Questions? Summer Art Camp has it's own phone number: 215.248.0559
Allens Lane Art Center's Summer Art Camp welcomes campers from all over the area, ages5 - 12 to come and join in the fun. Our Summer Art Camp offers a unique blend of arts and athletic activities that gives each child a fun and memorable summer experience. The camp employs sports specialists as well as professional artists and art teachers to help our campers in the numerous activities we offer.We believe that it is just as important to exercise the mind as it is the body (especially during the summer) so we make sure to take advantage of our unique campus in the middle of Fairmount Park.
Each week campers spend time in our art studios, dance studios and theater as they learn from our team of well qualified professionals as well as spend time outside enjoying our open fields, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts. Additionally, campers are taken on weekly field trips to area arts and cultural institutions as well as weekly swimming sessions (Roxborough Y). During the fourth and eighth week of camp, campers put on a gallery exhibition in our art gallery and a performance in our theater for family and friends. It's what art camp is all about! For the parents/guardians, a newsletter is sent home each week to keep you informed of upcoming activities. We've also got our own youtube channel that lets parents see what fun and activites our kids are up to. Campers bring their own lunch (we do not refrigerate). Snacks are provided during PM extended hours.
Dates & Hours
Camp Open House: Sunday, April 24, 2016
11:00am - 2:00pm
Parent Orientation: Sunday, May 29, 2016
3:00 - 4:00pm
*Pre-Camp Dates: June 20 - 24, 2016
Camp Dates: June 27 - August 19, 2016
Regular Camp Hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm
We also offer additional AM and PM hours (for an extra charge) to accommodate you.
AM Extended Hours: 7:30am – 8:30am
PM Extended Hours: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
* Pre-Camp is a week of camp (scaled-down version) that is designed for campers who may have an early end to their school year. Pre-Camp is discounted from the regular camp because there are no field-trips or swimming. Before and After Care is not available for Pre-Camp.
Camp Health Form - All parents must fill this out and return it prior to the start of camp.
Parent Orientation Handbook (will be available after June 21)
Director - Sherry Ashton
A love of the arts has always played an important role in Ms. Ashton life. She started her professional career in the performing arts as a dancer and went on to become an actor, teacher and choreographer. She had principle parts in several movies, toured internationally with a dance revue and did a short national tour with a children's theater ensemble. She has belonged to several dance and theater companies, the most notable being the 127 th Street Repertoire in New York City. She taught classes for and directed several Summer Arts Enrichment Programs, along with the ongoing year long programs.
Assistant Director - Susanna Horn
Susanna studied Art History and Psychology in Italy. She worked as a manager in an Art Gallery in Rome for about 8 years with responsibilities of preparing, and organizing the monthly shows, receptions, invitations and catalogs of the shows. She instructed the employees on the setting up cleaning, and all the preparations for the shows. Correspondence and contact with the artists and the transportation companies, inventory, print and small work of art on paper inventory and sales.
After marrying and moving to the United States, she taught Italian at Berlitz and Drexel University. Susanna then went on to work at the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential for 10 years as a teacher. She taught toddlers through 14 year olds in a variety of subjects as well as oversaw the production of the annual Shakespeare play at the Evan Thomas Institutes. Susanna has also worked as an interpreter and translator in a clinic that treated disabled and brain injured children and adults. She trained as a clinician, taking medical histories and doing evaluations. In this role she taught parents and family members programs and methods to improve the intellectual, communication, manual, and social abilities. She also worked as an interpreter for the institutes non-English speaking families. She loves cooking and teaches classes on how to prepare real Italian dishes.
Our Summer Art Camp follows our mission of making the arts accessible to our entire community by giving our campers exposure to a wide variety of the arts and culture coupled with sports and play.
Arts and Culture
Campers attend classes in ceramics, painting & drawing, crafts, dance, voice and theater.
Campers perform two theatrical shows (week 4,8)
Campers exhibit their artwork in our art gallery
Weekly field trips to exciting regional arts and cultural sites
Special weekly performances by invited artists (musicians, storytellers, etc..)
Sports and Play
Swimming once a week at the Roxborough YMCA - an off-site location. Swim is well supervised. Life jackets and a shallow section for the young ones.
Playground, basketball and tennis courts with instruction.
A variety of indoor and outdoor cooperative games (weather permitting).
Fun activities for creative kids.
Crazy dress up and theme days.
Special rainy day activities.
Weekly Field Trips
Note: Because of the nature of the field trips, they are subject to change. Any changes will be reflected on this page as well as the weekly camp newsletter.
Below was the schedule for 2015. The 2016 Schedule will be posted sometime in May, 2016.
Week 1: MORRIS ARBORETUM
100 Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Week 2: PA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL "RUPUNZEL"
2755 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
Week 3: UPENN MUSEUM
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Week 4: PHILADELPHIA MAGIC GARDEN
1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Week 5: MANN YOUTH SERIES "ROCK SCHOOL OF DANCE"
52nd and Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Week 6: PHILADELPHIA CAPOEIRA ARTS CENTER (8-12 Yr) MURAL TOUR (5-7 Yr)
1213 Race Street, Ground Floor, Philadelphia PA 19107,
Week 7: PHILADELPHIA CAPOEIRA ARTS CENTER (5-7 Yr) MURAL TOUR (8-12 Yr)
1213 Race Street, Ground Floor, Philadelphia PA 19107
Week 8: Ozzy’s Sports Fun Center
5411 Pottsville Pike
Leesport, PA 19533
The Counselor-In-Training program for teens entering 9th through 12th grade has always been a special part of our camp.
Jr. & Sr. Counselors
Counselors - All campers are grouped by age, with a leadership team of three counselors per group (we strive for a ratio of 1 counselor for every 6 campers). All camp staff are selected for their maturity, responsibility, experience and sensitive understanding of children. Art, ceramics, dance and drama are taught by professionals. Many teach classes at Allens Lane Art Center throughout the year. Red Cross certified instructors supervise swimming activities. Additionally, all counselors attend a mandatory CPR class (taught by the Red Cross).
Employment Opportunity:Allens Lane Art Center invites applications for Junior and Senior counselors each year for our Summer Art Camp. The deadline for submitting your application is March 1 for each year. Click here to go to our online application form. Thank you.