Students ages 7-15 will have the chance to express their creativity through hands-on art during Artworks summer camps.

During pottery camp in June, campers will carefully craft clay pots and bowls to glaze and take home to their families after camp ends. This most-popular Artworks camp allows students to work with handbuilt artist Joe Percy to craft and glaze unique pieces. But pottery is not the only camp available.

“We have Crazy Art, Art-Venture, and EcoArt, all of which are new to us,” said Heidi Kinnally, Artworks director of education. “EcoArt will focus on art activities while weaving environmental science and exploring while Crazy Art will feature creating with unconventional materials and techniques. Art-Venture will allow students to look at well-known artists and create their own art in that artist’s style.”

Registration is open for all four weeks of summer camp. The dates are below. All camp times are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and include lunch at Big Rapids Middle School each day.

Handbuilt Pottery, $120, June 19-21; July 13, final glazing; July 27, pottery pick-up
· Crazy Art, $90, July 10-12
· EcoArt, $90, July 24-26
· Art-Venture, $90, August 7-9

For more information on camp sessions and/or to register, visit artworksinbigrapids.org, call (231) 796-2420, or stop by The Painted Turtle Gift Shop and Gallery. Registration typically closes the week before a camp session.

Area residents can help with Artworks summer camps by donating to the scholarship fund. Scholarships are available for students identified by area art teachers as gifted in art and with financial need. In past summers, four or five students have attended the camp free of charge.

“We think it’s very important to creative opportunities to children,” she said. “Artworks exists to help connect our community with their creativity. Summer camps provide us an opportunity for additional community engagement. We hope summer camps will be bring more people into Artworks.”