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Orange Art Center is inviting participants of all ages to a variety of new and returning summer camps. 

This year, children’s camps will focus on a new world-class artist each week: Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, and Frida Kahlo. There will also be a literary aspect that includes a storytime to talk about each particular artist. 

Children will explore different mediums relating to the artwork those artists produced in these enrichment-based, full-day camps. 

Director Debra Lee said the center – found in a parklike setting, nestled into the woods just outside Orange High School in Pepper Pike – even has a “chill out” room where the children can “chill out like an artist.”

Parents will be invited at the end of the camp for a comprehensive look at everything the children produced in class.

“(Campers) get that full feeling of being an artist” and the creative thinking that comes with it, Ms. Lee said. “We’re very proud of it. It sets us apart, I think.”

The center offers 57 classes for adults to popular returning classes such as mixed media, painting for beginners, drawing for beginners, abstract painting, life drawing, studio oil painting, still life painting, and more.

The center added a wide assortment of new classes for adults this summer – including studio watercolor, color theory, ceramic board games, printmaking for beginners, and sculpture for the garden.

The center’s ceramics studio is one of the best in Northeast Ohio, Ms. Lee said, so those classes along with wheel-throwing are especially popular. 

Ms. Lee added that she is excited about the center’s increase of offerings. The center will continue to add unique, innovative classes in the fall, including fibers and sculpture and public art. 

Visitors are always welcome to tour the center, located at 31500 Chagrin Blvd.

“We’ve been having a lot of new people coming, which is nice,” Ms. Lee said, explaining that, in addition to “core” participants that continue to return, the center has seen an increase in new students. “It’s a sign of the times. People are doing things to feel better, and our enrollment really has increased.”

Enroll for courses and view the complete list of offerings online at orangeartcenter.org.

The center offers many opportunities for visitors to engage, as it is looking to fill several positions including camp counselor.

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