totArt presents our sixth year of nature inspired summer art camp for children 6-9 years. We offer three one week sessions meeting daily.

For the past three year we have held our camp at the Bowdoin Schiller Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island. They will be doing some extensive  construction this summer and will be unable to host us. I'm on the hunt for another magical location for us to explore forest, fields and ocean. Stay tuned!! 

Classes will meet 9am – 2pm Monday through Friday each week. Carpooling is encouraged. All supplies are included in the registration fee. Families will provide a snack, lunch and water for each child. Each session will be different so children can join us for more than one.

Registration is open! Class size is 15 and registration will remain open until all spaces are filled.

Session 1
Colors of Summer, August 5 - 9 
We will be exploring and celebrating colors in the landscape particular to the late summer season, through painting, printmaking and weaving. 
Dates: August 5 -9
Time: 9am - 2pm
Class Size:15
Available Spots: 4

Session 2
Nature's Patterns and Textures
We will be finding and reproducing textures and patterns we find on our hikes (symmetries, trees, spirals, meanders, waves, foams, tessellations, cracks and stripe) in prints, drawings, stitching and bookmaking.
Dates: August 12 - 16, 2019
Time: 9am - 2pm
Location: TBA
Class Size:15
Available Spots:  Class Full, Registration Closed

Session 3 
We will be celebrating the animal life we encounter during our stay, imagining what it might be like to see and be them. Our week will be spent writing an original play, making animal costumes and performing it for families. 
Dates: August 19- August 23
Time: 9am - 2pm
Location: TBA
Class Size:15
Available Spots: 5

$100 per child, includes all materials. Full and partial scholarships are available. Please email Leah if one would help your family join us this summer.

Studio artist and mom, Leah Gauthier holds an M.F.A. from The School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, Tufts University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Chester College of New England. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and alternative spaces in the U.S. and abroad.

Co-Teacher Session 1

Co-Teacher Session 2
Alyssa Bishop
Alyssa Bishop holds a BA in Art and Art History from Simmons College. She sells her vibrant landscape paintings in galleries and through private commission. Alyssa previously owned a decorative painting business, creating murals and hand-painted designs on walls and furniture, in upscale homes and businesses across Southern Maine. Alyssa is also passionate about fostering creativity in children. In her current position, teaching as an Ed-Tech in the Coffin School Resource Room, she utilizes a creative approach to learning in order to support students’ multiple learning styles. When not in the studio or at school, she can be found outdoors- hiking or paddling with her seven year old son.

Teacher Assistant
- Mia Pierce

Co-Teacher Session 3

Thanks to Our Community Partners
Kurt Greenstone (Electricman) and Halsey Burgund  for sponsoring scholarships. 

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