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Kiara Xanthos of Hudson proudly displays three pots she made during her Pottery on the Wheel class at The Phipps. (Submitted photo)

Openings remain for Summer Art Camp at The Phipps

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Openings remain for Summer Art Camp at The Phipps
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Dozens of fun and enriching Summer Art Camp Classes in the visual and performing arts are being offered for children ages preschool through teens through Aug. 15 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.


Openings remain in most classes, including several sessions of Pottery on the Wheel throughout the summer, and classes such as Just Add Water: Deluxe River Exploration, offered the week of July 14; Let’s Figure it Out, Altered Book Art, and Just Add Water: Art Activists, offered the week of July 28.

In Pottery on the Wheel, for ages 7 to 12, students will learn foundational techniques of throwing pottery on the wheel as they create cups and bowls, and finish them in a variety of fun and traditional ways. In the end, they will bring home pottery they can use, fired with colorful food-safe glazes. These classes run Monday through Wednesday each week, with glazing on Fridays. The fee for each class is $89.

Just Add Water: Deluxe River Exploration coincides with Hudson’s RiverFest celebration ( During this class, students ages 8 to 12 will participate in several river-related activities, including paddling out to an island in the bay, helping with the river clean-up, and working on a public art project.

They will join RiverFest activities and programs, including raptors and animals from Carpenter Nature Center, voyageur canoes, and a mussel dive team. The fee for this class, which meets Monday through Thursday, July 14-17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is $199. Participants should bring a sack lunch each day.

Students in Let’s Figure it Out will explore the human figure and learn how to improve their “people imagery” through drawing, sculpture, and collage, working both realistically and abstractly. Additional lessons to work on at home over the rest of the summer will be included. This class is for ages 9 through 13 and meets Monday through Thursday, July 28-31, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. for a fee of $89.

Students will explore the world of altering books to create one-of-a-kind works of art in the Altered Book Art class, Monday through Friday, July 28-Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 6 to 10 and from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 11 to 13.

Participants will incorporate techniques of assemblage and use books as canvases to create paintings. They will study local and nationally recognized contemporary assemblage artists. The fee for this class is $109.

Just Add Water: Art Activists, for ages 8 to 12, will meet Monday through Friday, July 28-Aug. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. In this art and science class, students will explore the river and talk about how art can help support this important natural resource. They will brainstorm and create public art to communicate these ideas to a wider audience. The fee for this class is $119.

For a complete list of classes offered throughout the summer, or to register, go to, call (715) 386-2305, or stop by the center.