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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 10:05 am, Wed Apr 16, 2014.

This summer, Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA) will be offering an art and creativity camp that will allow students to explore an art medium of their choice.

For more than 10 years, SUVA has offered summer camps for teens, ages 13-17, in Tucson. 

This summer, from July 14 to 18, it will offer an art camp called Break Out of the “Same Old” Summer. The camp costs $350, which includes all art supplies and lunches. There are limited open spots so parents are encouraged to sign up their child online at suva.edu/summerteencamp. Scholarships are also available for students.

The camp, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will allow students to pick one of the eight art mediums to work in: fine arts, photography, graphic design, illustration, advertising, interior design, landscape architecture or animation. 

“We have a really fun approach this summer,” said Joel Cowdry, marketing director for SUVA. “This summer we are going to build a small town that will contain all of the students projects within it. Everyone will contribute in different ways.”

The small town may have billboards, for those interested in advertising, or a drive-in movie theatre for those who are interested in creating animation. SUVA faculty and student workers will help run the camp. Each SUVA faculty will teach in the art field of their experience.

SUVA is also willing to help parents who work by offering extended day options for their child. Parents can sign up their teenager for an additional hour in the morning or in the evening – allowing them to be able to drop off or pick up their child on time. It costs an additional $10 for each hour.

Throughout the camp, students will be given one-on-one help and direction from the camp instructors. Then, on the last day of camp, students will give a final presentation of their project. Presentations will go until 5:30 p.m.

“The camp provides a structured environment where they can learn new skills. They learn to work independently and in a team environment,” said Cowdry. “It’s amazing to see the teens confidence increase, especially with the final product that they finish, in a relatively short period of time. It’s all about learning new skills and having that concrete understanding of some of the basics.”

The mission of Southwest University of Visual Arts is to help educate students to excel in whatever art field they pursue, whether that be design, advertising, fine arts or visual communications.

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