Summer Art Programs

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
– Antoine de Saint Exupéry

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2019: Please note that the camps Unicorns & Narwhals 70’s Rainbow Disco, Coconut Beach Luau, Wonder Girls Power Week, Art Car Artists, and Outer Space Comedy Hour are Full and Closed. Please see below for remaining camps.

2019 Art and Theatre Summer Camp Registration is now open!
Salida Creativity Lab proudly presents the 4th annual season of summer art and theatre camps for children! Explore art, theatre, dive into an imaginative theme using literature, visual arts and crafts, drama, movement, and music! Explore art mediums and techniques as you paint, draw, create, or perform. Learn about famous works of art or literature. Bring imaginative themes to life as you read and act out stories, play theatre games, explore costumes, or face paint! Registration begins March 1.

Please bring to camp each day: Campers need to bring morning snack, a lunch, water bottle, and sun hat each cay. (Campers age 4-7 should also bring a change of clothes in a backpack daily.) ***No nuts or nut products please. To register: Complete and return Registration Form and Medical Emergency & Release Form  with $15 deposit per camp, and mail to Salida Creativity Lab, P.O. Box 182, Salida, CO 81201. Camps fill quickly, please register early. Please contact Tina Gramann at for more information.

Coconut Beach Summer Luau: Full and Closed.
June 3-6, Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Salida Early Childhood Center, 516 Teller
Ages: 4-7. $105
Put the lime in the coconut! A tropical oasis awaits as we read island-inspired folk stories and poems; listen to island music, learn a hula dance and sing along to the ukelele. Explore tiki carvings, island prints, woven textures, and other handicrafts. Make tropical- inspired arts and crafts like flower leis, seashell mosaics, and hibiscus tea for our Luau on our last day. Aloha!

Unicorn & Narwhal’s 70’s Rainbow Disco Party:  Full and Closed.
June 10-13, Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Salida Early Childhood Center, 516 Teller
Ages: 4-7. $105
Get out your rainbow sweatbands, the unicorns and narwhals are back by popular demand! This time, our single horned friends unite for a fabulous 70’s disco party! Read favorite stories such as Not Quite Narwhal; Wendell the Narwhal, Uni the Unicorn, Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, and more. We’ll make unicorn and narwhal, rainbow- inspired arts and crafts, practice our disco moves along with daily karaoke. Make fabulous costume accessories, a giant pinata, and dress in costume for our 70’s Rainbow Disco dance party the last day.  

Wonder Girls Power Week: Full and Closed
June 17-20, Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Salida Early Childhood Center, 516 Teller
Ages: 4-7. $105
Bam! Zaap! Pow! It’s a Wonder Girls Power Week as female heroines take center stage. Dive into powerful stories, poems, and music as you learn about inspiring women and girl pioneers, past and present. Paint and create art as you explore themes of strength and courage. An introduction to acting and performance as you put together a show celebrating female stories and accomplishments. Discover fictional heroines too as you explore the exciting world of stage combat, and of course, learn a few power moves from female fight choreographer Ms. Tina. We’ll put everything together- art, poetry, power moves, and costumes- and develop a showcase for our family and friends on the last day. Kapow! All are welcome!

Art Car Artists & Other Folk: Full and Closed
June 24-27, Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Salida Montessori, E St. Campus
Ages: 7-12. $105
Learn about amazing works of art created by folk artists, outsider artists, and self taught folks. Explore their mediums, learn about their lives, and why they are called “outsiders.” Get ready to be moved and inspired by their incredible feats of imagination, vision, and accomplishment as you explore homes made of cans, elaborate secret gardens, found object assemblages and the world of art cars by these untrained visionaries. Then delve into our pile of found objects and create your own 2D and 3D pieces of art- miniatures, sculptures, assemblages, collages, and mini art cars. We will display our work during Salida Art Walk that weekend. “If anyone can appreciate the work of an outsider artist, it is a child; because a child’s expression is similarly close to an original, untamed voice.”

The Boys and Girls Club presents the 4th annual summer theatre production:
Pumpkin and The Great Dragon Caper: *Full for ages 6-8; Space available 9 and up.
July 1-3; 8-12; (no July 4th and 5th); 1:00pm-4:00pm; Perform at 5:30pm on July 12.
Location: Salida Boys and Girls Club; co directed by Tina Gramann and Jan Justis
Ages: 6-12. Boys and Girls Club membership and daily fees apply.
From the directing duo that brought you Flying with Peter, Superheroes, and Lion King Kids, join us this summer for PUMPKIN AND THE GREAT DRAGON CAPER! Things are not always what they seem in the faraway kingdom of Merel. When the young prince goes missing, the king is quick to blame and punish a dragon for the crime. Only Pumpkin, the pie-smith’s daughter, is willing to help the dragon in this daring caper. Knights, dragons, kings and queens, bakers, action and comedy ensues! Take a role in this action-packed, humorous adventure, develop your acting skills, learn music, choreography, and sword fighting; rehearse the play; create props, sets, and costumes, and  perform for your family and friends on the last day. Lots of theatre games and acting practice too! Register for this camp at the Boys and Girls Club. Their summer membership and daily fees apply. There is limited space in each age group, please reserve early.

The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl
July 15-18, Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Salida Montessori, E St. Campus
Ages: 7-12. $105
It’s a celebration of all things Roald Dahl! Dive into the imaginative world of Roald Dahl as we explore and share our favorite stories and characters from this beloved writer. Share and decide on favorite characters. Will it be Mrs. Wormwood, Muggle-wump, Matilda, Oompa- Loompas, Mr. Centipede, Willy Wonka, Agatha Trunchbull, Mr. Fox, or BFG? Rehearse and act out favorite scenes, create imaginative costumes, sets, and props out of recycled materials and perform a Wonderful World of Roald Dahl showcase for family and friends the last day.

Outer Space Comedy Hour: Full and Closed.
July 22-25, Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Salida Montessori, E St. Campus
Ages: 9-13. $105
Dust off your moon boots, plug in your jet pack, and change out your light saber’s batteries. Students join together to create an outer space themed comedy and improv show in a galaxy far, far, away. Which outer space characters and aliens will invade, and who will save the galaxy? Will it be the Moon Princess or the Galactic Emperor?  Or maybe an alien life form from the land of Pixie Dust? Join the cast of this adventurous comedy ensemble and help tell the tale. Theatre games, lightsaber training, futuristic costumes, sets, and space props complete our mission for an Outer Space Comedy showcase for family and friends the last day.

Thank you for your interest in Salida Creativity Lab summer programs! Contact me Tina Gramann for more information, or Like Salida Creativity Lab on Facebook to receive announcements. Thank you.