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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

small star icon Summer 2014 Youth Programs in the Arts:
 New! Young Art and Nature Explorers

Young girl with binocular in wildflower fieldGrades 1–8

Typical Day 

Encourage your child’s love of nature and their delight of exploring the great outdoors in this fun and creative new program. Young Nature Explorers is designed to promote the wonder of nature and wildlife while creating treasured art pieces that express each child’s unique encounters. Children will explore the beautiful surroundings on the Purchase College campus during nature walks, turning over rocks to discover salamanders and other creepy crawlers, building bird feeders to attract a variety of native feathered friends, planting seeds, and expressing their findings in journal writings, drawings, and other forms of arts and crafts. Our instructors are highly imaginative educators dedicated to making Young Nature Explorers a memorable adventure.

  • Family members are invited to attend and celebrate their young naturalist’s accomplishments at the culminating exhibition on the last day of the session.
  • All art supplies are included.

To broaden skills and exposure to the arts, Young Nature Explorers can be combined with Young Artists, Youth Musical Theatre, Shakespeare Workshop, Young Photographers, Video Game Creators and Animators, Code Breakers and App Designers (new!), Young Architects, Young Filmmakers, Songwriting Workshop, and/or Vocal Intensive to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Session II: July 14–25
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,165 for the first registration
$1,048.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructors

Gillian Cantavero (lead instructor), an artist and teacher, earned her degree in art education at SUNY New Paltz and her BFA in graphic design at Purchase College. Gillian is a substitute art teacher in some local school districts and has worked as an art teacher in various summer camps for several years. She is also an art tutor and commission artist. Feel free to visit her website, She loves working with children and guiding them through the creative process. She helps give them the support and confidence they need to try new things and see all possibilities.

Trees in the landscape at Purchase College

Updated Feb. 14, 2014