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SAS23 A Magical Summer of Whimsical Tales

Join us in the studios for a magical summer as we use the whimsical tales of folklore as our inspiration for art, stories, skits, food and more.

Registration opens for members of the Art Center March 22nd and  to non-members April 5th

How to register your camper link:


Session 1 Tall Tales

June 5-16

              Art Camp Only ($285) or Art Camp + all day ($470)

Core Curriculum: Painting, Acting/props/storytelling, 2d mixed media, ceramics

Themed Thursday: Opening the Storybook

Join us as we open the storybook and see what exaggerated characters we find having a party in the main gallery.


Tall Tales are a story with unbelievable elements - related as if it were true and factual. Some tall tales are exaggerations of actual events. Events are often told in a way that makes the narrator seem to have been a part of the story; the tone is generally good-natured. 


  • John Henry vs. the Mighty Steam Drill.

  • Davy Crockett and the Great Mississippi Snag.

  • Pecos Bill.

  • Miss Sally Ann and the Panther.

  • Paul Bunyan.

  • Johnny Appleseed.

  • Anansi the Spider


Session 2 Fairy Tales

June 19-30

               Art Camp Only ($285) or Art Camp + all day ($470)

Core Curriculum: Painting, Acting/props/storytelling, 2d mixed media, ceramics

Themed Thursday: Emerald City Ball 

This Thursday you are all invited to a celebration in the Emerald City of Oz. Most of its citizens wear green but if you want to be any of the characters from any other fairy tale that would be even better.


Fairy Tales are a short story that typically feature magic, enchantments and mythical or fanciful beings.


  • Cinderella.

  • Beauty and the Beast. 

  • Rapunzel. ..

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 

  • Little Red Riding Hood. 

  • Jack and the Beanstalk. 

  • Sleeping Beauty. 

  • Puss in Boots.

  • Wizard of Oz

Session 3 Legends

July 10-14

               Art Camp Only ($185) or Art Camp + all day ($275)

Core Curriculum: Painting, Acting/props/storytelling, 2d mixed media, cooking

Themed Thursday: The Yeti Expedition 

Will you be the hunter or the hunted? Thursday we launch our expedition in search of the yeti. Campers can dress for the hunt or be the hunted and become a mysterious creature that lurks in the shadows.

Legends are a story that gets its inspiration in real historical fact and embellishes what is real.



  • Ali Baba

  • The fountain of youth

  • Bigfoot, Yeti

  • Loch Ness Monster

  • Bogeyman

  • Roux-ga-roux (rugaru)


Session 4 Fables

July 17-28

               Art Camp Only ($285) or Art Camp + all day ($470)

 Core Curriculum: Painting, Acting/props/storytelling, 2d mixed media, ceramics

  Special Guest Instructor: Dusty Reed “The Cajun Picasso”

 Themed Thursday: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

This is the granddaddy of all our themed Thursdays. Feel free to dress up as any character from  Alice in Wonderland.  The Mad Hatter is waiting for you to arrive at his tea party so don’t be late for this very important date.


Fables are a narrative form, usually featuring animals that behave and speak as human beings, told in order to highlight human follies and weaknesses. A moral—or lesson for behavior—is woven into the story and often explicitly formulated at the end.


  • Little Red Hen

  • The Hare and the Tortoise, 

  • The Fox and the Hound

  • The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg

No Refunds After April 28th, 2023

Summer Art Studio 2023 Sponsors:

River Oaks Board of Directors


Doug Young Nursery

Alexandria Pediatric Dentistry

Louisiana Restaurant Association

Alexandria Emergency Hospital

Dr. Betsy Long Memorial Fund

Dr. & Mrs. Michael Smith

Dr. & Mrs. Will Crenshaw

Tammi & Bryon Salazar

Drs. Sara Kelly & Dan Oas

Dr. & Mrs. Jerry Patton


This exciting program is carefully designed with promising young artists ages 5-13. Campers rotate through three classes each day with a break for refreshments (provided by River Oaks). Summer Arts Studio is held in the Studio Annex Building of River Oaks Square Arts Center in downtown Alexandria, La.  Each camp session incorporates projects using a variety of media. There will be ceramic projects, painting projects, acting, etc. During 2 week sessions, every student learns basic ceramic procedures like pinch, slab, and coil methods of construction. During 1-week sessions cooking class replaces ceramics class.
On the last Thursday of each session is we host our Themed Thursday event.  This is an awesome day that campers dress up, create themed day art projects, participate in unique studio group challenges, and finish the day with a party. 

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

The Board of directors of River Oaks donates a camp t-shirt to every camper.  These commemorative camp shirts are brought home after Tie-Dye Tuesday. 

Our ceramics and painting studios are modern and fully equipped. Our instructors are working artists and our Group Leaders & L.I.T.s are alumni of this Summer Arts Studio Program.  We are certainly excited about the upcoming summer and hope you choose to send your young artist to Summer Arts Studio for one or more of our unique sessions.

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


Daily pick-up/drop-off schedule:

•All Day Campers can be dropped off at 7:45 am
•Classes are from 1:00 - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
•Drop off for classes begins at 12:30 pm.
•Pick up after classes are from 4:30-5:15 pm.

ALL-DAY Option Available.
Drop-off starts at 7:45 AM.  All-day campers have a less structured morning schedule.hang-out.  They play games, watch movies, small art procects, served a snack, play outside, free play and get to hang out with thier friends until classes start at 1PM.  There are no tardies and drop-off is at your convinence. 

We will not be able to provide lunches for all-day campers.  All-day campers will need to bring their own lunch in a lunchbox with their name on it. We still provide a morning snack.



Contact Camp Director Aubrey Bolen for more information before February. 318.473.2670

If you are a Summer Arts Studio Alumni you can start volunteering at age 14.


Registration Form

How to Register for Summer Arts Studio: 

45 campers per session

  1. Registration opens to Art Center members on March 22 and non-members April 5th. To become a member use this link to join.

  2. Fill out Reservation Form that is in the camp brochure. There is a copy of that on River Oaks website in the Summer Arts Studio navigation Tab at the bottom of the home page or use this link:

  3. The parent/guardian can either bring the reservation form by the office with payment or call the art center and have the front desk fill out the form and give them your credit card info to process payment then or mail in the reservation form with a check (this method has the risk of not getting your camper in.)
  4. Once your camper is registered then you will need to fill out the Camper Information Form online.  That link is on the Summer Arts Studio tab on River Oaks Website or use this link to fill it our online:

    *If the session is full, please ask to be placed on the waitlist for which every session you are interested in. 

    There are no refunds after April 28th. 

Then out our camper information form located on this page.


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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