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Who We Are

Kids ArtFest was founded in the summer of 2007 as one week-long art camp for children ages 8 and up, offering 5 days of mixed media art instruction. After this first week turned out so successful, the program was extended to two week-long sessions the next year. By 2012, to accommodate the popularity of the program, ArtFest offered three week-long sessions in June and July. Young children and teenagers alike have enjoyed their experiences at ArtFest through the years, many of them returning year after year. They discover their creative talents, love of expression and self-confidence. It is as enriching for the instructors as it is for the students.

All in a Week’s Work

Children will paint, draw, sculpt, collage, mosaic, to name just a few of the many projects in a typical ArtFest week. Then on Friday, a reception is given for the students to celebrate their hard work, and family and friends are invited to view their masterpieces and enjoy pizza, cookies and punch. Certificates of completion are awarded the children, too.

Why Art is So Important

Studies have shown that when children are involved in the arts, whether it is fine art or music, they grow up with better self-esteem and are less likely to engage in unhealthy activities, such as drugs or alcohol. In these times, as schools are facing budget cuts that require eliminating fine art as part of their curriculum, Kids ArtFest offers an opportunity for children to delve into many forms of art in a fun and supportive environment.
In our six years of experience working with children in this capacity, we have witnessed first-hand their pride in what they are creating, and their self-confidence, as well as the camaraderie that gets established in the camp. One child even said she gained motivation to start getting straight A’s in school!

Instructor’s Biographies

Cathy Gibbons

Cathy Gibbons is an award-winning professional oil painter, who shows her work in area galleries and art shows. She also has a graphic design business. Cathy has worked with children since 2007, teaching art as well as academics. She is married with two boys.

Mary Schulte

Mary Schulte is a professional artist in mosaic, sculpture, jewelry and fiber arts. She has exhibited and won awards in numerous juried shows and galleries in California and Arizona. Mary has completed the mosaic components of three public art projects. She currently works and teaches classes at her studio, 6th Street Studios, in Prescott.