The Denmark Arts Center’s popular arts camps are an indelible part of a Maine summer.  We are pleased to be able to once again offer a full program of workshops for ages 6 to 16.  Advance registration is recommended, as workshops do fill up!  Please see here to register your child. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials are included under tuition.

NOTE:  We are pleased to offer full scholarships to families as needed. Please see our scholarship page here.  

 Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11, 9am – 12:30pm; $50 suggested


w/Hio Ridge Dance Collective

As a part of their summer residency at the DAC, Hio Ridge Dance will host a weeklong dance workshop for kids! Campers will spend the week exploring creative movement, safe body mechanics, and rhythm. The artists of HRD will also collaborate with students create a dance film with the campers that will be featured in Placeholders, an original evening of dance about Denmark. Come dance!  15 Students Max; Ages 10-16

Hio Ridge Dance is Cookie Harrist, Delaney Macdonough, and Caity Richards. Cookie Harrist is a dance artist based in Denmark, Maine. She recently performed as a Corny Collins Kid in Wheelock Family Theatre’s production of Hairspray. Her solo piece  “Present Present Present,” was chosen by  to represent New England at the 2012 National College Dance Festival.  Delaney McDonough is a graduate of Colby College, where her original choreography, Move: The Summer of 1963 (2012), relied on more than twenty student collaborators to create a mixed media dance theater piece exploring the early Civil Rights Movement.  Caity Richards is a dance artist, singer-songwriter, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY.  As a student at Yale, Caity studied American Studies and trained in performance and dance criticism with Emily Coates, she performed restagings of work by Simone Forti, Twyla Tharp, and Yvonne Rainer. 

 Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 25 (no class Thurs-Tues), 9 – 10:30am, $50 Suggested


with Kathy Banks


Come learn all about clay with local potter Kathy Banks.  Students will begin with simple slab work, learning abourt patterns, seams, and basic forming.  Then, the following week, students will paint and glaze thier works.  All students will go home with a finished, fired work. Suitable for ages 6-10; 10 students max.

Kathy Banks is a resident of Denmark, and teaches art at the Denmark/Brownfield Elementary School. She’s inspired by all things in nature, especially her garden.

Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 25, (no class Thurs-Tues), 12:30 – 3pm, $50 suggested


with Kathy Banks


For more advanced potters, a more advanced class! In this workshop, we’ll develop both forming techniques (coil building, slab architecture) and finishing techniques (burnishing, raku glazes), and even have a turn at the wheel. Students will leave with a finished, glazed work.  Suitable for ages 11+; 10 students max.

Kathy Banks is a resident of Denmark, and teaches art at the Denmark/Brownfield Elementary School. She’s inspired by all things in nature, especially her garden.

Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1, 9am-12:30pm, $50 suggested


with Pilar Nadal

Zines (pronounced “zeens”) are self-published, short run magazines, written by anyone and everyone on a endless variety of topics: cats, cheeseburgers, sci-fi, gardens,  wombats, travel diaries, bananas, favorite socks, conspiraciy theories, recipes, this list could go on! This weeklong workshop will cover the ins and outs of making, writing, drawing, printing, cutting, pasting, photocopying our own zines.  Each student will make a variety of zines, and have the opportunity to sell and show their zine at the DAM JAM on august 2!  Suitable for ages 10+; 12 students max.

Pilar Nadal is an award-winning printmaker, zinemaker, and professor at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine..  Her work is concerned with building community by harnessing the tools of  printmaking and production to create work that is fun, surprising, and simple.  She likes Cheesburgers. Learn more at

Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8, 9am – 12:30pm, $50 suggested


with Mary Bastoni



Join Mary Bastoni on a fun-filled week putting on an original musical.  Students will learn vocal warmups, solo and group songs, and character development. The class culminates in a production on Friday, August 8 at 1pm. Suitable for kids aged 6-14; 15 students max.

Mary Bastoni has been a beloved fixture of DAC summers for the past 18  years. She has directed numerous shows for Arts in Motion, among other companies.


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