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Summer Art Classes for Kids in Ellicottville and Allegany


The Cattaraugus County Arts Council has announced a new selection of summer art classes for kids from kindergarten to sixth grade including pottery, drawing, painting and more.

New this year, the Ellicottville Memorial Library will host children’s art classes. Cathy Lacy will teach a weeklong series entitled Art Around the World July 16–July 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Classes include Egyptian Artifacts, Copper Enamel Art, Dreamcatchers, Jungle Animal Adventures, and Woven Baskets and Wristbands.

At CCAC’s Allegany location, classes for elementary age kids in June and July taught by Julie Hall will include Build a Robot, Art in Nature Collage, Buttons and Beads, and Recycled Art Banners. Also for kids in grades K-1 is a two-day class, Matisse Masterpieces: Wild Beasts with art teacher Nicole Missel.

Courtney Blackmon will teach the Ceramic Series in July and August and will include Ceramic Birds, Ceramic Fish, Clay Monsters, Clay Masks, and Ceramic Tiles. All projects in this series will be glazed, fired and ready for pickup approximately one week after class. All supplies are included.

Also, for grades 2-5 is CCAC’s Studio Series also taught by artist Courtney Blackmon and will focus on fundamental drawing, painting and 3D sculpture skills. Classes include Still Life Drawing, Buttons and Beads, and Abstract Painting.

CCAC is also offering two, weeklong art camps for kids, Like a Master and Tour de France Painting Camp, for kids in grades 3-6. Each camp will run for five days. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per camp.

Like a Master Camp is taught by artist Courtney Blackmon and runs July 30- Aug. 3. Students will study four master artists of the 20th century and create their own work. On Friday, the group will visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo to see works by these artists. Students will study Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo and Alberto Giacometti..

Art teacher Heather Putney will lead children through a virtual tour of France in her Tour de France Painting Camp in July. Children will learn about the style and technique of five famous French artists including Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir and van Gogh. Children will be immersed in new painting techniques and make a painting each day.

Parents can contact CCAC to make possible arrangements for siblings to take a class together. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible for our adult series of classes. Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be held at the CCAC studio at 100 West Main St., Allegany, N.Y.

For class dates and times, cost and to enroll, please visit or contact Courtney Blackmon at or(716) 372-7455.

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