Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Dutchess & Ulster Arts Camps
With campuses in Poughkeepsie, Millbrook, Red Hook, and now in New Paltz, Dutchess & Ulster Arts Camp provides themed weekly sessions for ages 4 – 12, where children can explore their artistic abilities and express themselves through creative group and individual activities.
Dutchess & Ulster Arts Camps take place from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

Dutchess Arts Camp Dates —
Poughkeespie: July 6-31
Millbrook: July 6-17
Red Hook: July 20-31
Ulster Arts Camp Dates —
New Paltz: August 3-14

Junior Art Institute

The Junior Art Institute allows passionate students ranging from 11 – 14 years old to explore fundamental art principles, preparing them for more intensive art programs in high school and beyond. Held at Dutchess Community College in the Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art.
JAI summer sessions are two weeks long from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

Session 1: July 6-17
Session 2: July 20-31
Session 3: August 3-14

The Art Institute

Through The Art Institute’s Summer Sessions, teens 14-19 develop their creativity and build lifelong skills that prepare them for a career in the visual arts. Held at Dutchess Community College in the Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art.
The Art Institute’s summer sessions are three weeks long from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

Session 1: July 6-24
Session 2: July 27 – August 14

Summer Youth Employment Programs

More information on summer 2020 will be available in May.

Spark Studios and MADLab
Spark Studios and MADLab summer employment programs provide teens the opportunity to create unique arts and media projects while earning minimum wage for six weeks in July and August.

COVID-19 Statement
Current Status:
— Spring art classes are moving online. Enrolled students and families will be contacted with specific information about their classes.
— The residential component of Session 1 of the Summer Art Institute is no longer available.
— The Art Effect is posting daily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter home projects and resources to help individuals and families stay creative. An archive of these projects is available here.
— The Art Effect has a new texting system it will be using to keep people updated. To sign up for the new text alert system, click here. To sign up for our mailing list click here.

The Art Effect is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in New York and will continue to implement health and safety measures to protect our students and their families. The Art Effect’s in-person programs are on hiatus at least through April 20, 2020. As long as Dutchess County and New York State have mandated school closures and there is local, state, and federal guidance to avoid social gatherings, we will not run in-person programs. When we postpone, reschedule, or shift the format of classes, parents and participants will be notified immediately. Should it become necessary for The Art Effect to cancel scheduled camps or classes, prorated refunds will be issued to those affected by the cancellation. We thank you for your continued support and we will keep everyone apprised of any major changes at The Art Effect that may occur.