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Art programs for children will be offered in August at the Quick Center for the Arts in Saint-Bonaventure

Jul 27, 2022

Above, Caitlin and Emma Webster of Bradford, Pennsylvania, attend a summer program at the Quick Center for the Arts in St. Bonaventure.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University will host a series of drop-in programs and summer experiences in August to keep area children creative and engaged in the arts until late of their summer vacation.

“After being unable to run our typical summer programs for the past two years due to COVID precautions, we are grateful to once again be offering summer camps and art classes for children,” said Sean Conklin, assistant curator and museum educator at the Quick Center. “We are coming back strong, with several summer programs at the museum to engage children with different artistic interests and experience levels.”

The programs include two separate two-day paid summer experiences.

Superior Sculptors, a program designed for children ages 8 to 10, will run from 10 a.m. to noon on August 16 and 17. It will focus on three-dimensional works from the Quick Center collection. Participants will have the opportunity to work with clay, found objects, and wood or mosaic mediums, designing vessels and sculptural forms of art. The cost is $15 per child.

Art Forms and Functions, for children ages 10 to 13, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on August 23 and 24. This program focuses on many rarely exhibited objects in the museum’s collection. Participants will learn about various art-making processes that produce both beautiful and functional works, including laser printing on acrylic and wood, jewelry and candle making, and resin casting. The cost is $25 per child.

Registration is required for both programs and fee discounts are available.

A third program, Museum Mondays, offered every Monday in August (August 1, 8, 15 and 22), is aimed at the youngest members of the region’s community, children aged 3 to 6, who must be accompanied by an adult guardian. In each session, participants will read a story, have a snack, and perform an art activity designed around a specific artist or theme. The program is free, with all materials provided, and children can attend as many sessions as they wish. However, registration is required in order to help Quick Center staff plan supplies and snacks.

“This year, I really wanted to create experiences to engage kids of varying ages, interests, and abilities,” Conklin said. “I have designed activities that focus on our museum collection and provide opportunities to broaden participants’ interests or introduce them to new artists or art-making tools and techniques.

“We are halfway through our summer programming, communities have been really thrilled to see our ArtMobile back in action in their local libraries, and these programs provide a great way for young art lovers to end their summer. “


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, Université Saint-Bonaventure is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring them with a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. St. Bonaventure was named the 5th regional college value in the North in the 2022 edition of US News and World Report’s College Rankings.

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