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"


2020 Summer Arts Studio

The Ultimate Pop-Culture Character Experience



March 17:  Enrollment opens for members of River Oaks

March 31 : Non-Member Enrollment Opens


Summer Arts Studio

Ages 5- 13

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

Session 1: June 8-12

Art Camp $180 -or- Art Camp + All Day $275

Super Hero Extravaganza

-Core Curriculum: cooking, painting & mixed media projects

-Themed Thursday: Aquamans Luau


Session 2: June 15-26

Art Camp $275 -or- Art Camp + All Day $455

The Colorful Circus

-Core Curriculum: ceramics, painting, acting & mixed media projects

-Themed Thursday: Under The Big Top


Session 3: July 6-17

Art Camp $275 -or- Art Camp + All Day $455

Universal Disney 

-Core Curriculum: ceramics, painting, acting, & mixed media projects

-Themed Thursday: The Yule Ball 


Session 4: July 20-31

Art Camp $275 -or- Art Camp + All Day $455

Cinema Character Craze

-Core Curriculum: ceramics, painting, acting, & mixed media projects

-Themed Thursday:  The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

2020 SAS Sponsors

River Oaks Board of Directors
The Dr. Betsy Long Scholarship Fund
Jackson Orthodontics
Drs. Shawn & Gregory Dowd
Tammi & Bryon Salazar
Noelle & Michael Crowell
Dr & Mrs. Will Crenshaw
The Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority


• 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.   
*All Day Campers can be dropped off at 7:30am


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.


Dear Summer Art Studio Families, 

As a precautionary measure, we will be closing our office to the public.  We can assist you by email if needed  

Since our education system is under executive order not to meet and we have formal mandates for city-owned facilities from Mayor Hall, we will have to address summer camp registration via this alternate option. 

While we highly encourage you to mail-in your reservation forms to River Oaks Arts Center 1330 Second Street Alexandria, LA 71301, a drop box will also be available near the back entrance of the Bolton Home.   

Your child’s tuition will be held as we monitor unfolding events.  We appreciate your interest in our summer camp and cooperation with these registration changes. The  River Oaks Staff place you and your children’s wellbeing as top priority. 

Stay well and thank you for your support!

SAS 2020 Reservation Form

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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