Summer Camps

Each year from June to August, students from kindergarten through 12th grade can enjoy a variety of week-long (or multi-week) classes to support their artistic interests. Choose from ceramics, cooking, comic book art, dance, drawing, music, painting, theater, and much more. Classes are moderately priced and financial assistance is available based on need.

2017 Summer Camps at the Arts Council of Wilson are here!

Visual Arts Camps


Camp Safari

Grades: K-5
June 19-23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Take a journey to Africa with tour guide and teacher Carrie Nobles. Explore traditional African art such as tie dye, paint sunset silhouettes, animals, and so much more!


Painting Party

Grades: 3-8
June 19-23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Come create masterpieces celebrating all the things we love about summer! With teacher Kim Valentine, make paintings with brushes, fingers and even paper towels while learning basic art principles. You will design, sketch and paint original works of art and have a blast while doing it!


I Enjoy Being a Girl!

Grades: K-5
June 19-23, 1-4 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Cupcakes, tea parties, dolls, accessories and more! Teacher Anna Batts will be on hand for lots of fun projects and activities that celebrate being a girl! No boys allowed!


Photography: Fun in the Sun!

Grades: 3-8
June 19-23, 1-4 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
If you love to take photos, and want to learn how to get more creative with your compositions, this class is for you! Led by Barton Photography Major, Aaron Ellis, campers will also learn about ways to use the sun to create images with plants and other found objects.


Painting with Scissors: Fun with Collage

Grades: 3-8
June 26-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Did you know that you can create art by cutting, gluing, and mixing fun materials? Learn all about famous collage artists like Matisse, Romare Bearden, and Eric Carle with teacher Carrie Nobles. Campers will use painted paper to create a character from one of Eric Carle’s books and many more fun projects!


Summer Beach Art

Grades: K-5
June 26-30, 1-4 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Make works of art inspired by the beach with Anna Batts. Some of the fun projects of the week include multi-media paintings, seashell crafts, and fun beach-inspired decorations.


Art Around the World

Grades: K-5
July 10-14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Visit a different country or continent from around the world each day with teacher Myra Stotesbury! Visit Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico, and America and learn about the artwork and culture from each place. Then campers will be able to create their own artwork inspired by each culture’s traditions and customs.


Create Your Own Comic Book

Grades: 3-8
July 10-14, 1-4 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Create your own original comic book with artist Jorge Aguilera. Learn how to use a variety of art materials and techniques to make your stories and characters come to life!


Under the Sea

Grades: K-5
July 17-21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Each day campers will learn about different ocean creatures. Teacher Myra Stotesbury will help them create their own sea-inspired artwork. A variety of mediums will be used such as drawing, painting, mixed media, papier mache, and 3D sculpture!


Drawing Camp

Grades: 3-8
July 17-21, 1-4 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, THIS CAMP IS FULL
If you love to draw and want to become even better, this camp is for you! Join artist Kim Valentine for a week of guided drawing and sketching classes that will take your artwork to the next level.


Paper Magic

Grades: K-5
July 24-28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Join teacher Aaron Ellis for projects with paper such as origami, paper engineering, making paper, paper weaving, paper sculpture, printing, and more. You will be amazed at all of the things you can do with ordinary paper, it’s magic!


Write & Illustrate Your Own Book!

Grades: 3-8
July 24-28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
If you love books and have always wanted to learn how to write and illustrate your own, teacher Myra Stotesbury will show you how! Campers will be inspired by their favorite books, and get to write their own stories, poems, plays and more!


Summer Crafts

Grades: K-5
July 24-28, 1-4 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Join camp teacher Anna Batts for a week of fun and messy summer crafts! Campers will do all kinds of fun projects like make pinecone bird feeders, tie dye t-shirts, painting projects, salt dough, and lots more.


Comic Illustration

Grades: 3-8
July 24-28, 1-4 p.m.
$70 / $55 ACW 2017 members, maximum 10 students
Join professional comic artist Louis Small, Jr. for a weeklong adventure! Create your own comic and cartoon characters and storylines. Learn penciling, inking and coloring techniques that will make your characters come to life!

Performing Arts Camps


Acting Boot Camp

Grades: 6-12
June 19-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$125 / $110 ACW 2017 members, maximum 14 students
Each day come and experience a crash course in such skills as monologue work, audition prep, scene work, and really learn what it’s like to be a professional actor or actress when, at the end of the week, you participate in a mock jobs fair.


Disney’s The Lion King Experience Kids

Grades: K-8 at Boykin Center
June 26-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 30 performance at 7 p.m.
$125 / $110 ACW 2017 members, maximum 30 students
Disney’s The Lion King Experience Kids is a delightful show based on the classic children’s movie. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. All participants will be given a role and taught acting and other performance techniques that culminate in a show.


Seussical: The Musical Kids

Grades: K-12 at Boykin Center
July 17-28 (two weeks), 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 29 performance at 2 p.m.
$250 / $220 ACW 2017 members, maximum 30 students
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical: The Musical Kids, a fantastical musical extravaganza. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphantly! Participants in this camp will be given a role and taught acting and other performance techniques. After this two-week camp, Seussical: The Musical kids will be performed live at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center Stage.

Important Information

Eligibility: Children are only eligible to register for camps for the grade range they have just completed in 2016-2017 school year.

Registration: Complete the Registrations and Health/Permission forms. Forms can downloaded here and mailed with payment to: Arts Council of Wilson, 124 Nash Street SW, Wilson, NC 27893-3956, or you may drop them off at the Arts Council during business hours or fax them to 252-234-0049. Additional forms are available upon request. If you have any questions, please call the Arts Council at 252-291-4329.

Payment: Camp fees are listed under each camp. Full payment is due at the time of registration. No refunds will be given for cancellations once registered. We are accepting registrations up to the Friday that is ten days prior to the camp’s start on Monday.

Cancellations: The Arts Council reserves the right to cancel camps due to low enrollment. Campers will be notified by the Tuesday preceding the camp’s start on Monday if the camp will be canceled. A full refund will be issued if summer camps are canceled by the Arts Council.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available based on need. Call for more information. Please submit applications at the Arts Council at least two weeks prior to the start of the camp. Applications can be downloaded from the website or picked up at the Arts Council.

Arrivals and Departures: All campers are to check-in at the Wilson Arts Center / Arts Council (unless they are attending the Full Day Disney’s The Lion King Experience Kids or Seussical: The Musical Kids camps; then check-in is at the Boykin Center). Camps begin promptly at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and you must accompany your child into the building. Please notify the Arts Council staff if your child will be late or not attending a day of camp. When picking up your child, you will be required to sign him/her out. Only persons authorized on the Permission Form will be allowed to pick up your child. If you are more than 30 minutes late picking up your camper, a $10 fee will be assessed.

Snacks & Lunches: Please remember to send snacks and lunch along with drinks for those attending Full Day camps. Should your camper register for Half Day Morning and Half Day Afternoon sessions, we can provide supervision (NO FOOD) for the 12:00-1:00 lunch hour for a fee of $10 for the week. The lunch hour fee does not apply for Full Day camps.

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