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MAKING CAMP : There's Still Time to Sign Up for a Whole Range of Summer Programs and Workshops

July 01, 1993|CORINNE FLOCKEN | Corinne Flocken is a free-lance writer who regularly covers Kid Stuff for The Times Orange County Edition.

As a coastal-dwelling kid ( humanus snow coneus ), my summer aspirations were simple and unchanging: to burn the maximum layers of skin off my nose (what did we know?) and, just once, to get my dinged-up Sabot out of a dead luff and back to shore without swimming it in.

Now, kids have a few more options. Throughout the county, children can find day camps, workshops and activities suitable for any number of interests and incomes. While the following list is by no means comprehensive, it does provide a sample of what's available in the arts and the great outdoors.

Theater Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (714) 494-0744, Ext. 203. Budding actors age 4 through 17 can take part in a variety of summer classes presented by the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater. Depending on the age group, classes meet two to five days per week. Classes for older children culminate with student-written performances at the Festival of Arts. The schedule: Preschool Creative Drama (ages 4 to 6), Tuesday, July 6 through 22; Creative Drama (ages 7 to 10), July 5 through 27 with performances July 28 through 30, and Summerstock Workshop (ages 11 to 17), July 5 through 30 with performances Aug. 2 through 13. Fee: $85 to $360.

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 957-2602. A sort of Whitman's Sampler of theater, SCR's Summer Theatre Workshop includes behind the scenes tours and talks with professional theater artists, theater games and exercises. Classes for 8- to 11-year-olds are filled; some openings remain for 12- to 14-year-olds. Begins Aug. 2, ends Aug. 14 with a recital. Fee: $175.

Broadway On Tour, The City Shopping Center, 20 City Drive, Orange. (714) 385-1555. In its newly opened storefront theater, BOT will host four one-week sessions of its Performing Arts Summer Camp. Geared to children ages 7 to 17, the camp provides an overview of musical theater, including instruction in dance, music and technical production skills. Sessions begin July 19, 26, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9. Fee: to be announced.

Visual Arts

Newport Harbor Art Museum, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. (714) 759-1122. NHAM summer classes run the gamut from basic clay squooshing to figure drawing. Most meet twice weekly for two weeks. Classes include: Mini-Masters (ages 2 1/2 through 5, parent participation optional), with sessions beginning July 12, July 13, Aug. 9 and Aug. 10. Scratch Art (ages 6 through 8) begins July 12. Printmaking (ages 6 through 9) begins July 14. A mixed-media workshop, Travel Via Art to a Magical Land (ages 6 through 8) begins July 27, as does Dream of Being an Artist (ages 9 through 13), in which kids design their own art studios. Learn to Draw (ages 9 through 12), begins Aug. 9. Fee for each class: $40.

Off-site at Fashion Island's Black & White exhibition space, NHAM sponsors "Instant Photography at the Island" (ages 6 through 12). Sessions July 8 and July 13. Fee: $15 per session.

Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. (714) 494-8971. If you have an art-wary kid of the pre-adolescent male variety in your house, LAM dangles this carrot: Sculpture Culture, a new class inspired by their "Custom Culture" exhibit that invites kids to use traditional media and wrecking yard finds to create sculptures and assemblages of, you guessed it, hot rods. Two-week sessions begin on Aug. 3 (ages 7 to 9), and Aug. 17 (ages 10 to 12).

Also offered at LAM is the continuing architecture-based Vitruvius series (ages 6 to 12). The next session meets Saturday mornings, July 17 through Aug. 14. Fee: $65. The museum's Art In and Out introduces students to collage and mixed-media work in LAM's galleries and on the beach. Classes run Tuesday through Friday mornings; Session 1 (ages 7 to 9) is Tuesday, July 6 through 16; Session 2 (ages 10 to 12) is July 20 through 30. Fee for each session: $80.

Children's Museum at La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. (310) 905-9793. Practical instruction and lessons in art history are intertwined in the museum's Vacation Art Camp. Introduced last spring, the sessions are designed to excite and develop children's interests in visual art in an era of slashed school art programs. Art campers will also have access to the hands-on museum's latest exhibit, "Garbage--And All That Trash," which opened June 28 (see "More Kid Stuff," this page). The two-week sessions meet Monday through Friday. Classes for ages 6 to 9 meet in the morning; classes for ages 10 to 13 are in the afternoon. Sessions begin Monday, July 5, July 26 and Aug. 16. Fee: $120.

Anaheim Museum, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. (714) 778-3301. From Japanese fish kites to American Indian sand paintings, children ages 7 to 12 take a world tour of traditional crafts and symbols in one-day workshops at this historic downtown facility. The Multicultural Arts & Crafts program runs Friday afternoons, July 2 through Aug. 27. Fee: $3.50 per workshop.

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