Summer Art and Theater Camps

We have compiled a list of summer art camps and theater experiences in our region for youth. If you know of a camp that is not listed here, please let us know so we can include it.


Frost Fire and the Pembina Gorge Foundation are excited to announce their first-ever performing and visual arts youth camp scheduled for Monday, August 6th, through Saturday, August 11th. The camp is available to all students going into grade 3 though grade 12. Students will be divided into two groups: Grades 3-6 and grades 7-12. In the visual arts portion of the camp, all youth will have the opportunity to work with art educators and professional artists in a variety of media including pottery, painting, drawing, mixed media sculpture and more. The musical theater portion of the camp will provide students the opportunity to explore and to create an original production with the guidance of the theater arts teaching staff. Stage movement, character development, improvisation, vocal performance and choreography are just some of the areas students will explore. This year, they are excited to have Craig and Kris Peterson from Des Moines, IA, returning to Frost Fire as theater directors. Craig, originally from Larimore, ND, has played numerous lead roles at Frost Fire over the years and currently is performing professionally in Des Moines. Kris is a Professor of Theater Arts. They both have collaborated together writing, producing and directing plays for children.

The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, with busing provided to and from Frost Fire by area schools. A public performance will be held Saturday, August 11th at 1:00 pm. Cost of the camp is $70.00 with a small fee for busing services to be added. Registration forms will be distributed to area schools within the next couple weeks. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Amy Jo and David Paukert (Camp Directors) by calling 1 701-259-2384 or emailing them at

5-WEEK Acting Camp in Grand Forks. Now registering grades 2-9 in fall 2018.
Young actors will help create a new play about Lewis & Clark. There will be rappers and comics and all kind of theatrical teasers to educate and entertain.
Where: Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre at the historic Fire Hall Theatre, 412 2nd Avenue N, Grand Forks ND. 701-746-0847. or
Who: Grades 2-5 attend T/Th from 1-3pm, directed by Brenna Skallet. Cost is $55
Grades 6-9 attend M-F from 3:30-5;30pm, directed by Ryan King
Cost is $95
Space is limited, however, so please register on-line here:





4-H Art Day Camp. Grades 4-8. June 8. Kaitlin Barbosa

Camp Art 2017. June 25-29. Kittson County Central School. Summer art camp for elementary/middle school students with Ross Sutter leading music, Maria Olafsdotter teaching writing and Susan Armington teaching visual arts. Contact Shannon Christenson at

Prairie Fire Theater “Pinocchio” August 21-26. Auditions Aug 21. Performances Aug 25 at 7:30 pm and August 26 at 10:30 am. Contact Judy Shuck at 218-843-3682, ext 232 or


Summer Theater Wizard of Oz, June 25-30. Contact:



Safari Arts Theater K-9th grade. July 25-29.


Summer Art Camp August 21-24, WAO, Ashley Anderson,

Summer Arts Safari Performing Arts Camp, Lion King Kids Aug 14-18. Warren-Alvarado-Olso School District, Ashley Anderson,



Email Elizabeth at or call/text 218-308-1714 to get registered.  Space is limited.


Prairie Fire Children’s Theater  week long theater experience, July 16-July 22, Grades 2-10 to perform the play “Pinocchio” on July 20 and 21. Contact Jane Vigness at


Thief River Falls

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Lion King Kids July 24-26. Jane Anderson;


East Grand Forks

Stages. 2 week theater camp. Safari — traveling children’s theater experience.



“Pinocchio” Residency and Production. Children’s theater workshop for area youth. August 14-18. Contact Sue Carstens at, 218-242-1210.

Grand Forks, North Dakota at the University of North Dakota Museum of Art. Open to anyone in our region.

“2-D Studio”

9:30 am – 3 pm
Ages 6 and older
June 19 – 23

Members $175
Non-members $200

Full — add your name to the waitlist if interested


Dark Charcoal, Smooth Graphite, Brilliant Paper, and Luxurious Paint! This camp will highlight and explore methods and materials that painters and draughtsmen commonly utilize in their own work. Mollie Douthit is a Grand Forks native who has resided in Ireland since 2012. Through perceptual painting and drawing, Douthit’s work explores her daily life and the objects, spaces, and people who mean something to her. In January she was listed as one of ten to watch in 2017 on Her work has been published in New American Paintings, Hyperallergic, Studio Visit Magazine, The Irish Arts Review, and the Irish Independent.
“Weaving in Air”

9:30 am – 3 pm
Ages 8 to 13
June 26 – 30

Members $175
Non-members $200


Hand Looms * Tapestries * Maypoles * Floor Looms * Storytelling * Woven Huts * Music * and more…

Jeanne Griffin O’Neil began her career in art as a mural artist in Ames, Iowa. She has since painted numerous murals and taught several art workshops, classes, and camps. She is also a dancer and musician. Moving to East Grand Forks in 1986, Jeanne founded North Country Fiddle and Dance. With this group, she has performed and taught dancing from 1986 to the present.

“Art and Music
Around the World”

10 am – Noon
Ages 3 to 6, with Guardian
July 5, 6, 7

Members $60
Non-members $80


Explore the fun and amazing relationship between music, dance and art. Build instruments, play, and go wild.

Ligia Feo Carina de Drago is from Argentina. In her country, she worked as a music teacher and violist. In 2008, she moved to Grand Forks with her family where she earned a BA in Music Performance and a MS in Special Education. Currently, she directs a violin and viola studio at Arioso Music Academy and plays in the Great Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.

“Music Lab”

1 – 4 pm
Ages 10 and older
July 5, 6, 7

Members $90
Non-members $110


Make it – Build it – Play it
Choose 1 of 5 different instruments to build and play!
Thumb Piano Kit
Lil’ Lyre Kit
Cigar Box Ukulele Kit
Cardboard Dulcimer Kit
Cardboard Guitar Kit
Ligia Feo Carina de Drago is from Argentina. In her country, she worked as a music teacher and violist. In 2008, she moved to Grand Forks with her family where she earned a BA in Music Performance and a MS in Special Education. Currently, she directs a violin and viola studio at Arioso Music Academy and plays in the Great Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.

“Rousseau’s Jungles”

9:30 am – 3 pm
Ages 6 and older
July 10 – 14

Members $175
Non-members $200

Full — add your name to the waitlist if interested. REGISTER

Henri Rousseau is famous for painting jungle scenes, but he never actually saw a jungle. We are going to be taking his lead and creating our own Wild Jungle!

Sheila is committed to providing exceptional art experiences to the children of Grand Forks through her numerous classes and workshops at the Museum and in the community. You may  also know her through the ArtWise “Artist in the Classroom” program where she is a favorite of students.
“Please do not place another Adam Kemp…”  

9:30 am – 3 pm
Ages 6 to 13
July 17 – 21

Members $175
Non-members $200

Full — add your name to the waitlist if interested. REGISTER

You know Adam, the title says it all. Adam, from England, earned his MFA at the University of North Dakota. Having made Grand Forks his second home, he is one of the best advocates for the arts in this community. His own work is seen all over the community and state, and also in many Grand Forks homes. Adam’s camps are so exciting there are no words for what we make – in fact, we often surprise ourselves by what we do!


9:30 am – 3 pm
Ages 6 to 13
July 24 – 28

Members $175
Non-members $200

Full — Add your name to the waitlist if interested. REGISTER

We will make our own fantastic retablos, an art form made of clay figures which tell a story – your story.

Guardia was born in Lima, Peru. He earned his MFA in Ceramics and MS in Industrial Technology at the University of North Dakota from 2010 to 2015. Guardia held the position of artist in residence for the Museum and traveled across the state teaching ceramics workshops. Guillermo is currently a full-time, independent studio artist.

9:30 am – 3 pm
Ages 12 and older
July 31 – August 4

Members $175
Non-members $200

Utilizing a variety of methods, print T-shirts and posters for friends, family, and your growing portfolio. Last year we focused on more traditional methods of printmaking. This year we are going to speed up the process and accuracy of our designs utilizing photo emulsion techniques. In other words, if you can draw it we’ll show you how to print it.   Anna is a professional artist, art instructor, and North Dakotan. She has taught multiple adult and children’s art workshops for the past 15 years. She is currently an artist for the North Dakota Council on the Arts, teaching for the “Artist in the Classroom” program for Grand Forks Public Schools, and a practicing artist. Anna believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience and create art.

“Mobiles, Marionettes, and Bobbles, Oh My – Kinetic Small  Sculptures”  

9:30 am – 3 pm
Ages 8 to 13
August 7 – 11

Members $175
Non-members $200


Explore your inner creature while creating sculptures with movement. With a nod to Calder’s moving mobiles and his small circus creations with movable parts, campers will explore and figure out some simple mechanics to create movement.

Karla Nelson has a visual art bachelor’s degree from UND. She is a painter, ceramic artist, and teaches art through the “Artist in the Classroom” program in Grand Forks.

Fire Hall Theatre, Grand Forks, ND Summer Acting Camp

Students entering 2nd-9th grades. Parent meetings are June 19 at 5:30 pm and 7 pm. Camp begins July 10 and runs through August 11 with performances Aug 10 and 11 at 7 pm at the Fire Hall Theatre. Must register in advance at

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