Spencertown Academy Presents Spring Break Art Camp | Local announcements

SPENCERTOWN — The Spencertown Academy Center for the Arts presents the “Character Kaboom” art camp with children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Rogers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 19, 20 and 21. The workshop is aimed at young people aged 10 to 15. Tuition is $100. Scholarships are available. To inquire about financial support, email info@spencetownacademy.org and to register see www.spencertownacademy.org.

“Join Jacqueline Rogers, illustrator of New York Times bestselling children’s books, for three fun-filled days of character creation and story building that will ignite your imagination! Jackie is so good at using prompts, games, problem-solving and collaborations to get her students to create,” says Academy Board Member Jill Kalotay. “They’ll draw and paint their own imaginative characters and settings, culminating in a grand final project ready to be presentation. Bring your imagination and lunch. All art supplies will be provided, as well as snacks and bottled water.

Jacqueline Rogers (www.jacquelinerogers.com) has been writing and illustrating picture books for over 35 years. In 2012, she illustrated Beverly Cleary’s beloved Ramona series, as well as The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Henry Huggins books. Her other works include illustrations for the New York Times bestsellers, My Great Big Backyard written by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (2016) and Little Ree written by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman (2017). In 2019, HarperCollins released Goblin Moon, a Halloween poem that Rogers wrote and illustrated.

Proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid 19 test will be required for admission, places will be distanced and limited, masks are optional. The Academy has installed air purifiers in the auditorium. This program is made possible by Hudson River Bank and Trust and the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Spencertown Academy arts organization and the 175th year since the Academy was built as a school in 1847. Now an all-volunteer organization, it offers a varied program of concerts, conferences, courses and gallery exhibitions. Its flagship events – Hidden Gardens, Revels and the Festival of Books – are annual highlights. This summer, the anniversaries of the building and the organization will be celebrated with a one-day community festival.

Housed in a historic 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, contact info@spencertownacademy.org.

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