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Registration Underway for Summer Youth Programs in the Arts

Date Released: 1/14/2008

This summer children and teenagers can make their own films, explore Shakespeare, perform in musical theatre, shoot and print their own photographs, and create visual masterpieces and more through the Youth Programs in the Arts camps at Purchase College. A Summer Jazz Institute and a Summer Visual Arts Institute are also offered for high school students.

Registration is underway for the summer programs offered by the Purchase College School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education. Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. Programs run as two-, four- and five-week sessions and open on July 1. For more information, including specific camp dates and tuition, call 914-251-6500, email or visit
For the first time, the Purchase Youth Theatre is offering three two-week sessions for students ages 9-16 who want to explore all aspects of musical theatre, including contemporary acting, singing, stage movement and dance. Students meet in small workshops tailored for their age groups and work with experienced teachers and practicing artists. The staff presents different lessons for each session and children may register for multiple sessions without repetition. The program is performance-based and specially designed to help young people learn and develop self-confidence, discipline and presentation skills. Family and friends are invited to celebrate their young thespian’s accomplishments at the Youth Theatre Performance.

In the Shakespeare program, students ages 10-18 receive a two-week introduction to acting through the production of Shakespeare’s masterpieces, culminating in a performance for family and friends. Students work with professional actors and educators in six major fields: voice, language, acting, mask, dance and movement. The program includes specialty classes in role-playing/improvisation, stage combat and theatre history. Students are divided into small groups and classes are taught using the framework of the Bard’s own writings. Each session is developed around different Shakespeare works and students can register for multiple sessions.

Young Artists, for children ages 7-12, is designed to foster creativity and imagination, individuality and collaboration—and to help boys and girls discover and develop their innate gifts and talents in each two-week session. Using the well-equipped studios of the School of Art+Design, children are grouped by age in small classes and use drawing and painting, sculpture and ceramics, collage and crafts to discover and express their creativity. Each session features a different theme and no projects are repeated, so students can register for multiple sessions. Family members are invited to attend and celebrate their young artists’ discoveries and accomplishments at the culminating exhibition on the last day of each session.
Using both 35-mm and digital cameras, students participating in the four-week Young Photographers learn the art and science of photography. Students ages 12-16 learn how to select and frame subject matter and then, working in the restored darkrooms and the updated digital labs in the School of Art+Design, they turn their photos into art. At the end of the program, students present an exhibition of their work for family and friends in the galleries of the School of Art+Design.

Students can spend five weeks this summer writing, directing, editing and acting in original movies in the Young Filmmakers program, where they learn the art of visual storytelling. Students ages 12-16 will develop strong plot lines, build shot compositions, direct actors, practice set etiquette and edit on a professional digital editing system. Students will become comfortable with a digital video camera and lighting equipment. Script writing, directing, lighting and editing workshops are combined with film history in order to provide advanced students an opportunity to enhance their skills and develop new ones.

Early Drop-Off and Extended Day options are available to all students in all programs. 

For more information on the Summer Youth Programs, visit

The Summer Visual Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for high school students to work with practicing artists in a variety of media at Purchase College’s School of Art+Design. The Institute, now in its 16th year, will run Monday-Thursday, July 7-31. Registration is limited to students ages 15-18, who have completed their freshman year of high school. Each day, students spend their mornings in two master workshops--drawing and painting, and sculpture. Students devote the afternoon period to an elective of their choice: figure drawing, nontraditional sculpture, digital video art and printmaking. The Institute concludes with an exhibition of student work for family members and invited guests. Both new and returning students are welcome. For more information, visit

The 6th Annual Purchase Summer Jazz Institute is an intensive, performance-driven week for serious students and practitioners of jazz, ages 14-18. The weeklong program runs July 13-19 and features a faculty of esteemed performers representing many facets of the jazz world including Institute Director Doug Munro, guitar; Dave Ruffels, acoustic bass; Ralph Lalama, saxophone; Ray Vega, trumpet; Charles Blenzig, piano; and Richie Morales, drums. A typical day includes two daily ensemble (small combo) rehearsals, independent instruction through master classes, specialized seminars and organized jam sessions. A mid-week trip to Manhattan to visit a New York City jazz club is also included. The Institute concludes with a final, videotaped concert for family and friends. Application and audition CDs are due by June 9. For more information, visit