 every student learns basic ceramic procedures like pinch, slab and coil methods of construction, and returning students jump right in and start creating. Session 1 has cooking instead ceramics due to the time constraints of this one week session.

The last day of each session there is a bonus attraction.  These are themed days that campers dress-up, do theme day art projects, studio group challenges, and finish the day with a party.  

The studio group challenges instilled all the benefits that come from team building - Team work, communication, leadership, confidence, responsibility trust, respect and create a unique culture at camp. 

Our ceramics and painting studios are modern and fully equipped. Our instructors are working artists and art educators, selected based on their history of successful projects and programs with local youth. We are certainly excited about the upcoming summer sessions and hope you choose to send your young artist to Summer Art Studio for one or more of our unique camps.

"We Work Hard, Play Hard and Learn From the Experience"

Note that registration is limited to only 45 students per session

2019 Summer Arts Studio

Enrollment opens to River Oaks Members March 19, 2019 and to Non-members April 2, 2019

Session 1: June 10-14, The Roaring 20's, Bonus Attraction: The Gatsby Gathering
Session 1 enrollment is closed
Session 2: June 17-28, Art of the 1970'sBonus Attraction: Red,White & Blue
Session 2 enrollment in closed

Session 3: July 8-19, The 50'sBonus Attraction: The Sock-Hop
Session 3 enrollment is closed

Session 4: July 22 - Aug 2, I Love the 80'sBonus Attraction: The Rad-Hatter
 Session 4 enrollment is closed

• Classes are from 1:00 - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
• Drop off for classes begins at 12:30 pm.
• Pick up after classes is from 4:30-5:30 pm.   


To assist parents needing all-day care for their children, there is an option available. This option provides each child attending lunch and extra projects (including movies, games and additional art instruction such as the potters wheel and other projects) during the morning hours. Drop off time for children attending this portion of the camp is as early as 7:30am daily.  


Contact Camp Director Aubrey Bolen for more information. 318.473.2670
If you are a Summer Arts Studio Alumni you can start volunteering at age 14.


what parents have said

  • "My daughter just attended the first summer art session and she came home everyday so excited! She loved the cooking and art together. Thank you so much for making it a wonderful experience! "

    Abigail McPherson Morrow
  • "Best camp of the summer!"

    Martha Chrenshaw

  • "My daughter wants me to drop her off early and pick her up late. The kids have a blast, and they bring home amazing works of art. I'd give it 10 stars if possible."
    Kelly Letsinger
  • "Extraordinary camp experience, complete with plenty of class time for children to let their creative energy flow, outdoor time for friendly fun and competition, and a staff who truly cares and nurtures individuality and imagination."
    Nicole J Bolen



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