For Creative Types

Some of the Valley’s top camps for artsy kids

Beacon Art Studios 

211 Fishkill Ave.,Beacon

Budding fashion designers can get a head start on their haute couture creations by signing up for “Project Fun Way.” Between sketching, sewing, and upcycling old clothing, they’ll proudly show off their work at Friday’s “Funway Fashion Show.”
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July 10-August 11
Session length: Five days per session
Drop off/Pick-up: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $300

Cappella Festiva Summer Choral Festival

Vassar College & St. John’s Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie

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Founded in 1974 by the then director of choral music at Vassar College and an instrumentalist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Capella Festiva remains an esteemed choir, performing Baroque, early Classical, Romantic and Modern music.
Schedule: Mon.-Sat., July 10-27
Session length: 11 days
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sat.)
Ages: Grades 3-12
Cost: $595; $550 by April 30

Mill Street Loft’s Dutchess Arts Camps

8 Long Dock Rd., Beacon
41 Alden Pl., Millbrook
260 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie
7412 South Broadway, Red Hook

Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie’s non-profit multi-arts educational center, spearheads Dutchess Arts Camps. At these creative workshops — which unfold in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Red Hook, and Millbrook — campers do everything from edit iMovies to make stained glass to dream up plays. Every Friday, parents are invited to stop by and gawk over their kiddos’ imaginative efforts.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July 10-August 4
Session length: One week per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ages: 4-14
Cost: $190-$345

New Genesis Productions Youth Theater

23 Vision Path, West Shokan

Shakespeare is the inspiration behind this ambitious two-week intensive. From voice and physical work to prop and costume selection, attendees are immersed in stage and character development, culminating in performances of the Bard’s works — A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ages 7-9); The Winter’s Tale (ages 10-13); and Antony and Cleopatra (ages 14-17) — at the Little Globe Outdoor Stage.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July- August
Session length: Two-week sessions
Drop-off/Pick-up: First Session 10 a.m.- 3p.m. Second and Third Session- 11a.m.- 4p.m.
Ages: 7-17
Cost: $$375- $450

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Renaissance Kids Inc.

1821 Rte. 376, Poughkeepsie

Renaissance Kids is fueled by the notion that an appreciation of the arts is instrumental to a child’s personal growth. At this summer camp, kids get to do exactly that by trying their hand at such activities as puppet theater, studio recording and Claymation movie-making.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July-August 
Session length: One week per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9 a.m.-2  p.m.
Ages: 5-14
Cost: $175

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