Teen Summer Arts Camp

For aspiring teen creatives of all abilities

Teen Summer Arts Camp 2022

SLC Arts invites students ages 13 to 19 to join our first Teen Summer Arts Camp. All experience levels are welcome. This program is made possible with funds from the St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau.

All classes will be held at the Creative Spirit Community Arts Center, at 6 Raymond St. in Potsdam. 

 Camp Schedule

All classes run Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
$195 per week per person. Scholarships available on registration form.


Session 1: Creative Writing

July 11 – 15, 2022 

Students will learn about different forms of creative writing, have an opportunity to write, practice poetry and short story writing and literary performance, and perform a reading of a new piece of poetry or short story written during the week.


This week will be taught by author Rebecca Donnelly. Rebecca Donnelly holds an MA in Humanities and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. A former children’s librarian, she’s the author of more than a dozen books for children, including the picture book Cats are a Liquid and the Kids’ Indie Next Pick How to Stage a Catastrophe. Rebecca’s books include fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and an upcoming series of comics on STEM topics.

Session 2: Graphic Design
July 18 – 22, 2022

Students will explore graphic design basics and learn techniques to create their own artwork.

This week will be taught by artist Kathleen Mahoney. Kathleen is originally from Long Island and had a 10-year career as an art director in and around NYC. Kathleen moved with her family to the North Country in 2013, after earning her MFA in Digital Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She has taught graphic design and interactive installation art at SUNY Canton and is currently the Program Director of Graphic Design and New Media at SUNY Potsdam. Her work has been shown in NYC, Belgium, and Spain with her most recent juried show was on display in December 2021 at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY, and her piece “East Rockaway Morning” was sold to a collector in Syracuse, NY.


Session 3: Theatre Arts

July 25 – 29, 2022

Students will learn acting fundamentals for the lyric stage. They will learn to build a complete character through research and exercises, define relationships, engage with action-based tactical character choices, build physical awareness and freedom. They will use tools to access their own vulnerability and that of their characters, learn principles of evidence-based vocal technique in both legit and contemporary commercial styles, access spontaneity through improvisation all while building confidence, having loads of fun, and enjoying the experience of preparing a live performance as the culmination of the week’s workshops.

This week will be taught by Dr. Anthony Eversole. Anthony serves as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. He is the director of the award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble and serves as administrator and selection committee chair of the Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize. During the summer months, he works as the Co-Producer of CPS Summer Musical Theatre. At Crane, Dr. Eversole specializes in acting and dramatic coaching for singers, and teaches courses in Directing Musical Theatre, Performance Practices for Singers, Musical Theatre Workshop, Opera Workshop, and Acting for Singers. Dr. Eversole has produced and stage directed many musical theatre and opera productions. Some favorites include La rondine, The Secret Garden, L’elisir d’amore, Mahagonny Songspiel, The Medium, and Zazà. He looks forward to producing and directing productions of Amélie the Musical and The Enchanted Pig this coming academic year. Eversole is an experienced singer, actor, and voice pedagogue that specializes in classical and contemporary commercial techniques.



Session 4: Songwriting & Composition

August 1 – 5, 2022


Students will learn about music composition and songwriting. They will explore different musical forms and compose a short piece during the week that they will perform at the culminating event.


This week will be taught by Dr. Judy Lewis. Judy is an assistant professor in music education at SUNY Potsdam. She is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel (B.A. Music Education) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A. and Ed.D in Music and Music Education). Prior to SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Lewis served as an assistant professor of music education at the University of Southern California and director of the Master of Music in K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practices at USC. Before joining USC, she taught music education at Queensborough Community College in New York City and popular songwriting and entrepreneurship at the Musrara College for New Music in Jerusalem, Israel. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Lewis spent twenty-five years as a K-12 public school music teacher and community music facilitator.