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Celebrating 30 Years of Camp with the Original ‘ArtCamp in a Box’

By Lighthouse ArtCenter May 18, 2020

Celebrating 30 years of camp with the original ‘ArtCamp in a Box’ with weekly-themed projects by nationally-acclaimed character artists (June 1 – July 31)

Each week a different theme ignites kids' imaginations as they create their own characters and the world around them.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s summer camps have inspired local youth’s creativity for the past thirty years. This year’s camp, titled “Super Summer,” has been refashioned as an interactive “ArtCamp in a Box.” The carefully designed camp, for children ages six through twelve, combines independent exploration, some parental supervision, and three optional, interactive instructor-led zoom sessions, to encourage a nurturing community environment.

Each week the children receive their “ArtCamp in a Box” by mail or curbside pick-up that includes everything needed for the week’s art project. Monday opens with a surprise “How To” character design, created especially for the Lighthouse ArtCenter, by one of the nationally-acclaimed artists on display at the gallery. The art lessons then expand on their initial character encouraging children to imagine and create their own worlds. On Friday, students share and connect with camp friends through a virtual show and tell.

In conjunction with the camp, the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s gallery will feature the work of some of the same award-winning artists that created the camp projects. The lively art exhibition includes work created by world-class puppeteers, FX animation engineers, and concept originators, including masters in the field of animated movies like Carter Goodrich, who gave us the characters for Finding Nemo, Despicable Me, and Shrek, or dynamic life-size puppets from the award-winning plays Beauty and the Beast and The Wiz. For more information visit

“Children need creative outlets now more than ever. They also needed opportunities beyond the computer or tablet. We offer optional Zoom sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to provide assistance, answer questions, and for sharing with one another,” says Director of Education, Maria Tritico. “We’ve designed ‘ArtCamp in a Box’ with exciting lessons take you on a journey that stretches as far as your imagination, from the comfort of wherever you might be.”

As local families venture out into public once again, they can visit the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery to see illustrations and video demonstration from brilliant artists who created video games for Surf’s Up, animation for Veggie Tales, National Geographic World, Highlights Hidden Pictures, Microsoft Word’s “Clippy” character, as well as best-selling picture books and more. The exhibition is interactive with a MakerSpace inviting visitors to create with software animation, 3D printers, laser cutters, and a puppet-making station.

“Never have the arts been more important to the well-being of our vibrant community, and never have artists who create for children been more generous with their time and their talent. It’s proof, once again, that all great art begins at home, wherever that home may be,” says Curator, Janeen Mason.

Students and parents are encouraged to share their progress throughout the week by tagging @lighthousearts and using the hashtags #LighthouseArtCenter, #SuperSummer, #ArtCampInaBox, #LACArtCamp on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Registration is now open for the virtual interactive Summer Art Camp "ArtCamp in a Box". Find out more HERE.