Summer Art Camps / Student Workshops

Nature Art Adventures

Join us at Devries Nature Conservancy

2635 North M-52, Owosso

In partnership with the Shiawassee Arts Center

Tuesday-Thursday, 1-5pm

Week 1 June 6, 7 & 8 (1-3rd grade)

Week 2 June 13, 14 &15 (4th-8th grade)

Tie Dye – A Nature Art Camp tradition! Bring something 100% cotton to tie dye. Favorites over the years include bags, pillowcases, and shirts. Our process involves folding, twisting, pleating, and binding with rubber bands for resist techniques, followed by dye application. This will be the first project on Tuesday.

Tic Tac Toe Game – Designed by you and nature, using tree cookies sliced from downed trees at DeVries and painted stones for game pieces. Your game pieces may have Lady Bugs, flowers, or bees on them–you decide!

Mosaic Butterfly – Arrange small, colored pieces of glass, stones  or tiles to create a beautiful art piece for the patio, garden or in your home. This is sure to be an art camp hit!

Seed Paper – Learn how to make your own paper from recycled common household paper products and watch it grow!

Bug House or Hotels – These bug houses will support the pollinators in your yard by providing shelter and nesting habitat. These will make a great addition to any garden or backyard!

Nature Studies & Hikes – Experience and explore the plants and animals that make their home at the DeVries Nature Conservancy. Use all of your senses to perceive details, while learning of ecology, biology and conservation. Please wear comfortable tennis shoes for hiking. No flip-flops!

Pastel Chicken/Rooster Painting – If times permits with our ambitious schedule! Devries has the perfect models ready for this project! Chalky pastels on black pastel paper.

And More!

Daily snacks provided! Bring your own refillable water container.

$80 SAC or DeVries Member /  $90 Non-Member

Register by calling the Shiawassee Arts Center


Multi-Media Art Camp

Join us at Shiawassee Arts Center

206 Curwood Castle Drive, Owosso 

Tuesday-Thursday, 1-5pm

Week 1: June 20, 21 & 22 (1-3rd grade)

Week 2: June 27, 28 & 29 (4th-8th grade)

Glazing: Wednesday, July 12, 5:15pm-6:30pm & Thursday, July 13, 10-11:30am & 1-2:30pm

Please register students for a glazing session at time of camp registration.

Email with any questions.

Curwood Castle Batik – A technique of wax-resist dyeing. The word “batik” is Indonesian in origin, even if the concept was known by Egyptians and Indians. It is known to be more than a millennium old. Our young artists will render their own reference drawing for the project.

Pottery on the Wheel – Turning eARTh into ART! Learn the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel and make two functional dinnerware pieces that will be glazed in a July session. Please sign-up for glazing (times listed above) at the time of class registration. Pieces will be available for pick-up about 10 days after glazing.

Art that Sizzles – Piece together glass to create a design. Pieces will be fired in the kiln to fuse together and ready for pick up at glazing.

Castle Flags/Pennants of Family – Medieval castles flew flags from their highest points for one of two reasons: either the flag was representative of the family who owned it (most often royal standards of heraldry), or to show which county they belonged to. Our artists will create flags with portraits of their family members to honor them! 

Antique Keys to the Castle – Unlock your mind to open the treasure of your creative ideas to create antique key creations! (Additional antique key staches are welcome!)

And More!

Daily snacks provided!  Please bring a water bottle with the child’s name on it! Dress for mess and the classroom can be chilly! We will be outdoors at times.

$80 SAC Member /  $90 Non-member

Register by calling the Shiawassee Arts Center


Middle/High School Summer Art Workshops

(6th Grade – 12th Grade)

Tues. June 20, 2023,  10-12:30 p.m.
Tues. July 25, 2023,    1-3:30 p.m.
Artist/Instructor: Andrea Czarnik
Transform a simple piece of paper into different shapes: boxes, animals or flowers. Fold cranes, a frog, blossoms, even blow-up balloons using origami. This class is for anyone wishing to try something different, make some new friends, and grow as an artist.  You’ll never look at a flat piece of paper quite the same after taking this 3-Dimensional class.  Cost: $25 SAC Member/$30 Guest. Materials provided

Tues. July 18, 2023 1-3 p.m. OUTDOOR (depending on the weather)
Artist/Instructor: Andrea Czarnik
Draw using the inspiration of three past great masters! Sketch like one of the masters using your keener eye with pencil/two tone marker/ or craypas. Then, turn on your masterful skills with acrylics on canvas! We will discover how to model form using values and/or line and most importantly, how to begin finding their own artistic voice! Beginners are welcome and more advanced students can take their skills to the next level. Cost: $25 SAC Member/$30 Guest. Materials provided.

Tuesday, July 19, 1pm – 3pm
Arts Education Director, Linda Ruehle, Instructor
Glass Fused Tiles. Create two abstract designs or pictures from compatible, layered, thin pieces of glass that will be kiln fired at high heat. Tiles may be displayed on a small easel or could be made to hang.  Glass fused pieces have remarkable beauty! Cost:$25 SAC Member/$30 Guest. Materials provided.

Arts Education Director, Linda Ruehle, Instructor
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 11 & 12, 10am – 12:30pm
Glazing to finish pottery will be on Wednesday, July 26, 10 am – 12:30pm
Learn to throw pottery on the wheel and make a unique set of functional dishes. Clay, glazes and firings, included. Cost: $75 SAC Member/$85 Guest

Product Description



  • Bring a reusable water bottle with name
  • Dress for mess and fun!
  • Bring sunscreen and bug spray
  • DeVries Camp only: Bring a 100% cotton item to tie dye on the first day of camp

If there is anything we should know about your child, such as allergies, please notify us.

Payment is required with registration. Refund or credit will be made only for cancellations two weeks prior to the camp week. Due to the nature of the projects, we ask that our youngest campers have completed kindergarten prior to the start of camp.

Registration is open! To register, call 989-723-8354 or visit us in person (so that we can control the number of students per camp).

    206 Curwood Castle Drive
    Owosso, MI 48867

    Mon-Fri | 10-5 pm
    Sat & Sun | 12-3 pm

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    Celebrating 51st Anniversary in 2023


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