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Summer Art Camp
An Extraordinary Summer Arts Program for Children
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An Extraordinary Summer Arts Program for Children!

* Gambit’s 2019 Best of New Orleans Recipient – Best Summer Camp *

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“Art is not a thing, it is a way…”

-Elbert Hubbart

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CDCA 2021 is FULL

Please complete the registration if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

January 4, 2021

Dear CDCA Families,

We are definitely living in interesting times. Our number one priority is and has always been the safety of our young artists. This summer we will be compliant with CDC guidelines and use lessons we have learned from the 2020-2021 school year. The situation is always changing and we cannot predict what the summer will bring. However, we can be prepared for what we know now.

We are looking forward to another extraordinary summer at CDCA – we hope you will join us!

CDC Safety Protocol:

MASKS: Every senior staff, intern, young artist and administrators will be required to wear masks throughout the day. There will be regular, outdoor, mask breaks for our young artists.

HANDWASHING: We will emphasize regular handwashing throughout the day. There will be multiple outdoor sinks in the courtyard.

HANDS FREE HAND SANITIZING STATIONS will be utilized on campus.

FREQUENTLY WASH SURFACES AND MATERIALS: Surfaces will be wiped down between classes and art materials will be kept separate when appropriate.

CDCA 2021 changes:

New Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-3:00 pm. There will no longer be an early dismissal on Fridays.

Before Care will not be offered this year.

After Care will be offered from 3:00-5:30 every day. In order to maintain required safety protocols, we will not be allowing After care drop-ins.  Pre-registration is required.

No guests will be allowed for summer 2021.

Festival will be on the last day of the program, July 16th. It will be during the day for young artists only.

I believe art is a human need and that it is important to teach our children well especially during difficult times.

Looking forward,

Susan Gisleson 

Director, Country Day Creative Arts

Visual, Performing Arts and Sports

Visual, Performing Arts, and Sports

Children Ages 7 through 4

Ages 7 (and entering 2nd grade) through 14

Kids Before and Aftercare

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“From my experience, this is the best summer program for children in the USA.  The level of care, engagement, and inspiration is a gift to everyone involved.”

-Theresa Linnihan – 2016 Artist Teacher from Minneapolis, MN.  

“I watched both of my children flourish at CDCA — gaining independence, making a diverse group of friends, and developing new skills and interests along the way!”

-Zoe Larned Sonnier – Mother of two 2016 CDCA Participants

Introduction to CDCA

Click play on the video below for an intro to CDCA

On June 14, what is now the campus of Metairie Park Country Day School will be transformed into something unique magical.

Professional artists from New Orleans and around the country will come together to create an environment that is like no other.

What links these diverse people is a deep belief in the power of art to transform children’s lives.  Read more about our program.

Summer art classes were offered in these areas and more in 2019:

  • Drawing / Painting
  • Clay Sculpture
  • Comics
  • Mixed Media
  • Book-Making
  • * Mosaics
  • * Photography
  • Fiber Art
  • * Woodworking
  • Big Installation Art
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • * Media Arts
  • Robotics
  • Computer Art
  • Costume-Making
  • Graphic Design
  • Puppetry & * Stilt Walking
  • Music
  • Radio CDCA
  • Singing
  • Acting
  • Video
  • * Electronic Art
  • Musical Instrument Making
  • Instrumental Music
  • * Musical Theater
  • Film Sound Effects
  • Sign Language
  • Creative Writing
  • Cooking
  • Horticulture
  • Dance
  • Juggling Arts, Circus Arts
  • Yoga
  • Capoeira – Brazilian Martial Arts
  • Swimming
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Team Games

Classes marked with a star (*) were offered to older ages.

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