Loyalist College’s Summer Arts program and Serious Summer Fun camps for kids and teens are drawing a record number of registrations this year. Coordinator of the Summer Arts program, Sharon Campbell attributes this to continuing student satisfaction from year-to-year. "An entire art club from Guelph has registered this year because one of their members enjoyed his watercolour class so much last year that he convinced the members to return with him this summer," she said. "Returning instructors comment on the program organization and Loyalist’s scenic setting. Students mention the ease of registration, access to residence accommodation and the cafeteria services."
In addition to the classes held on campus, there are also outdoor painting classes in Prince Edward County and at The Lodge on Amherst Island. Students enjoy having the location options and the popularity of The Lodge is growing as word continues to spread that it is the ideal setting for a working art vacation. Guests to the Belleville area appreciate the galleries, dining and painting locations which they discover here. The watercolour classes are especially popular this year. Some have wait lists, as keeping classes small with a maximum size of 15 is one of the features that ensure students will have a fulfilling learning experience.
"Some of the growth in the Serious Summer Fun camps is due to exciting new themes such as My Cool Room, but many campers are also returning for favourites such as Golf, Computer Animation and Beauty Boot Camp," said Christine Eddy, program coordinator. "While many of our camps are full, there are still a wide variety of camps that have spots remaining. There are so many great choices, there’s really something for everyone."
Pottery classes have been a long-time favourite of Loyalist’s Continuing Education students. Looking forward to this fall, the College is excited about the relocation of the pottery studio to the lower level of the old Corby Public Library on Pinnacle Street. Renovations are under way, with the equipment being moved from the campus to the new studio and the addition of a westward facing art classroom that will provide perfect daytime lighting. There are usually eight pottery classes each semester, including a Saturday children’s class and a sculpture class.
"We are pleased to be joining the vibrant downtown arts community and encourage everyone to watch for the display area we are planning for the main entrance to the building," added Sharon Campbell.
For more information on how to make Loyalist camps and classes part of your summer, call (613) 969-1913, ext. 2260.
Media Contact: Catherine Campbell, Loyalist College (613) 969-1913, ext. 2485, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Trudie Lake, Manager, School of Continuing Education, ext. 2408.