Activities for children in Bonita Springs

Spoiler alert!  Summer is coming to an end and school starts in Bonita Springs on Monday, August 8, 2011.  The smiles are starting to come back to the faces of mothers across Lee andCollier Counties, but the grins are fading on the sun kissed faces of children everywhere.  Summer camp may be a dwindling memory for some, but at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, an endless summer is available with summer camps running until August 19, 2011 and after school classes starting up as soon as September 5, 2011.

Endless summer fun is still available in with classes like “Things That Fly,” a camp for children ages 6 to 8 years-old at CFABS.  Last week, campers explored the mysteries of flight and made art too.  “This is actually a really technical class that challenges students to use a different part of their brain while engaging in art,” offers Jordan Smith, Youth Education Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Each day of camp the students created a new air craft, designing, decorating them and then watched as their creations took flight.  Starting in September, students can continue the fun with “Anything But Flat,” where 3D comes to life as students explore different materials like paper, clay and almost anything students can get their hands on.  “Students will be learning about composition, visual balance, motion and tension, taking inspiration from trees, architecture, animals and people,” adds Smith.

While some campers were launching rockets into orbit, others were putting the finishing touches on art they had created for “Art Show,” a class taught by Amy Jensen.  Students created a variety of art from acrylic painting to clay sculptures and displayed them in their own exhibition space.  Students ranging in ages form 9-11 leaned how to assemble a simple portfolio and transform the classroom space into a playful art show complete with music and hors d’oeuvres.  Amy helped the students make invitations for family and friends who attended the show on Friday.  “Amy taught students to create art from recycled objects like soil and pencil for this show,” say Jordan Smith.  “She treats the students with respect and is able to bring the best out in each. Amy has the ability to identify the student’s individual needs and adjust her teaching accordingly no matter what age or experience level.”  Students can continue learning with Amy in September when she teaches “Cookonomics.”  Move over Emeril, because here comes the next generation of celebrity chefs.  In this scrumptious course, children learn about the preparation and business of food from selection of ingredients to catering

As young artist discussed their work, a beastly looking contraption that looked like it came from a post apocalyptic future was rolled out onto the deck at CFABS.  Students ranging in age from 12-15 were glazing the pots they made in”wheel Throwing” with the ancient art of Raku.  This fall students can learn to make jewelry with “PMC Metal and Clay Jewelry” for ages 12 and up.

So put down those back to school supplies and visit, to learn more about the classes offered at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs this fall.  School may be inevitable, but the summer fun is endless in art class.

Who:   Center for the Arts ofBonitaSpringsSummer and Fall Classes for Children Ages 4-18.

When:  Summer Camps continue through August 19, 2011. FallAfter-SchoolClasses begin September 6, 2011.

Where: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs26100 Old 41 Road,BonitaSprings, FL 34135.

Cost:    Varies.  Great Scholarships are available.

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 and receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class (including theater classes) to be used by December 31, 2011.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

A full list of Center for the Arts classes is available online at or by calling 495-8989.


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