After watching the movie An American in Paris, Brian Dinsmore was inspired.
"He saw Gene Kelly dance and thought it was cool," said Brian's mother, Susan Dinsmore, who signed up her 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, Jessica, for dance lessons at the Ron Jones Academy of Dance this summer.
The Dinsmore children will take ballet, jazz and tap for 90 minutes one day a week.
While she didn't want to overload her children with activities this summer, Mrs. Dinsmore also didn't want them to turn into couch potatoes.
"This is just enough," she said. "It's a good intro, but it's not so much they'll get overwhelmed."
And if they like it after the taste they receive, then they can always continue in the fall, she said.
From dance lessons to theater camps to music programs, there are numerous ways to whet a child's art appetite this summer. Programs range from 30 minutes once a week to all-day, full-week programs.
At the Art Factory, children can learn about 20th-century visual art, music and dance through its full-day camp program.
"It broadens their perspective of what art is," said David Tucker, Art Factory director. "It gives them the message that art doesn't necessarily mean just drawing and painting."
The week's activities lead up to a showcase of the children's work on the final day of camp. Each of the five sessions focuses on a different period of the 20th century.
Most of the Art Factory sessions are for ages 6-14; however, this year, the littlest artists (ages 4-8) will have their own half-day camp July 30-Aug. 3.
The Family Y offers specialized sports camps, a dance camp and a drama camp, among others.
Besides gearing up for presentations at the end of the sessions, campers can participate in traditional activities such as swimming and arts and crafts at the Wheeler Center specialty camps.
Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS SUMMER ARTS CAMP 2001: Arts Smarts: A-Z, visual and performing arts and hands-on instruction utilizing letters of the alphabet; grades 1-3 and 4-6; morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Aug. 3; includes snacks and supplies; members $75, nonmembers $85; Saturday workshops for grades 7-12, June 23 and July 14 for beginners and advanced; (803) 641-9094.
ART EXPLORATION: Multimedia workshop for rising grades 5-9; 1-5 p.m. July 16-19; $135; University of South Carolina Aiken; (803) 641-3288.
ART FACTORY SUMMER ART CAMP: Ages 6-14 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays June 18-29 and July 9-27, $85 a week includes supplies, shirt, lunch and snacks; also 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 30-Aug. 3, $55 a week includes supplies, shirt and snack; explore dance, drama, culture and visual arts of 20th century; campers will work in various media, with showcase each Friday. 731-0008.
AUGUSTA PLAYERS SUMMER THEATER CAMP: Sessions July 9-20; 10 a.m. to noon for ages 6-9; 12:30-2:30 p.m. for ages 10-13; and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages 14-18; $135 for ages 6-13; $260 for ages 14-18; 826-4707.
AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY MUSIC CONSERVATORY: String camp, piano camp and guitar camp June 11-15; middle school band camp and middle school choral/vocal camp June 18-23; and high school band camp and high school choral/vocal camp June 25-29; $150; private music lessons available for several instruments; 731-7971.
AUGUSTA SYMPHONY 20TH ANNUAL CAMP COLLAGE: Creative arts camp sponsored by Friends of the Symphony; hands-on activities with instruments, drama, chorus, art, weaving, movement, storytelling, creative writing; K-grade 5; Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church; $100 a week; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays July 9-20; 738-7527.
CHILDREN'S MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOPS: Thursdays through Aug. 2; ages 4-17, acting technique, vocalization and group singing, final performance; Kid's Theater, ages 4-6; Musical Theater, $175 for eight classes; Kid's Theater, $85 for eight classes; 231-1759.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART SUMMER ART CAMP: Making Art, weekday sessions 10 a.m. to noon June 11-July 20; for ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-11; hands-on projects in variety of media and art history; different program each week; $50 a week members, $65 a week nonmembers, includes supplies and snacks; advance registration required; 722-5495; sessions also at Augusta Preparatory Day School, same prices and times, except for ages 5-6, classes 10-11 a.m., $45 nonmembers and $35 members; 722-5495.
KIDS ON STAGE: Drama/music camp at University of South Carolina Aiken 1-4 p.m. June 18-22; $75; production at end of session; rising grades 6-8; (803) 641-3288.
MUSIC MAKERS CAMP: Singing and learning to play recorder; rising grades 3-5; 9 a.m. to noon July 23-27; $75; University of South Carolina Aiken; (803) 641-3288.
MUSICAL THEATER CAMP: Augusta Preparatory Day School; grades 6-12; 12:30-4:30 p.m. June 18-July 27; $725; 863-1906, Ext. 357.
RON JONES ACADEMY OF BALLET: Ballet, tap and jazz classes; ages 5-12, Madeline's Dance Adventure camp, ages 3-10; hip-hop class for 10 and older; 860-1852, call for days.