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CCAC Spring Break Classes Feature ClayVenture


With spring break almost here, it’s time to arrange for some fun activities while the kids are out of school. If you want them to get creative, how about signing up for ClayVenture Spring Break Art Camps at the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) in Allegany.

From Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25, kids will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get dirty with clay during a full week of wonderful hands-on classes under the supervision of CCAC Education Coordinator Ardyth Van Scoy.

Unlike the Winter Break Art Camps, ClayVenture will be all about clay all week long! All new clay projects will engage children in two age groups.

Ages 4-7 will start off the day from 9-10 a.m. making functional and sculptural items including molded plates, pendants, a bird ornament and a soap dish. The older students, ages 8-11, are next (10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.), with more ambitious projects, such as decorative hanging wall pockets, coil molded bowls and trivets with cutout details.

Why send your kids to the ClayVenture Art Camp? CCAC Executive Director Tina Hastings says, “This is a great opportunity to allow children to experience an art medium that may not receive a lot of attention in elementary art programs. CCAC has a fully equipped pottery studio and children get the full experience of working with clay and completing multiple projects that they can be proud of using and displaying at home.”

The week-long camp is $65 per child, and includes all project supplies. The classes are held at the CCAC studio, 100 West Main Street, Allegany. Please register by telephone at 716-372-7455 or online at

Art Camp classes will be taught by Ardyth Van Scoy, a Fine Arts graduate of St. Bonaventure. Van Scoy is also active in local theater groups both onstage as a performer and off stage creating scenery and costumes.

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