Summer Arts Studio

Summer Arts Studio


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 Sessions 2-4 every student learns basic ceramic procedures like pinch, slab and coil methods of construction. 

The last Thursday of each session is our  Themed Thursday event.  This is an awesome day that campers dress-up, do theme day art projects, 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 - team work, 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 a 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 all alumni of Summer Arts Studio.  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"

2021 Summer Arts Studio Dates

March 24: Enrollment opens for members of River Oaks

Become a member today;​

April 5 : Non-Member Enrollment Opens

Ages 5- 13

Sessions limited to first 45 campers / sessions fill up fast.

Join us for Summer Arts Studio’s Season 2 of The COVID Years.  The Art Center will once again offer a modified summer art program, however, we promise to include all the fun that our campers have come to enjoy!   This visual art program is for children ages 5-13.  Campers will enjoy creating projects using a variety of mediums from painting, mixed-media, ceramics and even acting!  During 2021, we hope to bring back our all-day option!   The all day option depends on COVID phases for the State of Louisiana prior to our camp start date. All participants will receive a complimentary 2021 commemorative camp t-shirt, courtesy of the River Oaks Board of Directors.  Each session will be filled with exciting group challenges, competitions, special projects and our themed Thursday bonus attractions that will give campers a unique day camp experience right here in Central Louisiana.  We wrap up the summer on August 14th with an exhibition of all the campers art work displayed in the main gallery of River Oaks Arts Center.


This summer on SUMMER ART STUDIOS, The COVID Years, Season 2:

Episode 1:  The One Week Intensive  

Enrollment for this session is closed

Session 1 ~ June 7 - 11

In this episode, SAS campers and staff are excited to act in the Studios!   Everyone is getting ready for the big Luau on Thursday.  With only a week to get mixed media and paintings projects finished, campers are forced to make real time creative decisions.

Core Curriculum: Painting, 2d & 3d Mixed Media

Themed Thursday: The River Luau

Episode 2:  Red, White and You  

Enrollment for this session is closed

• Session 2 ~ June 14 - June 25

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, SAS staff and campers scramble to get ready for The Red, White and Blue Review. Will the skit show be canceled if campers find can’t find ways to create patriotic skits for the talent show? Will their ceramic projects be finished in time?  Tune in and find out. Special appearance by guest art instructor, Amy Glisan!

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

Themed Thursday: Red, White and Blue

Episode 3: Who’s face is this anyways?  

Enrollment for this session is closed

• Session 3 ~ July 5 - July 16

In this episode of Summer Art Studio’s The COVID Years,  camp is all-a-buzz with the excitement of the return of the Yule Ball. Instructors and campers are busy creating unique mixed media and painting projects. Studio group challenges start to get intense.

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

Themed Thursday: The Yule Ball

Episode 4:  The Season Finale

Enrollment for this session is closed

• Session 4 ~ July 19 - July 30

Every point counts in group competitions.  Which studio group will win?  There is much discussion about who is going to wear what to the Mad-hatter tea party.  Campers get to create a 3D assemblage piece with special guest artist Dusty Reed.

Core Curriculum: Painting, acting/props, 3d mixed media, ceramics

Themed Thursday: The Mad Hatter Tea Party



•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 4:30-5:15 pm.

•All Day Campers can be dropped off at 7:45am



During 2021, we are bringing back our all-day option!   The all day option depends on COVID phases for the State of Louisiana prior to our camp start date.
We will not be able to provide lunchs for all-day campers.  All-day camper will need to bring thier own lunch in a lunchbox with thier name on it.


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.


Registration Form

March 24: Enrollment opens for members of River Oaks

April 5 : Non-Member Enrollment Opens

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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