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Registration open now for summer art camps

Emily Sandt last year won the annual T-shirt logo design contest out of 20 entries submitted to the Worcester County Arts Council. Her design will be printed on T-shirts and worn by all campers who participate in the 2018 WCAC summer arts camp for children.

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 7, 2018) Friday is the last day to register for the 25th annual Summer Arts Camp program at the Worcester County Arts Council in Berlin.

“Over the years, the Summer Arts Camp has grown in popularity,” Arts Council Executive Director Anna Mullis said. “Close to 100 children attend our arts camp each year to discover their artistic talents through professional instruction and hands-on experience.”

The camp will be held June 18-21 at Berlin Intermediate School from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, and the program is open to children entering 3rd through 8th grades this fall.

The $100 tuition covers art supplies, instruction, and a camp T-shirt, Mullis said. Bus transportation from Pocomoke and Snow Hill is available for an additional $15 for the week.

“This program incorporates not only the visual arts, but also music, dance, and theater arts,” Mullis said. “This summer our camp offers a selection of six different art workshops that will allow children to explore various visual art techniques, such as painting, drawing, printmaking, clay sculpture, collage, jewelry making, and more.

“In addition, the returning and always popular musical theater workshop will introduce children to basic skills and elements of theatrical performance through acting and singing,” she added.

New this year is the “Gone Fishin” workshop designed to teach children about local fish and rubber replicas through the Japanese Gyotaku technique, which literally uses sea life as printmaking blocks.

Art teachers and professional artists will instruct all workshops.

Registration forms are available at the Worcester County Arts Council on 6 Jefferson Street in Berlin, or online at

“The week-long camp culminates each year with a one-hour gathering of family and friends to view exhibits of the final works of art and to enjoy the performances by the drama classes,” Mullis said. “The celebration allows children to enjoy an art experience that takes them from learning about the craft of art form to designing their own original piece, and finally to showing or performing the finished product.

“Creating something, be it a painting or play, song or dance, requires not only self-expression, but practice and patience,” she said.

Mullis added that the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club helps pay for some aspects of the classes.

“The funding provided over the years by the Optimist Club allows us to offer the quality art education for children and offer scholarships for children to attend the camp,” she said. “In addition, volunteering opportunities are offered for students 15 and older.”

For more information, contact Mullis at 410-641-0809.