Summer Arts Studio

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SAS24 Our 30th Summer!

Join us in the studios this summer as we celebrate our 30th anniversary!

Tentive Dates:
Session 1: June 10-21
Session 2: June 24-28 (One Week)
Session 3: July 8-19
Session 4: July 22-Aug 2
Registration opens to members March 13th

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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