The galleries, hallways and studio classrooms at Sawtooth School for Visual Art will be brimming with kids, teens and parents as they get an early start on selecting summer art programs at Art in the Afternoon on Saturday, March 19 from 1 to 4 PM. The public is invited to attend this community open house free of charge to learn more about Camp Sawtooth (pre-K through 5th grade,) ARTeen (middle school) and Summer Art Immersion (high school.)
Art in the Afternoon will include hands-on art activities and live art demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Prospective students and parents are invited to meet instructors, tour studio classrooms, and get a preview of the various creative themes and projects on tap for upcoming summer sessions. The Davis Gallery will exhibit the work of Sawtooth 4th – 12th grade students while the Corridor Gallery will spotlight several of the School’s K-12 instructors. Free Sawtooth memberships (valued at $35 each) will be awarded to any student who registers for a camp or any other summer youth program during Art in the Afternoon.
Nannette Davis, Sawtooth’s Youth Program Coordinator, says that some parents begin researching summer camps as early as February, and by March, many are ready to get their kids registered. “Parents take an active role in choosing where their children will spend their time during the summer, and we provide them with a great opportunity to ‘get to know us’ at Art in the Afternoon,” she said. Davis explained that parents and prospective students can visit the actual classrooms where camps and other programs will be held, see examples of the different classes and projects offered, and meet many of the instructors who will be teaching this summer. “After touring through our galleries and studios, parents are reassured that Sawtooth offers a safe and secure environment with a creative teaching staff that’s second to none,” Davis added.
Sawtooth’s programs are based on where students are in school. Camp Sawtooth is for pre-K (aged 3+) through rising 5th graders; ARTeens is for rising 6th through 9th graders; and Summer Art Immersion is for rising 9th through 12th grade high-school students. The Summer Art Immersion program is designed for advanced art students and requires a recommendation from the student’s art teacher. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for all age groups. Scholarship applications will also be available at Art in the Afternoon.