Summer Programs

Summer Programs

The Art Effect is offering a variety of program styles this summer ranging from video lessons, to in-person and virtual instruction. All in-person programs will adhere to State and County protocols to ensure a safe and fun experience for all.

Dutchess Arts Camp (ages 4-10)
New this summer! Multiple styles of camp to help you make sure your child has a safe and creative summer. At The Art Effect’s summer arts camps, children can explore their artistic abilities and have fun working on creative projects two different ways: at home on your own time using downloadable video lessons or in person at Dutchess Arts Camp in Poughkeepsie.

All necessary supplies will be included, and all program options will be in compliance with current COVID-19 guidance for in-person gatherings and camps.

Summer Intermediate Arts Program (ages 11-13)

Take your love of art to the next level in this brand-new program taught by Lauren Hollick for ages 11-13! This new program for middle school-aged students combines the fun and artistic exploration of Dutchess Arts Camp with the skills-building of our traditional Junior Art Institute.Young artists will discover the power of creative self-expression while learning new skills in painting portraits and landscapes, creating 3-D sculptures, and experimenting with mixed media. Projects will be adaptable to the level and interest of each individual student.

This summer, young artists can participate in the Summer Intermediate Arts Program in three ways:
– Download videos to learn and create at home
– Join remotely in a 2-week Summer Intermediate Arts Program virtual session with live lessons and self-guided activities at home
– Attend a 2-week in-person session of the Summer Intermediate Arts Program at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn.

All necessary program supplies included.  

The Art Institute (ages 14-19)

The Art Effect’s Summer Art Institute (SAI) is for artistically motivated teens ages 14-19 to develop their creativity and build skills that prepare them for advanced artistic study and careers in the visual arts. This summer will be taught by Rick Price, Director of the Summer Art Institute, and the focus will be drawing and painting.

The SAI 3-week program will offer both in-person and remote options. Students may attend SAI in-person at the Trolley Barn in Poughkeepsie or join remotely as “Zoom-in” participants. All students will receive in-person classroom sessions, assignments, and discussions, and well as daily one-on-one check-ins with the SAI instructor. Due popular demand The Art Effect has added a second session of SAI this summer. Space in each session is limited.

*All Programs are currently full. To be added to the waitlist please contact or 845-471-7477

Summer Youth Employment Programs

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 in July and August.

For More Information and to Apply, Click HERE

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