totArt presents our fifth year of nature inspired summer art camp for children 5-8 years. We offer three one week sessions meeting daily at the magical Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island. 

During  the first two weeks, we will be exploring mythical and legendary forest and sea creatures from ancient Japanese, Native American, African and Irish stories and imaging how we might make these creatures welcome in our Maine land and seascape through drawing, painting, prints, costume making and creating imaginary habitats. We will also be making up our own characters and incorporating them into a book to be written and illustrated by the children.

The third week will be an exploration of home. We will be making renditions in 2d and 3d of our homes, homes of the insects and animals around us and fantasy homes for imaginary creatures. We will talk about home as a place of love, kinship and community, and dream about how we might extend our feelings of home outward into the world. Hope you can join us!

Classes meet 9am – 2pm Monday through Friday each week. Parents can drop-off or stay. 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 session.

Enrollment is now open. Class size is 15 per class and registration will remain open until all spaces are filled.

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Session 1
Mythical and Legendary Creatures from Japanese and Native American stories
Dates: July 23- 27
Time: 9am - 2pm
Location: Coastal Studies Center, Orr's Island, Maine
Class Size:15
Available Spots: Class is Full

Session 2
Mythical and Legendary Creatures from Irish and African stories
Dates: July 30- August 3
Time: 9am - 2pm
Location: Coastal Studies Center, Orr's Island, Maine
Class Size:15
Available Spots: Class is Full

Session 3 
A visual, creative and emotional exploration of home
Dates: August 13- August 17
Time: 9am - 2pm
Location: Coastal Studies Center, Orr's Island, Maine
Class Size:15
Available Spots: Class if Full

$90 per child, includes all materials. 

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 Sessions 1 & 3
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 six year old son

Co-Teacher Session 2 Lila Bossi is a recent graduate of Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine. She is currently taking a gap year to paint, farm, knit and work on her tiny house. She intends to study studio art at Wheaton college, beginning Fall of 2018.

Support our Programming
Our mission is to inspire and nurture the creative spirits of our young ones. Please consider partnering with us so we can expand our programming and offer more scholarships, so all families who want to, can join us. Click the button below to make a donation. Thank you!!

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Thank you!
Special thank you to the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center for sharing their amazing space with all of us again this year. And thank you to Wicked Joe's CoffeeTurtle Rock Farm, Fish Moon Yoga and Electricman for sponsoring scholarships.