Summer arts camps for teens

Teens, if you’re looking for something to do in the next few months, there are plenty of summer camps across the state. Here’s a sampling:

Clay Center camps

Clay Center camps are primarily targeted towards elementary students, but there is one for middle schoolers. Virtual Stories, a film production camp, runs 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 14-18 for students in grades 6-8 (as of next school year). The cost is $100 for nonmembers ($85 for members), and the registration deadline is July 7.

Early registration is encouraged because camps fill up. For more information, and to see the children’s camps available, visit

Charleston singing camp

The Appalachian Children’s Chorus will hold a summer choral camp for grades 3-9 from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 2-6 at Oakwood Baptist Church. Selina Midkiff will teach a choir class, Mark Davis will teach a drumming class and Noel Hardman will teach a theater class. Camp ends with a performance at the Culture Center.

The cost is $50. Call 304-343-1111 or visit

Huntington theater camps

The Huntington Area Regional Theater is hosting camps for students in grades 6-12 June 23-27 and July 21-25. They will explore storytelling and writing through the use of original West Virginia stories, as well as teach acting, singing and dancing, which will lead to preshow performances before HART’s summer productions. Elementary school camps are June 16-20 and July 14-18. All are $120 and run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at Ritter Park. Call 304-751-6351 or visit

Fayetteville drama camps

The Historic Fayette Theater will host a drama camp for ages 12-16 from 8 to 4 p.m. June 19-21. Campers will learn elements of stage makeup, silhouettes, magic, stage design, stage presence and articulation, as well as songs for a June 22 public performance. A mini-camp for ages 8-12 is Aug. 7-9.

Each camp is $60, which includes a T-shirt and light daily snack. Class size is limited to 25, and registration is required by June 5. Call 304-574-4655 or visit

Fairmont arts camps

Fairmont State University’s has several teen camps in a variety of arts topics.

First, Liz Urse will teach two eight-week drawing-related courses for ages 12-17 from June 2-Aug. 22. Classes meet once a week for an hour; they are “Look and See! Foundations of Drawing” at 4:30 p.m. and “Add Water! Watercolor Painting Class” at 5:30 p.m. Each course is $180.

Greg DeVito’s songwriting camp for grades 7-12 runs 5 to 6 p.m. June 9-13 and is $100. Tyler Kovar and Kurtis Dennison teach acting and improv techniques for high schoolers from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 16-20 for $150, and Elizabeth Wotring-Nelson’s “On Broadway!” for grades 7-12 runs 1 to 3 p.m. June 16-20 for $100.

Nick LeJeune will teach two digital courses for high schoolers July 14-18. Introduction to Videography is 1 to 3 p.m., and Digital Animation Camp is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Each one is $200.

Call 304-333-3655 or visit

Morgantown design camp

The WVU Division of Design and Merchandising will hold the Design WV Summer Camp for high school students July 27-31. Campers will explore the principles and elements of design through photography, sketching and painting. They will also have daily interaction with faculty from WVU’s various design programs.

Cost is $475 ($400 for day campers), and registration is due July 10. Register or get more information at

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