Children will have an opportunity to explore and create in the arts during week-long camps at Hope College in August.

The camps will feature hands-on activities in all four of the arts--the visual arts, dance, music and theatre.

A camp for children entering grades one through three will run Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-5, and for children entering grades four through six will run Monday-Friday, Aug. 8-12.

The camps will feature a multicultural theme, sharing how children in other countries enjoy and express themselves in the arts and providing the campers a chance to produce their own work integrating their arts experiences. Each camp will conclude with demonstrations and an art gallery at the end of the week. The camps will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the college's Dow Center, and will include a mid-morning snack break.

Instruction will be provided by area in-service teachers and Hope education students. They will be led by four arts instructors: Maxine DeBruyn, who is the Dorothy Wiley DeLong Professor of Dance at Hope; Patrick Foley, theatre teacher at West Ottawa High School; Claudia Hayes-Hagar, art teacher at Waukazoo Elementary School; and Bobbi Kearns, music teacher at Waukazoo Elementary School.

The lead team has taught a class at Hope called "Arts for the Elementary Teacher" for the past eight years. This is the third year that the college is presenting the summer arts camps.

The registration deadline is Monday, July 25. The registration fee is $85, which includes a camp t-shirt.

Additional information may be obtained by calling the college's department of education at (616) 395-7740. Information and a registration form may be obtained online at: