Art meets science in Little Rock summer camps

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Museum_of_Discovery_Little_Rock_072016_CHC1818There’s a reason the words “arts and sciences” appear together so often and that the phrase has such a nice ring to it—art and science are compatible disciplines because they’re more alike than they are different. Both employ exploration and creativity as a means to answering life’s big questions. This summer, kids can explore that relationship in a variety of day- and week-long camps offered by the Museum of Discovery and the Arkansas Arts Center. Here’s what’s on the drawing board—or drafting table—for the month of June.

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The Arkansas Arts center is offering two weeklong programs each for ages 6-9 and ages 10-14. For younger kids, the Young Masters class, June 20-24, will help children unleash their inner Da Vincis and Rembrandts through an exploration of the classic art traditions in various mediums. Then, in a superhero puppet-making class from June 27-July 1, students will use a variety of materials to create their favorite superheroes (or villains)—and use their puppets to bring their favorite storylines to life. Both classes take place Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon. Tuition is $90 for members and $113 for non-members and includes all materials.

Little_Rock_Art_Center_Children_Little_Rock_1842Afternoons are for older kids, and they start with a class that exemplifies the complementary nature of art and science. In Build It, June 20-24, students will explore building and engineering, first taking a look at various structures and then creating models of everything from furniture to buildings to clothes. From June 27-July 1, it’s time to get serious about the finer points of pencils and pens with Museum Sketchbook, in which students will practice drawing basics like line, gesture, value, form and spatial distance after seeking out inspiration among the AAC’s own collections. Both classes are Monday-Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuition is $90 for members and $113 for non-members and includes all materials.

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Classes for both age groups continue through July and August, so check the schedule on The Arts Center’s website to plan out the rest of the summer.

At the Museum of Discovery’s Wiggle Worms Wednesday Camps, kids ages 4-6 can learn about animals, chemistry, outer space and superheroes during sessions held from 9 a.m.- noon on June 8, 15, 22 and 29 respectively; classes are $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

The museum’s week-long Discovery Camps, for ages 6-8 and 9-13, take place weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tuition per week is $275 for members and $300 for non-members. June 6-10 will be all Legos all the time with the ever-popular LEGO Master camp; the week of June 13 is devoted to the art of entertainment with the Amusement Park Engineer Extraordinaire program; June 20-24 is a twist on the STEAMPunk movement; and June 27-July 1 will explore the science of Zombie Survival. Check the museum’s camp brochure for the full schedule, including July camps.