Leighton Art Centre Summer Camps – for kids aged 6 to 14 – offer a hands-on connection to art, nature, and Alberta’s heritage over 8 individual weeks during July and August 2022. Each week campers will be inspired to create in a wide variety of art forms while exploring the natural Alberta Foothills setting through nature hikes and outdoor games and activities.
The Leighton Art Centre Historic Home, Museum, Art Gallery and Education Centre (featuring a historic one-room schoolhouse studio) is set on 80 acres of breathtaking rural scenery just 15 minutes from south Calgary. Since the 1970’s, the Centre has existed to connect individuals from all walks of life with art, history and landscape. As a vibrant and open space for creativity, the Centre provides its visitors – including over 8,000 students each year – with the inspiration to explore, appreciate and create, thus enriching their own lives and their connections with others. And if you haven’t been… the drive from Calgary, along scenic [paved] country roads with spectacular Foothills and Rocky Mountain views, is itself worth the visit!
Kids who love to explore – in art, in nature, and in their own imaginations – will love Leighton Art Centre Summer Camps. After sorting campers into smaller age groupings for the week, the centre’s skilled instructors present daily activities that encourage creativity, exploration, learning, and friendship; mediums include painting, drawing, weaving, sculpting, and more!
Choose from 4 different – and equally fantastic – camps:
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!!! (Weeks 1 & 5):
Campers will discover why these tiny creatures are vital to our ecosystem and how they can help make a difference for our local insect populations. Your young adventurers will explore the breathtaking natural landscape and discover the little wonders found in the Foothills region.
The Deep Blue (Weeks 2 & 6):
Learn why water is vital and how we can help protect it. Your artist-explorers will enjoy many adventures on Leighton Art Centre’s breathtaking property, located in the heart of the Foothills region.
Starry Night (Weeks 3 & 7)
Join forces with the camp counsellors for a week of learning about satellites, stars and constellations at Leighton Art Centre!
Cauldron, Witches, Dragons, Oh My! (Weeks 4 & 8)
They are looking for the imaginations and bright minds of new and older wizards to come out for this fun-filled week of camp. Your young wizards will explore the majestic property and discover the native plants and animals that hold mystical powers.
Every camp includes a nature component, organized games, supervised free time to play or work on art projects and a guided visit to the Leighton Art Centre Museum and Gallery. Campers will make lots of projects – including a customized t-shirt – that they then get to take home to display proudly. And speaking of displaying their work…
On Friday afternoon of each camp week, there’s an Open House and Art Show! Family and friends can drop in between 3:00 and 3:30 pm that day to check out the campers’ creations and share in their own child’s learning and discoveries. The Art Show is not mandatory and staff understand if you are unable to attend. The bus will run as usual and staff will provide your child with alternate activities for the afternoon, along with some special attention.
The Leighton Art Centre offers a FREE supervised summer camp bus service from Calgary, with pick-ups and drop-offs in 4 locations. You’ll find the bus schedule online and also in the 2022 Summer Camp Info Pack.
One week of camp at Leighton Art Centre is a great deal at $296/child*, including all art supplies, completed projects to take home and a t-shirt to customize and wear as a lasting reminder of an amazing week. A 10% discount is available to members of Leighton Art Centre. Members need to email the Leighton Art Centre before registering to receive a promo code for 10% off during online registration.
* or $236.92/child for Week 5, which is held Tuesday – Friday due to a statutory holiday Monday. Camp prices include registration, GST and service fee.
Register online soon for the best selection of Leighton Art Centre camps… and then tell all your kids’ friends about how unique and affordable they are!
Creative expression + adventures in nature = a perfect summer week!!
Leighton Art Centre Summer Camp:
When: Weekly, July 4 – August 26, 2022
Time: 9:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Leighton Art Centre
Address: 282027 144 Street West, Foothills, AB