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Spring Break Art Camp Wild & Wacky

Tuesday, April 11, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Wild and Wacky. Create inventive settings for your original stories

This is a four day event:

  • Tuesday, April 11, 10:00am-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 12, 10:00am-2:30pm
  • Thursday, April 13, 10:00am-2:30pm
  • Friday, April 14, 1:00-4:00pm

Join NewYork Times bestselling children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Rogers and award-winning author Nancy Castaldo in person at the Spencertown Academy for four fun days of character creating and story building to set your imagination ON FIRE!

Ages: 8-12. (Maximum 15 participants, minimum 8 participants)

Cost: $160. Limited scholarships available. Please inquire at [email protected].

Bring: Your imagination and your lunch. All art supplies will be provided

Using prompts, games, and fun activities, students will learn to develop their own, original world to enhance their storytelling and art making. They will build a version of their Wild and Wacky World to present on the final day.

Day 1

Spark your imaginations with examples of worlds from books & stories that you may know. Enjoy a world-building game to help us all get to know each other, fun writing & drawing prompts and a creative add-on challenge.

Day 2

Start collecting details to bring into your own Wacky World. Creativity-building prompts and activities will lead us closer to connecting with our own Wild and Wacky World and its customs. Begin to plan your final project through 2 or 3 dimensional art. Students will choose from methods of expression including drawing, painting, collage, board game, shadow box, graphic novel etc.

Day 3

What’s a world without inhabitants? Today is the day to introduce a major character to your Wild and Wacky World. Identify who, or “what” it is, and what happens in their world. We will start to build our final project, an original & imaginative world where characters and stories can flourish!

Day 4

The afternoon of our workshop will be devoted to completing our final Wacky World projects. Students will be given a list of questions they can answer about their world. By now, they know their Wild and Wacky World so well they can’t wait to share it with you. Please come at 3 pm for a presentation of all our Wild and Wacky Worlds!

Jacqueline Rogers has been writing and illustrating picture books for over 35 years. In 2012 she Illustrated Beverly Cleary’s beloved Ramona series, as well as The Mouse and the Motorcycle and the Henry Huggins books. Other works include illustrations for New York Times best sellers: My Great Big Backyard, written by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, 2016, Little Ree, written by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, 2017. In 2019 Harper Collins published Goblin Moon, a Halloween poem, both written and illustrated by Jackie.

Nancy Castaldo has written books to inspire, empower, and inform young readers for over 20 years. The Story of Seeds earned the 2017 Green Earth Book Award. Her 2022 books include When The World Runs Dry (Junior Library Guild Gold Selection), The Wolves and Moose From Isle Royale (Junior Library Guild Gold Selection), and Buildings That Breathe. Her research has taken her all over the world—from the Galapagos to Russia, and she loves sharing her adventures with her readers. Her latest book, The World That Feeds Us, releases in April..

The Spencertown Academy Arts Center uses state-of-the-art air purification filters to ensure air quality in the classroom space. Current Covid guidelines set by local school districts will be followed.



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Spencertown Academy programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Tuesday, April 11
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Spencertown Academy
790 Route 203
Spencertown, NY 12165 United States
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(518) 392-3693


Spencertown Academy
(518) 392-3693

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